Mets Links: David Wright, Jay Marshall, John Smoltz

Mets vs. Marlins

It’s 27 degrees and windy outside right now. I’m watching the NFL playoffs, but I’m thinking of warmer times when baseball is the sport of the season. With that, I’ve got some more links for you on this Sunday afternoon. Here are the links:

  • Jay Marshall claimed off waivers- I like this move. Marshall is a sidearming southpaw that has had great success in the minors, even at Triple-A level. But had no success at the big league level. He’s 26 years-old and it’s worth a shot to see if he can figure things out. This is a nice, low-risk move.
  • David Wright expects to bounce back in 2010- Mark Hale of the Post got an interview with Wright. Of course, he says all of the right things. He doesn’t blame Citi Field or the depleted lineup for his lack of production. Wright is media-savvy enough to make his 2009 10 HR, 140 K season all about himself.
  • Mets considering John Smoltz- Smoltz looked totally washed up to me last season. His 8.32 ERA with the Red Sox was atrocious. There are many options better than Smoltz at this point. The only way that I’d consider Smoltz a viable candidate is if he would take a minor league contract, and I don’t think there’s any way he would do that.
  • The Mets are actively scouting in Dominican Republic- Always Amazin’ has a link to a Peter Gammons-led discussion with Theo Epstein and Omar Minaya about the two teams being very active in the Dominican.
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4 thoughts on “Mets Links: David Wright, Jay Marshall, John Smoltz

  1. nick migliore

    Smoltz was very, very unlucky last year — very low LOB% (left on base percentage) and a very high BABIP. His ERA probably should have been in the upper 3's or low 4's opposed to where it really was. I'd be all over bringing him in as a "swingman" who can be a reliever and a starter, if needed. Stick him in the bullpen and then sign a starter (preferably a high-risk guy like Ben Sheets) and then whenever an injury occurs you can slide Smoltz into the rotation.

    1. Dave Doyle

      I saw him in his last start for the Red Sox against the Yanks and he was putrid. He only pitched 78 innings last season, so luck could be a part of it. But I still wouldn't give him a guaranteed contract. Minor league at best.

  2. nick migliore

    Smoltz was very, very unlucky last year — very low LOB% (left on base percentage) and a very high BABIP. His ERA probably should have been in the upper 3's or low 4's opposed to where it really was. I'd be all over bringing him in as a "swingman" who can be a reliever and a starter, if needed. Stick him in the bullpen and then sign a starter (preferably a high-risk guy like Ben Sheets) and then whenever an injury occurs you can slide Smoltz into the rotation.

  3. Dave Doyle

    I saw him in his last start for the Red Sox against the Yanks and he was putrid. He only pitched 78 innings last season, so luck could be a part of it. But I still wouldn't give him a guaranteed contract. Minor league at best.

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