Starting Pitching in NYC
Here's the latest on the Tom Glavine front: the man says he's 50-50 between the Mets and the Braves. The Braves would have a hard time matching the Mets probable $24M/2y offer unless they dropped some salary in a trade (like some of these possibilities), so it may come down to how much of a hometown discount Glavine is willing to give Atlanta.
Across town, there's the possibility that Scott Proctor will enter camp as a starter. Proctor was great in his first full year out of the pen, but the Yankees starting corps still has plenty of holes. No one--including Brian Cashman--could possibly think that the Yankees won't make every effort to add at least one more starter, but as Cashman points out, the move is mostly insurance: it's easier to prepare to start and end up relieving than to go the other way around. If nothing else, if might make Cashman seem a little less desperate in trade talks.
And back to the Mets for a second: if you're interested in the next wave of Mets players, like Anderson Hernandez, Carlos Gomez, and Fernando Martinez, you may enjoy this article of mine over at MetsGeek.com, which takes a statistically-minded look at their defense. If Gomez ends up as part of a trade, whoever gets him could do very, very well.
By Jeff Sackmann