By Mike Steffanos
I do understand the reasoning behind not trading prospects for a catcher. I'm waiting to see how many years they had to give Torrealba, but most accounts peg it at a 3-year deal.
If the Mets manage to sign Louis Castillo, on days that Torrealba catches and Castillo plays second, the lineup will feature very little power from these 2 slots. Factor in that Moises Alou in a best-case scenario is likely to play in 120 games, and the number will probably be less. Combine that with Delgado's decline as a power hitter and I have some concerns about the line-up next season. Of course, much of this will depend on what else goes down this winter. Anyway, while (of course) not seeing this as a disastrous move, I have some reservations about this.
Barring something else of immediate interest popping up, I will go back to trying to finish my 2007 season recap. My goal is to actually get it done before the 2008 season is underway.