Sandy Alderson hasn’t made a move affecting his major league roster since selling reliever Germen Gonzalez‘s contract to the New York Yankees a month ago today.
I don’t want the Mets to make a deal just for the sake of making a deal, and I realize that Alderson’s options are limited by budgetary constraints. But I’m a fan and I’m still going to get frustrated when I see other teams actively trying to get better while the Mets seem content with the status quo.
If I were New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, I’d be very happy if everybody got sucked into following the tawdry tabloid saga of Alex Rodriguez this winter. The more “A-Rod is the devil” stories come out, the less time anyone will have to pay attention to the multitude of problems Cashman needs to solve this winter to get the Yankees into the playoffs in 2015.
Right now, the Yankees’ starting rotation depth chart is Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia, Shane Greene and David Phelps (I guess), with Ivan Nova a possibility sometime later in the season. Cashman has indicated that he’d like to re-sign free agent Brandon McCarthy, who would slot in behind Tanaka and Pineda.
The good news is that this problem should be relatively easy to fix. While their aren’t many quality free agent hitters available this winter, starting pitching is a strength with Jon Lester, Max Scherzer and James Shields all on the market.
Max Scherzer made an impressive rookie debut last season, striking out 7 and pitching 4 1/3 perfect innings on April 29. That audtion landed him a spot in the Arizona Diamondbacks starting rotation.
He didn’t fare quite as well in his first start, and he bounced between the rotation, bullpen and the minors last year. Scherzer opened the 2009 season on the disabled list with shoulder stiffness, but he is expected to be the D-backs’ fifth starter.
I got this card signed through the mail this spring. So far, I’ve gotten 27 of 66 cards back signed.