Saturday, January 29, 2011

The inevitable has come...

"Oh no way, we don't have money problems...". Well, it seems ya do there, Fred and Jeff. The optimist says that it is what they say it is, this whole Picard law suit may bring problems, and they have to be prepared for a hit. The pessimist says they're full of shit, and have known all along about money problems, and waited for as many season-ticket renewals as possible before coming clean. Where do you stand on that issue?

What will it mean? On the bright side, it could mean an infusion of cash and an ability to spend next off season (I just had a vision of Pujols playing 1B at Citi). On the other, it could mean a clamping down on spending, if the Wilpons are broke and they bring in a conservative partner. All this when we all had our eyes on the off season of 2011, when they'd have $60MM to spend. The question now is, will they spend it?

Chris Young is in, and that's good. Hearing him talk this week, I never realized that he's never been a power pitcher in the true sense, so maybe his comeback from surgery is quite possible. I'm psyched to see him out there.

Dickey got extended. I couldn't help that one. Dickey also got lengthened. Ok, I'll stop now.

15 days until Ps and Cs. It's almost here and I can't wait, destitute owners or not.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sandy snags a Met killer

Sandy Alderson brought us long-time Met killer Willie Harris yesterday. I LOVE this move, probably more than I should. Why? Not for the dumb reason people are talking about, "he can't hurt us any more". I LOVE this move for two reasons. First, Harris is the perfect fourth outfielder. He has a great glove and speed, attributes that are vital off the bench. And second, it shows that our leadership knows how the pieces fit together on a ball club. Harris is right for the role. You don't use Nick Evans as a fourth OF. Why? Let's start with the fact that HE IS NOT AN OF. That means defensive liability. Next, he can't hit or run. So why would you dream of having him in the role? Well, only our previous GM (whose name will never be mentioned) would think that's a good idea.

A few other thoughts....

Tankersly- good signing, gets lefties out (they hit .200 against him). Good LOOGY to have.

Capuano/Buckholz- eh, we'll see. Two guys with three Tommy John surgeries. In the year of low risk/high reward, why not?

Now get Chris Young, given the budget constraints (thanks again, previous GM. You're a swell guy), we'd have about the best team we can.

30 days until PSL! Yeah baby!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hmm, what about Eckstein?

Today is the last day of a long Christmas vacation. During this time, I've been wondering how to solve the problems of the world-well, maybe just the Mets problems. Anyway, we all know that they have little money and several needs (never a good combination when you're trying to sell tickets). The pitching is a mess in my opinion, and should be priority number 1. But after that, two things come to mind. Second base is a HUGE problem, with Emaus, Murphy and Castillo. The bench is also a big problem. Whenever Nick Evans's name is in the mix, you know you have a problem.

So, keeping in mind the limited financial resources, I came up with the name David Eckstein. Here, you have a veteran who could play off the bench, and also another 2B option, should all else fail. Sounds to me like a 2 for 1 sale! And not to mention, the fans will love his "run-through-a-wall" mentality. Of course, the issue here is whether or not he'd be willing to accept a part-time role, but it is January and he still has no job.

The more I think of it, the more I like it. Enough for now, global warming awaits my brain power.