Let’s face it, there have been some highly questionable moves of late, especially the Royals deciding that Yuni Betancourt is some kind of answer at shortstop. That said, the Mets picked up Angel Berroa today and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo. A quick look at Twitter (follow me @kingclip) should all sorts of clever one liners about how stupid the Mets are and how Omar Minaya is dumb and how could anyone want Angel Berrora.
This is hardly a note to defend Angel Berroa, who stinks, but rather to defend the move itself. It’s easy to just see the name Angel Berroa and chuckle, but do people really think Omar Minaya is jumping up and down with joy over the signing? Really? Without getting into the real problem here, which is that for the last two years the Mets have assembled a roster with very little in the way of a backup plan, let’s just focus on the present facts, here and now.
1. The Mets have an injured Jose Reyes, and no shortstop at Triple-A.
2. The kid playing shortstop at Double-A, Ruben Tejada, is 19 years old and not near ready.
3. Last I checked, Hanley Ramirez wasn’t available.
So what were the Mets supposed to do? Teams need bodies, especially up the middle, and the signing of Berroa makes very good sense for New York, right here and right now, despite the fact that he’s not a good player, and while there’s nothing wrong with a quick one-liner, sometimes the 50,000 foot view, while less funny, can be far more enlightening.