Johnny Estrada: Easy Come, Easy Go?
Okay, somebody please tell me what’s going on…
Adam Rubin of the Daily News is reporting that Johnny Estrada may not be sticking around too long. Here is what he wrote this moning…
The Mets have landed a catcher – but this one might not be around long either. As a bonus, the other team took Guillermo Mota.
"Johnny adds depth to our catching situation," GM Omar Minaya said in a statement that raised red flags because it suggested that Estrada and Ramon Castro may not ultimately be the catching tandem by Opening Day. (Now, other teams may have less leverage in a potential trade with the Mets for a catcher because viable alternatives are in place.)
Unlike some other writers, Adam has always proven to be a very heady and insightful writer. He has excellent instincts because he has a great passion for the team he covers and is very connected to the team. He is among my favorite writers because he is not given to the outlandish rumors that we see and read so much about these days.
I agree with him with regard to the Mets gaining a lot of leverage now if they are in hot pursuit of another catcher. I would also be content if the Mets chose to keep Estrada and platoon him with Castro next season.
I am curious to see if Omar is indeed parlaying this deal into a more significant deal with lets say the Orioles, who have gone into rebuilding mode. Maybe even a Ramon Hernandez and Erik Bedard deal is in the works.
There’s no telling, but one thing is certain…
I love the Hot Stove Season!
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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