One day after making an utterly horrible free agent signing, Omar somewhat redeems himself by getting something for Guillermo Mota. Not only did he get something for probably the most reviled Mets reliever ever, he actually got a starting catcher for him, Johnny Estrada. I would have taken literally ANYTHING for Mota at this point, and that they actually got something of use for him almost redeems Minaya for the Castillo signing. I am ecstatic, I could not have expected to get anything more for Mota, who might actually be the Brewers closer if Francisco Cordero signs elsewhere. Hey, good luck with that Brewers fans.
I really can’t express how happy I am. I can’t emphasize this enough – I HATED Guillermo Mota last year. Mota was one of the key reasons, in my mind, the Mets did not win the NL East, because of how poorly he played, particularly against the Phillies. That the Mets got ANYTHING of value, much less a startable catcher, for that piece of garbage has me absolutely elated. I can’t say this enough. Johnny Estrada will not make Mets fans forget about Mike Piazza, Todd Hundley, or Gary Carter, but he’ll be fine as the starter, Castro will be fine as a backup (and he should see an increased role this year), and the Mets got rid of one of the biggest problems from last year. Thanks, Omar, and thanks to you too, Doug Melvin. You saved what had been a ruined day by the BBWAA.