Squawker Lisa, this item from metsblog might make YOU overturn the buffet table:
Free-agent LHP Andy Pettitte has a three-year, $36 million offer from an ‘unnamed team,’ reports Jon Heyman at SI.com...
...umm, crazy thought…but, is there any chance that the Mets are the ‘unnamed team,’ since they are supposedly seeking a front-end, left-handed starting pitcher…
My first complaint is having Andy Pettitte described as front-end pitcher. The Yankees are looking at him as their fifth starter on a one-year deal.
But my main complaint is that if Pettitte is only worth $10 million to the Yankees, the Mets (or anyone else) shouldn't be offering practically what they gave K-Rod. Overbidding is the Yankees' domain.
So while I won't overreact to Hamels, I might overreact to Pettitte. Stay in pinstripes, Andy. Don't try to find out what comes after being dead to Lisa.
Speaking of overreacting, I wonder if Omar Minaya was a little too eager to get rid of Scott Schoeneweis. The idea that the relievers were forced into unsuitable roles may have actually applied to Schoeneweis, who was one of the top relievers in the league last year against lefties, but floundered when asked to be more than a lefty specialist.
Now the Mets are down to just Pedro Feliciano on the left side in the pen, just when the Phillies have gotten even more left-handed by signing Raul Ibanez.
In return for Schoeneweis, all the Mets got was Connor Robertson. Here's what ESPN analyst Keith Law said about Robertson a year ago when he came over to Arizona in the deal for Dan Haren:
Arizona also got a fringe bullpen arm in Connor Robertson, whom it could have had for free in October when Oakland placed him on outright waivers.
Great - another fringe bullpen arm. Maybe his entrance music can be the theme from the TV show "Fringe."
(Speaking of entrance music, I did think Aaron Heilman had the best music of all - "London Calling" by the Clash.)
The most notable thing about Connor Robertson might be that his brother David pitched for the Yankees part of last year.
It's not clear if either Robertson will make the major-league squad next year, but if both do, it might be the first time the Mets and Yankees have had brothers playing for both teams at the same time.
Jesus Alou played for the Mets in 1975, while brother Felipe played for the Yankees between 1971 and 1973 and brother Matty also played for the Yankees in 1973.
Al Leiter's brother Mark played one game for the Yankees in 1990.
Bret Boone, brother of Aaron F. Boone, signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in January of 2006, but quit shortly into spring training.
The Mets and Yankees do have at least one father-son combination, since Felipe's son Moises recently played for the Mets between DL stints.
And they could have another before too long if Mets' 2008 first-round draft choice Ike Davis pans out - he's the son of of former Yankee reliever Ron Davis.
Can you think of any other Met-Yankee player family combinations?