When the Mets failed to recall Norfolk reliever Scott Strickland last Sunday, triggering the rehabbing righty’s right to free agency, they also clipped off the lone remaining branch of a Trade Tree with roots in the infamous Ed Hearn-for-David Cone trade of 1986.
That leaves one-time reserve infielder Tim Bogar as the grandfather of the current longest trade chain: Bogar was traded to Houston in 1997 forLuis Lopez, who went to Milwaukee for Bill Pulsipher, who went to Arizona for Lenny Harris, who went to Milwaukee for Jeromy Burnitz, whose trade to Los Angeles yeildedVictor Diaz and minor leaguer Joselo Diaz; the latter brought back Victor Zambrano.
The trade of Jason Phillips vaulted Ramon Castro into a likely role as Met backup catcher and his uni number went flying too. Castro’s status seems solidified by a switch from the non-rosterly 72 to the backup catcherly 11. With a week to go until the bell rings, notable recent cuts include Jae Seo 26, Scott Strickland 28, Jeff Keppinger 6, and Scott Stewart 32.
The Mets on Saturday began packing for their upcoming visit to Denver by calling up pitcher Pat Strange 38 and demoting yo-yo/catcher Jason Phillips 23. Strange was up briefly this season but did not play. Here’s his chance. On Sunday, the Mets put reliever Scott Strickland on the disabled list with a groin thingy, and recalled AAA reliever Jaime Cerda 43.
When Scott Strickland (front row, right) appeared last week in his ridiculous new orange jersey, we were surprised to see it bear No. 28 and not 25 as it did last season. We now know the switch was made so that new bench coach Don Baylor could wear 25, the digits he wore throughout his playing and managing career. (Thanks to alert MBTN readers Matt, Chris and Larry for the update).
The Mets over the weekend traded Bruce Chen 32 and AAA pitcher Dickie Gonzalez 39 to Montreal for reliever Scott Strickland. Strickland takes the No. 25 jersey most recently worn by Gary Matthews Jr. The deal extends the Ed Hearn Trade Chain another link.
A broken bone in his hand delivered Mo “Family Feedbag” Vaughn 42 to the 15-DL. Taking his place is deserving perennial outfield candidate Timo Perez, who’ll be in Chicago this week wearingNo. 6.
On Wednesday night, the Mets traded backup outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. 25 to the Orioles and replaced him on the roster with fotrmer Dodgers and White Sox outfielder, McKay Christensen. Christesen is in uniform wearing No. 23. Sarge Jr. bows out of Met-town after 1 at-bat and 1 pinch-running experience.