Get ready for Country Time (not to be confused with Lima Time) out of the bullpen this season, as the Mets have signed Billy "Country Time" Wagner for 4 years at $43 million, with an $8 million club option.
For those of you who don't think the country boy can pitch in New York, forget it. His interview with Chris Russo and Mike Francesa, where he basically said "F-Larry Bowa" debunks that theory.
No matter what, Omar has done his job. For the first time in years, Mets fans can't argue with the execution of the general manager because he has brought the pieces into place. Now those pieces might fall apart, but at least they're in place to fall apart. He has the power hitter in Carlos Delgado...an acquisition that I have to admit I feel just a little bit better about with each passing day, and now the elite closer in Country Time.
This makes for a potentially interesting e-mail "from the desk of Omar Minaya":
Dear Metstradamus,And that's Omar's biggest victory...because not only are the Mets better, but the Phillies and Marlins are screwed!
The Mets have signed reliever Billy Wagner today to a four year deal.
Take that, N.L. East bitches!
I knew deep down there was a reason why a friend of mine (Darth Marc) brought back from Citizens Bank Park for me as a souvenier...a Billy Wagner t-shirt. What this means is that if Billy Wagner breaks his ankle walking down the steps in his new Westchester mansion, or perhaps pitches the year with a severe sinus infection after breathing in large amounts of upstate pollen, I know who to blame.
What's scary is that for most teams, Wagner and Delgado would be enough in terms of big ticket items...where the rest of the acquisitions would be of the cheapo "fill a hole" variety. And although the Mets do need to fill holes, the names that still loom as potential Mets are intriguing:
But what a great way to kick off Christmas. It's Country Time.