Mike Silva wonders if
the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him.
It’s an interesting thought. The Mets declined to make this kind of
move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few
weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps
the Mets are considering Mejia’s highest and best use to be as trade
bait for someone who can help them push for a playoff spot this year.
Personally, I don’t think the Mets will hold up as a contender as
currently constructed. Whether that means that they should (a) deal Mejia
for a piece that could make them a strong contender for the rest of the
year; or (b) whether they should just do the
best they can and build for the future kind of depends on how you feel
about such matters.
If it meant getting Cliff Lee, sure, deal him. If it’s just to add a
Mark Buehrle or a Jake Westbrook type then forget it.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.