Earlier this week Pedro Martinez pulled a hamstring in his first start of '08 and is expected to be out until mid-May. The loss of Martinez will likely only cost the Mets seven to eight starts, which might only be a difference in two to three wins over that span. Of course, two or three more wins in '07 and the Mets would have spent October in the playoffs. With the importance of every single start magnified this year for the Mets, it would not be surprising for Omar Minaya to seek outside help as a contingency plan for Martinez (who at this point in his career cannot be counted on to stay healthy for any length of time). One long shot is Rich Harden, whom the A's may be auditioning for possible suitors. Let's take a look at what is being said in the Blogophere...
- The 'Ropolitans don't see the Mets trading any more players in the near future, especially for an injury-riddled player such as Harden.
- Mets Fever doesn't think the Mets have the pieces to land Harden and would rather see the money go to Oliver Perez after the season.
- Mets Merized thinks that Claudio Vargas would provide the Mets with some stability but if he isn't willing to accept a minor league deal they feel the Mets have plenty of in-house options...Mets Merized also feels that the loss of Martinez will not have an effect on the Mets' championship hopes.
- MetsBlog comments on the Vargas rumors and says that a backup plan for Martinez should be Minaya's number one priority...MetsBlog also notes that the Mets should stay away from Harden as he will certainly cost Fernando Martinez.
- Faith and Fear in Flushing is reminded of Mets injuries from years past and won't be expecting any contribution from Martinez in the near future.
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