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Another one bites the dust

January 21, 2010

Cross Pineiro's name off the list

Last year Omar Minaya saw his players disappear.  This year, it’s potential free agent signings.  

A day after Bengie Molina signed with the Giants, another Mets target Joel Pineiro has signed with the Angels for two years and $16 million.  

 

Pineiro was coming off a successful 2009 season, in which the 30-year-old righty went 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA.  He was questioned, however, about his abilities because many attributed his 2009 campaign to Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan.  

With Molina and Pineiro now fully out of sight, it has been reported the Mets will take a serious look at Ben Sheets.  On Tuesday, the “Amazings” were one of many teams that scouted Sheets in Louisiana.  Most people reported positive things from the session, as Sheets’ fastball was impressive and his curve had plenty of bite.  

According to multiple sources, the Texas Rangers are set to make a very strong push to sign Sheets.   Ben’s pitching coach from Milwaukee, Mike Maddux, is now the pitching coach for the Rangers.  

The Rangers and Sheets reached an agreement on a two-year deal last off season.  However, as MLB.com wrote at the time, “Everything changed once it was determined that Sheets had a torn flexor tendon that might require surgery.” 

I’m all for signing Ben Sheets — his upside is tremendous and he has the potential to be another ace along side Johan Santana.  Yes, there are injury concerns, and the Mets dealt with plenty of those last season.  But at this point, what else is out there and what is there to lose?  The Mets cannot afford to go into this season with their current pitching staff, and it is now time to take a risk.  

Sign Sheets to a 1-year deal, with a decent base salary and plenty of incentives.   

I’m sorry Omar- Pelfrey, Maine, and Perez aren’t scaring anybody.

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