This post attempts answers the question "What have the Mets done since the end of last season?" I'll re-post this summation once we reach Opening Day and the roster gets sorted out, but this should do a good job of catching you up on anything you may have missed this offseason, as teh Mets get set to break camp in a couple days:
October - Carlos Delgado (right wrist, elbow), Aaron Heilman (elbow), Paul LoDuca (thumb), Chris Woodward (left shoulder) and Roberto Hernandez (right knee) undergo surgery to repair injuries suffered during the season.
November 1st - Guillermo Mota is served with a 50 game suspension after testing positive for steroids. This news seemed to serve as the end of the Mota era for the Mets.
November 10th - Hotfoot breaks the news that the Mets are set to announce naming rights for their new ballpark, to be dubbed Citi Field. Also, Manny Acta is named manager of the Washington Nationals.
November 13th - Free Agent Jose "Mr. Porn Star Mustache Man" Valentin re-ups with the Mets on a one-year deal.
November 14th - El Duque re-ups with the Mets.
November 15th- Royce Ring and Heath Bell get shipped to San Diego for RHP Jon Adkins and Xavier Nady clone Outfielder Ben Johnson.
November 17th - The Mets sign super-sub Damion Easley to a one-year contract worth $850k. This blogger has not forgotten Easley's disclosure that he grew up "a die-hard Yankees fan."
November 18th - The Mets sign Moises Alou to a two year contract, making him their new left fielder and essentially ending Cliff Floyd's tenure with the New York Mets.
November 29th - The Mets lose Chad Bradford to the Baltimore Orioles, who sign him to a three year deal.
December 6th - Omar Minaya ships Brian Bannister to the Kansas City Royals for 21 year old righthanded relief pitcher Ambiorix Burgos.
December 13th - Darren Oliver signs with the California Angels.
December 19th - Howard Johnson "HoJo" joins the Mets major league coaching staff.
December 20th- Chris Woodward signs with the Atlanta Braves. The bastard.
December 28th - Barry Zito does not sign with the Mets.
January 6th - The Mets sign lefthanded supersub David Newhan to a one year contract. Mets also name Ken Oberkfell the new manager of their new AAA franchise, the New Orleans Zephyrs. What is a zephyr?
January 10th - The Mets sign free agent relief pitcher Scott Schoeneweis to a three-year deal.
January 12th - The Mets sign righthanded pitcher Jorge Sosa.
January 24th - Cliff Floyd signs with the Cubs.
January 25th - The Mets sign 36 year old righthander Aaron Sele to a minor league deal. Willie Randolph agrees to a new three-year, $5.65-million contract that runs through 2009.
January 31st - Victor Zambrano signs with the Blue Jays.
February 10th - The Mets ink 33 year old righthander Chan Ho Park to a one-year, $600k contract.
New Mets -
Chan Ho Park
Newly Transplanted ex-Mets: