Bengie Molina finally signed a contract for 2010 today, but he surprised most observers by choosing to stay in San Francisco for a one year deal worth $4.5 million, according to CBS 5 reporter Dennis O’Donnell.
I really am not a big fan of Molina, but I did buy into the idea that his game-calling might be able to improve the Mets’ pitching staff. I was not at all convinced that his home run power made up for his lack of patience at the plate and running speed.
Molina reportedly took less money than the Mets offered, but I don’t think that means much. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t move across the country for a ten percent difference in pay — and the actual difference could be even less depending on local tax laws that I know nothing about.
I think I’d rather see the Mets work with what they have rather than add another chapter to their strange saga with Yorvit Torrealba, but I think that’s because I’ve had enough of strange tales from the doctor’s office this off-season.
In more positive news, the Mets did re-sign three of their own players today. Jeff Francoeur, Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green all avoided arbitration and got raises. Only Angel Pagan remains on schedule for an arbitration hearing.
The best part of this news is that the Mets didn’t hand out unnecessary multi-year contracts — they haven’t been working out so well lately.
I’m not sure where Omar Minaya goes from here — if he’s even still steering the boat. I’d fault him for not having a better plan this off-season, but the latest rumors suggest that he didn’t have a choice — according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, he has to run each prospective move by Jeff Wilpon on a case-by-case basis without having any kind of a set budget.
I can’t shake the feeling that this will be another season where Mets fans have to look for the fun little stories… I’ll be surprised if we get to be caught up in a pennant race.