Isn't it funny how in twenty four hours our organization went from looking like a confident organization that was willing not to overspend for fading talent ( Bengie Molina) to looking like a organization that's in shambles? Well with the announcement that pitcher Joel Pinero had reached an agreement with the California Angels pending a physical the Mets once again look like laughing stocks of the MLB.Look honestly I was ambivalent on obtaining Molina, and my feelings on Pinero were tepid at best. So you are probably asking me why do I think this organization suffered a black eye yesterday? Well the answer lies in the media reports that both Molina and Pinero were hesitant to sign with the Mets had to do in part with the way that the Carlos Beltran fiasco was handled. I would venture a guess that if knee gate had gone down during the negotiations with Jason Bay, he too would be playing else where this season.Look I hate killing my team, but last nights announcement was a punch to the gut. So where does this leave the Mets in terms of the starting rotation ? Well I think that Ben Sheets will prove to be too rich for their blood so I wouldn't be surprised - barring a trade with the Reds for either Arroyo or Harrang - that we might possibly see Pedro Martinez part deux, or the rotation standing pat the way it is currently constructed - but with either Jonathan Neise or Fernando Nieve as the fifth starter. I can't see the Mets bringing John Smoltz aboard . All I know is if the Mets get off to a slow start this season, expect Jeff Wilpon to move swiftly with his axe and we will be bidding Omar Minaya his adieu.                                                                                                                                                                           pedro_martinez.jpg                                                                                                                                       " Is it time for Pedro part duex?"And with that piece of depression over with - IT'S TIME FOR SOME INFAMY !!!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to Mets pitcher from the '67 team - William Graham ( 1937).Utility infielder for the Mets of the early '80's - Bill Almon is 58 (1952).New York Mets released catcher Bruce Bochy on January 21, 1983. Bochy currently manages the San Francisco Giants.The California Angels signed outfielder Ellis Valentine of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 21, 1983. To think we traded future dominant reliever Jeff Reardon for him !New York Mets signed free agent catcher Rick " From What I Can Gather" Cerone on January 21, 1991.He will always be first and foremost a Yankee to me !New York Mets traded   shortstop Luis Lopez to the   Milwaukee Brewers for Bill Pulsipher  on January 21, 2000. This was "Pulse"'s second go round with the Mets and unfortunately he didn't fare any better the second time.New York Metstraded   outfielder Benny Agbayani and infielder Todd Zeile to the   Colorado Rockies for   Alex Ochoa, Craig House and current   Florida Marlin Russ Gload.New York Mets traded outfielders Alex Ochoa , Lenny Harris along with pitcher Glendon Rusch to the   Milwaukee Brewers  for  outfielder Jeromy Burnitz  pitcher Jeff D'Amico and prospects Mark Sweeney and Lou Collier on January 21, 2002.  This was definitely one of those head scratching deals.The Milwaukee Brewers claimed   outfielder Brady Clark  of the New York Mets on waivers on January 21, 2003.The Milwaukee Brewers signed  reliever Ricky Bottalico  of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 21, 2005.New York Mets traded   pitcher  Kris Benson ( along with wife  Anna )  to the   Baltimore Orioles for  PITCHERS John Maine  and Jorge Julio on January 21, 2006. This was possibly one of Omar's better trades.  And don't forget while you ponder who will be in our starting rotation this coming season , don't forget that there are just 74 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the  Florida Marlins at Citi Field.