It would appear as though Al Leiter will be channeling Bill Pullman in a uniform other than that of the New York Mets next season.

The more things play out, one has to assume the Mets have some reasonable assurance they’re going to sign a free agent of at least no. 3/4 starter caliber, as Jae Seo and Aaron Heilman are not the answer. Going into April with a rotation of Glavine, Benson, Trachsel, hopefully Zambrano and fill-in-the-blank, while not awful, also wouldn’t represent enough of an upgrade on ’04’s 1-5.

Of course, if push came to shove and the Mets really had to lower their sights, there’s always the chance they’d settle for Pedro Martinez.