By Mike Steffanos
In a press release on Mets.com, the Mets are announcing that they have reached agreement on a 1-year $7.5 million contract with free agent outfielder Moises Alou. There is also a club option for 2008.
Alou, who will turn 41 in July, is expected to be the team's starting left fielder. Injuries have limited Alou to 98 games and 345 ABs last season and 427 ABs in 123 games the year before. Of course the player he replaces, Cliff Floyd, only managed to surpass 400 ABs once in four seasons in New York.
The Mets have also acquired a pair of young lefthanders, Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick, from the Marlins in exchange for hard-throwing reliever prospects Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom. Information on this deal can be found on Newsday's Mets Blog. There is also a press release on Mets.com.
I liked Henry Owens a lot, and was sorry to see him go. I've seen Vargas pitch a few times, and he looks like a kid who has an arm but doesn't quite know what to do with it. This is one of those deals that may take 3-4 years to fully judge.
The Future of this blog (update)
I have come to some decisions regarding this blog. I will be sharing some of the workload with others, though I will continue to be heavily involved, and will post some more information later on this evening.