New York Mets Might Shuffle the Deck

Matthew CohenCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2008

According to a report by New York Mets beat writer Adam Rubin of the Daily News, the Mets appear to be shopping pitchers Jorge Sosa and Scott Schoeneweis.

This makes sense on a number of levels. The first is the fact Schoeneweis is due two more years at more than $ 3.5 million apiece. His numbers aren't very good, and the simple fact that he is a lefty is the only thing that is keeping him on the team.  

Sosa on the other hand is a year-to-year contract.  He put up some great numbers in his first four or five starts last year, and then when he was shifted to the bullpen, wasn't half bad. 

I'd give up Schoeneweis in a heartbeat, because of the contract and the fact he really isn't that good against lefties.  I'd have a very difficult time giving up Sosa on the other hand because of his versatility as a starter and as a decent reliever.

The simple fact that Mike Pelfrey is having a great Spring Training is something to keep an eye on.  I really don't see a way in which he wouldn't lock down the No. 5 spot if he keeps pitching the way he has, especially since El Duque is an injury waiting to happen.  This would allow the Mets to put El Duque in the bullpen and hopefully get Schoeneweis out of town.

In unrelated news, Ruben Gotay is going to have a CT scan on his sprained ankle tomorrow.  He injured it yesterday on play in which he slid into home plate. 

Also, El Duque canceled another bullpen session, which comes as no surprise.