The Mets may be interested in Brett Myers

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There were Cliff Lee fantasies and then some Roy Oswalt pipe dreams, but if the Mets are going to get a starting pitcher, their options are probably going to need to be more realistic in terms of what they can get for the prospects they have to offer and what they can afford in terms of salary to the incoming body.

Buster Olney suggests Brett Myers, who is having a pretty darn nice season down in Houston.  The price is right: whatever is left of his $3 million salary for 2010 plus either an $8 million option for 2011 or a $2 million buyout.  Whereas Lee would have cost an arm and a leg in terms of prospects, you figure Houston would accept much less in terms of bodies.

The only thing that gets me on the Myers reports I’ve seen are references to him “knowing how to win in the NL East.” As if it were some foreign country or something where only he knows the language.  He’s like any other pitcher I imagine: he does better in the significantly weaker NL Central and if he came back to the East and faced the Phillies and Braves more his ERA would rise.

Might be a good catch for the Mets, but let’s not pretend he’s more than he is.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.