Cutnpaste: – Johan Santana, Jason Isringhausen, Sandy Alderson, Nick Evans, Domingo Tapia


So while Santana has given the Mets more than the combined value of the four players they traded to the Twins, he is at this point unlikely to provide them anything like a full return on the resources they’ve invested in him. The deal seemed necessary at the time, with the Mets desperate for starting pitching and coming off the 2007 collapse, so this is not to say Minaya shouldn’t have executed it in the first place. But it’s probably time to stop talking about it like it was a total steal, since Santana’s contract seems likely to prove an albatross moving forward.  

Jason Isringhausen:

Reliever Jason Isringhausen had a throwing session for the Reds on Monday, but it remains to be seen if the club will sign the right-hander. Isringhausen threw for Reds pitching coach Bryan Price in Arizona. He is seeking a Minor League contract with the club and an invite to Spring Training. Isringhausen, 38, signed a Minor League deal with the Reds on July 22 and posted a 9.53 ERA in seven appearances with Triple-A Louisville. He had to be shut down on Aug. 16 with a strained right elbow and did not return.  


“The unfortunate thing is that regardless of what we do, there will be a perception that has to be taken into account. All I can do is move forward based on my judgment about the baseball wisdom of this decision or that decision. So it’s like the fact that we’ve spent so little this off-season; does that have to do with the financial situation? No, it has to do with fact that we’ve already got, you look at what we have committed, and escalating contracts from last year to this year. That’s the reality.”  

Nick Evans:

Across town, one of Chin-lung Hu and Luis Hernandez will make the Mets as a backup infielder. I give Hu the edge because of his Dodgers ties. Nick Evans is on the bubble. I envision Evans taking on the Fernando Tatis role of right handed pinch hitter and utility man. It may come down to seven bullpen arms or six and Nick Evans.  

Domingo Tapia

Tapia was a relatively unknown IFA making his pro debut in 2010 but by year’s end the 18-year old righty had firmly planted himself on the prospect radar as one of the many impressive teenage pitchers for the GCL Mets. What distinguishes Tapia though is 1) his very projectable, very strong 6’4″, 190 lbs build and 2) his advanced ability to throw strikes at such a young age (see, BB/9 <2). As far as his stuff, Tapia uses his strong frame to dial up a two-seamer in to the mid-90’s; most pitchers have to switch to four-seams to reach those velocities. What’s more, the pitch features tremendous life and when paired with an advanced change-up for a teenager, adds up to very high GB rates. Tapia is the definition of projectable and is about as good a bet as you’ll find to hit the upper 90’s before his growth is through.  


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