The Winter Meetings are less than a week away and all things hot stove are sure to heat up then. As of right now, the Mets have made a little noise on the free agent front. First off, let’s welcome back Alex Cora, who signed a 1-year/$2 million deal to come back and be the Mets primary utility infielder next season. Cora, who I can attest to first hand, is a solid locker room presence and as we saw last season, is a tough cookie. He played a good chunk of the season with a busted up thumb before finally joining the swollen ranks on the Mets DL when it was clear all hope was lost for the Mets. I have no problem with this signing but it certainly ain’t winning the Amazins any World Series titles.
The Mets also added former Phillies backstop Chris Coste, signing him to a deal which guarantees him a spot on the 40-man roster but not promise him a spot on the opening day roster (Ironically….today the Phils proceeded to ink Mets castoff Brian Schneider to a two year deal to back up Carlos Ruiz). Coste is probably more well known for his book “The 33-Year-Old Rookie” then for his performance on the field. To top it off, Coste, in an interview with CSN in Philadelphia said:
“It’s the last team I ever saw myself playing for. I knew I was going to accept it, but had to think about it for a few days… It wasn’t my choice to leave Philly… I never wanted to leave Philadelphia, I will always consider myself a Phillie.”
Way to get off on the right foot with Mets fans, Chris. Here’s to you languishing in the minors for the rest of your career. In any case, get ready for Omar to do some moving and shaking at the meetings in Indianapolis , but don’t expect him to bring back the treasure (Bay, Holliday, Lackey, etc….) we all are hoping for.