150 Days, but Who’s Counting

Baseball is a very humbling game. Just saying, Joe. And you don’t ask Shelly Duncan for his number, you take it while he’s drunk.

21With the offseason officially underway and the countdown to April 5 already begun, two future ex-Mets already filed for free agency and as far as I’m concerned can beat it. See you later, Carlos Delgado and Brian Schneider.

Delgado is obviously a terrific talent and really made the difference in 2006 but like way too many Omarian acquisitions his best days were behind him and he spent entirely too much time nursing injuries and maybe a few grudges as a Met. He made pretty clear in 2005 he didn’t care to be here anyway. Schneider in the meantime might be one of the most overlooked busts the Mets have ever had. In any other year, his 2009 stinking-up-of-the-joint would make him the target of vicious fan abuse and a major concern in the offense. But amid all the other bad news and bad players, he just about got away with it. Schneider’s 2008 was pretty rotten as well.

We’ll see what the Mets have in mind regarding the potential replacements for these guys, but I wouldn’t kill them for looking into what it might take to pry catcher Chris Iannetta from the Rockies. I tend to think the Mets might be best off holding their noses and getting Daniel Murphy a right-handed hitting platoonmate at first base while waiting to mix in promising prospect Ike Davis at first base. Garrett Atkins? Xavier Nady? Let’s think on it.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    Submitted by John Delcos (not verified) on Fri, 11/06/2009 – 6:28pm.
    I really enjoy your website and have linked it to mine. I’ve covered baseball for 20 years as a beat reporter and among other things, currently operate newyorkmetsreport.com.

    right there with you

    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/07/2009 – 5:31pm.
    I could never stand watching Schneider – forget the one dimension offensive side – he never looked like a capable receiver shifting all over the place. I can’t imagine throwing to the guy. As for Delgado, I’ve had enough. He’s woefully inconsistent and on the downside of his career. Take your notebook and fly away.

    If Nady is healthy, I think he’d be a great #2 or #3 hitter and would solidify the outfield. Wouldn’t mind him at first base either. What do you think of taking a chance on Chien Ming Wang?


    Submitted by gored82 on Mon, 11/09/2009 – 11:18am.
    Coming off shoulder surgery, Wang will need to prove he’s healthy, perhaps as a non-roster invitee to spring training…

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