Well, we’ve made it through the first week of spring training games. Johan Santana has pitched twice and he’s one of an ever-shrinking number of Mets who hasn’t landed on the injury report so far (knock on wood). Who would have believed it?
Remember when Fernando Martinez was an untouchable prospect destined to become a future New York Mets star?
Martinez and lefty reliever Daniel Ray Hererra have reportedly been placed on waivers to clear space on the 40-man roster so the Mets can complete the signings of Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno, according to ESPN New York. Assuming that no other team claims them, both Martinez and Herrera could remain in the Mets organization. However, Hererra would have the option to declare free agency rather than accept a minor league assignment.
It’s a shame that Martinez is all but washed up at age 23, due to injuries (and perhaps due to being rushed through the minor leagues faster than he should have.) I’d really like to see him claimed by another (preferably American League) organization and watch him prove the Mets were wrong to give up on him… but that’s probably not going to happen.
The Mets have another impending departure, as MLB.com is reporting that longtime coach Randy Niemann will accept a job with the Boston Red Sox that will reunite him with former Mets manager Bobby Valentine. Best of luck.
I will congratulate the Staten Island Yankees (who defeated the Brooklyn Cyclones this weekend to advance to the finals in the New York Penn League playoffs) and the Daytona Cubs (who swept the St. Lucie Mets to win the Florida State League championship), but I don’t really want to talk about them, either. At least the Savannah Sand Gnats are still trying to win a minor league title – their South Atlantic League championship series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers is scheduled to begin tonight.
So instead, let’s take a look at the autographs I got this weekend:
At 5-foot-6, Daniel Ray Herrera doesn’t really look like a major league pitcher, but he’s done the job when the Mets have called on him since his acquisition as one of the players to be named later in the Francisco Rodriguez trade. This is one of three autographs I got inside Citi Field before the Mets’ game on Saturday.