Duda-is he a RF or trade bait? I was surprised at how many want to give Lucas a shot in RF. I want to give Lucas a shot to be what I think he is, a DH. I say use him in a package to get a RF who can lead off. I was out voted.
Reyes- no one was surprised (obviously) and no one was terribly broken up by his departure. We loved Jose, but at $106MM for 6, we're happy to say "Adios, Papi".
Niese- strong reaction here. Everyone felt trading Niese would be a mistake, even if a young pitcher and another piece comes back. I agree. We have a young stud LH. Why trade him for a "maybe"? Keep our guy!
Bullpen- consensus that the moves will help. No one liked the idea of blowing twenty one 7th inning and beyond leads (haha), and everyone felt Sandy did well with limited resources. And interestingly, no one made wise cracks about folding chairs. I was the only one pleading with Santa to re-home Parnell.
Funniest line of the night goes to "Mr. Coop", who said, "In 2012, the Mets will be deceptive. They'll be worse than you think".
Whether we agreed or not, the night was another reminder that baseball is the greatest game on earth. Think about it. It's football season (we all love football). it's holiday time, there was ample alcohol and junk food (including macaroni and cheese balls)-yet all we wanted to talk about was a team with financial difficulties that has not had a winning season in three years. Gotta love baseball. And thanks for having a mid-winter birthday, Coop! I needed a baseball fix.