As the old saying goes " In every dark cloud, there is a silver lining". So I guess said silver lining from the black cloud that was yesterday is the reports that s four team trade that would have ridded us of Luis Castillio and he would have been replaced by past his prime alleged steroid user Gary Mathews Jr. I don't know about you but I would rather have Luis with his warts and all than get a left fielder whose power numbers have dipped so significantly that he makes David Newhan look like a home run threat ( note to Omar - DO NOT AND I REPEAT - DO NOT RE-SIGN DAVID NEWHAN !!!). Last year, a disgruntled Mathews hit only four home runs - how do you think that would translate in dead man walking zones known as center field and right center field at Citi Field? Well anyway the point is moot and this swapping for bad contracts never came to pass. Thank goodness for silver linings or I would be watching reruns of " Say Yes To The Dress" wearing nothing but my boxers and day old drool that crusted down my cheek.                                                                                                                                                                         angels gary matthews jr ...                                                                                                       " Did Omar really want to sign a player that is a shadow of his former self?"  Now it's time for the INFAMY !!!!New York Mets signed free agent pitcher Tom Filer on December 22, 1992.New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever Mauro Gozzo on December 22, 1992.New York Mets signed free agent utility infielder Steve Springer on December 22, 1992.New York Mets signed free agent reserve outfielder Wayne Housie on December 22, 1992.New York Mets traded head case outfielder Carl Everett to the Houston Astros for reliever John Hudek on December 22, 1997.New York Mets signed free agent Ramon Castro of the Florida Marlins on December 22, 2004. I believe that if Darth Spud ever had the motivation, he would have been the starting catcher for this team.New York Mets signed free agent Endy Chavez of the Philadelphia Phillies on December 22, 2005. I still miss Endy - he was a pinch hitting threat and damn could he patrol the outfield !And before you contemplate suicide , just remember - There are just 104 agonizing, drawn out more days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.