By Shari Forst
The Mets have offered arbitration to Roberto Hernandez which I can kind of understand. Especially in light of letting Chad Bradford leave without so much as a "Thank you."
However instead of offering a deal to Bradford they decide to offer arbitration to Guillermo Mota. Mota, as you all remember, was caught using steroids. I thought for sure they would dump him, but no. Who knows how effective he will be if he isn't on steroids? Why mess with this bull pen after how great they were last season.
In another puzzling move, they declined arbitration to Darren Oliver. Oliver was an extremely effective left handed long reliever out of the bull pen-giving the Mets chances to climb back into games after guys like Pedro, El Duque and Steve Trachsel got roughed up and had to leave by the second inning. Where do they think they will find another guy like this? Not too many guys who were once starters are OK with being a mop up guy-no less a GOOD one.
I hope I will see the method to Omar's madness this off season. The Winter Meeting are in full swing now, and I hope to see some moves that will make some of the ones he's made the last two weeks make more sense.