The worst free-agent signing of Omar Minaya's career is heading west to Arizona, as the Mets continued the joyful process of breaking up The Arson Squad today. The Diamondbacks are sending someone named Conor Roberston to New York, but Minaya could've traded Scott Schoeneweis for Pat Robertson and Mets fans still would've been happy.
The truth is that Schoeneweis, when deployed properly, actually wasn't that bad during his two seasons with the Mets. He was generally able to get left-handed batters out, but most of us understood that Schoeneweis was Bantha fodder against right-handed batters. Willie Randolph, of course, couldn't properly deploy a vacuum cleaner, so Schoeneweis ended up failing in a ton of situations he had no business being in. Hey, if you ask me to cut sheetrock, I'm probably going to screw it up. The key is putting people in positions to succeed.
Pedro Feliciano now slides into the lefty specialist role, where I think he will have a fine bounce-back season in 2009. I would be surprised to see the Mets go with only one left-hander in the bullpen, so I expect to see another transaction to address that need. Please, Omar, no more three-year contracts for middle relievers!
John Maine (arbitration eligible)
Jon Niese (renewable)
Darren O'Day (Rule V)
Rocky Cherry (Rule V)
Pedro Feliciano (arbitration eligible)
Duaner Sanchez (arbitration eligible)
Ambiorix Burgos (renewable)
Brian Stokes (renewable)
Sean Green (renewable)
Eddie Kunz (renewable)
Carlos Muniz (renewable)
Robert Parnell (renewable)
Conor Robertson (renewable)
Brandon Knight (renewable)
Billy Wagner (out for 2009 season)
Robinson Cancel (renewable)
Daniel Murphy (renewable)
Argenis Reyes (renewable)
Ryan Church (arbitration eligible)
Jeremy Reed (arbitration eligible)
Angel Pagan (renewable)
Nick Evans (renewable)
Tony Armas, Jr.
Adam Bostick (minor league free agent)
Nelson Figueroa (minor league free agent)
Gustavo Molina (minor league free agent)
* - "I'll Be the Judge" recap completed