|Greg Maddux, RHP (7-11, 4.56) Cubs (37-60)||@||Steve Trachsel, RHP (9-4, 4.68) Mets (59-39)|
Two painful ironies here.
Shocked to hear Jim Leyritz say on MLB Radio today that the Mets’ biggest trade need is a #3 starter. Yankee fan that I am, Mr. Leyritz, I thank you heartily for 1996, as well as for your healthy doses of perspective and humor on Baseball Today. However, I must disagree with you about the steadiest Met pitcher over the years. Might I compare him to Mussina in that respect?
Second-baseman Jeff Keppinger was just traded from the Mets’ AAA Norfolk Tides to Kansas City. I hope he ends up with a better future than utility player Super Joe McEwing, who was the last casualty to fall to the from the Mets to the Royals, and who is now doing time in the Astros’ farm system, I believe. Kudos to WFAN’s Richard Near for recognizing the lack of apparent rationale for overlooking Keppinger in the Mets’ blueprint for the future. Out of what sounde like goodwill, Near hypothesized that someone in the "organization" might be looking out for Keppinger, knowing he was facing a dead end at Norfolk.
I love this kid’s swing. I saw him last year, I think it was. Maybe the year before. Maybe both.
I would hope the Yankees would acquire him but for Miguel Cairo, who has proven himself to me.