With the Mets’ signing of Jorge Sosa — as mentioned earlier —- all but a formality, Newsday’s Ken Davidoff attempts to explain the club’s modus operandi without mentioning Rick Peterson straightening anyone out in ten minutes.

Just as with Oliver Perez, the Mets see the potential in Sosa (above), and his signing is another reflection of an organization-wide belief that anyone can be turned around with the right instruction. Omar Minaya also likes to have plenty of depth for his rotation, which remains shaky with spring training less than a month away.

The Mets must turn to Perez, John Maine, Dave Williams, Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber in the hope that they can prove themselves worthy of staying in the rotation at some point. Or at least keep the Mets alive long enough to make a significant trade by the July 31 deadline. Minaya wasted little time in striking a deal for El Duque after a rash of injuries in late May, and he’s apparently content to wait and see how this current group comes together.

The Mets also plan to announce this week the signing of lefthanded reliever Scott Schoeneweis to a three-year, $10.8-million contract. Schoeneweis, 33, follows Ambiorix Burgos in Minaya’s two-pronged effort to strengthen a bullpen that lost the effective Chad Bradford to the Orioles this winter. Schoeneweis, was 4-2 with a 4.88 ERA and four saves in 71 appearances last season for the Blue Jays and Reds.

As underwhemling as the Sosa acquisition might be on the surface, at least the Mets aren’t reduced to auditioning Sammy.

Gary Sheffield’s upcoming autobiography is said to contain a handful of juicy bits about Barry Bonds, BALCO, Sheff’s relationships with Joe Torre and George Steinbrenner, etc. , and I for one will be very disappointed if R. Kelly is left off the hook.