The Mets finally admitted Kaz Matsui was a bad idea and traded the struggling second baseman to Colorado for a 32-year-old journeyman named Eli Marrero.
Since Matsui had lost his position to Jose Valentin, the immediate repercussions to the deal is David Wright no longer has anybody to play cards with. Wright plays cards most every day with Nozomu Matsumoto, Matsui’s interpreter.
In analyzing this deal, it is basically trading a non-entity for another non-entity. Matsui wasn’t coming back next year and he certainly wasn’t playing up the $8 million they were paying him. The decision to bring him over from Japan was a mistake, but mistakes happen and the Mets cut their losses _ finally.