The wealthy but needy Mets pulled off a little trade yesterday for Rich Hill, the elderly lefthander who will help patch a leaky rotation and according to the narrative will be a Veteran Playoff Experience Intangible superspreader.
The Mets are listing Hill in 53, which belongs to pitching coach Jeremy Hefner but probably won’t matter much because Hef never shows a jersey. As Matt remembers in the comments below, this has happened before. Nobody will notice anyway.
Tommy Hunter and a minor league catcher go away so it’s not a heavy price. Hunter surrenders the normal number no. 29 in the deal, which we also seem in short supply of.
Traveling this week and updates are going to be tricky! I’m sure more news will come…
Mets.com has Hill in #21.
#21 for Hill. How about that?
Akeem Bostick 71. My first thought was of Akeel Morris who had a memorable 2/3 of an inning career for the Mets.
71 and done.
So I think Baez gets #7. If he really wants 9 from Nimmo, I say Nimmo takes 7. We’ll see…
I’d like to see Baez in 7 as well. Good SS number. If he gets Nimmo’s #9, I could see Nimmo is a higher number like 18 or 44 (good outfielder numbers).
Gsellman is 44 + Peraza is 18
Peraza is 18 and Gsellman is 44
Mets have tweeted Baez in #23, which happens to be David Peterson’s number.
Banda has been DFA’d, so perhaps Peterson will take #77 back.
Gary Cohen just explained that Peterson has agreed to take #46, which I guess is twice as good as 23.
I believe that #46 has the worst history of players for any number in the normal rotation of numbers. Neil Allen was the first to wear it and in my opinion was the best of the 20+ others who have worn it since. No offense to the Ollie Perez fans out there.
Any thought on the well used numbers with the worst history?
Peterson will just go back to #23 next year, as there is no way Baez stays here as I am sure he wants to play SS regularly somewhere.