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I solve crime (and talk baseball) with NUMBERS

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

As I type this, the numbers are flying all over the place. 7 years, $150.75 million at an apy of $21.5 million per.  Well, all those numbers sound nice in early February, but at this same time of year, I have a few more numbers to throw out there.

14 Days…1 Hour…12 minutes.  Yes, those are the numbers that matter the most to me.  You see, those numbers will get smaller and smaller until February 14th at 12 noon, when a 28, soon to be 29 year old Venezuelan arrives in a sleepy little town off the east coast of Florida known as Port St. Lucie.  That will be the time, when Johan Santana steps into the home teams locker room at Tradition Field, looks across the room, and sees yet another number, albeit a more firmiliar one. 57. However, this number won’t be on the back of a Minnesota Twins spring training jersey, it will be that of the New York Mets.

At that point, the numbers, the money, the potential of past prospects and the ghost of bad deals past will not matter.  At that moment, it’s all about an amazingly talented man and his ability to throw a baseball; and throw it as well if not better than almost anyone else on this planet.  The only numbers that will matter between that time and October will be the one’s that precede the letter “W.”  Even the numbers on the patch on his sleeve that will read “1964-2008″ will mean nothing.  This isn’t about the past, it’s about the future.  2008 will mean nothing without those numbers in front of that “W.”  And even though all year, Johan Santana’s numbers will be dissected more than a frog in a High School Biology class, it’s all about winning.  Winning is every bit as much of an attitude as it is anything tangible.  An attitude that eluded this Mets ball club in the dog days of last summer.

Monday, David Wright, The Carlos’, Jose Reyes and many others were probably still practicing their answers to the question, “What happened?”  By this coming Monday, they will be asking questions of their own and looking forward to introducing themselves to the one man who can potentially take the pain of game 162 away.  You see, Johan Santana brings more to this club that a stellar left arm and knee buckling change-up, he brings simple change.  He brings the 2008 version of the New York Mets onto the field, and while many of them still feel the pain of last September, make no mistake about it, Johan Santana didn’t come here to be a footnote on the worst collapse in baseball history.  He may not be the savior…but he also sure as hell isn’t Livan Hernandez.

Mets sign Wright to a six year contract extension

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

There, ya happy Joe?

This is a good move, they have now signed their two best young players up long-term, so the Mets don’t have to worry about losing a key player until 2010 at the earliest. Good going, Omar.

Pelfrey signing, Darling and Hernandez official

Friday, January 13th, 2006

What do you do when it’s the middle of January, you haven’t written a new original article, and there is nothing out there? You blog what you already talked about in the last update two days ago! Mike Pelfrey has signed his contract, and he will be a part of spring training for the Mets this year. Pelfrey was regarded as the best pitching prospect coming out of the draft, but he fell to the #9 spot because teams didn’t want to deal with his agent, Scott Boras. Luckily, the Mets have a ton of money, so they didn’t mind ponying up the big bucks to reel him in. Pelfrey is big, at 6′7″ and 210 pounds. A lot of people put stock into big pitchers, but other than Randy Johnson, the number of big pitchers who were effective in the majors isn’t that big. Pelfrey is the same size as Jeff D’Amico; let’s only hope that he performs better. That being said, I’m excited about getting Pelfrey signed, and I look forward to tracking his progress here on Miracle Mets.

Meanwhile, the Mets have sent the booth for SportsNet New York, and Tsuyoshi Shinjo is not in it. No, they decided to look outside of what I’d like to see on SportsNet New York and instead hired Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling. I’ve been against the Hernandez hiring all along, but I am willing to give him a try. Perhaps he was lousy from having to work with lousy play by play voices. Also, he will have 150 games to get better, instead of only doing select games in a season. I’ve never heard Darling before, and he doesn’t have a lot of experience, but again, I’m more than willing to give him a try. My favorite part about the linked-to article is that the author just buries Fran Healy. I’m not sure there has been a more disliked play by play voice in the history of New York sports than Fran Healy, and for good reason. I just hope he stays over at MSG for the rest of his life. Also, if you want to chat with Ron Darling tomorrow, head over to Mets.com and he will be online from 2 to 3 PM. Make sure to ask him about the Cooters brawl and Madonna for me.

