December 12, 2007

THE ONLY SAVING GRACE...:

Mets Failed To Maximize Potential This Offseason (TIM MARCHMAN, December 12, 2007, NY Sun)

It is mid-December, and the Mets have traded for two catchers and signed a third — which doesn't account for Yorvit Torrealba, whom they may or may not have signed last month. Everyone that anyone blamed for their scandalous September collapse is gone: Lastings Milledge, Tom Glavine, Guillermo Mota, Paul Lo Duca, Shawn Green, and Rickey Henderson. Ostentatious offers of everything short of home plate have been made to the Minnesota Twins for ace pitcher Johan Santana.

One might almost discern a hint of panic in all this frenetic motion.

To be fair, Omar Minaya is at the mercy of conditions. The Mets are a contending club, and this explains most of what he's done. The team simply has to have a real second baseman, and so Minaya overpaid in re-signing Luis Castillo, an adequate veteran who played well enough for the Mets. In a market that offered no good catchers, he at least came up with Brian Schneider, who can play every day and has some defensive skills. Minaya, by all accounts, has been aggressive about getting Santana. Assuming Minaya replaces Glavine, the Mets are better on paper now than they were at the end of the season.

Still, no one cares about the windows when there's a hole in the roof, which is what's happening right now.


...is that the Yankees have gone backwards too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 12, 2007 12:00 AM
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