Splish, Splash, Wagner Chooses Cash

Isn't it wonderful when all your dreams come true?

On the same day the Mets introduced the new-and-improved, no-longer-a-Met-hating-Marlin but a lover of all things New York Carlos Delgado power-slugger we so sorely needed, the flame-throwing closer we so sorely lacked last season announced he has chosen us to be his suitors.

For a cool $43 million over 4 years, Billy Wagner has joined the Mets and Delgado bringing us two for two on the "Oh please can we have a power-hitting first baseman and fireballing closer to end our woe and misery and nearly a decade and a half of Braves domination?"

Wagner of course, we figured we had in the bag - after all, the choice between Philly and New York hardly seems a fair comparison.

But to hear the soothing tones of a shaved-headed Mr Delgado saying all the right things, that he will stand for "God Bless America" and any bad feelings between him and Mets management lingering from last year's negotiations are over, that he did not have sex with that woman, etc., well, it was almost too good to be true.

And just when we thought the good news couldn't get any better, from outta nowhere comes the news that in addition to this good fortune, the Mets have acquired Tike Redman from the Pirates!

It was noted that Redman may be the left-handed-hitting complement to Xavier Nady, the TomAYto, to Nady's TomAHto -who is likely to be the Mets' right fielder against all left-handed and some right-handed pitchers.

It also means that unless we're stockpiling reserves to trade by the metric tonne for Manny Ramirez, Manny is not coming to Shea.

Let's all thank Omar for that. Even if Omar might need a little more convincing.


METS EXCLUSIVE: One Fuck Up After Another

I’ll be curious to see how Mr Delgado reacts to being traded from his first choice to his-not-choice after only one season.

I reckon eventually, he will toe the line, will he shave his goatee?

This man chose not to come to the Mets after they’d signed Pedro and Carlos because he thought the Marlins had a better chance than the Mets and because he didn’t like that Omar played the racist, hey let’s all be Island Hispanics card.

Will he like the Mets any better now that he can become a free agent after next World Series?

Only if the Mets win the World Series.

Otherwise, they gave up their best pitching prospect and a first baseman who may or may not be good.

On the other hand, when the Mets were pursuing this Jackal Delgado, they wanted that final corner piece of power that they didn’t have because they didn’t get him.

If you look at the 2005 Mets, you see on the one hand, nil contribution from Petit and on the other hand, a decent contribution from Jacobs that no one expected.

They expect it so little to repeat from Jacobs, they’ve actively recruited someone else.

Petit may some day be great but he might be just another wash out.

If Delgado comes in with a happy face and Willie Randolph does his salt as a manager, this will not only NOT be a problem, but it will be an asset because the Mets WITH Delgado and without Petit and Jacobs are a better 2006.

When Carlos Delgado still played for the Blue Jays and I still lived in NYC, It didn’t bother me at all that he didn’t stand out there for an American song for a Canadian team. In fact, I liked it because I believed I’d do the same.

My only problem with Carlos Delgado, which I think will dissipate immediately, is whether or not he’ll be a pro, suck it up and play for a team he might lead to the World Series.

If this was an indication of why the illogical Cameron for Nady trade happened, it’s a start. I dunno if Wagner will make it to the Mets but an off season of Wagner and Delgado whilst substituting only Petit and Jacobs, makes the Mets irredeemably better. Especially considering that with the Nats still owner-less and the Marlins tossing bodies off the ship, the Mets have only the Phillies and Braves to contend with any more.

I don’t like Delgado yet. Bad taste from last season like the rest of us butfuckit, if he buckles up, hits the numbers, well he’ll be good for us. Maybe he’ll even like us eventually.


The Mets And The Quest For the Successful Off Season

There are many different prisms through which to view the Mets offseason potential. Mine happens to be very far away yet I can feel the blemishes of the Mets as if they were my own.

