One Pitcher Leiter

So long and good luck to Al Leiter 22 and all his grunts, broken bats and full counts. It may have been time to part ways but we’ll remember Al as the pitching soul of brief but fun few years in Met history and realize that even as his skills declined, he still gave his team a chance to win most nights. The Mets also failed to offer arbitration or a new contract to streaky rightfielder Richard Hidalgo 15 and reliever Ricky Bottalico 20, leaving Omar Minaya with the frightening mandate to make a flurry of deals this weekend at the Winter Meetings. They did reach agreement with Mike DeJean 35, who pitched pretty well in New York at least until a broken leg sidelined him.

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