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Guillermo Mota Suspended 50 Games

Mike SteffanosWednesday, November 1, 2006
By Mike Steffanos


The AP reports that reliever Guillermo Mota will serve a 50-game suspension at the beginning of next season for violating MLB's drug policy, most likely for steroids.

Mota is not denying the positive test and takes full responsibility for his actions:

I have no one to blame but myself. I used extremely poor judgment and deserve to be held accountable.

This obviously would affect any plan the Mets might have had that would have involved re-signing Mota and trading Aaron Heilman this winter.

ESPN INsider ($): Dontrelle
On his ESPN Insider blog yesterday, Buster Olney writes about 10 things that should happen this offseason. Number one on the list is "The Marlins should trade Dontrelle Willis this winter". His reasoning is as follows:

... if Florida keeps Willis, whose salary could be in the area of $8 million next season after he goes through arbitration, and he has a season similar to what he posted last year -- a decent-but-not-great 12-12, 3.87 ERA -- his trade value will drop, as his salary rises, as he gets closer to free agency.

There are questions about how long Willis can maintain his complicated delivery, and whether he'll stay healthy. And Florida has enough depth in its rotation (Josh Johnson, Scott Olsen, Anibal Sanchez, Ricky Nolasco) to trade Willis now and still be competitive next year.

His value will never be higher than it is right now, and the Marlins should take advantage of that.

Farther down at number 10, Olney states that the Mets should plan for an entire 2007 season without Pedro. Among other options, Olney states that the Mets should offer "Lastings Milledge and others to the Marlins for Dontrelle Willis." While I agree with Olney that there is no guarantee Pedro will return next season, is it just me, or do the very reasons that Olney gives for the Marlins needing to trade Willis make anyone else just a little leery?

Follow me here for a minute. I'm not saying that Omar Minaya shouldn't pursue a sensible deal for Dontrelle Willis. There seems to be a sentiment that the Mets should offer "whatever it takes" to pry Willis away from Florida, and that's what I have a problem with. The concerns that Olney mentions are very real. This kid has had one great year as an ace caliber starter, and 3 other ones -- including last year -- as more of a solid second or third starter. Here are the numbers on Willis so far:

YearAgeIPERAWHIPHits/9K/9BB/9HR/9
2003211613.301.288.38.03.20.7
2004221974.021.389.66.42.80.9
2005232362.631.138.126.52.10.4
2006242233.871.429.446.53.30.8

The deal has to make sense based on Willis' body of work, and the injury concerns have to be taken into account here, too. The Mets only have so many chips in their system. To give up too much for Willis will both hamper the Mets down the road and also strengthen a young, gifted team that could potentially be a force in this division for years to come.

Daily News: Glavine
Adam Rubin reports that Tom Glavine and the Mets are "deep in discussions about a two-year, $25 million contract that should be completed shortly."

FOXSports.com: Perry on the expanded playoffs
Dayn Perry has a very interesting article looking at the pros and cons of the current MLB playoff system.

Can't Stop The Bleeding: Cubs Want Heilman
CSTB cites Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs are pursuing a trade for the Mets young right-hander. Interesting that Sullivan can't come up with any players who the Mets might want from the Cubs, other than mentioning that 2 years ago Heilman was rumored to be part of a Sammy Sosa deal that fell apart. Usually valid trade rumors will have some take on who both parties are pursuing.

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Comments (8)

Is there any other way to translate the Glavine business other than to say that Tom's interest in Atlanta was merely a means to squeeze another year out of the Mets?

It's why I don't like open negotiations; better to keep the lies among the involved parties.

Hey Mike. LOng time no read. I keep getting a 404 internal error on my home computer when I try to access you. Anyhoo, stiff s...

I think Willis has been overused. If we look at the numbner of innings pitched I think 'Marlins syndrome' is kicking in. If we look at all the great pitching they have had over the last 10 years, see the number of guys who pitched 210innings+ 2 years in a row then went down. Penny, Beckett and AJ Burnett are prime examples. Marlins managers over pitch their guys way too much.

Glavine comes at far too steep a price if we sign him at $25m over 2. This Mota thing really sucks. Just another reason, though, I think Dotel should be a Met again.

dd - Glavine's agent is now denying that there have been any talks. Jeez...
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Scott - Do me a favor. Next time you try to access my blog from your home and get an error, shoot me an email with your IP address and the time and I'll try to figure it out from the server logs. If anyone else gets that error and happens to be reading these comments, please do the same. I've been having a few odd problems lately.

My biggest worry about Willis is just that 2005 was something of a fluke and he's really the pitcher he was last year. I hear you on the innings, though, especially at such a young age.
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Matt - I haven't heard a thing about Dotel yet, but he could be a worthwhile gamble, given the right contract.

That Dayne Perry article is interesting. But what I think he should have brought up is the effect the wild card has on the trade deadline. More teams are now inclined to stand still and make their move a non-move because they think the wild card spot is attainable if they are 5 games out. Then two weeks afterwards those same teams fall out of the race altogether. The teams left in it makes moves through waivers for what usually turns out to be a non-impact player (Mota being an exception, kinda). Basically what I am getting at is that maybe the trade deadline should be pushed back another 10-14 days so that teams have a more realistic idea of where they are at in relation to the playoffs. This would at least promote more sensible trades.

Chris - If nothing else, the Mets probably wouldn't have traded Kazmir in 2004.

I think I have to pray to get this black cloud away from our pitching staff and ask for a silver lined one instead.

Sounds like a plan.

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