It’s about time. The Mets agreed to terms with Tom Glavine today on a one-year deal for $10.5 million, with an option for 2008. Obviously, there was nothing of substance, or perhaps anything at all, coming from the Braves.
This is something they had to do, but it doesn’t mean they are done for the winter. For the second straight offseason, the Mets did most of their heavy lifting prior to the winter meetings. They re-signed Glavine and Jose Valentin, and signed Moises Alou. They also added an arm to their bullpen.
The Mets rotation heading into spring training has three givens, Glavine, Orlando Hernandez and John Maine:
1, Tom Glavine: Plenty of experience, but he’ll be 41.
2. Orlando Hernandez: See Glavine.
3. John Maine: Made a splash in an emergency, but can he do it over a full season?
4. Oliver Perez: Showed several flashes and a rocket arm, but still inconsistent.
5. Brian Bannister: Made the rotation last spring, but was injured. Still unproven.
6. Mike Pelfrey: Unproven, but loads of potential.
7. Dave Williams: Journeyman lefty gave them several solid starts. Could be a fifth starter.
8. Alay Soler: Had one good game but was hit around in his others. Needs work.
9. Phil Humber: Unproven, coming off injury, but a potential upside.
Basically, you’ll have two 40-plus arms, a young arm coming off a hot stretch, and six questions competing for two spots. The way I see it, they’ll still want to add a veteran arm, although the need to overspend for a guy like Barry Zito is now lessened.
Agree or disagree?