Mike Piazza can’t find a home. I find this to be real sad. Here is a Hall of Fame player, still a hitter in the top 25% of catchers in the league in hitting, still a guy who can help a team win games, and he can’t find a team. I can’t imagine that 29 other teams have catchers on their team better than Mike Piazza. I mean, I don’t even know who San Diego’s catcher is. Who is the Marlins catcher with Lo Duca out of town? The fact that both Piazza AND Benji Molina are still on the market is just crazy to me. Surely one team out there will take pity on these guys and sign them up. You just hate to see it end this way for Piazza, retiring because nobody wants to sign him. He deserves better than that.

Ever wondered what the difference between Alex Escobar and Lastings Milledge was? MetsGeek.com takes a look. Lastings sure seems to be better on paper. He’s achieving a little less, but at a much younger age with less experience. You have to think that Lastings will be in the majors by the start of the 2007 season, starting at a corner outfield spot. I’m excited about the Lastings era. He might be the best Mets’ outfield prospect since Straw. Of course, the second-best Mets’ outfield prospect since Straw was Jay Payton, so take that with a grain of salt.

Sidearmed Relievers Rule!

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Woo hoo! We got ourselves a sidewinder! Chad Bradford signed with the Mets today, where he will pitch out of the bullpen. Chad Bradford is a great pitcher as long as he’s used as a matchup guy. He can get out right handers better than anybody in baseball, but he gets lit up against lefties. Over the last three years, his OPS against righties is .536, but against lefties it is .976. To make it a little clearer, right handed hitters hit like Marquis Grissom last year against Chad Bradford, while left handed hitters hit like Todd Helton against him. That’s quite a dropoff. So Willie, if you don’t mind, I would like you to download a song onto the new iPod that Santa Cox got you for Christmas. The name of the song is “Never Let Chad Bradford Pitch Against Lefties.” Heed that song’s advice, please. One of our new friends over at AOL Sports, also named Miracle Mets, but not directly affiliated with this site, has their words on the trade. Once the season starts, they’ll have good game coverage over there, so give them a look.

Not really a whole lot out there. One website that did not take much time off at all during the holidays was the folks over at MetsGeek.com who pumped out a series of quality articles. Here’s a good one from yesterday about Tom Glavine. I kind of hit on this with the gift article, but I do seem to be feeling more of an air of acceptance with Tom Glavine now than before. A lot of Mets fans seemed wary of him at first, but I think he’s gained their trust and approval. I think he’s proven he’s not an ace, but he’s a fine #2, especially behind Pedro. Meanwhile, the Mets are looking to get into the “Arena owning and operations” business. They want to build on some land set aside in Long Island, to put up a new hockey arena and a minor league baseball field, among other things. Has anybody stopped to think that, by 2012, every team in the New York area could be playing in a new building with the exception of the Rangers and Knicks? That’s kind of crazy. Building a new arena for the Islanders seems to be the peak of craziness. They are building a hockey-only arena for the area’s #3 hockey team, way too far away for anybody to travel out there? That seems nuts. But hey, if it builds more revenues for the Mets, more power to them.

And now, the plug section. I haven’t done this in a few days, so you’ll have to indulge me. First, we are not doing well at ALL in the Best MLB Blog Poll for 2005. Since we last updated you, we haven’t received a single vote. We are currently tied for next to last with Cardnilly, and are but a scant three votes ahead of Batter’s Box out of last place. This is unacceptable! I didn’t want to do this, but I think it’s time I did so. Playing fair hasn’t gotten us anywhere, so it’s time to cheat. If you voted for me before, go to another computer and vote for me again. Even if you haven’t, do so. We need to get the vote out, and the best way to do that is to cheat. We cannot be embarassed! Actually, we already have been. Don’t cheat, I don’t want to avoid last that way. Let’s just hope some kind souls plop down upon this website, see the poll, and take pity on us and throw us a frickin’ bone.

