Who do you want to play second this year?
Should they re-sign Luis Castillo, sign David Eckstein, or go with Anderson Hernandez or Ruben Gotay?
I like Eckstein. We havent had a player like him in a while (Dykstra, Backman?). He would be a lot better defensively at 2nd than he is at SS. Not to mention that he is a winner and can handle the bat
None of the above. Trade for Orlando Hudson.
Goats-by-day although I am curious why the Royals let him go. Bill James once noted second basemen are given up on more than any o0ther position.Ask our manager who was a given-up second baseman (although the guy the Pirates kept, Rennie Stennett, was a terrific hitter until he broke his leg to choose). Perhaps 200 at bats is swaying me too much.
Best second baseman ever: Edgardo Alfonso before 2002
Worst second base man ever: Future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar. yes, I jumped for joy when we got him. I had Carlos Baerga pegged as washep up but not Mr head first slide.
Eckstein. He is a winner. Plan B should be Castillo. I would love to trade for Hudson, as mentioned above, but that will kill any chance we have of getting an above average starting pitcher.
Iguchi or Izturis on a cheaper 2 year deal is way more preferable than Castillo or Eckstein on a more expensive 4 year deal….
Heck I don’t know what to think anymore. I think that letting LoDuca go was a mistake. Resigning Castro makes sense. Losing Glavine my head says is bad, my heart says good. Still I don’t have any sense that this offseason is heading in anything but a mediocre conclusion.
Still if this gives a chance for the kids to start playing I like that. Who knows? It’s not like there is a Mike Piazza or a Tom Seaver available.
SAN FRANCISCO DE MACORIS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (AP)—Fresh off the signing of free-agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba, the New York Mets are on the verge of addressing another off-season need by agreeing in principle on a contract to bring former major-league player Julian Javier out of retirement.
Javier, 71, starred as a second baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1960s. A lifetime .257 hitter, he was a member of the Cardinal championship squads of 1964 and 1968. Javier retired from baseball after a final season with the Cincinnati Reds in 1972. His son, Stan Javier, played in the major leagues from 1984 to 2001.
“We are very pleased to land a player with Julian’s credentials,” said Mets general manager Omar Minaya on a conference call with reporters from the Dominican Republic, where he had spent the week before Thanksgiving courting the elderly second baseman. “He’s a quality second baseman who can turn the double play, and we like what he brings to the table offensively.”
While acknowledging the potential risks involved in signing a player past retirement age and inactive for 35 years, Minaya continued to express enthusiasm about the signing.
“We know he’s been out of baseball for a few years,” Minaya added, “but we’re confident that he can regain his skills, maybe with a little work. Hopefully, you know, he can help us—play second, do a little hit and run, steal a few bases…the little things.”
Details of Javier’s contract were not released, but a source close to the negotiations has indicated that Javier had balked at a proposed minor-league deal, holding firm for a spot on the team’s 40-man roster.
If he makes the team, Javier would be the oldest player in Met history, surpassing other recent Minaya signings Julio Franco (48 years old), Orlando Hernandez (42) and Moises Alou (41).
While clearly pleased with the direction suggested by this signing, Minaya indicated that he is not yet done. The Met general manager is tentatively scheduled to meet with Stan Javier, Julian’s 43-year-old son, about a back-up outfield position next week.
“We’ll see,” said Minaya, crossing his fingers for emphasis. “You never know.”
I wouldn’t mind either Eckstein or Castillo. Hudson would be the ideal choice but we need the prospects for pitching.
If Castillo’s knees are fine, i take him ebcause he knows the team and plays better defense.
Eckstein is scrappy, a pest, and a winner.
We really can’t use our chips to trade for one as we need all we can to acquire a front-line starter if that is indeed the direction this team is going. So we’re left with trying for two free agent’s that are both alike in many ways yet leave so much to be desired as far as power/slugging is concerned. I love the hustle of Eckstein and Castillo, but a 4-year deal, which is what the asking price is said to be, is basically 2 more years than I would sign anyone. My preference. Sign Castillo at two years around $7 million per season and if he doesn’t accept, let Gotay and Easley platoon until something opens up whether it’s by trade or something else.
Cesar Izturis – best glove on the marget, youngest player available and can hit .250. Put him in the two hole to move reyes over and bunt for hits and you can live with the week bat. Aside from first would be the best infield in the league. use Gotay of the bench when you need a fly ball. Oh, would be a fast signing and cheap, move on to pitching.
