There has been a lot of fall out over the lack of moves the Mets have made during the first few days of the winter meetings. That isn’t to say that Sandy Alderson hasn’t imported any talent to Flushing this summer. So far he has signed two arms for the bullpen( Corrasco and Bosner) a back up catcher to Josh Thole ( Paulino) as well as a insurance policy catcher tucked down in Buffalo , ( Dusty Ryan) as well as re-signing minor league infielder Russ Adams.
Are these sexy moves ? No but they for the most part are solid moves which will help compliment the bigger named players on the roster. These are the guys our team was lacking last season when both Barajas and Blanco were injured. Or when the bullpen was melting down in the middle of the season. These guys are organizational depth. They are here to balance out the roster, and who knows maybe one or more of these names may surprise us with a break out year.
The hot stove season has yet to be wrapped up and there might be a mid level trade that Sandy can swing to help bolster the roster even more, and don’t forget that the rule five draft is tomorrow , in which such luminaries from previous seasons were Johan Santana and Albert Pujols.
So instead of getting depressed or angry at the lack of available funds that the Mets can spend, just remember that most of our injured players should be back at 100 percent, Jonathan Neise should be one year better, Mike Pelfrey is set to have a monster year and Ike Davis will show that he is deserving of a Golden Glove – as well as a Silver Slugger Award !!
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets Alumni celebrating birthdays today are:
One time Mets third baseman/ shortstop, Tim ” Crazy Horse” Foli is 60 (1950) .
New York Mets purchased outfielder, Richie Ashburn from the Chicago Cubs on December 8, 1961. He would go on to become the first All Star in Mets history.
New York Mets traded infielder, Elio Chacon and pitcher, Tracy Stallard to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder, Johnny Lewis and pitcher, Gordie Richardson on December 8, 1964.
New York Mets traded pitching stud, Jon Matlack and first baseman/ outfielder, John Milner to the Texas Rangers for first baseman, Willie Montanez and outfielders, Ken Henderson and Tom Grieve on December 8, 1977. This was definitely one of the most overlooked bad trades in Mets history.
New York Mets traded beloved starting pitcher, Jerry Koosman to the Minnesota Twins for minor league non-prospects, Jesse Orosco and Greg Field on December 8, 1978. Mets fans were outraged when this trade went down. But it turned out to be a good move eight years later when Jesse struck out Marty Barret to win the ’86 World Series.
New York Mets traded utility infielder, Bob Bailor and starting pitcher, Carlos Diaz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher Sid Fernandez and back up third baseman, Ross Jones on December 8, 1983. This was possibly Frank Cashen’s best under the radar trade during his entire tenure as the Mets general manager.
Florida Marlins signed first baseman,Dave Magadan of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 1992. I still feel that Magadan was the heir apparent to Keith Hernandez, but the Mets front office felt Mike Marshall was a better fit . Obviously the Mets front office was WRONG !!
Florida Marlins signed pitcher, Al Leiter of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 2004. This marked the end of the Phillips/Duquette regime and ushered in what could be considered at times the brightest and darkest days that the franchise has seen in a long while.
And just remember while you are boycotting listening to the mindless rants of Mike Francessa , there are just there are just 114 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 121 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is said to be livid when he found out that he wasn’t a finalist for any of the available positions on Terry Collins coaching staff !!