There has been much speculation lately about the fates of Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. In a tweet on Sunday Buster Onley of Espn reported that the Mets front office were discussing the possibility of releasing Luis Castillo by the end of Spring Training.
In a interview that Adam Rubin conducted with Mets G.M Sandy Alderson, Alderson admited that neither he nor any member of his staff has gone down to Mexico to watch Oliver Perez pitch in the Mexican Winter League.
So the question posed here since it seems like there is a perception of a vote of no confidence on these two players, will Sandy cut them both – eating a combined 18 million dollars or will only one of these two ” cancers” be shown the door ?
If I could venture a guess , I would have to put my money on Luis being cut before Ollie. Oliver can be hidden in the bullpen if needed until the middle of the season, and if he proves to be effective then great – if he doesn’t I think it would be easier to swallow the remaining cash on his contract at that time.
Castillo in my opinion is now a man without a starting role. Alderson, by drafting Eamus, trading for Hu and having options in minor leaguers Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner makes having “Slappy ” expendable on this roster.
What are your thoughts?
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include :
Mets outfielder from ’65-’66, Danny Napoleon is 69 (1942).
Quite possibly the most overlooked pitcher on the ’69 championship staff, Jim McAndrew is 67 (1944) .
The scrubbiest player we received in the Tom Seaver deal, outfielder, Dan Norman is 56 (1955) .
Mets first base coach from ’05-’06, Manny Acta is 42(1969) .
Quite possibly the best fielding shortstop the Mets have ever had, Rey Ordóñez is 40 (1971) . To bad he couldn’t hit – or know not to call Mets fans “ stupid “.
Reserve outfielder from the ’98-99 teams, Jermaine Allensworth is 39 (1972) .
New York Mets selected outfielder, Jeff McKnight in second round of free agent draft on January 11, 1983. He would end up making the Mets as a bench player.
Texas Rangers signed pitcher, Pat Mahomes of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 11, 2001. Pat was used primarily as a spot starter/ long man with the Mets.
New York Mets traded minor league pitcher, Javier Ochoa to the Cleveland Indians for reliever, Tom Martin on January 11, 2001.
New York Mets signed free agent back up catcher Joe DePastino on January 11, 2001.
New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Tsuyoshi Shinjo of the San Francisco Giants on January 11, 2003. This was Shinjo’s second tour of duty with the Mets. Unfortunately he was washed up upon his return.
New York Mets signed free agent super star center fielder, Carlos Beltran of the Houston Astros on January 11, 2005.I feel this was quite possibly Omar Minaya’s best free agent signing during his tenure as Mets general manager.
And while you day dream about the Jets winning the Super Bowl, just remember that first we gotta make it past the Patriot, and second, there are just 80 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 87 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn sympathizes with the plights of Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo !
Remember to please have your lists of the top 50 Mets of all time in to me by Friday night. Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org .