A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Oh Baby...

'Tis the Season for the Four-Way Trade Rumors: "Multiple independent baseball sources have told GB that the Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Devil Rays are working on a four-team megadeal that would send -- eventually
-- Miguel Tejada to the Red Sox, Kris Benson and Julio Lugo to the Orioles, Aaron Heilman and prospects to the Devil Rays, and Manny Ramirez to the Mets.

"We've been able to piece together some aspects of the deal, but they are subject to change as the teams continue to communicate with one other.

"Mets would send Heilman and (Kaz) Matsui (and $5 million) to Tampa Bay for Lugo. Then New York would send Lugo, Kris Benson, Brian Bannister and Victor Diaz to Baltimore for Tejada, and then send Tejada to the Red Sox for Manny Ramirez." -- 12.28.05, GothamBaseball.com Rumor Mill

Just keep Tejada for the love of all that is holy.

It's Not the Size That Matters, It's How You Use It....

The Mets seem to be stockpiling 5'11" pitchers that throw hard like it is going out of style. It's a shame really because they traded Scott Kazmir when he really would have fit well with what could have helped comprise the shortest pitching staff in the league. Regardless, there is a worry about the Mets and how far they can ride these arms. Will they break down? Can the Mets stand to lose one of them? They have been hearing they could break down since they have started playing baseball and this idea contributed to the reason they ultimately traded Kazmir for Victor Zambrano since he was closer to helping them win a championship.

(an aside just because I'm a masochist)
          G    IP   HR   BB   SO   W   L    WHIP   BAA   ERA
Kazmir 32 186 12 100 174 10 9 1.46 .248 3.77
Zambrano 31 166.1 12 77 112 7 12 1.48 .264 4.17

When you consider the leagues and the division is not out of the realm of possiblities that Kazmir would have posted a 3.50 ERA or below should he had a Met uni on in 2005....but I digress....

I'm not going to go as far to say that their season hinges on these two arms, but it is pretty close to it. I think the loss of Wagner is more sustainable if Heilman can continue his dominance out of the pen, but that is also contingent upon people being able to step up into Aaron's spot. Will Padilla be able to repeat? Will the Mets pony up the fourth year it will most likely take to get Tavarez? Heath Bell, Bartolome Fortunato, and Alay Soler are also big x-factors that could possibly figure into the Mets bullpen in 2006. The bullpen could be surprisingly deep and effective or it could be shockingly bad. There are so many unknowns when it comes to relievers and the Mets have more than many teams.

As far as the rotation goes, I do not see the Mets being able to sustain the loss of Pedro and be successful. What he meant to the Mets every time he started cannot be filled in by anyone. Another pitcher is probably going to be needed to help this team step into the upper echelon of the Majors even if Pedro is healthy, without him, it is trouble. Whether that other starter could be Heilman shifting to the rotation to make the bullpen weaker, which honestly may seem like the best option should they get Tavarez, and possibly step up to be the Mets second best starter or Zambrano taking over and pitching more consistently, something has to give. Pedro's health means a lot to the Mets chances at making the playoffs in 2006 and hopefully he has what it takes to lead the Mets there arm intact and hopefully the Mets solidify their rotation by Spring.

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  • Why must Yankee fans and some other people continue to think that Don Mattingly is a Hall of Famer?

  • In case you missed it, Pedro was part of a little scam. Whether it was knowingly or not is another story, but a scandal nonetheless.

  • Thanks to Andres for pointing out that Anderson Hernandez was the unanimous Rookie of the Year winner in the DWL.

  • The Mets are moving and shaking.

  • Dayn Perry gives a Mets off-season update.

    Additions: CF Endy Chavez (one year, $500K), 1B Carlos Delgado (acquired from Marlins), 1B Julio Franco (two years, $2.2M), C Paul Lo Duca (acquired from Marlins), INF/OF Xavier Nady (acquired from Padres), 3B Jose Valentin (one year, $912,500), RP Billy Wagner (four years, $43M)

    Subtractions: INF Marlon Anderson (Nationals — two years, $1.85M), CF Mike Cameron (traded to Padres), C Mike DiFelice (Nationals — minor league contract), RP Danny Graves (Indians — minor league contract), RP Roberto Hernandez (Pirates — one year, $2.5M), 1B/C Mike Jacobs (traded to Marlins), RP Braden Looper (Cardinals — three years, $13.5M), 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (Royals — one year, $1.85M)

    Needs: Middle infield depth, left-handed setup man

    The lowdown: The Washington Examiner names the Mets as being among the teams interested in trading for Baltimore SS Miguel Tejada ... The Boston Globe reports that the Mets remain interested in Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez ... According to the Newark Star-Ledger a trade for SP Barry Zito of Oakland is still possible.

