Today the Mets recalled Fernando Nieve from AAA Buffalo to take the place of JJ Putz who finally stopped pretending there wasn’t something wrong with his arm. Nieve has reportedly been assigned No. 38. Nieve wore No. 50 in spring training, but that number went to Sean Green once Green decided he was unworthy of comparisons to Aaron Heilman(how right he was) and swapped in No. 48.

Not to say I told you so but we smelled trouble long before this Putz-Green-Heilman deal ever got done inasmuch as “addition by subtraction” is a concept that works great in opinion columns and talk radio but rarely on the baseball field. I’m not saying that time hadn’t come to swap away Heilman (not to mention Endy ChavezJoe SmithJason VargasMakiel Cleto,and Mike Carp) but seeing as we’re looking at a $9 million fat guy having elbow surgery, a righty specialist who’s already lost his job, and a reserve outfielder, this whole deal is looking pretty much like “subtraction by subtraction” so far.

Nieve by the way will be the third Fernando in uniform for the Mets, which has to be some kind of record.

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  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 06/05/2009 – 4:00pm.
    He is wearing #38 according to Mets.com

    delete edit reply report to Mollom
    There still has to be

    Submitted by Gordon Handler (not verified) on Fri, 06/05/2009 – 4:14pm.
    There still has to be another move to get Nieve onto the 40 man roster.

    delete edit reply report to Mollom

    Submitted by Jon Springer on Fri, 06/05/2009 – 4:14pm.

    Maybe the Mets could see if

    Submitted by Ranjrz5 on Fri, 06/05/2009 – 5:29pm.
    Maybe the Mets could see if Fernando Vina is available…

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