Last night while I was surfing on the Twitter, I was able to pump ESPN reporter, Buster Onley about the possibility of a Mets/Chris Young union. I had asked him who he thought would end up pitching for the Mets this season – Dave Bush or Chris Young. This is what Buster had to say.
“Heard this : Sources indicate that pitcher Chris Young could be nearing a decision. Mets interested of course ; Nats may be in play.”
So I asked him if the Mets would go more than one year on a contract with him to lock him up, Onley replied
” I’d expect that Youngs deal ( which whichever team signs him ) would be in the base range of $ 1 million dollars, plus 3 million in incentives.”
Well lets see if Mr. Onley’s information proves to be true, all I know is that the baseball section of the twitterverse blew up after our exchange. So hopefully he is right and Young will be wearing the orange and blue come Opening Day.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today include :
Possibly one of the most dangerous Mets ever, Kevin Mitchell is 49 (1962). When I say dangerous I don’t just mean at the plate, I am talking on the streets. Just ask his ex girlfriends cat !!!
Rubber armed middle reliever from the last two seasons, Elmer Dessens is 40 (1971) ..
New York Mets selected catcher, Francisco Estrada in fifth round of free agent draft on January 13, 1971. He would later be a minor player in the deal that sent Nolan Ryan to the California Angels for Jim Fregosi.
New York Mets selected outfielder,Herm Winningham in first round (ninth pick overall) of free agent draft on January 13, 1981. Winningham would be a key part of the blockbuster deal that shipped him along with Hubie Brooks , Mike Fitzgerald and Floyd Youmans to the Expos for Gary Carter. He would later become a member of the NYPD, and recently retired from the force.
New York Mets selected outfielder, Randy Milligan in first round (third pick overall) of free agent draft on January 13, 1981. Randy would play in only three games for the Mets before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher, Tim Drummond. Drummond would never pitch for the Mets.
New York Mets traded minor league middle infield prospect, Mike Davis to the Boston Red Sox for the totally ineffective version of pitcher, Mike Torrez on January 13, 1983. Torrez would spend a one and a half gut wrenching seasons with the Mets until being released in the middle of the ’84 season.
Los Angeles Dodgers signed reliever, Lee Guetterman of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 13, 1993. In his only season with the Mets, Lee was mediocre at best with a record of 3-4 with a era of 5.82 with two saves in 43 games.
New York Mets signed free agent reliever, Rob MacDonald on January 13, 1996.
New York Mets signed free agent pitcher, Masato Yoshii on January 13, 1998. Yoshii until this past season was possibly the best pitching import from Japan that the Mets have ever had.
And while you are dreaming of warmer weather, just remember , there are just 78 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 85 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn likes to go for quick dips during the cold winter months wearing nothing but a yellow speedo bathing suit – talk about shrinkage – the bathing suit – not little Mo!!!!
And please don’t forget , you only have until tomorrow evening to email me your list of the top 50 Mets of all time . Email it to email@example.com .