Words canâ€™t adequately express the abysmal feeling of impending doom within me when considering the Mets potential off-season transactions.Â A look at some recent news stories reveals why.
Milwaukee Brewers claim George Kottaras off waivers from the Boston Red Sox
Kottaras is a 26-year old catcher with a career .269/.367/.444Â minor league slash line.Â He passed through American League waivers and made onto the National League wire.Â The Mets, with one of the worst records in baseball, had waiver priority over the Milwaukee Brewers. THERE IS NO REASON WHY YOU DONâ€™T CLAIM GEORGE KOTTARAS. The teamâ€™s 40-man roster is at 36. Do you need those four spots? Cut Pat Misch, Tim Redding, Arturo Lopez or Cory Sullivan.Â Theyâ€™re a dime a dozen.
The Mets donâ€™t have a viable major league catcher on the roster.Â The catching depth in the upper minors behind Josh Thole is thin. Free agent catchers Yorvit Torrealba, Rod Barajas and Bengie Molina are less than desirable. The Brewers needed a catcher and sought an opportunity to upgrade their roster for free, while the Mets were consumed with trotting Wally Backman around New York City.
Also victimized by Omar Minayaâ€™s disdain for false hustle was Adam Bostick. He became a six-year minor league free agent last week. Did I mention Pat Misch still has a job?Â Toby Hyde discusses more roster senselessness here.
Omar Minaya plans to scout Carlos Delgadoâ€™s rehab in Puerto Rico
Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with showing Delgado a little courtesy by paying lip service to the idea of retaining him, but to actually consider it is bordering on lunacy. As a matter of fact, it is lunacy. How else would you classify an utter refusal to learn from your past mistakes?
Delgado was with the Mets for four seasons. While two of them were quite good, the other two were completely savaged by injury. The Mets should understand the risk in relying on Delgado intimately. More importantly, Delgado will be 38 in 2010. In the recent past, the Mets have relied on aged veterans Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Billy Wagner and Moises Alou only to watch entire seasons blow up in their face because of it.
The Mets are looking to bring back Alex Cora.
Ted Berg broached the topic fabulously. So did Fire Jerry Manuel. And Joe Janish did as well.
Simply put, Alex Cora isnâ€™t good. At this point, he plays shortstop like Luis Castillo plays second base.Â He canâ€™t hit — heâ€™s never been able to — and heâ€™s 34 years old. All told, the total package worth $400,000 on the open market cost the team two million dollars last season.
In related news, all-time, all-world defensive shortstop Omar Vizquel signed a one million dollar contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Â Jose Guillen.
The shear absurdity of this rumor was thoroughly panned by good friend James Kannengieser at Amazin Avenue.Â
Thereâ€™s not much to add, except this: Adam Rubin, regardless of what anyone thinks of him, generally has good information. The idea of Guillen even being discussed within the organization is an indictment of this teamâ€™s decision making process.
Next season, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez will man the corner outfield positions for the Philadelphia Phillies; Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier for the Los Angeles Dodgers; Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez for the Colorado Rockies. Try saying â€œJose Guillen and Jeff Francoeurâ€ in the same breath without laughing.
And the Mets would fancy themselves a contender too.