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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Omar Saves His CHiPs, says "Goodbye Mota!"

New MVP Jimmy Rollins robbed the Mets one last time this season, but at least this time it was just David Wright.

I don't know what the cold morning light will bring, but tonight Mota for Johnny Estrada seems like a nice enough deal. Better than waiving Mota and getting nothing for him. And much better than seeing Mota in a Mets uniform again.

Estrada can compare scars with Castillo: he just had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn medical meniscus in his left knee, not to mention a bone spur removed from his right elbow, hoped to be the cause of his drop off in throwing out runners. But hell, he's been good enough to have four teams welcome him into their clubhouses in a six year career. The Br*ves made a splash in 2002 when they traded Kevin Millwood for Estrada, and since Atlanta found itself loaded with catchers, it isn't too much of a black mark that they traded him for relief pitching after he turned in an All-Star year for them in 2004.

Some commentators are demanding Omar does something "big." It's November, lets take it slow. The score card looks ok to me so far.
Exorcise Glavine
Exorcise Mota
Get catcher
Get secondbaseman
avoid Arod trap

still to do:
land superstar ace pitcher
find Delgado's mojo
find a competent, Willy-proof bullpen

You could buy this shirt here.


  • At 7:59 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Happy Thanksgiving, IMFM! Y'know, before I even read this, I have a comment. It has been mentioned even now, that Omar might STILL go after Ramon Hernandez. I know the Jacket loves him (or the guy has comprimising photos of him with his jacket off), so I HAD to check out statwise what the fuss was all about. Batting avg. in the .250's with 9 HRs, not a great % of runners thrown out either and supposedly he is great handling pitchers, but the O's team ERA was 5.17, yes 29TH, I WROTE TWENTY-NINTH IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES! OK, Baltimore's pitchers were so bad that even the great (and I mean that word in regards to Leo) Mazzone couldn't save them, but c'mon, what in hell would we want this guy for? I could be wrong, but he just seems like a young warm body and as far as catchers are concerned, maybe it has come to that with all of the old injured ones around. Lo Duca is still solid, I'd say and although this new Estrada/Castro tandem is intriguing, I don't believe that the Mets have one catcher who is not an injury risk. Let's see, we've got Castro, Estrada (has he had the nickname CHIPS yet - as in Eric Estrada? Might have saved us trading some chips), Castillo, El Duque, Easley, Delgado, Alou, Sanchez - and the list goes on and on. It's scary to think how many injury-risks we have. Maybe we should change the name to NY MASH and make Suicide Is Painless the team song. Omar, talk some turkey in the Twin Cities and get us Santana!

  • At 8:42 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Oh man, maybe I subconsciously saw that, because that's exactly what you wrote (about CHiPS). Funny! (For some reason, I can't see that first big picture though)

  • At 12:08 AM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    Happy thanksgiving Cver!
    the first big picture seems to load on my computer...and on my breakfast table, hint hint.

    From what you say, I don't think Ramon is worth it. I'm treating all this talk of moving Estrada after just getting him as idle speculation by bored hotstovers. Hopefully, the surgury has fixed the problems and this guy can be a solid #1 catcher for us.

    If Head (Castro) can do some off season exercises to strengthen his neck, then perhaps he can balance that massive dome for the entire year without injury. Otherwise the Mets catching senario might turn out to be a Bay of Pigs!!

    I sure hope a Santana comes sliding down the Mets chimney this year. Is it worth asking what you'd give up for him?

  • At 7:21 AM, Anonymous cver said…

    I can see it now. Are you a big fan of his? Is that YOUR framed Estrada picture? Is that your breakfast table? Ah, sweet mystery of life, I've found you!

  • At 6:21 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Hey Buddy, I've been waiting for your Bram Stoker's Metsula post about Omar's new big splash.

