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Mets Hot Stove: The Pitch to Wagner, Day 2

Mike SteffanosTuesday, November 22, 2005
By Mike Steffanos

It's Day 2 of the Billy Wagner visit to New York:

New York Post: Whose going to catch Billy?
Mark Hale and Joel Sherman report on Wagner's visit. They got in yesterday about 11. I heard they would be looking for a house in Connecticut, so I spent most of the day in my front yard with a "Welcome Billie" sign. Turns out that they never considered my neighborhood, they were in Greenwich on the Gold Coast. It's just as well; I had dreams of playing catch with Billy in the backyard, but, at my age, those 100 mph tosses might be a problem. In any case, Billy's agent characterizes the visit as "going well".

Hale and Sherman also discuss the Mets search for a catcher. Apparently the free agent tandem of Molina and Hernandez might prove to be priced too high for a team that is looking to add so much. The Mets are considering using Jae Seo and Anderson Hernandez as trade bait. Possible targets are Paul Lo Duca and Tampa's Toby Hall. Personally, I just don't want to see another bad defensive catcher like Lo Duca wind up here, and I don't know enough about Hall to have an intelligent opinion -- not that I'd let that stop me from having one.

Daily News: Tom the Tour Guide
Adam Rubin also reports on Wagner's state visit. He mentions that Tom Glavine and his wife met the Wagners at the airport and spent the day with them looking at houses. I think most of us have accepted Glavine as a Met now, for the rest of you, perhaps you should consider it. Rubin expects an offer to be made today before the Wagners leave town.

Also in the News, Mike Lupica does a piece on Wagner and the importance of that dominating closer.

NorthJersey.com: Klap thinks money will mean more than love
That old skeptic Bob Klapisch seems to think that money will be the deciding factor on where Billy Wagner laces up those spikes next year.

Fox Sports: One more against the Cameron trade
At Fox Sports, Dayn Perry lends his voice to those that have criticized this trade. He believes the Mets will miss Cameron, Nady won't be great, and even speaks against a Manny Ramirez trade that many believe this deal will facilitate.

New York Times: Adding a Bat
In the Times, Murray Chass has a long piece discussing potential Mets targets Carlos Delgado and Manny Ramirez.

NEsery.com: When Good Players Go Mets (part 3)
Mike on NEsery.com offers part 3 in his series on Mets free agent fiascos. This one is on Bobby Bonilla. Worth a look.

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