Keep your friends close, and your enemies closerDecember 1, 2009
According to multiple reports, The New York Metropolitans have signed free-agent catcher Chris Coste. Coste hit .224 in 88 games with the Phillies and Astros last season, during which he played 15 games at first base. Andy Martino of the Philadelphia Inquirer is also reporting that former Mets catcher Brian Schneider has signed a two-year, $3 million deal with the Phillies. In two seasons with the Mets, Schneider appeared in just 169 games and hit .244 with 12 home runs and 62 RBIs, as he was plagued by various leg and back injuries right from the start in 2008.
After signing with the Mets, Chris Coste offered these comments:
“It’s the last team I ever saw myself playing for. I knew I was going to accept it, but had to think about it for a few days… It wasn’t my choice to leave Philly… I never wanted to leave Philadelphia, I will always consider myself a Phillie.”
I guess Coste didn’t get the memo that in New York, you don’t express love for your ex-girlfriend on a first date. Nice job, Chris. Welcome to Queens.
In other Mets news, Ken Davidoff of Newsday says that the Mets still have their eye on a catcher, and their top choice is Bengie Molina. Davidoff says the Giants are likely to offer arbitration to Molina, which means if the Mets were to sign him, they would have to surrender their second-round pick to San Francisco.
I know I said earlier that I wanted the Mets to get this guy, but I never thought the Giants would offer the 36-year-old Molina arbitration. So, if the Mets have to relinquish their second-round pick to San Francisco, then fugghedaboutit.
Roy Halladay is making demands and the Jays are listening. He wants to be traded before spring training, and will not accept a deal once spring training begins. The Blue Jays are apparently asking for a major-league ready bat and arm, that may include Clay Bucholtz if traded to the Sox, Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain and Jesus Montero if to the Yanks, and Mike Pelfrey and Ruben Tejada if the Mets get involved.