Gulp, gulp, gulp...
What does gulp, gulp, gulp mean? Well, if you listened to the Mike and the Mad Dog Show yesterday you would know. I've never seen such a display of....um....affection from Mike and the Mad Dog in my life toward the Mets. I had to check the calendar to make sure it was not April 1st and I had my friend punch me in the stomach to make sure I was not dreaming the entire deal. Bringing in Mr. Bill Wagner (as Carlos Delgado affectionately calls him) shortly after reeling in Delgado has brought out the good side of the usually dim witted duo. Of course they had to add in their off base comments like Met fans can never say the Yankees buy their championships because of their new found desire to buy everyone and anyone amongst other off base opinions, but I would like to point out they are still about nine Mr. Billy Wagner's off of their payroll.
They then went on to talk about how the Mets asserted themselves as a relevant baseball team in New York and that this was not the Yankees town anymore. Of course I could care less what they say, but it goes a long way in showing how the perception of the Mets has changed. They have gone from the red headed step child, the junior varsity team, second class citizens, etc. all by spending a few hundred million dollars and handing out no trade clauses like condoms at a Planned Parenthood Clinic. As the newest Met and good 'ole boy Billy Wagner said, "if you win in New York, you are remembered forever". The only thing left for this team to do is actually do that.
Lowest career opponents BA among active pitchers*Not bad and the Mets have two of them. Of course Armando Benitez being on this list is possibly damning to any good points that can be taken out of this, but whatever.
Billy Wagner .183
Armando Benitez .187
Troy Percival .187
Pedro Martinez .208
Trevor Hoffman .208
*Minimum 500 IP
Jeff Wilpon admitted as much when he said, "We want to create something exciting on the field instead of waiting for the minor-leaguers to produce."
Oh, baby. Even if you think it, keep it to yourself.
"Good gracious, they're going to have a good team. Aren't they?"
--Erstwhile Mets outfielder Mike Cameron, reflecting on New York's trade for Carlos Delgado
"I like where I'm going [San Diego], and I'm in center field again. But I'll be watching for those New York Mets."
Hopefully he wins a gold glove this year and does it all for San Diego.
The other two quotes from Baseball Prospectus' This Week in Quotes that stand out are from David Wright and BJ Ryan.
"It's not fun. It's almost like a cartoon, the ball is in the mitt before you see it. And the difference between Billy and a lot of closers is that he throws inside. And when he throws that slider of his that looks like a fastball, before you know it, it buries in on your back foot. No, it's not fun at all."
--Mets third baseman David Wright, on facing free agent closer Billy Wagner (New York Post)
"Bo Junior. After my dad. That's just straight redneck-ology, right there."
--Free agent B.J. Ryan, on how his given name "Robert Victor" became "B.J."
No he wouldn't. He will not get the chance, but he would never win a Gold Glove within a year and probably never ever ever. Sure Jeter is athletic, but there are a lot of athletic people in this league.
I'm torn. I think Looper could be useful, but he certainly would not be the main set-up man.
Once again, I'm torn. He's old so you don't know if you are going to get what you did last year out of him and he represents a possible first round pick if someone else signs him and the Mets offer him arbitration. The Mets can ink Dotel and offer Bert and Looper arbitration and hope they go elsewhere. If they don't, the Mets have a mighty expensive, but effective bullpen.