And I was about to lose hope on the Kaz Matsui petition. I’ll admit it. But then, as I was gone today, we got four new signatures. We’re up to thirteen people! That’s right, thirteen people want Kaz Matsui to live. With that kind of surge, it has given me renewed rigor, renewed stregnth to make sure we save Kaz. So if you know somebody who wants Kaz Matsui to live, E-Mail them this poll. If you have friends, family members, if you even know Kaz himself, get the word out. E-Mail Mets websites and let them know that you want Kaz Matsui to enjoy, at the very least, silence when he comes to the plate. That’s all we’re asking for. We’re not asking for cheers, we’re just asking for no boos. Together, we can rally around Kaz and save him, and who knows, maybe turn him into something we can work with. At the very worst, we may just save his life. Remember…sign the petition, save a life.

Short update

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Not a lot out there today. The Mets signed Endy Chavez to stink up Norfolk next year. That’s about all I have. I’m going to try to post something tomorrow, as I have an idea for an article, it’s just a matter of whether I’ll have time to put it up. If I do, I’ll get it up, if not, we’ll be back Monday with another update. In the meantime, vote for me in the Red Reporter’s Best MLB Blog of 2005 poll, and don’t boo Kaz Matsui. If I don’t update tomorrow, a Happy Holidays to all in advance.

Mets make some minor acquisitions.

Friday, December 9th, 2005


The Mets’ bench suddenly got a whole lot older. Jose Valentin was signed to a deal, and Julio Franco could be on the way. Jose, not to be confused with John Valentin, who was a Met a few years ago, spent most of last season on the disabled list, and didn’t play particularly well when he was healthy. I don’t know why they signed him to a guaranteed deal, when they probably could have gotten him for a minor league deal with a non roster invite, but that’s the new Mets style, I guess. Even worse is that they are giving Julio Franco a two year deal. A two year deal for a guy who is, at the minimum, 47 years old. Who knows how old the guy really is? Yes, he’s an ageless wonder, but eventually, he’s going to have nothing in the tank. Two years for a bench player is crazy enough; two years for a bench player closer to 50 than 40 is preposterous. Why spend money on a guy who will get, at the most, 200 at bats? Dozens of guys can be had for a fraction of the money and committment they are making to Franco and will give them the same production.

I neglected to mention this the other day, but Mike Piazza was not offered salary arbitration, making it official that his tenure as a Met is officially over. We already knew it by Monday, when the Mets traded for Paul Lo Duca, but now, unless Mike remains on the market until May 1, the Mets cannot negotiate with him. First, I’m not sure why he wasn’t offered arbitration. I think both sides made it clear that they weren’t going to get back together this year. If he isn’t going to accept it and somebody else signed him, the Mets could have recouped some of the draft picks they forfeited for Billy Wagner. With Braden Looper and Roberto Hernandez, I can understand why they were not offered arbitration (because the team was likely scared to death that they would actually accept), but Piazza clearly wasn’t going to accept, so why bother?

On a personal note, I would like to thank Mike Piazza for the seven and a half great seasons he gave the Mets. At his peak, he was one of the best offensive forces in the National League, the best offensive catcher the game has ever seen, and the most valuable player on two Mets playoff teams, including the World Series team of 2000. Even at his worst, he was still one of the better catchers in baseball. There were ups, there were downs (the first base experience comes to mind), but all Mets fans will remember Mike fondly for the great things he has done for this organization during his tenure as a Met. I hope that wherever Mike winds up, he enjoys success in the twilight of his career.

