By Mike Steffanos
I'm in the process of writing something important that I'll post later on (please check back), but in the meantime, here are a few hot stove happenings for today:
Both ESPN's Buster Olney and SI.com's Jon Heyman speculate that Manny Ramirez just might possibly be dealt this winter, with the Mets (of course) as a possible destination. Personally, I've written so much on this last year that I hesitate to get started on this subject again, so I'll be brief:
Yes, there's only a couple of years left on the contract, and the money isn't that bad in today's market. Yet that holds true for Boston themselves, doesn't it? There is no more perfect place in baseball for Manny than with the Red Sox. Fenway is the least demanding left field in baseball. Manny and Ortiz form a perfect 1-2 punch. So why does Boston still want to dump him? With respect to those of you who are pro-Manny, I'd pass.
New York Post: Ben Johnson
Mark Hale and Joel Sherman cite Omar Minaya on his latest pickup:
Ben Johnson, for me, is similar to what we did last year with Endy Chavez. We added an outfielder who has a chance to play every day. He's young, versatile, plays the game hard, and still has upside. He has shown some power and some on-base ability.
At the very least, the Mets seem to see Johnson as a right-handed outfielder that can combine with Shawn Green and possibly push Lastings Milledge a little -- if he survives this hot stove season as a Met.
Hot Foot: Tom Glavine
Hot Foot links to an editorial on The Braves Show web site calling for the Tomahawk boys to resign Tom Glavine. (I know we keep reading over and over that Glavine will return, but I honestly think there is a 50-50 chance he'll pitch for the Braves if they offer him anything worthwhile at all.)
Always Amazin': New Home
It's been a crazy month for me, so somehow it managed to take me a couple of weeks to realize that Ryan McConnell's terrific blog has moved to a different web address. It's running on a different platform that now allows for reader's comments. Good luck, Ryan.
MetsBlog: David Lennon Interview
Matt Cerrone interviewed Newsday's Mets beat writer yesterday.