I’ve always said if Ahern could hit .250 his glove would be worth it, Cesar’s glove s as good and he can hit .250
I agree with Sam
You know what I hate, when people point ot David Eckstein’s “grit” and “hustle” when tlaking about how he’s a better option than Castillo.
Besides the fact that Castillo is a better defender, has a stronger arm, faster, has played more games than him over the past few seasons, and is just much better offensively, he has that same “grit” and “hustle”!
Did anyone watch the games last year? I don’t think I saw anyone besides David Wright play harder trying to win with every bone in his body than Luis Castillo.
I mean of course if Castillo wants 4 years your going to have to pass but not for the substitution of an inferior Eckstein.
The team would be doing something very hard by actually getting WORSE with the addition of Torrealba and potentially Eckstein.
I would prefer Iguchi or even try and sign Marcus Giles on the cheap, cross your fingers and hope he bounces back.
If not you have Easley and Gotay to platoon and take over.
ANd if worse comes to worse, mid-season, I sign Jose Valentin, he was one of the best defensive second baseman in the league and much more productive than Eckstein.
Also, Eckstien a “winner”?
Luis Castillo has 2 world series rings as well.
The way I see it Eckstein=Castillo in the intangibles department. In the tangible/talent department, Castillo is MUCH better. Eckstein’s career high in OBP is a down year for Castillo.
To all those that say save the blue chip prospects for the pitchng ace. Do you really beleive this?
It really doesn’t matter if we have Castillo, Gotay or Eckstein. We have a lousy bullpen and a starting rotation that’s old (El Duque) questionable (Pedro) erratic (Maine and Ollie) and an unknown kid maybe. So unless we dump Mota and Schoeneweiss and add some starters who have an upside and a couple guys in the pen it realy doesn’t matter who plays 2nd. To me, we look more and more like the Royals, going after cheap all over the place.
Most teams try to be competitive when the move into a new park. The Wilpons/Omars apparently are happy with one good year and one super choke.
Now there’s reports that the Torrealba deal is dead. Maybe he failed hs test. Maybe we’ll make DeFelice our man. He’s real cheap. What’s the plan? I think its lets make the most $$ for the Wilpons. Be like the Bucs. no salarty but the owners make profit. What else matters.
When you typed anderson hernandez as an option, did you laugh a little?
looks like we need a catcher again!
Eckstein but lets focus on getting Paulino and Jason Bay
I like Castillo, Eckstein for less than 4 year deals. Otherwise, I think we go for Iguchi or Izturis. The catcher situation boggles the mind. Too bad Torre and Girardi are managing. We could use them behind the plate!
Let’s face it. We still have visions of a Piazza in his prime catcher that we could bat fourth and forgive his weak defensive skills. If the Torrealba deal is dead, look to LoDuca unless he is rediculous with his demands, or, get a good defensive catcher and be prepared to have an almost automatic out at the 8 position in the lineup for the season. And, most importantly, hire a full time conditioning person to work/live with Castro so he does not wander too far out of shape. He could end up being number one catcher by default.
so now what? if we go back to Paulie I expect his price goes up.
I don’t think the Mets would go after Paulie again, especially after trying to go for another catcher. They would look like idiots for doing that. There are better options out there then Torrealba.
The Mets aren’t going to sign Orlando Cabrera – their prospects are too weak.
Whoa: Do you really think tere are better options?
How aout a name please. Kendall, Barrett ?? If not them then you need a trade. Too bad OMAR thinks so little of his farm system that he left our only catching prospect unprotected. Maybe Choo Choo Coleman. He was my favorite in the Polo Grounds. Its too bad we can’t fill any of our needs with a prospect. Even in the outfield we go old rather than use the prospects. This organization is a mess.
Anyone have Grote’s phone number? What about Todd Hundley? Delgado still have his catcher’s mitt? We may end up looking toward a Javier Valentin if he is still a free agent or a Kendall and have a platoon system. Pickings are slim.
Castillo-bad knees, bad hip, acts like he is 36 not 32….don’t we enough old guys
Hudson-great glove, I question his # since his splits away from AZ are just ok…plus he’d cost alot (Conor Jackson was reported to require Pelfrey…Hudson would be more)
Eck-he was wined and dinned by jeffy boy…I’d take him over Castillo…Castillo is a sulker…maybe he soured Reyes?
I still say Eck…Mets need a guy who will get hit the head to win or collide for a ball…maybe he wakes Reyes up
LOdUCA is history….
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