Putting away all the recent discourse regarding Carlos Delgado for just a moment, I was wondering how the Mets were going to deal with a more pressing issue at the end of this season.
What about Pedro Martinez and Oliver Perez?
Obviously their situations differ greatly from that of Delgado because the Mets have an option on their first baseman, and Perez and Pedro both walk at the end of the season.
But, how should the Mets attack the pitching situation? The problem becomes a little bit more complex when you consider that John Maine will be returning from off season shoulder surgery, and until he actually gets it over with and begins rehabbing, there’s no guarantee if he will be ready by Opening Day. Case in point, Duaner Sanchez.
Yesterday, I tuned into the Yankees game while I worked and was surprised to hear John Sterling and Susan Waldman talk about who the Yankees should go after in the off season to bolster the rotation.
Together they both blurted out Oliver Perez as if it was choreographed. Sterling said, he’s young, he comes to the team already tamed, he’s a lefty, and he’s nasty. They both agreed that Oliver Perez and C.C. Sabathia would most likely be with the Yankees next season because they will throw more money at them then anybody else.
The Mets can thwart those plans if they were to sign Perez before he becomes a free agent. I don’t want to hear how he wants to play on the West Coast or how Boras won’t let him bypass free agency. We heard all those same arguments with Mike Piazza, back in the day. Money talks, and you know what walks.
And what about Pedro?
Do we let him walk too?
If Maine is not ready on Opening day, the Mets rotation is as follows:
1. Johan Santana
2. Mike Pelfrey
3, 4, 5. Tom, Dick, and Harry