NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Mets have cut ties with oft-injured pitcher John Maine.
The right-hander was one of three players who did not receive a 2011 contract offer from the Mets before the midnight deadline Thursday. New York also chose to non-tender reliever Sean Green and outfielder Chris Carter, making them free agents.
Caption: John Maine was one of three players not offered a contract by the Mets on Dec. 2. (The Associated Press)
Maine got off to a promising start with the Mets after he was acquired in January 2006 from Baltimore. He beat St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter in Game 6 of the 2006 NL championship series, then went 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA the following season.
Maine’s career has been derailed by shoulder problems, however, and he had arthroscopic surgery in July to clean out scar tissue. He finished 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA in nine starts last season, when his salary was $3.3 million.
Maine was a pain and injured way too much to be worth keeping. He was effective for two years, but ultimately his own stubbornness probably did him in. I believe pitching coach Dan Warthen when he said Maine was habitual liar about his injuries. There’s a difference between toughing it out and doing more harm than good to your body because of bullheadedness.
Green was out most of last season with injuries, so his loss won’t be felt. The real loss is Carter, who not only provided a boost off the bench, but he also was a clubhouse favorite. His work ethic and intensity were contagious and something the Mets can use and will now lose.
Do you think the Mets should’ve kept any of these players?