Last Sunday I made some bold predictions for moves that I thought the Mets would make during last weeks Winter Meetings in Nashville Tennessee.
First off I said there was a 60/40 chance R.A. Dickey is signed to a contract extension:
Wrong ! Contract talks – as well as talks to deal the knuckle baller are still on going.
I then went on to predict that there was a 60/40 chance that pitcher, Jon Niese would be traded:
Wrong again !
I expected the Mets to sign outfielder Matt Diaz of the Braves:
Diaz has yet to sign with a team, and it appears he is not on the Mets radar.
The Mets would sign a backup catcher:
So how many of my Winter Meetings predictions have come true – Nada none, bupkis !
The moral of this story is that it is hard to gauge the trade market – and to make predictions is a great way to fill the empty space on you computer screen. The one thing that is for certain is that there will be moves made to fill out the Mets roster by Opening Day – just what new players will fill it out are anyone’s guess !
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
The original Mets “Crazy Horse“- shortstop , Tim Foli is 62 (1950). Foli played with the Mets from ’70-’72 and again from ’78-’79 as a reserve infielder.
The New York Mets purchased the contract of outfielder, Richie Ashburn from the Chicago Cubs on December 8, 1961. Asburn was the first Mets player to hit over .300. He would retire after the ’62 season.
The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Elio Chacon and starting pitcher, Tracy Stallard to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder, Johnny Lewis and middle reliever, Gordie Richardson on December 8, 1964.
The New York Mets traded former Rookie of the Year starting pitcher, Jon Matlack and first baseman/outfielder, John Milner to the Texas Rangers for first baseman, Willie Montanez, reserve outfielders, Ken Henderson and Tom Grieve on December 8, 1977. In My opinion this ranks up there as one of the worst trades in franchise history.
The New York Mets traded pitcher, Jerry Koosman to the Minnesota Twins for reliever, Jesse Orosco and Greg Field on December 8, 1978. Trading Koosman enraged an already disenfranchised fan base, but Orosco would come into his own 6 years later as one of the top closers in the game.
The New York Mets traded utility man, Bob Bailor and relief pitcher, Carlos Diaz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for starting pitcher, Sid Fernandez and utility infielder, Ross Jones on December 8, 1983. This is probably the most overlooked trade of then general manager, Frank Cashen’s tenure.
The Florida Marlins signed first baseman, Dave Magadan of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 1992. I wish the Mets never let him go .
The Florida Marlins signed starting Al Leiter of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 2004. Leiter is one of the more maligned players in Mets history. He pitched extremely well in the 7 years he was a Met. He posted a record of 95-67 with a E.R.A of 3.42 but the fans saw him more as a streaky pitcher and he lived up to his reputation as a clubhouse lawyer.
Mo Vaughn practices transcendental meditation !