• The Dodgers made a good trade, acquiring starting pitcher Michael Antonini for all-field, no-hit shortstop Chin-Lung Hu. For the Mets, whose No 4 starter until Johan Santana returns is Dillon Gee and No. 5 starter is unknown for now, it was the latest in a series of curious moves.
First, Antonini is by no means either a starter or a "starting prospect" - at best, right now, he would equate to a middle reliever, but preferably would spend at least another season in the minors in AAA (for a full season, which would be his first full one at that level). He still projects as a middle reliever at the major league level, and doesn't possess an "out-pitch" that would compel a major league team to promote him. Hu still projects as a utility infielder at the major league level, and if he were to figure out major league pitching, could become a lower-rung starter. Antonini NEVER projected as the Mets SP5, this season OR next, in spite of the unsettled nature of the current major league rotation.
Instead of calling the recent Mets' moves "curious" perhaps Heyman should first seek to understand the state of the team and contact someone like Mack to find out more about the prospects (or suspects) involved in the deal. Just because Heyman has a national column and has been a "respected" journalist for many years doesn't prevent him from making ignorant statements- in this case, it simply magnifies them.