Actually, my original headline read “Sultan Of Sloth Clears Waivers, Hogs & Heifers To Reopen?”, but a simple call to New York revealed the establishment in question is still an ongoing concern. MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone caught wind of this about two hours ago, as did Marc Perlman, who adds the following note to the item at ESPN.com ;
I don’t know what the Mets could afford to part with at this point, but I don’t think I’d be opposed to a flier on Wells over Williamson or whomever pitched on Saturday. We’ve already got most of the ancient players right now.. why not collect them all? Wells could share shuffleboard tips (and FlowMax prescriptions) with fellow geriatrics Roberto, Tommy, Steve, and Julio.
Hmmm. Though I can see the appeal in entering the playoffs with two pitchers with the big game resumes of Wells and El Duque, the pair are older than Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (I was gonna say Morecambe and Wise, but in that case, Boomer and Hernandez are gaining). There’s also something kind of perfect about replacing one veteran starter with circulation problems with the hefty lefty that was once afflicted with gout.
I don’t know exactly what happened between Ted Lilly and John Gibbons in Toronto tonight, but given that Lilly was pulled in the 3rd and harsh words were exchanged in full view of the cameras, perhaps Ted’s having a field day with the clubhouse chalkboard while everyone else is slogging away against the A’s. Oakland are up, 12-10 in the top of the 9th, and a terrific sliding catch by Troy Glaus off a Bobby Kielty foul will probably be obscured with all the soap opera crap going on. 5 HR’s, 9 pitchers employed so far, and they’re not done yet.