- Chris "The Animal" Carter signed a minor league deal with the TB Rays today
- My Take: I was a big fan of Chris Carter and hoped he would re-sign with the organization, but no such luck. I know he wasn't going to be a big integral part of the Mets, but he could've been a valuable piece off the bench.
- Byleven and R Alomar were elected to the Hall of Fame
- My Take: Congrats for both of these guys, as they narrowly missed last year. I don't understand why Larkin didn't make the Hall since he is very similar to Alomar. Check out this post if you don't believe me. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/if-alomar-why-not-larkin/
- Mets signed two pitchers coming off injuries. RHP Taylor Buchholz and LHP C Capuano.
- My Take on Buchholz: He has had some success in the bullpen, and he throws a fastball, curveball and change-up. His fastball velocity was 92 mph before surgery, and only 89 mph last year. For $600,000 it's not a huge risk, but coupling that with the release of Igarashi, who was slated to make 1.5 million, this bullpen slot is costing the Mets 2 million dollars. Way too much in my opinion for a team that is a .500 team.
- My Take on Capuano: He has an 87 mph fastball, a below-average slider, and a decent change-up. He has a 4.35 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. His contract is a base of 1.5 million, and incentive-laden that could increase the salary to 4.5 million. Some whispers were quoting his numbers vs Utley and Howard and their poor BAA. That was on a sample size less than 20 at bats = MEANINGLESS.
- Overall, not terrible signings, but nothing that is going to change anything major in the overall scheme of things. They are both one-year contracts so it's low risk, but I am disappointed to designate Igarashi. He was highly touted last year, and although he was disappointing, there is no reason to eat his contract.
Let's Go Mets, and hope for no snow this weekend!