June 20, 2005
Mets Moves
by: Andrew Hintz on Jun 20, 2005 7:43 PM | Filed under: Blog

As per WFAN’s Eddie Coleman:

Mets DFA Mike Dejean (about time)
Put Kazuo Matsui on the DL (about time)
Activate Dae-Sung Koo
Call up “The Ice Man” Gerald Williams

Apparently, Omar listened to everybody when they said they’d do “anything” to have DeJean off the team, and called their bluff. Ouch.

36 Responses to “Mets Moves”

  1. Comment posted by Eric Simon on June 20, 2005 at 7:54 pm (#5215)

    I don’t understand calling up Ice to replace Matsui. Where’s Keppinger?

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  3. Comment posted by Eric Simon on June 20, 2005 at 7:55 pm (#5216)

    Nevermind. Keppinger was placed on the DL on the 17th.

  4. Comment posted by erik from tha bronx on June 20, 2005 at 8:07 pm (#5218)

    I wonder if Dejean’s going to blame this one on David Wright? Anybody think the Ice man and Pedro are going to get some Chessesteaks in Philly?

  5. Comment posted by tim in la on June 20, 2005 at 8:38 pm (#5219)

    Eric, I don’t know why you’re confused. The Ice Man has a .697 OPS this year in AAA. That’s the kind of production we need in Shea. We’ll just have to see how it translates vs. major league pitching…

  6. Comment posted by wally on June 20, 2005 at 8:41 pm (#5220)

    why does it seem like we *always* sit guys out for a week before DL’ing them? have 10 days not passed for valent? wouldnt calloway make more sense than the iceman? what’s padilla got to do to get the call? he’s a better option than koo.

  7. Comment posted by j.j. on June 20, 2005 at 9:16 pm (#5222)

    Meanwhile Kansas City promoted Justin Huber today.

    And this is the last straw for Omar. He needs to go now too. Ice Williams isn’t good enough to play AAA. Why is he now in the majors?

  8. Comment posted by Ska on June 20, 2005 at 9:26 pm (#5223)

    Oh my God. How can a team DL/release 2 awful players and turn around and replace them with even worse players? That clearly articulates how this organization has its collective head up its ass. You can’t make this stuff up. Its almost as if this team is trying to lose on purpose, with the idiotic moves that they are making.


  9. Comment posted by Ricardo Gonzalez on June 20, 2005 at 10:02 pm (#5227)

    I refuse to root for any team that has Gerald Williams on its roster.

  10. Comment posted by Jeremy Heit on June 20, 2005 at 10:04 pm (#5228)

    I want to throw up.

  11. Comment posted by KPH on June 20, 2005 at 10:08 pm (#5229)

    I second that sentiment Jeremy. Just looking at the AAA stats through the awesome Organizational Player Chart, Ice has the worst stats on anyone in Norfolk and was not even on the 40-man roster to boot.

  12. Comment posted by erik from tha bronx on June 20, 2005 at 10:52 pm (#5231)

    I would bet my life on it,that The Iceman is leading off and playing rightfield tommorrow in philly.You can’t tell me that you don’t see that happening.

  13. Comment posted by Todd on June 20, 2005 at 11:15 pm (#5232)

    The positive is that we extracted DeJean and Aybar in the past 2 weeks – next move has to be Ishii to the pen and Heilman back as our 5th starter. The negatives are Daubach and Williams. Ouch.

    What do you think about a Reds fire sale – Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns – not sure where they’d fit, but 1st Base has to be a possibility. That is, if we can live with Dave Kingman revisited.

    Somone must be desperate out there for a 2nd Baseman and a “crafty” lefty – let’s package Kaz and Kaz, a bag of doughnuts would probably be a good deal if the recipient picked up the tab on both salaries.

    Where’s Turk Wendell and Jeff Cook when you really need them?

    Willie, my poor son will never make it to Syracuse if you keep batting David Wright 7th – please ease the pain…what’s left for David to prove offensively?