    Off-season grade so far: B. The Delgado addition was excellent, and Wagner will help in the near term. Not such high marks for the Cameron and Lo Duca deals.

  • The Rangers are keeping an eye on Roger Clemens to add him to their new 'ace' Kevin Millwood.

  • 37-year old Jeromy Burnitz might get a two year, $6 million deal from the Orioles.

  • The D-backs are looking good. They could shortly have an infield of Conor Jackson, Orlando Hudson, Chad Tracy and Stephen Drew and keep them together for some time. Couple that with the acquisition of Chris Young and Carlos Quentin in the outfield and you have to be impressed with what is going on over there.
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2005

    John Sterling Is A Hack: Part II

    Christmas is finally over and despite not starting shopping until the 22nd, I kicked Christmas shopping in the testicles, punched his mom in the uterus, and gave them the finger. It was like when Neo figured out the Matrix. All turned out well in the end and just like every other year this time, there is just about no news. So I figured I would go back to my ace in the hole and just make fun of the Yankees.

    It is no secret that I think John Sterling is the suckiest suck that has ever sucked when it comes to color commentary. He is the homer of all homers. He is the worst color guy in the history of civilization and rivaled only by John Tesh at the Olympics. Let's recap:

    "It's another A-Bomb for A-Rod" or "Alexander the Great"
    "The Giam-bino"
    "Bernie goes boom" or "Bern baby bern"
    "It is high, it is far, it is gone!!!!!!!!"
    "Jeterian plays" or the occasional "Jeterian swing"
    "Thuhh-uhh-uhh YANKEES WIN!" (after they beat the Devil Rays while leading them 20 games in the standings with ten games to go.....can't he just reserve it for games that warrant this)
    "I'm not big on stats" (no shit, your dumb....and in relation to that...) "We've got you so many numbers. What do they mean? Nothing!" (except they do)
    "A Jeter jolt!"
    "Back to back and a belly to belly" (this one is just so ridiculous on so many levels)
    "Robin becomes Batman"
    "Jorgie juiced on"
    "It is high...it is far...it iiiiiisss....foul.." or "It is high...it is far...it iiiissss....caught on the warning track. I thought that thing was gone. Anyway, blah, blah, I'm a hack. Blah, blah, I touch kids..." (more on that later)
    "A thrilla..... from Godzilla"

    Perhaps no announcer is as tiring, as repetitive, and predictable. He makes calls before they happen and ends up being completely wrong on far too many occasions. Then there are times that a play happens and it takes him twenty minutes to process the information and relay it to the listeners on the radio. Few things in the world are as vomit inducing as his broadcasts and there were Red Sox vs. Yankees games I've been interested in checking out while driving, but was simply unable to rid myself of that feeling of nausea and therefore skipped the game.

    Before I get to the real order of business and the point of the post, while looking up his hack calls, I came across a message board full of them and people having discussions about this. I did run across a particular telling post that lets us all get a little more insight to John Sterling.

    Here's something that admittedly is not a regular quote at all, but I include it because it just shows so many aspects of Sterling's on-air personality, particularly the whole salty/corny dichotomy. I may not have the wording exactly, but you'll get the idea. At one point several years ago, Jorge's little son -- the cute little guy who had the problem with the plates in his skull fusing too soon, if I'm not mistaken -- was at the Stadium, and Sterling was gushing about how cute he is.

    "He's just a delicious little boy ...," Sterling said, sending my girlfriend into laugh spasms.

    But then he added the coup de grace: "... And I know little boys!"

    All perfectly nice and innocent, of course, but John has just a touch too much of the old weird uncle thing going on to pull it off.

    To this day, some people I know continue to refer to nearly anything good that Jorge does as "delicious."

    If that was just one instant, I would have left it alone.

    Oh-- and another Sterling gem... I don't remember the game, but when a Yankee batter struck out, Sterling exclaimed that he'd just been "spanked like a petulant child" by the pitcher.

