Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Roster Moves: Sosa and Figueroa DFA'd; Wise Activated; Pagan DL'ed

Oh, shut up.

I obviously didn't see this coming. I suppose I should be glad; it's an indication that the Mets will admit their mistakes on occasion and even eat a few bucks if necessary. Jorge Sosa ends up costing $200,000 per awful appearance in 2008, but Matt Wise will replace him in the bullpen and isn't nearly as helpless against lefties. I know Tim thinks I'm a fanboy and he gave up a run tonight, but Wise is a talented reliever who I still believe will contribute in 2008.

Claudio Vargas replaces Nelson Figueroa in the rotation, at least for one night. Figueroa had two good starts before regressing to the mean; Vargas isn't likely to fare much better. They were both place-holders for Pedro anyway, so don't get too attached to either one of them.

I am so happy that Tatis got the call-up, even if it's only temporary. Two backup infielders! it must make Willie Randolph feel so decadent. Tatis is probably not a competent major leaguer, but maybe Omar Minaya will decide he likes having a backup corner infielder and will set his sites on acquiring a better one. Pagan has run out of fairy dust and crashed back to earth, but with Alou back in the lineup his playing time was reduced anyway.

Oh, and I jumped the gun a couple of days ago when Castro was activated. I didn't realize that Raul Casanova had to pass through waivers before heading to AAA. He did, and now he really will share catching duties at New Orleans. Let's take a look at the active roster now:

STARTING PITCHERS
Johan Santana
Oliver Perez
John Maine
Mike Pelfrey
Claudio Vargas
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez-DL
Pedro Martinez-DL

RELIEF PITCHERS
Billy Wagner (closer)
Duaner Sanchez
Pedro Feliciano
Aaron Heilman
Scott Schoenweis
Matt Wise
Joe Smith

CATCHERS
Brian Schneider
Ramon Castro

INFIELDERS
Carlos Delgado
Luis Castillo
David Wright
Jose Reyes
Damion Easley
Fernando Tatis

OUTFIELDERS
Moises Alou
Carlos Beltran
Ryan Church
Marlon Anderson
Endy Chavez
Angel Pagan - DL