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At second, no deal is the right deal

Mike SteffanosSaturday, March 4, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

Kaz Matsui is likely to start the year as the starter at second base, which will not thrill some of you. I have to say, if the Mets believe Anderson Hernandez is the future at 2B, I agree with not making a deal. I'm sure the Mets would like to get Hernandez some more Triple-A games. If Matsui falls apart, they can bring him up a month or two into the season. With a system already depleted by deals, why trade any other prospects for a stopgap second baseman?

As far as the possibility of acquiring Alfonso Soriano, why would anyone want that guy with all of his selfishness, lack of hustle and poor defense? His whole experience since being traded to the Nationals should tell you all you need to know about him.

Mets.com: Second game: not so good
Marty Noble reports on the Mets 11-8 loss to the Cardinals last night. Of the pitchers, Yusaku Iriki had 2 scoreless innings to start the game, while highly regarded reliever prospect Henry Owens scattered 3 hits in 2 scoreless innings. Darren Oliver looked pretty bad, although he was hurt by a Kaz Matsui error, and Steve Schmoll was pasted for 4 runs on 5 hits in one extremely ineffective inning. Carlos Delgado, Chris Woodward and veteran journeyman catcher Sandy Martinez all had 2 hits each for the Mets attack.

Gotham Baseball: Good start for Iriki
Mike McGann reports on Yusaku Iriki's successful spring debut.

Daily News: No trade for a second baseman
Adam Rubin cites Mets insiders that they are unlikely to trade for a second baseman.

Bergen Record: Rick Peterson
Steve popper profiles Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson. If, as I expect, the Mets pitching staff performs above expectations this season, Peterson will be a large part of the reason.

NY Times: Puerto Rican team training in St. Lucie
Ben Shpigel reports on how the Puerto Rican team training in the same complex as the Mets is causing Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran to lead "double lives".

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