  • At 12:00 AM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    Hey Cver,
    bla bla blah says the Count!

    meanwhile the Star ledger is reporting:
    "Not only do the Mets lag behind other contenders in the quality of the pitching prospects they have to offer, but the person said he was told that Mets ownership would not authorize a contract of more than five years for any pitcher -- even Santana. "

    So some "person" is saying the Mets, even if they had the horses, would balk at signing Santa-na to a long contract. That person? Al Leiter?

  • At 7:12 AM, Anonymous cver said…

    Good ones about Leiter and
    Santa-na. I hope you got my joke - (Bram Stoker - Brian Stokes - new Met). If the Mets won't authorize more than 5 years for a pitcher, they are either behind the times or ahead of the times, meaning that either teams will be forced to pony up 6,7,8 years if they want quality free agents or enough dud longterm deals will happen and the trend will turn to where nobody does it. Either way, I'm a-scared that it might be we lose out on Santana and Haren and end up signing Livan and then next season, we finally get hip to having to sign someone to more than 5 years and we sign the wrong guy. I'll just add that if this is true, maybe things actually might be going more in the Haren direction with Omar just putting out the obligatory feelers for Santana to save media and fan face - neither of which is gonna be too easy.

  • At 11:45 AM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    "bla bla blah says the Count!"

    I got the joke, see my Count says blah blah (the way i feel about this transaction) instead of blood blood blood! I don't know what it means about our jokes that we always have to explain them to each other.

    Meanwhile, in the "mystery no one cares about" Yorvit looks like he will re-sign with the cRockies.

    I think you pinpoint the process that often happens (in a bad year): GM is forced "by the market" to do the thing for a lesser player that he earlier refused to do for the greater player.

    Looking ahead, if this off season ends with us being livid over Livan, at least it means we have survived another stove, our hearts heavy from the collapse and our expectations being baited cruely by the beat writers. Any offseason where the Mets trade partners turn out to be Tampa and Oakland have to be viewed with skepticism; you're getting screwed both ways to Sunday!

  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    why don't you guys exchange phone numbers? ;-)


    It looks like Matt's big surprise he mentioned last week is taking the form of no ability to actually access Metsblob!

  • At 3:33 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Hey YB! Never met you at Burgermeister, but here we are at IMFM Hot Stove Edition. Yeah, I forgot about the "big surprise" announcement. That's pretty funny. Too bad for poor Matt. It's been frustrating not being able to get on there - a testiment to what a great job he's been doing and shows how spoiled I am by his great site. At least Hot Foot is getting some nice well-deserved overflow - and this guy IMFM, too. My love to the Bay Area! And of course, IMFM, keep up the great work - let's get a new post!

  • At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's me, Cver. I've had to do an "anonymous" entry, because of some need to register with Google now or something? Give me your wise guidance, IMFM.

    Well it's Omar's Life of Brian with Schneider being added to Stokes - a lot of BS.

  • At 11:12 AM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    I have been waiting to post until some shit hit a fan. It looks like we have arrived at that point since I am almost positive that the Nats do not have a number one pitcher by the name of "Church" or "Schneider." Perhaps the Twins or A's gm have always wanted to acquire Ryan Church and his .272, 15 hr production.

    YB only comes here when metsblob is down. He loves him some Cerrone in the worst way, something about ellipses I think...

    Hey Cver, I don't know--blogger is very yippie, so maybe try again? Were you already signed into a gmail or google account? sometimes that messes you up if the email account you normally sign into blogger with is not a gmail account.

  • At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    One of the reasons I don't frequent your domain is because of that Google sign in thing.

    In any event, there are many more feable minded posts to tear apart over there, eg, trade Humber Pelfrey Gomez and FMart for Santana only to have the next post say, no, they'll never take that, trade Gomez FMart Humber and Pelfrey for Santana.
    You get the idea.

    And the big news is the joint whatever with SNY. Well, hasn't exactly been a headline over there.

  • At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YB. btw

  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger Itsmetsforme said…

    consider the comment verification history, YB! Merry xmas!


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