I know this news is a few days old, but it’s been beyond difficult to keep the slightest bit of interest in this team this winter. The last time I was this out of touch, it was 10 years ago and I was pregnant and sick. Now, I’m just sick n tired.
Crane and Luhnow are importing some of Luhnow’s people from the Cards’ Organization. I had heard that Luhnow was a very, uh, polarizing (ahem) person, to put it mildly, so I guess his guys are coming with him. The usual stuff. Crane invited season ticket holders to have a meeting. They called people who have NOT renewed and have told salespeople they are NOT renewing. I listened to Mama trying to be polite to a salesperson. I asked her if she was going to the meeting. She said – whatever for? Even IF I could be talked into re-upping, which I can’t, you can’t seriously think they have the slightest interest in what I or anyone else thinks. They are going to tell the same old bunch of lies they always tell. Like the old song goes, second verse, same as the first, and I won’t get fooled again.
Who is next – or maybe Who is already on first. Hard to tell these days.
Where was I? Oh yeah -
Millsie-poo got told who his bench coach was gonna be every year he’s been manager – this is his third, can you believe it? Anyway, Al Pedrique is out (not that it matters – he was an Organization guy given a plum) and a guy you never heard of from Saint Looie is in. You’d think that a manager could at LEAST have a say in who his best buddy on the coaching staff is gonna be, but nope. Not that it matters, appears like.
We picked up ex-prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers. I remember it wasn’t but a few years ago that Mets fans were all excited about this guy – the next great OF. He was an expensive 16 year old lefty bonus baby, a CF with great range and arm and supposedly power who was picked up by the Mets in 05. He was ooohed and aaaahed over, and played in the Futures Games in 07 and 08. Of course, that was 3 and 4 years ago, and since then, he had 290 PA in 09, 325 PA in ’10 and 273 last year.
He has 145 PA in the majors over the past 3 years with a .540 OPS.
He had a .791 OPS at AAA (International League, not the PCL where there are high BA and SLG) but he doesn’t walk – 46 BB, but 43 doubles and 28 homers over 646 ABs. He doesn’t steal bases, never has, not sure why. Had 158 K – not great, not terrible.
But he has spent a good deal of the past 3 years on the DL – has knee problems and can’t play CF any more. Not sure if he can play RF, but JD Martinez sure nuff can’t and I would guess he isn’t going to have much competition for his spot.
The Mets aren’t exactly overloaded with great outfielders, and/or prospects and they don’t think Fernando can hit ML pitching. We’ll have to see. And it’s not like our AAA team is overloaded with great outfielders, neither.
By the way, speaking of outfielders – lots of mainstream talk about Clank maybe getting traded. Wonder how much Crane is gonna eat of THAT deal. I guess they are waiting to trade Wandy after seeing how desperate other teams are for a good lefty pitcher, and yes, Wandy IS a good lefty pitcher with a very reasonable contract. I keep hearing that he is DEFINITELY gonna be gone before opening Day, but it might could be that they will wait until the trade deadline if they want something back and not just a straight salary dump, because they could do that without any trouble.
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