A lot of people are going crazy about the fact that the Mets were able to obtain the rights to closers Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz, but the fact remains that the Mets really have done nothing to improve a club that has choked for two straight seasons.
Instead of bringing in a proven winner like Derek Lowe to be the Mets number two starter, the Mets will bring in Tim Redding, who is one of the worst pitchers in baseball on a one year $2.25 million deal. Redding is a career 34-51 with an ERA of 4.92. Not exactly the kind of guy you want as the number four starter.
To make matters worse the Mets are seriously considering bringing back Pedro Martinez, who is basically washed up after spending each of the last three years on the Mets disabled list. If the Mets fail to improve their rotation, forget about a choke in 2009, because the Mets won't even be competative enough to matter.