(Editor’s note: I had intended to include this section in my original blog post, but had neglected to include it in the original draft. If you read my original post and did not see this section, that’s why.)

Miguel Tejada wants out of Baltimore. Perhaps he read my article from Monday slamming Jim Duquette (cheap plug), the new Vice President of Baseball Relations for the Orioles. Actually, he just seems ticked off that the Orioles haven’t done a lot to improve the team since he’s been there. I guess signing Ramon Hernandez wasn’t doing it for him. Anyway, since he’s a player who wants to be traded, his name will inevitably come up in Mets trade rumors. If you read my Jose Reyes article of two weeks ago (another cheap plug), you know I am in favor of trading Reyes. So why not a deal of Reyes and maybe Lastings for Tejada? Who blinks first in making that trade, the Mets or the O’s? I say the Mets, and I don’t know why, because they would destroy the Orioles on that trade. Well, I know why, they love Jose Reyes, but still.

SportsNet New York is happy about the Mets’ postseason thus far. As they should be; even if the Mets absolutely suck next year, there is a buzz about the team, so at least early on, there should be people viewing the network. Well, if they ever work out cable clearances. If the programming on the network is solid, even if the team sucks, people will tune back into SNY. What bothers me, though, is that Keith Hernandez appears to be the front runner for the analyst position. WHY? No Mets fans like him. Shouldn’t the goal of creating a broadcast team be to put together a pair or a trio of broadcasters that people at home would want to listen to? Shouldn’t that be the basic goal? If anybody from SNY is reading this, please, no Keith Hernandez. Let the legend of Keith Hernandez from 1986 and from “taking it out” on Seinfeld live on.

And in other broadcasting news, the Mets have announced that Tom McCarthy will be the new radio voice of the Mets. I really like this. I’ve been listening to Tom McCarthy since his days as the play by play voice of the Trenton Thunder and host of the local Tom McCarthy show, and he is a really good broadcaster. He’s worked the last few years for the Phillies, and it will be a pleasure hearing him work games with Howie Rose for WFAN. Now the Mets have three really good play by play guys hired to cover the team on both radio and television. Here’s hoping they can find somebody adequate to team with Gary Cohen on SNY, and here’s hoping it’s not Keith frickin’ Hernandez.

Wagner signs; Is Manny next?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005


Billy Wagner was introduced to the media for the first time as a New York Met today. Here is an interesting article from the New York Times, which covers the timetable of the Wagner courtship, and also mentions how a Mets staffer from Virgina was able to play a role in the acquisition of Wagner. You know, at first I think Wagner and his buddy Bean Stringfellow (the name will never die in this blog – every time I mention Wagner, I will mention the Beaner as well) were just using the Mets to drive up the Phillies’ offer. But when the Mets did so much to make Billy feel at home during his trip, what with tickets to the opera for his wife, trips to the suburbs, bringing in a Virginia staffer to help ease any reservations he may have had, I think all of these things made the Mets look like a first-class organization that goes the extra mile for players, and when the Mets offered Wagner financial security for the rest of his life, I think he had to take the offer. Whether I like the Wagner deal or not (and I think short term, it will be great, but it could suffer long-term), I have to give Omar Minaya credit for being a very good general manager for the way he handled the Wagner courtship. He does go the extra mile to land players he wants to get, which is why I think it will be clear shortly who he wants between Benjie Molina and Ramon Hernandez. By the way, my favorite part of the article linked above is the story about Tom Glavine and his wife entering into the picture, showing Wagner and his wife around and trying to make them feel at home in New York. It’s almost like the Glavines were college tour guides showing a prospective 17 year old student around campus. Maybe a few years down the line, the Wagners can take over that role from the Glavines. Maybe Bean can get involved as well.

