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Mets Hot Stove: Delgado Trade Official

Mike SteffanosFriday, November 25, 2005
By Mike Steffanos

It's official, the Mets have a new cleanup hitter:

Newsday: Done Deal
Ken Davidoff, among others, reports that the Mets' new cleanup hitter is now officially a member of the Flushing nine. In addition to 1B Mike Jacobs and top pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit, 23 year old 3B Grant Psomas will go to the Marlins.

For those of you that are interested, Psomas is the Mets' #27 prospect according to the Mets Inside Pitch web site. Here is what they have to say about him:

The former shortstop has become one of the better defensive third base prospects in the system. Psomas, who makes good contact, has very good power as well. He doesn't project to be an elite third base prospect, but his overall ability is very solid. Psomas projects to be a Chase Lambin type as a super-sub coming off the bench. He can play second base in a pinch and his hustle on the field and leadership in the clubhouse is truly fantastic.

Inside Pitch requires a paid subscription to read most of what's on the site. During the long weekend they are offering a free preview of all their content. Definitely worth checking out.

Daily News: Forgive and Forget
Adam Rubin offers some welcome news for Mets fans; Carlos Delgado seems to be looking forward to plaing in New York. Rubin quotes Delgado from an interview in a Spanish language newspaper:

What happened last year is behind... The reason I went to Miami was an opportunity to win. Eleven years I was in Toronto finishing third and fourth. The Marlins were not willing to invest the money to improve the team.

Delgado is also quoted as to whether he is worried about playing in Queens, which the paper described as a graveyard for Puerto Rican ballplayers:

I am going with a positive attitude and the best spirit to do my work... I am going to play ball, and to play hard all the time... I am going to try to do the best possible, regardless of what happens.

It still remains to be seen what happens with the fans if Delgado gets off to a slow start in New York, but he seems to have a decent attitude about coming here, and that's going to help a lot. The concern that Delgado would be bitter about coming here has been alleviated. No if his agent will keep quiet we'll be doing something.

New York Post: An Offer to Molina
In the Post, George King reports that the Mets are close to making an offer to free agent catcher Bengie Molina, which could happens as early as today. This has come as a surprise to many, as it was generally felt that Ramon Hernandez would be the Mets' number one target. There are also concerns about Molina's weight and his age.

Also in the Post: Keith Hernandez leading candidate for the color job
Andrew Marchand is reporting that Keith Hernandez is "moving closer" to being named as the lead analyst on the Mets' telecasts on SportsNet New York. After scaring me by interviewing Don Sutton for the job, this is really welcome news.

Mets Geek: Doing Things the Brave Way
Andrew Hintz offers the opinion that Mets fans who wish the Mets would operate more like the Braves are missing the point.

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