Sunday, November 11, 2007

Hot Stove Baseball

The waiting 'til next year kicks into high gear Tuesday. Nov. 13 is the first day teams can discuss money with free agents. Hopefully, the Mets will begin putting together a team that will help fans (like myself) forget that they blew a 7-game lead with 17 to play.

They need to improve their starting rotation and bullpen, both of which were awful the last month of the season. While Johan Santana would be nice, I doubt that the Mets have the prospects to trade to get him.

There are holes at Second Base and Catcher. I wouldn't mind seeing Luis Castillo and Paul LoDuca return. While Castillo is a good bet to return, LoDuca isn't. How are they going to replace the fire he brings to the team? Of course, he is a 34 year old catcher. Getting younger is a good idea, meaning they shouldn't pursue Jorge Posada, who is older than LoDuca, even though he is coming off a career year.

And of course, there seems to be all sorts of rumors regarding A-Rod. I really don't think they need him, unless you can unload Carlos Delgado and slide the throwing error-prone gold glover David Wright to First Base. I doun't think that is going to happen.

That's the great thing about baseball. Even afetr a disastrous end to last season I'm now beginning to look forward to next year. Beginning to build up hope. Hope that will reach its zenith around April and ebb and flow until the early fall when it will inevitably be crushed again.

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