Bob Klapisch is tweaking Mets fans

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2993.jpgHe thinks the Mets should let other GMs know that Johan Santana is available:



Of
course, the Wilpon family will do no such thing. They invested $137.5
million in the great lefthander and aren’t about to admit failure. But
the current Mets core is beginning Year 5 of a golden era that wasn’t
and considering how poorly Omar Minaya has done this winter, the
drought isn’t about to end.




…Still, the Mets have to make peace with the idea that the Santana
experiment has failed, just as the Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez and
Billy Wagner gambles all turned to vapor. Yet, they continue to chase
The Next Great Star as if this was 2006 and they were one player away
from greatness.




Pretty rich stuff, huh? Want more?



Actually if the
Mets were capable of making a cold business decision, they’d even
dangle David Wright and Jose Reyes. Wright, in particular, could bring
a bundle of
prospects in return — and who knows, he might just welcome a trade
since he’s playing in a new ballpark he obviously hates.




Harsh. Coming off a 70-92 season, the Mets
are the big apple-shaped pinata this winter, so it’s no surprise to see
Klapisch take a swing, but the Wilpons might as well pack it in if they
were to deal Santana, Wright or Reyes. I’ll give Klapisch some credit
for emulating Wallace Matthews, though. Nice try.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.