Lastings Milledge and Paul Lo Duca are in with the Nationals tonight. Do you cheer or boo them? Are they missed by the Mets? Were their short stints with the teams memorable or something that is to be easily forgotten? How Lo Duca pushed to come back from a hamstring problem only to land on the DL might have cost the Mets a game. So might his suspension for being ejected.
Personally, I think they upgraded. Brian Schneider is better than Lo Duca defensively, and will be less of a clubhouse headache. And, at the end of the season, barring injury, I think Schneider’s numbers will be comparable offensively.
As for Milledge, the Mets kept the prospect outfielder they wanted. If the Mets were convinced Milledge would become the stud they envisioned, they never would have made the deal. In the end, I don’t see the Mets looking back on Milledge with any real regrets.