Knock, Knock… Can Ben Sheets, Dontrelle Willis and Roy Oswalt Come Out And Play? No, Go Home!

An article by posted on December 4, 2007

I just read an interesting article from Dan Graziano at the Star Ledger, that was chock full of interesting little tidbits for Mets fans this morning.

Let’s start off with this quote where he states that the Mets went-a-knockin’ and nobody was home…

While they have tried to engage the Marlins about Dontrelle Willis, the Astros about Roy Oswalt and the Brewers about Ben Sheets, they have been told that those pitchers are not available.

He also confirms what is being widely reported…

On the free-agent pitching front, the Mets have expressed interest in right-hander Livan Hernandez, who is drawing interest from the Phillies now that Philadelphia lost top target Randy Wolf to the Padres. The Mets also are exploring the possibility of signing right-hander Bartolo Colon, who is coming off an injury-plagued two seasons in Anaheim.

What I found most interesting was an interesting quote from Andy MacPhail…

"Omar and I have spoken, but we have not met," Orioles president Andy MacPhail said. "I’m sure we’ll get together before we leave Nashville."

You would think that if the rumors that were flying around about Erik Bedard last night were true, that Omar and MacPhail would have already had some sort of meeting?

I wrote this yesterday in response to a post on metsblog about the whole Bedard rumor…

Sweeny Murti has no idea of what he’s talking about. He did like 5-6 interviews on WFAN throughout the day starting with Joe Boningo and continuing through MATMD. Each time he was being pressed for hot rumors. If there was ANY truth to his report that the Mets were close to getting Erik Bedard, it would have been widespread and at least verified by even one legitimate sports news site like ESPN, FOX, etc.

This is the time of year that rumors and speculation are dished out like turkey on Thanksgiving. Every little murmur is magnified and then it spreads like wildfire in the blogosphere as it morphs into a larger than life story that never had any truth as it’s basis to begin with.

This entire Bedard rumor was weak and had no legs and was ignited more because of wishful thinking than anything else in my opinion..

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