Sunday, January 11, 2009

With Redding Signing, Mets Surpass Yankees as Powerhouse Team

Yankee fans should be disappointed to learn that the Mets have surpassed them as the New York powerhouse team. The Mets appear poised to add star pitcher, and former Yankee ace Tim Redding to their rotation. This addition overshadows the Sabathia, Burnett and Teixeira deals as well as the Manny and Pettitte signings if they ever get made. Reddings $2.25 million contract was roughly $2.25 million more than the Yankees bid for him, and shows the commitment the Mets had in signing him as they outbid other clubs by an infinite percentage. The loss will be readily felt by the Yankees as Redding slides in front of Santana to front the Mets rotation. The Yankees would literally need to clone Sandy Koufax and pump him full of PED's to match this deal. How the Mets snatched Redding right from under Cashman's nose is beyond us. We can only hope it never happens again.

12 comments:

bigjf said...

I wonder if Redding realizes that the better pitchers actually have the LOWER ERA and WHIP...

She-Fan said...

LOL. Actually, the signing that worries me is the Red Sox taking Saito. He could be a great set up guy for Papelbon.

Mike V said...

Additionally the signing steals away an ace from the Mets biggest rival NL East contender. This could really hurt The Expos in 2009.

Ruthie said...

seems like every other aquisition just doesnt add up to the trifecta the yanks have put together. I dont expect too much more pop during this offseason unless manny switches up and signs with another team/ or when pettitte stop being a money hound and accepts the damn pay cut./ who knows, maybe he might follow through with the unvoiced threats and join a possible mannyless dodgers.

bigjf said...

Saito is a good signing, but combining his age with the arm problem, there's no guarantee with him right now.

Yankee Magic said...

The Yankees should trade the farm away to get get Cameron. That should equal things out a bit.

Quinn said...

who would the yanks get in return for swish or xman from the nats? i dont see anything of value that we could get from them

Fernando Alejandro said...

Quinn, from the Nationals I don't think we can get anyone. From the Marlins on the other hand, we could potentially get some good players.

Mike V., the Mets need to keep their eyes on the Nationals since its likely those two teams plus the Marlins will be competing for 3rd or 4th place next season.

She-Fan. That actually is a good signing by the Sox. It definitely shores up their bullpen. Our bullpen looked pretty good last season, and once we got rid of Farnsworth, was incredibly cheap too. Bruney should be solid, and even Veras did decent. If Damaso Marte can be more consistent, then the bullpen should be set.

Yankee Magic, you know who I would love to get? BJ Upton. That would be an amazing outfield. But if we could trade away the entire farm for one player, it would have to be Scott Kazmir. Might as well match pitching with pitching, and if the Mets what to spite us with this Redding signing, we can spite them back with Kazmir.

Ruthie said...

an upton trade-a-roo would be cool if you asked me. STir things up in the OF, but I would argue that jacoby ellsbury would be a better fit. The guy did great last year, and he shouldnt have been pushed aside for CoCoa Puffs. I am always iffy about boston players,but if they yanks are set on going outside the orginization and outside of free agency to aquire a sound OF, I would definately favor jacoby over alot of others.Young, Defensively Savy,(probably a lofty stat but the guy hasn't got an error for his entier MLB carrer as of the 08' regular season) But I dont know whats the deal with his contract,ect ect so I could see persuit for a guy like ellsbury problematic.

Fernando Alejandro said...

I actually like Ellsbury, but more as a defensive player. There's no way the Red Sox would ever trade him to us, unless we gave them Teixeira in return. Trades between the Sox and Yankees are a little tricky. Ellsbury is incredibly fast (50 steals last season), and plays good defense, but at such an early stage in his career you have to wonder if he'll develop more power and bat higher than .280. He'd probably have more power at Yankee stadium being a lefty hitter. For that average though, I'd rather give Melky another shot. If however, Ellsbury was outright released by the Sox for some reason, I would definitely say to pick him up.

Yankee Magic said...

I was actually being sarcastic about Cameron. I think he would be a terrible trade (even if we just gave up Melky). Upton would be great to have. I think Kaz is good, but maybe overrated. He gets a lot of strikeouts, but he also has trouble pitching more then 6 innings. If the Yankees were to trade the farm for one guy I would like to land a big bat good defense guy like Grady Sizemore.

Fernando Alejandro said...

Sizemore's solid, but Tribegirl would forever hate us if we got him. You're right about Kazmir, having trouble pitching out of the 6th, but I just think about what a left handed power arm like Kazmir could do at Yankee stadium. My biggest concern with him is his health. 2007 was the first time he reached 200 innings, and he was injured in 2008 seemingly as a result. He missed all of April, and then had an amazing May, but then each month got progressively worse. I suspected he was playing hurt.

I thought the Cameron deal would have bettered us for next season, but we would have been trading Melky at a low point, and we would not have really given Melky a chance to prove himself. In that sense, I didn't want the deal to be made. I guess we'll see next season whether that was the right choice.