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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Gotay Away?

The Mets have placed Ruben Gotay on waivers - probably ending his career as a Met.

Hey, just because Willie doesn't want a 25 year old second baseman who can rake (.295 last year in 190 at bats) and a little bit of speed, you know, the guy who can eventually replace an ailing Luis Castillo at third, doesn't mean no one else will.

This means that Fernando Tatis, who (i) is 33, (ii) is a career .260 hitter and (iii) has not had a major league at bat in the last three seasons is going to make the team in all probability.

The question is, where is the logic here? If the Mets are so worried about Angel Pagan in left, then trade for a veteran left fielder. As Joe pointed out in an email, Tatis isn't going to get many starts ahead of Endy Chaves and Marlon Anderson anyway. So why is it so important that he can play the outfield? This seems like another example of Willie just not liking a guy and refusing to give him a fair chance. 25 years old, .295 hitter with the ability to add some power in his game, the chance to replace Castillo when his knees finally snap like twigs and the Mets are giving up on his for Fernando Freaking Tatis. These are the "little things" that kill franchises over the course of the long haul.

So the Mets got a bit older and, in my opinion, a little worse. I'm hoping that Gotay miraculously passes through waivers and the Mets can keep him.

I'm not holding my breath.


  • 1. Castillo plays second. At least I hope Willie hasn't benched David Wright or again insisted on batting him eighth.

    2. Tatis is a career .260 hitter, but that's based on early career success. He had 56 at bats last season, but none others since 2003 when he hit .194.

    3. Even if Gotay passed through waivers, why would he sign with the Mets? He'd be a free agent. And anyway, Willie still won't like him.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:39 AM  

  • Castillo is older and had bad wheels. Gotay is a replacement candidate.

    By Blogger Elster, at 12:14 PM  

  • Yes, but he does not play third.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:22 PM  

  • Well, since David Wright is going to ger 4 or 5 days off this season, that is a concern.

    By Blogger Elster, at 12:24 PM  

  • This is a HUGE mistake...Gotay has a spark to his game. They should pick him back up tomorrow, now that he's got some fear in his brain and he'll tear it up this year.

    By Anonymous MetsTicketSource.com, at 4:16 PM  

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