Thursday, January 05, 2006

Slow Down, Omar

I'm with the Baseball Crank on these moves. First the Mets trade Jae Seo and Tim Hamulack for relief pitchers Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll, and then they sign washed-up second baseman Brett Boone. The first move makes sense only if the Mets finally realize what kind of pitcher they have in Aaron Heilman and move him to the starting rotation. I'm less concerned about the lack of a left-handed reliever (Royce Ring being the only one), but I am concerned about the lack of any non old or injury prone man in the starting rotation. Sea was superb last year, though admittedly he had been at best mediocre and at worst truly awful in the past few seasons. If Seo's 2005 season was truly a fluke, then the Mets probably pulled off a steal. If not, however, then this will come back to haunt the club because you don't trade a top-line starter for a set-up guy or middle reliever.

They don't give up anything by acquiring Boone, but let's just say Boone's numbers really took a nosedive once they introduced more stingent steroid testing. Coincidence? Oh, but of course. I called Boone's collapse before my fantasy draft last season, one of the few things I got right. He contributes nothing - heck, less than nothing, so there really was no point except to add another aging and deteriorated bat the bench.

Matt Cerrone at Metsblog adds his thoughts. Do check out the comments, as they are always a mix bag of the insightful, the funny, and the downright angry.


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