Well it's another quiet day on the Mets hot stove front. No sign of Jason Bay or Bengie Molina in sight. So some of you might ask me - " Hey Fat Ass !!- oops Rustyjr ! Do you think this off season has been a sucess?" I say in my always infinite wisdom ( after consulting with my trusty magic 8 ball - Winter Solstice present from Kingman doncha know ) it is too early to tell. I mean if we go into spring training with a catching platoon of Omir Santos and Henry Blanco, Daniel Murphy and Xavier Nady sharing first base, the starting rotation filled out with either Jonathan Neise , Jon Garland or Fernando Nieve, and a Marlon Byrd in left field - I would not be rushing to buy season tickets for the 2010 campaign - But it would at least be a competitive team. It might not be the playoff caliber team that we have been promised but at the very least it might be the type of team that if they can play above their heads come the July 31st trade deadline and Omar is able to make a impact deal for either a power hitting slugger Ala a Carlos Lee or a stud pitcher such as Roy Oswalt or Cliff Lee , then this team might be able to catch lightening in a bottle and possible sniff the playoffs. But if the Mets decide to really shop at the family dollar retreads section , then it will be a pretty quiet season at Citi Field. " I hate being behind the magic 8 ball !"And now .... ON WITH THE INFAMY !!!Happy Birthday wishes go out to the utility infielder of the '64- 65 Mets - Bobby Klaus (1937)Outfielder Raul Gonzalez is 36 (1973) . Nothing else to say except he played in 137 games from 2002 - 2003 and I don't remember him !Pitcher Jeff D'Amico is 34 today (1975), He had so much promise - great arm , to bad he was a head case New York Mets traded Kevin Appier to the Anaheim Angels for Mo Vaughn on December 27, 2001. It was the trade that had us sent a over weight fading pitching star for a overweight fading power hitting first baseman. So in a sense the deal was a wash !New York Mets signed free agent Rey " The Barber" Sanchez of the Boston Red Sox on December 27, 2002. He was supposed to be a adequate fill in while Rey Ordonez was rehabbing a injury, and instead he caused many problems, and gave bad haircuts !And remember , before you let this slow hot stove season get you down - there are just 99 mind numbing more days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.