Thursday, April 23, 2009

Roster Moves: O'Day Released, Schneider on DL

I got married on Saturday, so I haven't had time to write anything for the better part of a week. I'm going to try to put something original together today or tomorrow, but for now I just want to catch up on the roster changes.

Late last week, Brian Schneider was put on the disabled list with a sore back and the Mets brought up Omir Santos to back up Ramon Castro. I know very little about Santos, other than to say he's not considered the catcher of the future in Flushing. He'll be here until Schneider returns, which probably won't be long now.

Then it was time to say good-bye to Darren O'Day, who was offered back to the Angels to make room for Nelson Figueroa's spot start on Sunday. When California declined, the Mets put him on waivers and the Texas Rangers snatched him up. The Mets really should have sent Bobby Parnell down instead to make room for Figueroa (who was getting the start so that the Mets could skip Mike Pelfrey's start), but they must not have liked something they saw in O'Day. Too small of a sample size to make an informed judgment, says I.

Figueroa spent one day with the big club - much to his wife's chagrin - and the Mets brought up Casey Fossum to take O'Day's spot in the bullpen. Don't get too attached - Fossum is not a major-league pitcher.

Johan Santana
Mike Pelfrey
Oliver Perez
John Maine
Livan Hernandez

Francisco Rodriguez (closer)
JJ Putz
Sean Green
Pedro Feliciano
Brian Stokes
Casey Fossum
Bobby Parnell

Brian Schneider - DL
Ramon Castro
Omir Santos

Carlos Delgado
Luis Castillo
David Wright
Jose Reyes
Alex Cora
Fernando Tatis

Daniel Murphy
Carlos Beltran
Ryan Church
Jeremy Reed
Gary Sheffield


TW said...

First of all, "they snatched him up"

O'Day will be out of our memories by the end of the month and probably won't see the major leagues again this year.

Santos showed all spring long that he can hit, Castro has shown me for the last two years that not only was 2007 an aberration that he also can't stay healthy. Yes, Santos is no catcher of the future but I'll put my lunch up that he gets at least a hit today. how many does Castro have?

Castro will get hurt this year and Santos will be back.

Fossum was picked as a reward for his performance thus far in AAA, and the fact that Feliciano had thrown everyday of the season thus far. You've said it before, everyone but Rodriguez and Putz is expendable, Parnell has been better than O'Day and for the matter better than Feliciano or even Putz, why reward Parnell by sending him down simply because he has options.

Jack Flynn said...

Your mom makes your lunch.

How can you talk about O'Day like that when you're still wearing your Steven Register jammies to bed every night? O'Day has already caught on with the Rangers and pitched the other night. He's not making the Strat league next year, but I think he's good for 50-plus innings of average middle relief.

You send down Parnell instead because O'Day wasn't around long enough to form an opinion on. Parnell can go to Triple-A (where he belongs) without being lost. Sure, O'Day is a 100-1 shot to turn in a great season, but you don't have to risk losing him if you just demote Parnell for 10 days.

TW said...

You didn't watch any spring training, O'Day's performance in comparison to that of Register doesn't even rate.

And yes he already pitched, but he also already gave a game winning hit and run. If he does make 50 innings, it will be all garbage time. Texas doesn't need to have a good bullpen from 1-7 they aren't going to even sniff pennant race, and not that the Mets seem to have that odor in their nose, they still have a better chance.