Josh Thole has been tearing it up in winter ball with recent stats showing his Batting Average at .414 with an OBP of .539 and an OPS near 1.100, however he might be ordered to leave due to political unrest in Venezuela.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has openly said he is preparing to go to war with Colombia, and has gone far enough as ordering troops to the Venezuelan/Colombian border.
The reason the two countries are on the brink of war is because of Columbia's decision to allow America to use seven military bases in their country.
Even though that sounds terrible that may not be the worst danger in Venezuela.
It has been reported that the mother of former Mets Pitcher Victor Zambrano was kidnapped but was rescued after a few days as a hostage.
Zambrano's cousin wasnt as lucky, just nine days before Zambrano's mother was kidnapped his cousin Richard was kidnapped and murdered.
The Mets front office has yet to decide if Thole will remain for the additional three weeks of winter ball.
It has been reported that Thole himself is having a great time and prefers to stay the full length untill December 8th.
In my opinion three weeks of winter ball will have no impact on Thole's readiness for next season and once his safety was even a thought he should have been put on a plane to a safer location.
However the Mets front office continues to show a lack of decisive leadership in a matter that is way more than just a baseball decision.