Happy Valentines Day everybody ( even if it is a B.S commercialized holiday) ! It is also four days until pitchers and catchers are to meet at Port St. Lucie for the unofficial start of Spring Training. I read yesterday that both Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel are excited about the open competition in the starting rotation, catcher, first base, center field and the General manager as well as the managers position ( oops did I just say that?) . I like competition, I think competition is good. I just feel that we are going into this years season with far to many holes to fill, and not enough able bodies. I also feel that these position are Daniel Murphy , Fernando Nieve , Angel Pagan and Omir Santos to lose. Honestly the only player of the ones that just listed that should face stiff competition is Murphy. Murphy will have claw tooth and nail to win the first base-mans job against Chris Carter, Fernando Tatis and Mike Jacobs. I think Murph will face the stiffest competition against Chris Carter, because I do believe that both Jerry and Omar see both Tatis and Jacobs as bench strength. I also see Murphy as a true competitor , who needs to be constantly challenged in order to get the most optimum results out of him.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               " Happy Valentines Day !!!"And with that said ... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!Happy Birthday wishes goes out to one of the Mets better back up catchers from the '90's, Kelly Stinnett (1970) .New York Mets signed free agent José " IT'S LIMA TIME !" Lima on February 14, 2006. Thankfully Lima time didn't last to long. I believe these days he pitches is a fast pitch soft ball tequila league in Mexico.Baltimore Orioles signed Steve Trachsel of the New York Mets as a free agent on February 14, 2007. I admit I have no love for the man i called " Trash" I hated the fact that he was one of the big signings that we made after we lost the '00 World Series, I hated his taking five minutes to throw a pitch, and I just never warmed up to him - who could forget the botched abortion that was game 5 of the '06 NLCDS where he couldn't get out of the second inning ( if memory serves me right).New York Mets signed free agent Livan Hernandez of the Colorado Rockies on February 14, 2009. I have to admit that I originally didn't like this signing. But for the first part of the year Livan along with Johan, were the only consistent members of te starting rotation. But as you would have to expect from a man in his late 50's ( kidding ! kidding !) Livan flamed out and was released (it has been said it was done to save the organization from paying him his bonuses) in mid August .And don't forget -There is just 50 days until the Mets open the 2010 season against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field.