In his latest installment of Rumblings & Grumblings on ESPN.com, Jayson Stark discusses how the Mets clubhouse sorely misses Jose Valentin.
Stark quotes a baseball insider as explaining:
“Not having Jose Valentin might be the biggest difference between this team and the 2006 team … He not only played well. He’s a tough guy. He kept other players in line. And he added to the toughness and the winning attitude of that team. You look around that clubhouse now, and there’s not one guy like that.”
In regards to Carlos Delgado, Stark reports that two different NL scouts said it is time for the Mets to give up on reviving him, and one scout went as far as calling Delgado “sad.”
On the trade front, Stark lists a large number of starting and relief pitchers to possibly become available in the trade market.
The list includes the following: Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, Bronson Arroyo, Daniel Cabrera, Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson, Miguel Batista, Jarrod Washburn, Brian Fuentes, Huston Street, Chad Cordero, and Jon Rauch.