Pitchers and catchers are due to report to Port St. Lucie in six day sand the Mets have been busy tying up some loose ends and adding a few more uninspiring names to the possible roster mix. Lets take a look at what has transpired in the past few days since my last post:
- The Mets brought back our old buddy Mike Jacobs, signing him to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Jacobs if you remember had a rousing start with the Amazins’ in 2005 when he hit 11 HRs in just 100 ABs after beingcalled up late in the season. Jacobs was subsequently shipped away to Florida in the offseason in the Carlos Delgado deal. It was a rough go for Jacobs last season in Kansas City, where he hit a paltry .228, with 19 HR and 61 while striking out a whopping 132 times in just 434 ABs. If he has a hot spring, he could be in position to challenge Daniel Murphy for some playing at first base. If not, it is safe to say he’ll be toiling at Buffalo or looking for work in another city
- 34-year old Japanese import Hisanori Takahashi was signed to a minor league deal that would pay him up to $2 million if he made the team. Takahashi pitched for the Giants last season, where he had a respectable 2.94 ERA while accumulating 126 Ks in 144 innings of work. The lefty hurler is know for his finesse pitches, most notably his screwball. Takahashi is expected to get a shot to claim the fifth spot in the rotation and may stick as a long man in the bullpen if he is beaten out for that slot.
- Jason Pridie was claimed off of waivers from the Twins on Tuesday. The 26-year old Pridie has all of four major league ABs and figures to start the year in the minors, adding a bit of organizational outfield depth
- The Mets brought in yet another backup catcher when they signed Shawn Riggans to a minor league deal. Riggans spent all four of his major league seasons with Tampa Bay and was limited to only 29 games last season because of shoulder tendinitis.
It is safe to say these four transactions don’t threaten to put the Mets over the top in the NL East. In fact, it is safe to say nothing the Mets did (or didn’t) do this offseason has the rest of the NL East shaking in their boots. Beyond the core of superstars returning successfully from injuries, there are so many questions marks surrounding this team and its opening day roster.
When Jeff Wilpon and Omar Minaya sat on the set of WFAN with Mike Francesa on October 5th they said they were going to do whatever it took to improve this team. They said they were going to continue to try and build a team focused on pitching and defense. Wilpon said the team’s financial situation will not force Minaya to pull back the payroll.
What they didn’t say is that they were essentially lying to their fans when they spouted this BS over the radio after the disasterous 2009 season had mercifully ended.
1)They did not to whatever it took to improve the team, otherwise they would have decided to take a gamble on Ben Sheets, take a flier on Chien-Ming Wang, throw a little extra money at Joel Pineiro.
2)Jason Bay is a nice piece but his signing apparently was all the Mets had in the tank financially, thus no improvement to the more critical ares of need (pitching, defense and speed) which Wilpon and Minaya promised the team would upgrade.
3)Most glaringly, the payroll dropped a whopping $30 million!!! All those that have reached out to the Wilpons to get a comment on the drop in payroll have been turned away. You think maybe there is a reason for that? Those of us who bleed for this team are in the process of having our hearts shattered by the ineptitude of its ownership and there is no relief in sight.