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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Mets Turn Over Entire Roster in Single Day
OK, maybe they didn’t quite do that, but a lot of well-known names coming and going today. Let’s tackle them one-by-one.
Beltran to the DL. Obviously a big blow to the team, but it’s supposedly just a bruise and shouldn’t keep him out too long. On the plus side, if the Mets were as bad a team as you’d think how they’re covered in media reports, losing Beltran wouldn’t be a big deal, but it is. Ignoring for a second that perverse reasoning, F-Mart and J-Reed (doesn’t really work) will fill-in for him. Martinez’s recent stint with the team was obviously less-than-exciting, but he did show more power than he has so far for Buffalo and he’s ostensibly just 20. 266/308/468 translation for Buffalo.
Wily Mo Pena, Bobby Kielty, and Javier Valentin released. Kielty barely played, but both Valentin and Pena were among the better hitters on the team (the team’s hitting 239/299/343). One way to depress a minor league fanbase is to randomly release veteran players, so there’s probably some additional reason for the releases that haven’t been made public or the Mets just hate Buffalo. Maybe Pena killed David Carradine or something.
Connor Robertson and Wilson Valdez were both designated for assignment. Robertson was meh in mopup duty for the Bisons and Wilson Valdez played as he typically does, naturally leading to him being sent off the 40-man roster.
Elmer Dessens to the Mets. Dessens hasn’t contributed in the majors for a few years, but he really pitched quite well in Buffalo and the Mets will pull the trigger quickly if it doesn’t work out. 4.31 translation. Given that all the white relievers but Stokes have stunk while all the minority relievers have been good, perhaps Dessens will work out.
Pat Misch to the Mets. The Mets quietly picking up Misch is one of my favorite moves of the season so far. For years, Misch pitched excellently in the minors as a reliever and indifferently as a starter. In the majors, he has a 6.95 ERA as a starter and a 2.83 ERA as a reliever. So naturally, the Giants decided to give Misch some starts every year and act surprised when it doesn’t work out. Misch has a little too much Josh Towers in him to be a really good pitcher in the majors (disaster strikes when his control is off at all), but if left as a useful reliever that can go more than an inning, he can really help a team like the Mets that has a lot of uncertainty in the starting rotation.
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