Joel Sherman of the New York Post has a New York Mets trade and free agent rumors post on his Hardball blog. Amongst his bits and pieces:
* The Mets want to sign one starting pitcher and let Jon Niese pitch as the #5 starter a la Mike Pelfrey last season. Contra Mr. Sherman's opinion, this appears to be a good idea to me.
* Closer Francisco Rodriguez has the persona to survive the back pages of the New York tabloids. Brian Fuentes doesn't give the same vibe.
How should the Mets handle thier 5th starter spot?
Get a high-paid, unwanted 5th starter like Jason Marquis and keep Niese in AAA as insurance. (18 votes)
Let Niese win the 5th spot in Spring Training. (61 votes)
79 total votes