With Damion Easley possibly done for the year and Carlos Delgado‘s status unknown the Mets traded two single A players to the Reds for Jeff Conine. The veteran Conine plays both corner outfield positions and first base. He has also played a little third base.
Conine is a good addition. At 41 he’s close to the end of his career and wants to end it on a high note. He has post season experience having won 2 world Series with the Marlins (1997 and 2003). His contract is up at the end of the year so there’s no further commitment to him. besides, he has one of the best Chris Berman nicknames ever – Conine the Barbarian.
I’ve read some critiques that have said the mets should be concentrating on acquiring a catcher considering both Ramon Castro and Paul Lo Duca are currently on the shelf. Some of that criticism is sentimental due to the fact that Mike Piazza has cleared waivers. I agree that they need to take a serious look at but I don’t think they need to be in panic mode about it just yet.