Well, the catcher position has been filled. Paul Lo Duca is a New York Met. We should all feel lucky if his numbers follow the same path as another catcher from Los Angeles to Florida to New York. But it’s early to be comparing Lo Duca to Mike Piazza, especially when Lo Duca’s numbers haven’t warranted that sort of comparison. I just hope Lo Duca can give the Mets nice production out of the 7 or 8 hole. Unfortunately, Omar is looking at Lo Duca as a 2 hitter, which is just silly. Lo Duca can’t get on base, and for those who feel speed should be near the top of the lineup, he’s not fast, either. On the plus side, hey, he grew up a Mets fan. That has to be a plus, right? Plus, if he stinks, the Mets are only on the hook for two years, whereas if Hernandez and Molina stink, they would be on the hook for at least three years, and probably closer to four, knowing how Omar negotiates. The Post talks about the trade, and also mentions that the Mets are still interested in Sammy Sosa. Omar, did you see the season Sammy had last year? There is no doubt in my mind that Sammy Sosa would be a horrible free agent signing for the Mets. All he would do is take at-bats away from Victor Diaz, who I am projecting would win a right field battle with Xavier Nady in Spring Training. Omar, Sammy isn’t the player he was in 1998. Let it be.
With the catcher thing out of the way, the goal is now to touch up the roster. I don’t see a Manny deal working itself out this week, though that will be a big topic of discussion for sure. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them land another pitcher, though. That seems to be the big talk of late, shipping Benson out and picking up either Barry Zito or Javier Vazquez. AJ Burnett is likely off the market, so I’m ruling him out. Vazquez is the more likely choice. With Arizona’s hands basically tied in terms of having to deal him, I don’t think it will cost the Mets much to get him. I can’t see the Mets having the horses to get Zito, especially after dealing Gaby Hernandez to get Lo Duca. And, for you Anna Benson lovers out there, she is in negotiations with Playboy for a nude pictorial. So there you go, something for you to look forward to, whether Kris Benson remains a Met or not.