Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Mets Looking At SS Options?

According to Rich Coutinho on twitter, as relayed by Michael Baron on Metsblog, the Mets may be sniffing around other shortstop options.  Coutinho points to Cristian Guzman of the Washington Nationals as a name that has been discussed. 

Guzman seems to be more and more expendable as the spring moves on and Ian Desmond proves that he belongs on the Nationals opening day roster, and as their starting shortstop.  The signing of Adam Kennedey at second base and the existance of Alberto Gonzalez on the roster, makes someone expendable.  So, it's not surprising that Cristian Guzman, would be the odd man out.

As for the Mets obtaining another infielder, I see this as a potential by-product of two things.  One option is that the Mets are willing to do what they did with Matthews, and just obtain another starting player to fill-in until Reyes is healthy, and will deal with the glut of players later.  The other option is that maybe the Orioles potential interest in obtaining another second baseman has somehow led them to Luis Castillo.  I find it funny writing that last line, especially considering what I learned from Brian Costa, and his assessment that a trade of Castillo is almost impossible.  Regardless, it may be far-fetched, but it's not impossible.  Or I should put the optimism aside and know that it's more likely that the Mets are just willing to play the hot hand at short, and then try to deal the most valuable piece (not Reyes) at a later time.

Either way, this is some interesting stuff, and well worth keeping an eye on...

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