The Zionist Conspiracy
Friday, December 05, 2008
Bring Back Chad
If anyone still harbors any doubts as to whether Omar Minaya is a stubborn, arrogant phony who has no business being GM of an anything more than a bad fantasy team, a report yesterday by Joel Sherman of the Post should put those doubts to rest. Sherman wrote:
If you are looking for a sign that the Mets are being frugal with their dollars then know this: The Rays offered Chad Bradford to the Mets because $3.5 million is too much in Tampa's world for a set-up man, and Ray officials were shocked when the Mets told them it is too much for them, as well. Bradford pitched to a 2.12 ERA between Baltimore and Tampa last season. Pitching for the Red Sox, Mets, Orioles and Tampa over the past four seasons, Bradford has worked to a 2.92 ERA. He does not strike out many, just 101 in 209 1-3 innings, but he also does not walk many (48). The blow away stat, however, is that he has allowed just six homers in those 209 1-3 innings.
Bradford was outstanding for the Mets during the 2006 regular season and playoffs, which prompted Omar to let him leave as a free agent. Minaya explained that his policy was never to give a setup man a three-year deal. A few days later, Minaya abandoned that policy when he gave Scott ("Season Ending HR") Schoeneweis a three-year deal for more than Bradford received!
Last season, Bradford - in the course of another excellent season - was traded for a couple of minor leaguers. Minaya expressed no interest, preferring instead to watch as the bullpen imploded for a second straight season.
Now Minaya still won't bring Bradford back, because one year at $3.5 million is too much money. Never mind that in each of the last two seasons, Bradford would have been the difference between narrowly missing the playoffs in Game 162 and making the playoffs - and that the Mets would net millions for each home playoff game.
Omar is simply stubborn and arrogant. He likes "his guys" - generally players he scouted back in the 80's, or former Montreal Expos or Washington Nationals.
Luis Ayala is the kind of guy that Omar would bring back for "sloppy seconds." Chad Bradford doesn't qualify.