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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Rocket rocks Beltran

He also took a shot at the summertime performance of Carlos Beltran, who left to sign for the New York Mets.

"No knock to Carlos, but he didn't do a whole lot -- I mean, he was a tremendous player in September, we needed everybody. He was unbelievable in the playoffs, everybody saw it, the nation saw it," Clemens said. "But who's to say that we're not going to have another one of those guys step up and do it for us again?"


didn't do a whole lot? wtf is clemens talking about? no knock on roger, but maybe he should start travelling and paying attention to the team more on days he doesn't pitch. apparently he only watched parts of the 30+ games he was personally involved in.

carlos beltran arrived in houston and had 9 hr/23 rbis in july and 10 hr/21 rbis in august. he also stole 21 bases without getting caught a single time in those two months. his september production actually dipped. overall, beltran (as an astro) had a .926 ops, 23 hrs, 53 rbis, scored 70 runs, stole 28 straight bases with zero caught stealings, the astros pre-beltran were 38-35, the astros with beltran went 54-35, yada yada yada.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Report: A's offer Byrnes for Cammy

in one of those "team sources" articles this morning in the san jose mercury news, it's being reported that billy beane has formally offered eric byrnes and chad bradford for cammy. i do that deal in a minayacal minute.

cammy's injured, as he's always been as a met. he's disgruntled, which has also been a noticeable trend in his stay here. he's going to be a frighteningly horrible #8 hitter for the mets. byrnes is a pretty solid player. nothing all-star spectacular, but solid. i put him in the kevin mcreynolds "silent assassin" mode where he basically can do everything pretty well. the difference being that k-mac had the personality of a potted plant and byrnes is a tough gung-ho guy that fans will love. adding bradford to the bullpen mix isn't that bad, either, considering the pen needs serious mixing. i don't quite understand beane's fixation with cammy, but he's seen good cammy up close in the AL West for awhile, and maybe sees the most recent bad cammy season as a temporary bad luck mets phenomenon that can be easily overcome. the a's already have a damn good CF in mark kotsay, so the addition of cammy will once again cause somebody to be bumped. that wouldn't be the mets problem anymore though.

good move. do it, omar, freddie, jeff, briquette, superscouts.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Updating for the sake of updating

mets news has come to a real standstill after the carlos beltran whirlwind has died down. it's been a good time to be in a sickbed with the flu from hell, which is where i've been. finally about 80% recovered now, so as i arise from my stupor, what's there to talk about?

well, i see the mets signed perma-stinky reliever, roberto hernandez. either he's minayacal omar's sick joke of a righthanded latino john franco to haunt the bullpen or he wanted a "younger" guy to carry andres galarraga around during spring training. it's going to really suck if this guy makes the opening day roster. severely suck. like felix heredia suckage.

there's been a mini-turmoil in metsland as supposed good-guy, mike cameron, backtracked on his "sure, i'd be happy to move to RF if we sign beltran" comments and all of sudden threw a hissy-fit once beltran was in the bag. wtf santa cammy?! you better watch out, you better be nice, or omar's gonna trade your disgruntled ass to tampa or somewhere.

rumors have been flying of interest in cammy from oakland (for eric byrnes), arizona, tampa, and baltimore (and perhaps even more teams) truly shock me. i'd love to accommodate him. i actually wanted to trade him even if we didn't have beltran. he didn't impress me at all defensively and his offensive stats were as hollow as they come. maybe i'd be more appreciative of the guy if he wasn't hurt all year, wasn't hurt this winter and going to miss the opening month. maybe i'd be more appreciative if he didn't forget to bring his gold glove to shea last year. maybe i'd be more appreciative if he wasn't so embarrassingly horrible when the mets stayed in contention, then got so redhot when the mets plummeted during the summer. people have told me good cammy is quite good and a joy to behold, but i've never seen good cammy, and i don't know if good cammy still exists. for now, hiding one of baseball history's most prolific strikeout hitters in the 8th spot (where he will see nothing good to swing at) strikes me as a nightmare to be.

finally, the mets have made carlos delgado's final four. this has been playing out slowly as each team involved has taken to mimic the mets style of flying down south for personal powwows and staying in daily contact. apparently, the marlins have stayed the most active and put the best deal out there so far. the rangers are also hotly involved for some reason. the mets are lying low in the weeds, ready to show their love. we'll see where this goes.

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