· There’s considerable chatter that Mets pitching “ace”, Johan Santana, will not be ready to throw his first in-game pitch until the end of June. He should have no problem cashing the check though. I said numerous times that Santana will never pitch in a major league game again and my statement is getting more traction every day. This could make the Mets the first team ever to have a knuckleball pitcher as their SP1, a perfect start to a flawed season.
· Sandy Alderson said on Thursday morning that the Mets roster was “pretty much there”. As said in the past, no one new will be added to this team unless they agree to a one-year contract. The current 2012 payroll is projected to be far less than they had planned, which is just fine with me. I will approach this season as a Knicks fan; I don’t expect much so I might as well just lay back and enjoy it.
· I had a great telephone conversation today with ex-Met Lance Broadway, who always was one of the real good guys with a Mets uniform on. Lance has baseball behind him and is forging out a new career in the great city of Dallas, Texas. Broadway was a 1st round pick in 2005 by the Chicago White Sox, who he pitched for from 2005-2009. He joined Buffalo in 2009 (5-7) and pitched in eight games in Queens that same season. I still remember that great last season for Texas Christian: 15-1, 1.62, 1.01, 151-K, 35-BB, 117.0-IP. That’ll get some bonus bucks!
· This is part of a story that ran Thursday in the New York Post[i]:
Don’t you wish the Mets had all the money they are spending on lawyers so they can sign a left-handed bat?