Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Pedro and the Big Cat

Well, it seems like every article today is either about Pedro Martinez and Andres Galarraga.

Galarraga: He should be a terrific clubhouse presence and should do just as good/a better job than Todd Zeile last season.

Pedro: Apparently, he's still using a Boston Red Sox tote bag to carry his things. But what I found more fascinating is that at least three newspapers were able to write entire articles centered around this one detail.

Sometimes, the most interesting information is in the notes.

COACH SPEAK: Jae Seo found himself in the unusual position of acting as translator between pitching coach Rick Peterson and countryman Dae-Sung Koo, the team's new South Korean southpaw. It went well, as did Koo's bullpen session. "He's dirty," catcher Mike Jacobs said about Koo. "He's got that weird arm angle, kind of three-quarters. He's going to be tough on lefties, that's for sure."

FOREIGN EXCHANGE: The Mets are working with the Dominican government to get Cuban defector Alay Soler into the United States and say a resolution could come within days. ... Jose Reyes is expected in camp today, though position players don't need to report until Monday. ... Prospect Aarom Baldiris, boxed out at third base by David Wright, worked out at second base yesterday, where he played in winter ball in Venezuela. ... Top pitching prospects Yusmeiro Petit, Philip Humber, Matt Lindstrom and Blake McGinley will be in major-league camp. ... The cover of this year's media guide features Willie Randolph, Carlos Beltran and Martinez.

Encouraging news on Koo, although the Mets need one of Heredia/Koo/Stewart to step up and be a reliable set up man. There's no reason to carry two left handed specialists.

Even if Baldiris never plays for the Mets, being able to play multiple positions can only help his trade value.

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