On the free agent front it is one up, one gone, as Jose Abreu signed a six-year contract for $68 million with the Chicago White Sox. I’m on record that Abreu was a risk, and that so is every potential signing. In this case I advocated the signing, and I still do, but I also never thought it would happen. I suppose it is fitting how many strikes the Mets players take given how much looking this team does at players without ever pulling the trigger. Now, fine, it is extremely early, it is October 2013, not April 2014. But given recent history and our gaping hole at first base our lack of interest in Abreu is not a good first sign of where things are heading.
Now one thing to consider is that Sandy Alderson and his staff were too busy this week to consider the Abreu situation, as he had to tackle the arduous process of removing four players from our stacked 40 man roster. Mike Baxter and Robert Carson were both claimed on waivers and Greg Burke and Sean Henn were out-righted to the minor leagues. Imagine the angst in the Mets war room over these cuts? Some days it must be hard to be Sandy Alderson.
Baxter seems like a nice kid, and he gave up his body to preserve Santana’s no-hitter. Of course if he was a better left fielder and took a better route he wouldn’t have had to do that, but I guess I’m being overly tough on Mike. Lucas Duda would not have made that catch, so thanks, Mike. I’ll never forget you, but I can’t say I’ll miss you either. Enjoy the Dodgers minor league system.
Carson is lefthanded and a relief pitcher, so you never know. But he was a special kind of awful every time the Mets tried to use him, it’s time for another staff to tinker with Robert.
Overall the biggest thing I got out of the 40 man stuff was when I heard Sean Henn was on the 40 man roster I had to laugh. Because that got me back to thinking about Abreu. Forget the 40 man, we have a 25 man roster littered with AAAA players and once again we turn our nose up at a player.
All excuses are gone, this team needs to assemble a real 25 man roster by April or everyone associated with the team are either bold faced liars or in over their heads. Or both.
The clock continues to tick.