Speaking of which...Mike Maroth gone after the season, that is, when does his contract expire? The Mets will be looking for good pitching, and Maroth certainly fits the mould. If he's a FA, then the Mets should go after him. If he's not, then how would a Shawn Green and Jamar Hill deal sound for Maroth and maybe a AAA outfielder? Green just had a very good post-season, but he's not the main man in this deal. Jamar Hill is extremely promising (look up their stats on minorleaguebaseball.com), but has his way blocked by Endy Chavez, Carlos Beltran, and Lastings Milledge. Hill, who I think the Mets will be more willing to give up, has both power and speed. He strikes out a lot, but hit 6 homers in 251 at-bats this past year. He spent the first half of the season on the DL, but has fully recovered. He also has some speed. He seems to be similar to Endy Chavez, but with a lot more power and a little less speed. Is a very good DH/OF. Omar Minaya tends to stick with his Latin ballplayers first, so I'd be very surprised to see Carlos Gomez traded over Hill. I think the National League and Rick Peterson would benefit Maroth, as his ERA was improving and probably will continue to improve. Besides, the Mets want a left-handed starter, and somehow, Oliver Perez is probably not going to be that guy. Randy Wolf is still a gamble, considering he's a free agent.
"They put me in the Hall of Fame? They must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel!"
-Eppa Rixey, upon learning of his induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Motafy (MO-ta-fy) vt. -fied, -fying 1. For a pitcher to melt down in a big game situation; to become like Guillermo Mota. 2. The transformation of a good pitcher into one of Guillermo Mota's caliber.