Friday, March 18, 2005

McEwing released, other news

As you definitely know by now, the Mets have released Joe McEwing. While McEwing is a great guy and has been with the team since 2000, it was time for him to go. He was good until 2002, but after that he just seemed to fall off a cliff.

Trivia question: How many friends does Mike Piazza have on the team?

Answer: zero

The McEwing release is being reported here, here, here, and here.

According to newsday, the Mets are interested in Tim Redding.

While the Mets remain focused on Matt Ginter as the logical in-house replacement for Steve Trachsel, they have begun to look outside as well, eyeing the Astros' Tim Redding and the surplus of starters currently clogging the Nationals' roster.

Tim Redding wouldn't be a terrible option (remember, we're talking about a 5th starter, the main qualification is someone that isn't a guaranteed loss). If any of the young Nats starters can be had (Day, Patterson, Rauch) Minaya should jump at it.

Another interesting note from the same article:

On the bullpen front, the Mets are very interested in former closer Billy Koch, who was released yesterday by the Blue Jays. The Mets made a run at trading for Koch during the 2004 winter meetings, and pitching coach Rick Peterson is also a Koch fan, having tutored him with the A's.


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