Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Transplanted Ex-Met Update: John Thomson
UPDATE: John Thomson is officially on the Hate List

By way of MetsBlog, You have to read Transplanted ex-Met John Thomson's quotes for why he signed with the Blue Jays instead of the Mets.

"As far as just looking at Paul Lo Duca across the field, I'm not really into how he acts behind the plate," Thomson said on a conference call. "I know a bit about [Toronto catcher] Gregg Zaun and I know he wants to win and he's not going to let anything get in his way to do that, and I like that.

"And then with Vernon Wells in center field, I'm not really concerned about the outfield with him out there. ... Just watching the Mets' outfield, if Cliff Floyd is still there it's not a real good fit for him out there. He can hit the ball, but as far as defense, he's a little shaky.

"I just liked what's happening in Toronto."

Okay, John, it wasn't enough that you stunk for the Mets and pitched well for the Braves, you have to go and rip Paulie and Cliffy? Way to wait until you switch leagues to bash them, you weasel. And exactly what is happening in Toronto that you like so much? Finishing ten games behind the Yankees and watching the Red Sox try to outspend the GNP of Canada? Jackass.

Yes, John Thomson is a transplanted ex-Met. You may remember he was acquired mid-season in 2002 from the Colorado Rockies for Jay Payton and Mark Corey (remember him?) during the Mets ill-fated wild card chase. He made nine starts and went 2-6 with a 4.31 ERA for the Mets.

He then landed in Texas for 2003 and lost 14 games for the second straight year. We all thought he was washed up and laughed when the Braves signed him later that winter. He went on to have the best season of his career with Atlanta, going 14-8 with an ERA under 4. In 2005 and 2006 however, he reverted to form and went 6-13.

ANYWAY, transplanted ex-Met John Thomson signed a one year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday worth $500,000.

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