Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hopefully they were just checking in with Mora...

It's being reported that Melvin Mora is picking between three teams ( source Baltimore Sun )and at the same Joe Frisaro tweets that he hears whispers that the Mets are one of three teams who have spoken to Mora.

Mora has said to prefer the west so maybe he would rule us out anyway but hopefully the Mets were just checking in anyway.

Mora is a 37 y/o right handed hitter who is a two time All-Star and 2004 silver slugger. He has logged over 800 major league games at 3B, 195 gms. at SS, 170 in LF, 158 in CF, 29 at 2B and 1gm. at 1B.

He is a lifetime .278 hitter with an OBP .352, Slg. .436 and an OPS .788. Last season he hit only .260 with 8 HRs and 48 RBIs. His best offensive year came in 2004 as the starting short stop for Baltimore, in 140 gms. his BA was .340, OBP .419 and Slg. .562.

In 1999 he came up with the Mets and played 66 games in which he hit .161. He started the season with the Mets in 2000 in 79 gms while hitting .260, after Rey Ordonez went down the Mets traded Mora for Mike Bordick who served as their SS in the 2000 World series. Since the trade he has spent his entire career with Baltimore.

Instead of relishing his versatility Mora seems to always be finding a way to complain about playing time and his lack of stable position. I could even see him signing as a bench player with the idea in his mind of winning a spot and when he didn't complaining about being on the bench. While I'd relish a guy like Amazega on the bench Mora would be a guy I'd steer clear of.

"I don't appreciate the disrespect, because I've been playing hurt for a guy who won't respect you. I don't deserve it," the 37-year-old Mora said. "I need to have my respect. This is not a guy who just came to the Orioles. This is a guy who's been here for nine years." source USA