Milledge we hardly knew ye.
Friday, the Mets traded Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for OF Ryan Church and C Brian Schneider.
Schneider will be the starting catcher. Thus probably ends the Johnny Estrada era, who is only responsible for one putout during his short Met career. But it was a big one: Mota.
As Loge13 loyalist Don Hahn Solo said to me earlier, Ryan Church is basically a replacement for a younger Shawn Green. And while the Mets don’t gain a big bat at the catcher spot, they now have someone behind the plate who can actually play defense. We haven’t seen that on a regular basis for awhile.
Still, there are those, like DepressedFan.com’s Brian, who think the Mets gave up too much for no starting pitching help. Maybe. But I think our problems go past starting pitching anyway and beyond Billy Beane, few folks were coveting Lastings.
Still, I will miss Lastings. I am fairly confident he will become a solid major leaguer somewhere. I am more confident he will never be a great hip-hop artist anywhere.