It’s been another strange day in Mets land.
The Charlie Samuels story is getting ugly and bizarre. I woke up this morning to read allegations that he bet on baseball and may have been stealing from the Mets. Tonight, The New York Times reports that Francisco Rodriguez was staying with Samuels for a time after his common law wife obtained a restraining order against him this summer.
Hisanori Takahashi, who had reportedly been seeking a three year contract worth $12-$15 million, was released today to enable him to test the free agent market. The Mets are believed to have offered Takahashi a one-year deal, but he can probably do better elsewhere.
I’m disappointed that Takahashi won’t be a Met in 2011, but it’s hard to fault Sandy Alderson for not wanting to sign a 36-year-old pitcher to a three-year contract for significant money. I will continue to root for Takahashi, as long as he doesn’t wind up going to the Phillies, the Yankees or the Braves.
Mets whipping boy Oliver Perez made his 2010 Mexican League debut tonight, pitching for Culiacan. Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reports that he retired all three batters that he faced, including former Newark Bears second baseman Tim Raines Jr.
Perez has frustrated me for the best part of the last two years, but I’m rooting for him to do well this winter. Maybe if he shows some promise, Alderson will be able to convince some other team to take him off his hands.
As tempting as it might be, there’s no reason to release Ollie now. If the Mets need a spot on the 40-man roster, fine. Otherwise, let’s give him one last shot and hope that Ollie is capable of surprising us.
That’s it for me tonight… have a good weekend, everyone. Look forward to some minor league baseball cards on Monday and an autographed baseball card from a 60s outfielder who wanted to make sure than his 100th home run would be written about and remembered on Wednesday.