    Umm, yeah. Not much I can add to that. Enough of that and back to real point of the entire post, what is he going to call Johnny Damon? The newest mega-star of the best franchise in the history of universe certainly lends himself to the prospect of being part of lots of Sterling's hack calls, but as of now, we can only speculate to the depths of hackiness that Sterling will reach.

    "Damon goes deep": Simple. It is not nearly hacky enough, but a possibility nonetheless.
    "Johnny on the spot": Not only is this hacky, and I believe it was hacky enough to actually have graced the back pages when he got signed, but very likely.
    "Johnny Damon is my homeboy": Not likely and especially not likely since he is a little less Jesus and little more poster boy these days.
    "Damon is delicious": We know his affection (or perhaps affliction) when it comes to young boys, especially petulant ones, and his desire to use that adjective when speaking out young ones and Johnny Damon does looks like a young tyke with his new look.
    "Johnny jacks one": He could say this as it would certainly be hacky enough if repeated every time Damon hits one out, but it could double as a fantasy of his with Damon and his first love, small children (especially delicious petulant little boys).
    "Damon does it again": Much more broad and something he could use anytime Damon contributes something positive.
    "John the Ripper": Named after a password cracking program, Sterling could do what he usually does and copy something else or make an obvious twist on something to put his hack signature on it.

    There is a world of possibilities when it comes to John Sterling’s hackiness, he just needs to reach out and grab something and repeat is nauseatingly throughout the season. Godspeed John.

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  • The Blue Jays are going for the AL East. They are on the verge of acquiring Troy Glaus and near Major League ready offensive shortstop Sergio Santos for Miguel Batista and Orlando Hudson. Good deal for both teams.

  • Scott Boras finally got the contract he wanted for Kevin Millwood two years ago proving that there is no justice in the world.

  • The Orioles could be stepping up their game to make the AL East a lot more interesting.

    According to two industry sources, there were preliminary discussions between the Orioles, Cubs and Oakland Athletics on a three-way deal that included Tejada, Orioles lefthander Erik Bedard, Prior and Oakland ace Barry Zito heading to new homes. The Birds would get Zito and Prior, the Cubs would get Tejada and the A’s would add Bedard. But that type of complex trade takes time and is at best a long shot.

    Though a long shot, it's an interesting scenario.

  • BP's Year in Quotes has plenty of gems.

    "It's kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk."
    --Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny, after he offered $500 to a batboy to drink a gallon of milk in an hour without throwing up. The batboy was suspended for six games by the Marlins (Miami Herald)

    That is so right, but so wrong at the same time.

    "And I miss looking that pitcher in the eye. I can't look my son in the eye when he's throwing me a Wiffle ball and say, 'I'm going to rip one off your forehead.'"
    --former A’s infielder and current sports radio talk show host F.P. Santangelo, on what he misses about playing professional baseball (Sacramento Bee)

    Why not?

    "The only thing that keeps this organization from being recognized as one of the finest in baseball is wins and losses at the major-league level."
    --Devil Rays GM Chuck LaMar

    Ummm, not so much. It goes a bit deeper. Is anyone else not confused why this guy has no job?

    "If I'm going to get chased around the shower, it's going to be by my wife."
    --Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, on how he won't shower in the clubhouse with Johan Santana and Carlos Silva around (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

    An interesting picture to say the least.

    "You cannot buy a World Series ring on the streets. Ask Alex Rodriguez, he's got millions of dollars and no rings. That's why I say, 'God bless Derek Jeter. He's got a lot of money and a lot of rings.'"
    --Guillen (Los Angeles Times)

    ZZZZZiiiiinnnnngggg!!!! Suck it A-Rod.

    "That's manly. Journey is manly. Why is Journey not manly? I heard Joe Theismann say on the radio that Journey was his favorite group, and Theismann was pretty manly, wasn't he?"
    --White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, when asked why they didn't choose a song that's manlier than "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey (MLB.com)

    No. It is not manly, but don't stop believing AJ...don't stop believing.
  • Sunday, December 25, 2005

    Merry Christmas

    ...and have a fucking swell new year. Yet another year has gone by that I have put the "blo" in blog and yet people still come. Simply amazing. I thank everyone for making this a fun thing for me and hope everyone has a happy holiday season. Enjoy the day and do as little as possible.