Some Dish Options
There are a couple ideas being thrown around to solve the catching problem.
I'm warming up to the idea of the Mets acquiring Kendall, but still not sold yet. If adding payroll is not out of the question, which Duquette has certainly been saying, then maybe Jason Kendall is not the worst thing they can do. My friend is convincing me that if the Pirates pick up $10,000,000, then the reduced money owed to him makes it a possibility for the Mets to move him at the end of this year or after 2005 to make room for Huber or whatever they have in plan. He is an on base machine, though he does not hit many extra base hits. But at this point, I'll take any hit from that position. The biggest negative means that Piazza's move to first is basically an everyday thing. He would most likely not be catching twice a week anymore. However, Kendall has played over 100 games at the corner outfield spots in the past three years which leads me to believe he can at least play first base and an outfield position if necessary. He is very intriguing in that respect. It is just that I cannot continue to watch Phillips play anymore. I've pretty much given him the benefit of the doubt until now and have not said many negatives things (if any) about him. In fact he is largely ignored by my blog, but the fact that he sucks cannot be ignored (especially after what he did on Saturday). The other positive is that if Kendall comes, the Mets win the Benson bidding battle for sure and perhaps at a lower price to the Mets in terms of what they are giving up.
Also, if Kendall comes, it locks Benson coming to the Mets, then this comes too.
Another idea is to maybe venture out of the box. This one is to get more production out of the catcher spot and Piazza. Whether you are trading Wiggie or not, bring up Wright. Put Wright at third and Wiggie at first (I really feel he cannot do much worse than Piazza and may actually be a slight upgrade). Wiggie will play about five games a week between Reyes sitting about once a week, Wright sitting once in while, and Piazza can still play first two or three times a week for day games after night games. It cannot be ignored the difference in Piazza's production when he plays first and catches. To me, it is worth a shot to play the numbers and see if there really is a correlation. At this point the sample size is over 130 at-bats at each position. You would have to think Piazza is fresher and able to put up more offensive numbers while he is playing first, but that just is not what is happening. He has twice the number of homers as a catcher in less at-bats and about .080 more points on the batting average. Whatever is going on now needs to be considered. I do realize that he played catcher predominantly in the beginning of the season and first base more recently. It could be he is wearing down, but that cannot be confirmed until he actually gets some consistent at bats at catcher to see if sitting behind the dish has any relation to his overall numbers. Look, we all know players can sometimes suffer from confidence issues. It is possible that a player playing out of position may be less relaxed at the plate since their mind may be on the other things, like not embarrassing themselves.
The last thing is the most obvious choice and after yesterday's game, the choice that will be made. Give Vance the shot full time. He plays better defense than Phillips and he gives you a pretty decent bat. I think he can turn in .265 and 15 homeruns in a full season which would be welcome production over Phillips at this point. Howe has already said this is what is going to happen and this is the best decision right now since it involves no roster juggling.
Randy Johnson seems destined for the Yankees, and shouldn't the question be why? How can a club spend $184.2 million on players and still be in need of midseason reinforcements? Shouldn't $184.2 million buy you a team that could weather injuries and ineffectiveness? You could spend $10 million on each of the nine players in your lineup, each of the five members of your rotation, plus your closer, and that would still give you $34.2 million for the other 10 players on your roster, whom you'd be paying at the rate of an $85.5 million 25-man payroll.
I just think the Yankees front office gets more credit than they deserve. While they have run it better than the Mets for the past decade, they get too much praise. They deserved all the praise in the world for the team they assembled in 1996 which basically lasted through 2001, but after 2001 it has been a different story.
Phil Arvia seems to think that the Carl Everett signing has bigger implications than this year's pennant race.
Both have player options for next season — Thomas at $8 million, Everett at $4 million (plus a $500,000 buyout or $5 million team option for 2006). Because of injuries, neither will amass the kinds of numbers this season that will suggest a better deal awaits on the open market.
So that's $12 million committed to two players. Add in all the other guaranteed contracts for next season, the Sox are at $49.55 million for 12 guys.
The Sox's payroll this season is roughly $65 million. Even if you bump that to $70 million for next season, it might be kind of tough to fit the $14 million Ordonez wants plus contracts for another dozen guys for the $20 million or so Williams will have to spend.
Phil, we'll get Magglio's blue and orange jersey all set and give him a nice corner locker with a view of some lovely Queens auto-body shops.
The Yankees have the all time lead with having won 100 games or more seventeen times.
Our very own Mets have won 100 games three times.
This wasn't the first time he referred to Democrats as 'girlie men' either. In 1992 he said:
“We don’t talk about those Democrats. I watched that debate and they all looked like a bunch of girlie men.”
I think it is safe to assume he believes most Democrats have less testosterone than he does. While that may be true, he may want to choose his words more carefully to describe his opposition.
UPDATE: I found out that Karim was DFA according to Always Amazin'. RIP Karim, I thought you played hard for the Mets and gave it your all. Good luck.
UPDATE #2: Karim was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Mike DeJean. Exciting stuff! DeJean's ERA is 6.13 so far in 39.2 innings.