    More random thoughts…can the fish play 2nd base everyday – we’ll soon find out. Who do you like in your lineup, Furcal or Reyes – both have similar tendencies to make mental errors; I’ll take Jose.

    Is Glavine really lost – he still shows flashes of brilliance? What’s Willie’s decision when Trachsel returns in a month? All kidding aside – Zambrano’s last few outings have been impressive.

    Last one – I predict a strong second half from Mike Piazza – call it his last hurrah as a Met. Although he’s the toughest autograph in town, he’s still a class act and as the old saying goes, the cream rises to the top. A healthy Beltran won’t hurt either. Don’t you dare believe that the Nats will be 10+ games over .500 in August. Despite Willie, this team is still good enough to compete.

  14. Comment posted by Mike on June 20, 2005 at 11:30 pm (#5233)

    Can anyone tell me what Gerald Williams brings to a struggling Mets ballclub besides age?

  15. Comment posted by Jeremy Heit on June 20, 2005 at 11:39 pm (#5235)

    Willie, my poor son will never make it to Syracuse if you keep batting David Wright 7th – please ease the pain…what’s left for David to prove offensively?

    I’m sure the thought of college girls will help get Matt through the summer alive…

  16. Comment posted by Todd on June 20, 2005 at 11:49 pm (#5237)

    Jeff Cook!!!! I’m getting old – Jeff Cook works for my company – we’ll try Dennis Cook. OOPS! Too little sleep and too much travel.

    Matt’s got the bet that our pal Gerald starts tomorrow night in Philly.

  17. Comment posted by Jon on June 21, 2005 at 12:10 am (#5243)

    Gerald Williams? Ishii’s batting .357. I’ll take him in right over Ice.

  18. Comment posted by bmc on June 21, 2005 at 12:33 am (#5246)

    Put Koo in right field

    Start the Ice Man at second.

    Start Diaz behind the plate.

    Mike Piazza gets one more shot at 1st.

    Jose Reyes throws middle relief and Woody spells him at SS.

    I believe.

  19. Comment posted by bmc on June 21, 2005 at 12:34 am (#5247)

    Almost forgot… Kris Benson should probably bat 6th in front of David Wright.

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  21. Comment posted by Matt Gelb on June 21, 2005 at 12:37 am (#5248)

    Too bad we won’t see Koo sliding anymore.

  22. Comment posted by KPH on June 21, 2005 at 1:16 am (#5253)

    Quoting Omar, “We just thought we needed to bring in a guy of Williams’ experience into the clubhouse”

    Seperate from whatever beef there might be with Pedro, I tend to think Williams has not been on 6 different teams because of anything positive he brings to the clubhouse.

    Another concern is the value placed on experience regardless of the talent level. Not that it should be a surprise, but god save us all if he bats above Wright.

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  24. Comment posted by Matt Gelb on June 21, 2005 at 1:40 am (#5257)

    I’d pay $100 to see Pedro go off on Ice.

  25. Comment posted by erik from tha bronx on June 21, 2005 at 1:49 am (#5258)

    I would pay $100 just to see a replay of the first round between those two.Ice checked his jaw pretty good though.

  26. Comment posted by Benny Blanco from da Bronx on June 21, 2005 at 3:39 am (#5262)

    I actually have the clip of them fighting on my computer.

    “There’s no crying in baseball, whoever wants to cry, let him cry”

    Pedro’s a gangster

  27. Comment posted by Dan in L.A. on June 21, 2005 at 4:08 am (#5264)

    Clearly, Ice Williams isn’t gonna turn this team around all by himself.

    That’s what they signed Jose Offerman for. Omar’s building a dynasty, bit by bit.

    (Seriously, how about giving Chris Basak a shot? Or Rodney Nye? Or *someone* who’s under 30 and hitting?)