So is Manny Ramirez next? Bob Klapisch from the Bergen Record says…maybe. First of all, ol’ Bob may want to go with a better nickname than “The Klap.” His nickname conjures images of sores on one’s genitals. That isn’t exactly the image people want to receive from their sports writers, though sometimes I wonder if instead of “Mad Dog,” Chris Russo’s nickname should be “Gonorrhea of the Soul.” Anyway, back to Klap’s article. He’s reporting that there is a trade on the table right now that would involve Cliff Floyd, Aaron Heilman, and Lastings Milledge for Manny Ramirez and cash. I say “Hell no,” and here’s why. Giving up Lastings, in and of itself, is not a bad move. He’s a young kid, has never played above AA, and who knows if he’ll pan out, especially with the Mets’ record of developing outfielders. But Heilman AND Floyd? If they trade Floyd, then they still have a hole to fill in the outfield. They still have to find somebody to play right field, unless they’re going to go with Diaz or Nady there, both of whom have flaws (though I wouldn’t be against leaving Diaz there and letting him bat sixth or seventh). Plus, they would trade away one of their few returning bullpen pitchers who actually pitched effectively last year. Heilman would have a lot of value to the Mets as a spot starter/setup man next year. He would go a long way towards fixing some of the problems the Mets have had in the ‘pen the last few years, as much as signing Billy Wagner. So the end result is an upgrade in left (and perhaps not even that big of an upgrade; Floyd had a really good year last year, and Manny’s numbers are falling, and a move to Shea would only hasten that fall) and a downgrade in the bullpen, plus they take on more money and lose a prospect. I don’t have a vote, but I say no.

Here’s some leftover articles from the Delgado press conference. That sure got buried underneath the Wagner signing, didn’t it? Here’s some quotes courtesy of the Daily News. You know, he said all the right things, smiled, talked to both the English and Spanish media. I think he’ll be absolutely fine in New York, at least the first year or two. Oh, and here’s a quote for Chris “Gonorrhea of the Soul” Russo:

“I’m competitive and if you’re competitive and you don’t win, it kind of sucks. I’m here because I want to win. There’s a good opportunity here, they’re putting together a good ballclub and trying to make it better. That’s all a player trying to win can ask for.”

Did you read that, Russo? He’s a competitive player. He wants to win. Just because he didn’t want to be dealt to the Dodgers doesn’t mean he isn’t competitive. Just because he doesn’t display emotion the way others would doesn’t mean he isn’t passionate. Keep that in mind before you smash a player you know absolutely nothing about. Anyway, enough of the Russo slams. The Delgado signing looks to be beneficial for Carlos Beltran as well. Delgado will give Beltran more of a support system than he had in his first year, and with Delgado hitting behind him, Beltran should have a bounceback season. He won’t be required to carry the load as much, and with a year to adjust for Shea for the first time, and hitting against NL pitching, he should be better. Also in that article, the yearly Barry Zito rumor has is thrown in for good measure. I think the Barry Zito rumor mill has been around almost as long as the Alfonso Soriano rumor mill. Anyway, that probably won’t happen. The Mets are a “tools” organization, and the A’s are a “statistical analysis” organization, I doubt they have anybody the A’s would want in exchange for Zito.

Here’s some more on SportsNet New York, with this article indicating that it isn’t the TV network that is funding the massive payroll increase, at least not yet. It’s going to need some cable and satellite clearances, (and on a personal note, damn would that stink if DirecTV doesn’t carry it) plus, it would have to, you know, exist before it could generate revenue. It also notes that no color analyst has been named to go with Gary Cohen, with Ron Darling’s name also being thrown in there for the first time that I’ve seen. I wouldn’t be against that; he’s an intelligent guy, and a player from the ‘86 team that isn’t Keith Hernandez. The article also notes that Ralph Kiner and Tom Seaver will likely be a part of the network. In Kiner’s case, I hope it’s as the host of Classic Kiner’s Korner, which absolutely NEEDS to happen. I think I would set a Tivo season pass for that. As for Seaver, as long as he’s not doing games, I’m fine with him being a part of the network. But please, keep him out of the booth. He’s a Mets legend, one of the best pitchers to ever play the game, but man, is he irritating to listen to.

