Things That Make Me Go Hmmmm…
This is the time of year where I start getting antsy and can’t wait for baseball to get here already. The holidays are over, the weather sucks, and the waiting is the hardest part. This is a renamed version of my old “Cup of Joe” posts where I share some thoughts on the latest Mets news along with some rants and maybe some raves if I can find something to rave about.
Looks like you wont be seeing any “F-Bomb from F-Mart” headlines on the back pages of the NY Post or Daily News in 2012 and beyond unless of course Fernando Martinez hits a game winner against the Mets – a very likely scenario given our luck. What ticks me off about this was why we didn’t just keep him on the 40 man roster and hope that he reestablished some value in Binghamton or Buffalo before just letting him go for zilch in return. I’m not convinced this was a smart move by Alderson. I hope that opting to keep D.J. Carrasco doesn’t blow up in all our faces. By the way, it’s now apparent Carrasco has a lock on a bullpen spot, so…. (Feel free to cringe.)
I couldn’t help getting a chuckle out of this when I read it on Amazin Avenue this morning:
At one point this offseason it appeared that Ryan Madsen was going to get 44 million dollars guaranteed by the phoolish Ruben Amaro Jr. Amaro then paid even more for Papelbon. Now Madsen has signed on for the Reds for 1 year and 8.5 million dollars. Silly, silly Phillies…
There’s only one thing missing from that short diatribe… The Phillies will get a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds, and the Reds’ second-round pick. Those picks are currently Nos. 38 and No. 72. Or basically the same return the Mets will get for losing Reyes, only the Phillies still have an elite closer and I’m not sure I can say the Mets have an elite shortstop. Silly Phillies? Okay I guess…
Interesting headlines all around the Mets blogosphere yesterday that read the “Mets Are Done” for their cold stove season including a similar headline right here on MMO. There’s so much you can read into that headline and none of it has to do with Alderson being done making anymore player moves. But I won’t go there…
Adam Rubin posted that with most of the Mets moves now complete, the payroll checks in at $90.05 million for the 2012 season. That reminds me of my prediction that Mets payroll would be closer to $85 million than $110 million two months ago when Sandy Alderson confirmed his payroll budget. My new motto is “Never trust a GM when his lips are moving.”
See you tomorrow….
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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