Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
Kaz Matsui has gone back to Japan to play with one of the Japanese teams. I remember all the talk about him before he came to the Mets – he was a Chipper Jones with the bat, playing SS like he was Ozzie all ovah again. Maybe there, but sure nuff not here. We paid him 5 mill this past year to (not) play second base.
Now, we are gonna be paying Clint Barmes about the same to be a utility guy, or to not play second. And it’s gonna be 5 mill because he’s arb eligible and earned 3.5 mill this year to not play second base.
So even though it’s not adding to the payroll, just replacing someone, Fast Eddie has suddenly gots to make cuts SOMEwheres, so it’s Tim Byrdak, the 37 year old LOOGY and his 1.6 mill. It’s too bad for him that he’s arb eligible, because he’d get a raise. If he was a FA, he could just be re-signed for the same amount. But he was removed from the 40 man (along with Gustavo Chacin and Matt Nevarez – you remember him, he was the supposed Big Deal we got from the Rangers for Pudge Rodriguez – only thing he’s any good at is giving up walks – 38 IP, 46 WALKS, 41 K at AA. Don’t nobody else want him neither. He was on the 40 man all year last year and got 400 K to uck-say. Don’t ask me why a guy with a 1.98 WHIP got PROMOTED to AAA. Well, you can ask, and I’d say – politics – Fast Eddie don’t wanna admit he made a mistake…)
Anyway, Byrdak only managed 38 innings last year, partly because he was used primarily as a LOOGY because Mills wouldn’t send him out there to pitch a whole inning, and partly because he was hurt. He had his usual mid 3s ERA, but his H/9 increased to over 9 from 5.7, homers dropped and walks remained steady at 4.7/9 IP. I can understand not wanting to pay 2+ mill for a LOOGY. (I can’t understand wanting to pay 3 something mill for a 42 year old Doug Brocail, let alone 5 mill for a 32 year old Clint Barmes, but I digress…)
Anyway, he’s been assigned to AAA – not sure how on earth they could do that without passing him through waivers, but there he is. Maybe it’s because they can refuse the assignment and become FA, but I’m not sure. Anyway, I have a feeling that somehow, he’ll be on the team because the only lefty reliever they have is Fernando Abad. If not, and he’s released, he’ll find a job because he’s a lefty and he’s alive. But Mills sure nuff loved having 3 leftys and playing the matchup stuff as much as possible, so I don’t know that he’ll be happy with only Abad.
And yes, I am going to bed early because tomorrow is the High Holy Day for females and me n the grrrrrrrrls are gonna CHARRRRRRRRRRRRGE it!!!!!