That will do it for tonight’s update. You’ll notice that the site has undergone some aesthetic changes lately, that I think are for the better. You’ll also note that, after three weeks of having one Good Person on the Good People list, that I’ve started to include some Mets blogs on there. With future updates, I’m going to start linking to Mets blogs when an interesting point is made, but I encourage all readers here to check out these Mets blogs. They all have good information and give you other takes on the situations I talk about here. I’m also looking to add writers to the site here, so if interested, send a writing sample to MiracleMets@optonline.net. Also, if you have a site and would like to exchange links with me, feel free to drop me a line and I would be happy to do so.

Wagner fallout; catching up from yesterday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005


Okay, since I posted the Reyes article last night, I didn’t do a full update yesterday, and I apologize for that. I figured I’d post the Reyes article because nothing would happen on Monday, and then they go and sign Billy Wagner. Oh well. Let’s see what’s out there tonight.

The New York Times discusses the process that led to the acquisition of Wagner. We’ve been covering that pretty extensively here, so there isn’t a whole lot of breaking news in there, it’s just all covered in one convenient timeline for you to enjoy. There’s also some tidbits from the Carlos Delgado press conference, which kind of wound up on the backburner after Wagner signed. More on that below. Here’s more on Wagner from Newsday, with the mention in there that Manny could be next. I can’t see that. I mean, the salary restictions are too great. I mean, the Mets’ lineup would be ridiculous if they could pull it off, but they still have to sign a catcher. Manny is an extra $20 million a year they’d have to try to fit into the budget. There’s no way they could work that out.

Also from the Times, this article talks about the changes that have taken place in the Mets’ front office the last two years. Omar Minaya is clearly very aggressive, and with the new cable network, Fred Wilpon is much more eager to spend money on players with more money coming in. You know, I may say a lot of negative things about the moves the Mets make, but I really can’t say too much negative about the front office. The past two offseasons, they have acquired quite a collection of talent, and have paid out a pretty penny to acquire it. They clearly have the best interests of Mets fans in mind while making these moves. Granted, that’s more so they can get money from the Mets fans, but I do have to commend them for going the extra mile for fans. These moves may come back to haunt them, but they are steps towards hopefully bringing a championship to Queens. At least it isn’t Kansas City or Miami. By the way, this article mentions including Matsui in a trade for Manny Ramirez. Why in the world would the Red Sox want Kaz Matsui?

More from Newsday, with some Manny talk, some Delgado talk, and some Soriano talk for good measure. It’s more of a general sports column, but the first two items are Mets related. Skip the rest if you don’t care about the Yankees or the NFL. The Soriano thing is interesting. It does make sense; the Mets were constantly talking about acquiring him when Duquette was the GM, then Omar Minaya takes over, hires Willie Randolph, and all of a sudden, it has died down. I don’t think Soriano is leaving Texas, though. Every year, the rumor mill says he’s on his way out, and every year, he winds up back in Texas, performing at his high level.

Here’s a thought. In that article, the author notes that the Mets would have to move salary in order to acquire Manny. Is it crazy to imagine a scenerio where the Mets trade Beltran and prospect(s) for Manny? It would clear salary for the Mets, it would fill center for the Red Sox in case they lose Johnny Damon…it almost seems too logical. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that deal at all, I think it would be terrible for the Mets. I think Beltran will eventually get it going and be a productive player for them, and he certainly has a better shot at being productive at the end his contract than Manny. I’m just throwing it out there as a possibility.

