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Saturday, January 08, 2005
Mets sign...

Dae-sung Koo
! He's left-handed, which is nice... he'll get a shot at the bullpen, I presume (another year in the minors for Blake).

Color me unimpressed by his numbers in Japan though.

Since he is lefty, I guess it can't hurt (I presume he's not making much either), but I'm not sure the Mets need to spend a 40 man roster spot on him.

Meanwhile, the Beltran decision still hangs in the air.

Another Transaction!

Miguel Cairo is now a Met
! With all the backup infielders the Mets have, I hope this 1 year, 900 K contract spells the end of Super Joe's career with the Mets, since Cairo has similar skills to Joe McEwing, just he's a tiny bit better. If not, signing Cairo doesn't seem like much of an important move.

Meanwhile, the deadline for that Carlos guy and his decision about the Astros is tonight. We'll see...

Friday, January 07, 2005

I'll admit... I'm a little excited. And nervous. The news for Beltran should come in the next day or so and I have invested so much energy and thought to it that just knowing where he is going will be a relief to me.

The offer is apparently 7/105, according to the Houston Chronicle, from the Astros, with the Mets at the reported 7/112. We'll see what the Mets decide to do if Boras brings the offer back.

Meanwhile, here is some info on the other Carlos on the free agent market. It seems the Mets might have to battle another Texas team for him.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 06, 2005
A Met Transaction!

Carlos Beltran is... still a free agent. The Yankees are also apparently in it now. Great.

The Mets have made a transaction though... trading Vance Wilson to the Tigers for Anderson Hernandez, a minor league SS. He's, er, not much.

But moving Vance Wilson. That's good. I think Jason Phillips out-produces Vance Wilson next year, plus, I would love to see Ramon Castro get a shot at the backup job if Phillips is moved too or does struggle again. I really like Castro's potential and see him as even a possible replacement for Piazza at the end of next year.

As for Vance Wilson... it will be sad to see his veteran prescence go...

Not. Another "one" gone off this team. Good job Omar.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Waiting Game

Today we find out the Mets offer. I have no idea what it will be (Fine, I have an idea... but not a definitive one), but it will probably be the highest.
Interestingly, Steinbrenner's reputation is so strong that despite everything short of an actual white flag on the Beltran subject, many people involved in baseball still consider the Yankees a player. A survey of seven team executives and two agents broke down as five thinking Beltran would go back to the Astros, three voting for the Yankees and one for the Mets. But Met fans do not despair. Even the voters who did not take the Mets as a first choice considered them definite contenders.

"I think Beltran goes to the highest bidder," said an NL West executive who did pick the Mets as his top choice, "and I now believe the Mets will be the high bidder."

Boras' history is he directs players toward money. Alex Rodriguez put himself in baseball prison to take the Rangers' 10-year, $252 million deal. Ivan Rodriguez took $40 million from the downtrodden Tigers. And, at this moment, the Mets are the team offering the most money.
And so, we wait. Excitedly, albeit painfully slow it seems at certain points of time.

You see, I have nothing really to add here anymore on this. I'm just like you, wading through all the different information, trying to figure out what to believe and what not to. In a few days, we will be done with this and have a resolution. Which will be sweet in itself, because, personally, this is wearing out my emotions.

But it could be really sweet. And for now, I'm holding out hope that it is.

Go Omar! And, hell, Let's Go Mets!

EDIT #1: NYFS has 2 sources telling them that a Beltran deal to the Mets may have been reached...
Two separate sources within the New York Mets organization tell NYFS that a deal to sign All-Star centerfielder Carlos Beltran may have been reached. The reported deal, for seven years at $112 million would be subject to approval by Major League Baseball and would not be formally announced before tomorrow at the earliest.

NFYS staff made two separate attempts to contact the Mets to get confirmation. On the first, a NYFS reporter was told the team would have no comment, as they were “too busy moving offices.” Another NYFS reporter reached Mets’ chief spokesman Jay Horowitz who declined to address the report. Other sources within the organization contacted by NYFS could not confirm or deny the deal.
Yes, this is the same site that also said the Mets signed Moises Alou. But this time they are not definite. Not yet.

I'll be scouring everywhere I can think of for the rest of the day (and possibly the next) trying to find out what is going on. I'll update this post whenever I find anything, much like NYFS and their search for confirmation of the deal.

Let's hope they get it.

EDIT #2: Nothing. Well, not nothing. Vinny has the Michael Kay scoop and a few other things are floating around here and there, but there is just nothing concrete on TV or the Internet.

I can't believe that this is done. Scott Boras has to be shopping the Mets offer, whatever it is, to the other teams. This is gonna drag out at least another day, possibly two, at least in my mind (actually, I think this makes it to late Friday night), because I don't see the Astros giving up easily.

Like I've been saying all week, its gonna be a fun week.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Falling into Place

I have a new post on the Carlos Beltran situation over at Take a peek... it pretty much outlines my thoughts.

Monday, January 03, 2005
No Love

Kevin Czerwinski has his latest mailbag up. Lots of interesting stuff including Cliff Floyd, Philip Humber, Odalis Perez and a few different first base options, but I personally enjoyed this question best...
With the signing of Chris Woodward, I have to ask what the Mets' problem is with Danny Garcia. He's young, he's athletic, he's cheap and he plays hard all the time. His on-base percentage last year was great, and he's not afraid to get hit to get on base. And yet the Mets constantly are putting guys like Rey Sanchez, Jay Bell, Ricky Gutierrez, Jeff Keppinger and now Woodward ahead of him. What's the deal? -- Andrew H.

That's a fair question, Andrew. The bottom line, however, is that some of those other players you mentioned, particularly Keppinger, either have a better upside or a better track record. I wasn't particularly enamored with the Sanchez signing, but he was a proven commodity. Bell, meanwhile, turned out to be an outstanding clubhouse guy and the best possible tutor for Ty Wigginton. Who knows what Woodward will bring to the table?

Garcia will have every chance to make the team this spring, but he has consistently been unable to make a good impression or make the most of the many opportunities he's been given. Sure, he's a hard-nosed player, but in roughly the same number of at-bats, Keppinger hit .284 to Garcia's .232. In addition, Keppinger is a better and more versatile fielder, and he quickly won over the coaching staff last season, something Garcia was unable to do.
Andrew H.? Is that our own blogger Andrew at Chuck 'n' Duck? Anyways...

Nice to see Kevin ignore the on-base percentage part of the question in his usage of batting average (I know, semi-fluky walk rate, Keppinger can actually hit for average, Garcia hasn't proven he can... I don't care, its still unfair for last year's performance).

I also don't think Keppinger is any better of a fielder. More versatile? I guess he can play SS? But I don't think anything he did made me think he was better than Garcia at 2B.

And the coaching staff part? We knew he was in Art's doghouse by August and I'll never ever get it.

This isn't about whether Garcia should be on the 25 man roster next year. I think he should, but that's a different issue. Its about him getting some respect for what he did last year and a real shot at a roster spot.

Because right now I don't think he does.

In Search of Carlos

Omar meets with Carlos Beltran today. The Daily News says the Mets could offer 8 years at 120-140 million.

We'll see. And keep posted.

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