According to reports, the Mets are close, or have possibly made, offers to two pitchers: Righthander Tim Redding and lefthander Randy Wolf. Meanwhile, GM Omar Minaya continues to meet with Scott Boras about Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez.
Beerleaguer: Redding (10-11, 4.95 ERA, 89 ERA+) completely faded in the second half of ’08 and I’m beginning to think the former reclamation project is falling back to the fringe. Opponents hit him pretty hard in the second half and I think his past dominance against the Phils was merely a fluke. He’s a command of four pitches type with a low tolerance for missing his spots. He’ll be marginal at best in 2009 and looking for work by 2010. He’s reportedly seeking two years. As for Wolf, his career, unfortunately, has amounted to that of a journeyman lefty, but I have a hunch he’s set to stabilize. He’s tough to figure out and I think he has a lot in common with Oliver Perez that way; remember how he'd drive Larry Andersen mad because he'd try to be too tricky with his breaking ball and holster his heater? The former Phil had a very good run with Houston (119 ERA+) and is back to full strength. I’d be concerned if the Mets landed Wolfie actually.
Romero: Here’s the latest on Romero, via Rotoworld, via Inquirer: “The appeal process kept MLB from making it's wish come true, so the commissioner's office offered him a deal: begin a 25-game suspension immediately or risk facing the whole 50-game suspension if the appeal is lost. Romero obviously chose to pitch in the World Series and is set to miss the first 50 games of the '09 season.” Beerleaguer: Say what you want, but you have to commend Romero for staying focused and pitching a heck of a series. It’s never easy being two places at once, especially when the two places are between a possible 50-game suspension and million-dollar loss and baseball's greatest stage.