Yeah I know the free agent signing period is less than seventy two hours old , and god knows that I have been to MLBTR.COM at least a thousand times since Friday checking to see if there is any news or rumors coming down the pike but alas nothing other than the usual Luis Castillio being part of a three way trade , or Mets are " all in on Lackey" and They are kicking the tires on Joel Pinero. ( damn how many cliches are there ?) So now I am reading that the Mets probably will not get serious about signing free agents until the winter meetings next month !! Is it me or is this off season crawling along slower than baby on QuaaludeS? All I know is at the pace this off season is going I might be relocating to a sparsely furnished rubber room at the South Beach Psychiatric Hospital here on Staten Island !                                                                                                                                                 padded_cell.jpg                                                                                                      " DAMN I NEED A VALIUM !!!'And now for the Infamy !!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to outfielder - Rich Chiles. ( 1949) Rich is known as one of the players obtained in the trade of Tommy Agee in '71Middle reliever from the '92 team - Lee Guetterman is 51(1958).Outfielder - Gene Walter is 49 (1960) .Outfielder Jay Payton is 37 (1972) . Payton was one of the biggest disappointments that the Mets have ever had . He projected to be a Andrew Jones type of outfielder in terms of hitting and fielding, His fielding was good but he hit more like Randy Jones than Andrew Jones.Utilityman and yankee scum - Ricky Ledee is 36 (1973) .Baltimore Orioles signed Sid " El Sid" Fernandez of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 22, 1993. I was very upset to see Sid move on - he was one of the unsung heros of those early '80's to early '90's Mets teams, And I think if he kept his weight under control he would have been a truly dominating pitcher !New York Mets signed free agent pitcher Mike Remlinger on November 22, 1993.San Diego Padres claimed relief pitcherJason Middlebrook of the New York Mets on waivers on November 22, 2000.Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed starting pitcher, Jason Roach of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 22, 2004And remember - There are only 134 tortureous more days until the Mets open the 2010 season against Florida Marlins at Citi Field