    My 2-10 prediction for the road trip’s looking pretty good, I’ve gotta say…

  28. Comment posted by Bryan on June 21, 2005 at 5:06 am (#5268)

    Daubuch was absolutely killing the ball in AAA, has a decent ML pedigree, is still relatively young. He gets on base, and has shown flashes of power. He’s a good cheap in-house option for first base. It may not work out, but I love the move bringing him up.

    Gerald Williams is useless and an awful call-up. He spots a career 301 OBP, and was getting on-base at a tidy-280 clip in Norfolk. He’s 38, and hasn’t been a useful player in the past 8 years. He has no business near a major league roster, and if the Mets waste him any at-bats, I may be force to heave a cinderblock through my television set.

  29. Comment posted by Steve S. on June 21, 2005 at 7:38 am (#5269)

    I thought Omar loved Calloway from the Expos’ days?

  30. Comment posted by Steve S. on June 21, 2005 at 7:39 am (#5270)

    Or what was wrong with giving Redman a chance?

  31. Comment posted by Luis on June 21, 2005 at 8:19 am (#5271)

    Williams?? WTF??amazing is not the right word

  32. Comment posted by Goldy on June 21, 2005 at 8:51 am (#5275)

    I… I can’t breathe… So furious… Please God, just don’t let Steve Phillips do the ESPN analysis of the callup… Think of the children…

  33. Comment posted by steve on June 21, 2005 at 10:55 am (#5276)

    How could you bring up Ice when Rickey Henderson is sitting out there?

  34. Comment posted by randy on June 21, 2005 at 11:00 am (#5277)

    Is it really surprising that a team that could get fleeced by the Devil Rays makes such surreally awful moves? If they want experience, why don;t we bring back Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez; even in their fifties these guys are probably better than Williams. As far as dumb moves go, why doesn’t anyone ever bring up the Mora for Bordick trade…in hindsight that may be the worst trade the Mets ever made.

  35. Comment posted by sweetlew on June 21, 2005 at 11:01 am (#5278)

    I don’t know why they called up Williams instead of Calloway – who is hitting 60 points higher and is a lefty to boot! It would have been nice to see Redman get a shot, but I think he needs a few more AAA at bats – if he is hitting over .300 in mid-July maybe we see him.

    I think one reason we are seeing Williams is that he can play CF during the Yankee series and let Beltran DH to rest his leg – what they were going to do with Cammy until he got hurt.

    Plus we need to look at some realities – Anderson is now our everyday 2nd baseman – which means we need a pinch hitter off the bench. As much as I favor younger players generally, none of them benefit by riding the pine in the big leagues.

    I still would have grabbed Calloway instead of Williams, but I understand why it was one of the two of them.

    Anyone thinking about hiring Tony Soprano to go after that “bush league” reject who took out Keppinger? Hopefully the Tides face the team again and the diry b#$%&rd gets a fastball upside the head!

  36. Comment posted by sweetlew on June 21, 2005 at 11:03 am (#5279)

    As far as Valent (see post 5) he is hitting a whopping .176 in Norfolk after hitting .187 at Shea – so I think last year was a flash in the pan for him.

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  38. Comment posted by Bryan on June 21, 2005 at 11:24 am (#5280)

    Wow! After months of calling for the head of Mike DeJean we finally get it and still you find something to complain about. While Williams isn’t the ideal choice or even necessarily a good one, the Mets are no better than a .500 team and it won’t matter if they bring up Calloway, Williams or the frozen head of Ted Williams. This is reality. Be happy DeJean is gone and start hoping that Ishii is next…

  39. Comment posted by Brian in Albany on June 21, 2005 at 11:27 am (#5281)

    I wonder what Bryan is smoking and where I can get some.

  40. Comment posted by tim in la on June 21, 2005 at 12:00 pm (#5283)

    Bryan, we’re a .500 team because we don’t put out best talent on the field. When was the last time you heard a championship team say, “We’re a .650 team, it doesn’t matter who we bring up as a 5th outfielder?” Weakness is no excuse for idiocy.