The Mets didn’t offer contracts to Jeremy Reed, Cory Sullivan, Tim Redding, and Lance Broadway before the midnight deadline last night. None of these guys would make or break the 2010 season anyway. Redding was the only player that I had any expectations for last season. If you look at his game log for 2009, he got hammered with frequency and only sprinkled in a few good games here and there.
I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Sullivan come back as a fifth outfielder/pinch hitter. Although he finished with only a .250 avg, I liked what I saw of him in the field and on the bases. He also hit .321 with RISP.
The Mets got their brains beat in on national TV by the underachieving Cubs today. The biggest culprit was Bobby Parnell getting ripped in his third consecutive start. Today he gave up 8 runs in 4.2 innings. He’s not fooling anyone with his weak slider that only appears to break about half of the time he throws it.
The Mets managed 9 hits but only two were for extra bases. Those were only doubles by Jeff Francoeur and Brian Schneider. Although Schneider had a 2 for 4 day and raised his season average to .188.
The game was over in the bottom of the fifth inning when the Cubs scored 6 including a grand slam by Jake Fox. All of the runs were on Parnell.
We did get our first look at Lance Broadway today. He was acquired from the White Sox in the Ramon Castro deal. He gave up 2 runs in 3 innings of mop-up duty to finish off the blowout game.
The Mets have lost the first two games of the series in Chicago. They try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon.
The Mets have been rumored to be trying to trade catcher Ramon Castro since the off-season. Clearly, he’s not one of Jerry Manuel’s guys. There’s no doubt about that. For all of the denying that Manuel has done about not having a dog house, Castro sure appeared to be in it.
The Mets finally were able to unload Castro with Brian Schneider coming off the disabled list today, and Omir Santos hitting in the clutch like Johnny Bench.
The Mets acquire relief pitcher Lance Broadway (0-1 5.06) from the White Sox and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo where to plan to use him as a starter. In a move that appears to degrade the value of both players in the trade, the Mets are also paying $1.4 million of the $1.75 million that’s owed to Castro this season, the last of his contract.