Friday, August 19, 2011

A look back at this off-seasons biggest flop by the Mets..

The Mets weren't very active this off-season with free agents or through trades, in fact the biggest moves they made were cutting Louis Castillo and Oliver Perez. 

By the way Louie isn't playing this year since being cut bu Philly, Ollie is with the Nats AA team where he's made 12 starts to a 3.28 ERA and in 57 innings has SO 42 while walking 19. 

Maybe you could say taking the risk on Chris Young was the biggest flop, since he was an injury risk and only made four starts before going down.  But the Mets didn't pay much for his services, in those four games he did pitch to a 1.88 ERA and by most accounts was a positive influence on the pitching staff.

I say the biggest bust ( which isn't saying much) was Michael Antonini for Chin-Lung Hu.  The gave up a young lefty who wasn't in their plans for what they thought was a slick fielding middle infielder. 

At best Antonini is probably a LOOGY but might be more like a AAAA pitcher who might get a few tries because he's left handed.  Antonini is currently pitching for the Dodgers AA team, he's made 24 starts with a record of 9-8 and an ERA of 3.94.

Meanwhile Chin-Lung Hu appeared in 22games with the Mets at the start of the season where he hit .050, he was suppose to be Murphy's defensive caddy but he was so bad at the plate he couldn't be justified even as a defensive replacement.

After his demotion to Buffalo he cont. his lack of offense with a .194 BA, but it wasn't his bat that got him demoted all the way to the Gold Coast league.  Apparently Hu developed a case of the throwing yips, so now he's a 27 y/o in single A hitting .182 who can't throw but can catch the ball really well.

In all fairness to the Mets decision makers, from 2004-2007 ( when Depo was in LA) he was a minor league All-Star 11 times between all the different leagues and a future stars game MVP.