According to today’s New York Post, the Mets never gave pitcher J.J. Putzâ€”a known sufferer of bone spurs in his right elbowâ€”a physical before acquiring him from Seattle last winter.
Then (gasp!) he got hurt.
Although Putz is a small enough name for the news to stay pretty quiet, it’s staggering, pathetic and classic Mets ’10. People can talk about the Pirates or Orioles or Royals being the worst organizations in baseball, but, truth be told, the Metropolitans own the title. They are royally inept, from Jeff Wilpon at the top to Omar as the general manager to Jerry Manuel, a so-so skipper with some genuinely questionable managerial skills. I was actually talking about this with a friend the other day: When’s the last time an organization earned a Grade-F offseason while still adding one of the two or three top available free agents? Yes, Jason Bay will bring more to the lineup than a Felix Martinez. But where, oh, where, is the pitching depth? The rotation is a legit No. 1 in Johan Santana, followed by two No. 4 starters (John Maine and Mike Pelphrey) and a complete and total loon (Oliver Perez) who is this close to starring for the Yuma Scorpions.
If you’re a Mets fan, how can you enter 2010 with anything but dread and despair? Your team boasts a handful of marquee players (David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Bay, Santana) and significantly more sludge. You desperately needed a catcherâ€”and added Henry Blanco. You desperately needed armsâ€”and added Kelvim Escobar. You needed a new, state-of-the-art stadium, and built a beautiful oneâ€”with outfield dimensions that’d scare off half the league’s hitters.
The 2010 Mets: 75 wins, 87 losses, loads of laughs.