The 40-man roster is starting to take shape and below is rough of idea of how it will look on opening day. Strickland, Moreno, or Roberts could be on it and I took Jeff Duncan off because he'll presumably be knocked off when they need to make some space. When the average age of a team is calculated, it is done off of the entire 40-man roster. With the below figures, the Mets average age is about .6 years younger than their 2004 squad. At least they are moving in the right direction.
After I spent all this time doing this table, I asked myself why I did. It really serves no purpose and adds no value to anyone's knowledge of the team. But since I made it, I figured I would post it anyway. I hope someone gets something out of it. I know I didn't.
Red Sox execs were thrilled and relieved that the Yankees passed on Beltran. Though Randy Johnson's a true ace, a Boston exec termed him "risky" and said of Beltran, "Over the next seven years, maybe nobody will produce more."
Ian Bladergroen -- or Blade, as he's known -- was a loss for the Mets, who sent him to Boston for Mientkiewicz. Said one Mets exec, "We may regret this in three years."
Whether it's Ordonez, free agent Jeromy Burnitz or a trade for the Mets' Cliff Floyd, the Cubs feel they can pick up the production slack left by Sosa's departure. That remains to be seen, but the Cubs believe they ultimately are adding by subtracting Sosa, who didn't want to be back after ripping manager Dusty Baker at the end of last season.
Q. Why are there no other heavy bidders?
A. Clearly, Ordonez's knee has made teams nervous. But the Tigers aren't known for being reckless in these situations, so why they're able to craft contract language that satisfies their concerns, and why other teams don't seem as motivated or as equipped to do the same, is curious.