Even more Newsday, this one calling Carlos Delgado to task for backing down on the “God Bless America” thing. You know, I see where the writer is coming from, and I absolutely agree with him, but at the same time, I see what Delgado is doing. He knows that his protest of the war in Iraq, by not standing for “God Bless America,” will turn into a media circus in New York. If this was Pittsburgh, nobody would care. But New York writers will blow up anything in hopes of selling newspapers and then talk radio will jump on it. The fans then get stirred into a frenzy, and before you know it, Delgado is getting booed for having an opinion that is shared by a majority of Americans these days. He’s simply removing himself from controversy before it can be started. I don’t think less of Carlos Delgado for backing down on this one. I understand that he’s a quiet ballplayer and is trying to protect his own privacy, and I respect that. This issue isn’t worth the media backlash that would result from it.

The Mets may be interested in low-tier free agent second basemen. Mark Grudzielanek, Tony Graffanino…ugh. It does mention that they’ve cooled on the idea of spending $50 million to turn Rafael Furcal into a second baseman, which is a good move. But Graff and Grudz are not significantly better than Matsui. Why throw money at them when you already have Matsui? Finally, in the second biggest move they made today, the Mets have acquired…TIKE REDMAN. That’s right, the Mets have acquired Prentice’s older, better brother. Start printing World Series tickets, folks…where Tike Redman goes, championships follow.

Mets have agreed to terms with Billy Wagner

Monday, November 28th, 2005


So says ESPN.com. The terms are four years for $43 million. Bean Stringfellow must be one happy man. Each season will cost the Mets $10.5 million, with a fifth year option that could push the contract up to $50 million. If the Mets decline the option, they have to pay a $1 million buyout.

You know, this isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. At least the fifth year isn’t guaranteed, although they have to buy him out on it. This is still excessive for a player who only pitches one inning at a time. It’s a classic overreaction to something that was a real problem. Bullpens are not fixed by throwing a ton of money at one guy. Even if Wagner is good, he’s one player who throws, at the most, two innings per game. They still need to gain competence from the other four to five members of the bullpen. And that’s assuming that Wagner will retain his effectiveness over the course of the four year deal. While I don’t think the Mets will regret this deal as much as the Jays will regret the BJ Ryan signing, I still don’t really think it’s a great move. It’s a panic move to a problem that isn’t necessarily fixed.

With that out of the way, the catching situation should fall in line this week. There’s still a hole in right (unless they plan to start either Diaz or Nady there) and at second (where they will probably start Matsui there, even though he’s terrible). I have a feeling that, after the catching situation is resolved, Omar has one more move left in him. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Before Wagner signed, I wrote a long article detailing why the Mets should trade Jose Reyes. In the article, I said that Wagner could sign any day now. Fifteen hours later, he was a Met. Clearly, I am a prophet. Give that a read if you have a chance, and I’ll have all the newspaper articles up about Wagner sometime tonight or tomorrow morning.

Edited twice – once after the inital announcement was made with my reaction to the deal, and then again to correct the contract terms, which had originally been reported incorrectly.

Then edited again because somebody was using a picture I had hosted of Billy Wagner as their avatar on a message board – so I switched the photo to the lovely picture of Jessica Alba you see above.

The Mets are interested in two catchers

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

You already know this, if you’ve visited here even once since we started this page. At the start of free agency, there were four catchers available. One was former Mets catcher Mike Piazza, who won’t be returning since he and the Mets are no longer getting along. Another, Kenji Jojima, signed with the Seattle Mariners. So that leaves Ramon Hernandez and Benjie Molina. (Post) Omar has extended offers to both of them, (Daily News) and hopes to sign one soon. (Newsday) I listed which paper each article came from, in case you have a preference from which newspaper from which you read the exact same damn thing.

Other than that, it’s been a slow weekend. There won’t be any news on the Wagner front probably for at least a week, if not longer, the Mets are likely done on the trade market, having acquired Delgado, and there really aren’t any other significant free agents the Mets are interested in. I wanted to post a new article I wrote Thursday night, but I want to go through another round of proofreading before I post it, and I didn’t have time to do that tonight, so unless something major breaks tomorrow, I’ll post it tomorrow night.