The "untouchables" editionThis evening's installment of tiny Mets news:
  • Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that despite sports-talk radio czar Mike Francesa's proclamation that he was on the Mets radar, there have been no "new discussions between the Mets and the Diamondbacks" regarding catcher Chris Snyder.
  • Now that starting pitcher Jon Garland is by some definitions the cream (at least the non-spoiled cream) of the remaining starting pitching free agent crop, it is perhaps worth noting that in a poll of 118 readers of the Dodger blog True Blue LA taken prior to Vicente Padilla's signing with the Dodgers, Garland finished in second place to Padilla.   Out of two.   With Padilla and Garland the only two choices, Padilla finished with 61% of the vote to Garland's 38% (don't ask me where the other 1% went). So Garland has that going for him.
  • Given the somewhat unpredictable nature of the free agent market perhaps this means little-to-nothing but just a reminder to proponents of a Jarrod Washburn signing that he's already turned down a 1 year, $5 million offer from the Minnesota Twins who are not only a well respected perennial contender but also happen to be the team geographically closest to his hometown of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.