It’s been 11 days since I implored Omar and the Wilpons to sign Orlando Hudson to replace the gimp Castillo at second base. In that time, the Steelers won the third most exciting Super Bowl in NFL history (G-Men/Pats, and G-Men/Bills of course), Robert “It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled” Plant became relevant again, and Alex “never felt overmatched” Rodriguez admitted using steroids.
The other thing that has happened is that Orlando Hudson’s stock has plummeted faster than the Dow Jones. Tonight on the MLB Network, Tom Verducci expressed utter surprise that Hudson was still on the market and suggested that he could be had for a mere $5 million bucks and one year. Let me repeat: $5 million…one year! Are you kidding me? That’s the price of Tim Redding, Alex Cora and the third string bullpen catcher for crying out loud. Think about that. If the Mets pass up this golden opportunity to sign a very good player, a character guy…a gold glove switch hitter for crying out loud, then they will be dropping the ball the same way Castillo will be.
If it’s about the money, then I will personally set up cans at every entrance to CitiField to accept donations from Mets Lifers in order to pay his salary. The way I see it, the Mets will draw close to 4 million people in ’09. If everyone dropped $1.20 in the can, we’d have ourselves an All Star second basemen, batting behind Jose Reyes game in, game out. That’s money well spent. Go get Hudson!