Well it’s finally here ! No not Halloween ( that’s also awesome !). No I am talking about the third act of the baseball season that we affectionately call the “Hot Stove“. This is the time of year that us fans and bloggers break out our wish list of what free agent players we want our team to sign while hoping the team gets rid of players that we deem as being unworthy of being on the 40 man roster.
As a Mets fan, my hopes are remarkably low. The Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson has fully admitted that in order to conform to the strict budget that the Mets can afford, he will need to trim the budget by at least 30 million dollars. Yes folks neither Albert Pujols nor Prince Fielder will be bringing their services to Citi Field next season in a Mets uniform. I hate to say it but I also feel that Jose Reyes has played his last game as a Met.
This hot stove I believe Sandy will have to make some hard and prudent moves. I feel that he will be active in the free agent market, but he will be in pursuit of mid level free agents as well as reclamation projects like he did last season. I do feel he will spend more money on a closer in the mold of Matt Capps, Joe Nathan and Jonathan Broxton. I believe he will scour both the free agent as well as the trade markets for a center fielder like Grady Sizemore or David Dejesus as well as a seasoned catcher to help tutor Josh Thole.
I feel that Angel Pagan will be non-tendered. He did not impress the Mets front office, and at a time where the Mets are trying to keep spending low, I just can’t see how Pagan – who could get upwardsof 6 million dollars in arbitration can be considered a viable option. I also feel that Chris Capuano will sign elsewhere for more money. I feel that he has re-established himself as a healthy back of the rotation starter, and will be paid more than the incentive laden contract that he received last season.
All in all I admit that I am both looking forward and dreading the next few months. I wear my feelings about my team on my sleeve, and I admit that I will be disappointed if and when the winter meetings come and gone with no big splashes.
But remember where Omar Minaya and all his big splashes, lack of farm system depth compiled with the Madoff mess has gotten them.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets pitching coach/guru from ’04-’08, Rick Peterson is 57 (1954). Damn I wish the Mets would have rehired him this off season instead of retaining the services of Dan Warthern.
Reserve infielder from ’02-’03, Marco Scutaro is 36 (1975).
Reserve catcher from the ’05 season and Omar Minaya’s brief “answer” to first base, Mike Jacobs is 31 (1980). He was suspended by the MLB last season for violating the leagues ban on P.E.Ds.
Reserve infielder for parts of the ’05,’06, ’07 and ;09 seasons, Anderson Hernandez is 29 (1982) .
The Mets granted second baseman, Willie Randolph free agency on October 30, 1992. He would promptly retire soon afterwards.
The Mets granted reserve catcher, Sandy Alomar Jr free agency on October 30, 2007. Alomar was used more as a third string catcher after Paul LoDuca went down with an injury.
The Mets granted middle reliever, Aaron Sele free agency on October 30, 2007.
The Mets granted second baseman, Damion Easley free agency on October 30, 2008. Damion was one of Omar Minaya’s better under the radar signings, he was originally penciled in as a utility player, but when Jose Valentin went down in ’07 Easley received the bulk of the duties at second base.
The Mets granted middle reliever, Matt Wise free agency on October 30, 2008. He would only appear in eight games for the Mets that season before succumbing to rotate cuff tendinitis.
Mo Vaughn will be dressing up as Count Chockula for Halloween tomorrow !!!