Priority One would be to keep Pedro from pitching either in the Dominican Winter League or in the World Baseball Classic. His arm is hanging by a thread as it is with a very nearing ceiling on the number of pitches he has left in it before it’s left lying in one of the backrooms of the Hall of Fame and really, the Mets should insist that for their investment he save Dominican ball and any other pitching cameos for after his contract with the Mets run out. He’s too valuable to the Mets chances to allow his whim to do otherwise. Do Our Business, not Yours.

That said there are more than enough holes in the Mets every day roster to spend months speculating on how they might be plugged.

Power Bat V. Bullpen Stopper: The two sorest points of the Mets season last year were arguably the lack of a big bat in the middle of the order and the lack of a reliable bullpen closer.

Finding a power bat won’t be difficult. They have arguable holes at first base and in right field. Forget looking for a power hitting catcher to replace the no-longer-vintage Piazza. Personally, I don’t even think they should waste free agent bills on the available free agent catchers. None of them has a real gun and frankly, that’s the only business anyone has to overpay a catcher for unless they are Mike Piazza three or four years ago. Spend the money elsewhere.

The closer is tricky business – there aren’t many out there tried and true and even those that are, are capable of unseemly meltdowns at any moment. You cannot guarantee a definitive closer, regardless of if the Mets were to sign Trevor Hoffman or Billy Wagner or BJ Ryan but they’d be hard-pressed to find a more inept replacement than Bradon Looper, who blew the season’s opportunities from Opening Day and was a liability waiting to happen which happened with the frequency of bus stops.

Without a solid closer however, the Mets can forget about getting anywhere near the postseason. Otherwise it’ll be all ass and stink. No shit.

It would be nice to speculate that Aaron Heilman, who performed so admirably in his late-season role of closer despite not wanting to, could fill the hole. Filling the hole from within would be preferable but even though you could make Heilman the closer whether he liked it or not, there’s no guarantee he’d be capable over the course of an entire season. The closing role isn’t really a place for experiments so more than likely, the Mets are going to have to find help from the outside.

Rating the closers Hoffman, Wagner, BJ Ryan all have their up and downsides. Hoffman is old, Wagner is only a season removed from a rotten performance but he’s had the pressure of a city of angry baseball fans to contend with already and Ryan is unproven. Ryan is the gamble for the future, Hoffman the gamble of a career-stopping injury of age and Wagner…well, it’s the pussy on a poster in a bikini that you keep on your wall when you are a kid.

So where are we for a closer, Wagner or bust? Ryan or Dyin?

I’d take Wagner and hope for the best. No one else outside of Philly will pursue him as hard and it seems apparent in a way that he is THE goal of the off season before anything else can fall into place.

No Wagner No Cry

I dunno, score more runs than your replacement closer gives up?

Power Not Manny

Please don’t give us Manny Ramirez, no matter if he came from NYC. He’s a product of seen it, done it, got the tee-shirt. He doesn’t care enough to merit his money nor do his RBIs. Let him go to the Angels with the other Met that never happened: Vlad. I didn’t see the Angels making the World Series either this year.

Personally, I don’t think the Mets need a power bat.

They need a lead off hitter and several hitters thereafter. The White Sox proved you don’t need Frank Thomas to win the World Series.

IF Omar is as smart as I’ve always thought he was, he will find the Lenny Dyskstra Ouch of today’s lineup in baseball.

It doesn’t matter if there is no Nails in the free agent market. It matters that the Mets find the equivalent – soon.

Pedro’s arm has another 35 starts in it, in my mumblehumble opinion – quality starts, before it all starts to go pear-shaped. We can’t waste them and frankly, I think if it were emphasised that NOW and only now is the time and anything less is a stupid, pitiful excuse, one more ring for Tio Pedro, the Mets are in fact quite capable of making a few trading splashes, adding the Wagner made in heaven, sending Cameron and hopefully Cousin Cliffy packing, finding a solid bat to plug right field, a crafty, speedy leftfielder and a few low level free agents to fill in the rest of the pen, the backstop and an insurance first baseman in case Jacobs or his equivilent doesn't pan out.

I’ve got no advices for the Mets or Omar other than:

As our auld friend Al Davis used to moan, Just Win, Baby time is running out.

Earn your keep.