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:
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez-DL
Billy Wagner (closer)
Angel Pagan - DL