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April 28, 2008 at 8:42 am ET
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Hasta La Bye Bye, Chump

Ow...ow...ow!Au revoir, Moises.
Toodle-doo, Alou
.

No matter how nicely we phrase it, this past weekend’s developments only signal one thing — Moises Alou needs to leave the NY Mets organization immediately, taking his crutches, calcium supplements, 400 pages of hospital bills, and an endless supply of injury excuses with him. In other words…

…hit the bricks.

No player in Mets’ history has cost more — per game — than Moises Alou. This is saying a lot, considering the organization also employs Ramon Castro and Pedro Martinez, and is probably still paying Mo Vaughn. A CT scan of Alou’s left ankle on Friday provided “inconclusive results,” except for one — Moises is still hurt, still exceedingly fragile, and absolutely worthless to a team paying him to rehab. Dollars aside, his absence is also costing the Mets a lot of opportunities to drive in runs.

Sure, the man was technically sound and productive when he was healthy last year. No, I’ll go one better — the man was good…when he was on the goddamn field. Saying he was the Mets’ best hitter when he wasn’t injured is like saying George W. Bush is the best US President since the last one. It has little value, especially when the team is leaving small armies of men on the bags each and every inning.

Minaya stressed that Alou wants to play, despite the pain, but that the club decided to once again nurse his gimpy leg. The possibility of a fracture was mentioned only after Minaya had spoken of Alou’s willingness to play, meaning that once again, Minaya is now forced to justify his track record of employing players who are on the decline, overrated, or just plain old. Sure, we have Beltran and Santana, but who else has contributed since Omar opened the floodgates of cash?

Anyone? I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over these crickets.

The Mets think that the fracture is actually a delayed result of an injury from 1993, when a stiff breeze knocked Alou into a gap on some Astroturf. In reality, this was Omar saying, “We knew he was hurt when we first signed him, but now we’re blaming a mystery ailment from 15 years ago.” As much as Omar wants to cover his ass, we all know that the Mets really should have invested in getting Xavier Nady, or a comparable player, instead of handing over another few million to Alou.

I don’t care how productive Moises is when he’s on the field. It means nothing when he’s a ghost while the Mets flounder around .500, struggling to bring runs home in close games. Angel Pagan has done a great job, and now warrants keeping his position for the remainder of the year. F-Mart is getting closer to contributing as well. If Omar is smart, he’ll cut his losses and beg Alou to buy out and retire. It would save the Mets some cash, and maybe some pride as well.

Of course, this will probably just turn into another extension for Moises, who has mastered the art of looking like a team player while successfully bleeding any organization willing to pay him. In my opinion, no one that valuable ever wears as many uniforms as Alou has in his closet.

Moises, be a man, accept your shortcomings, and call it a day. The Mets no longer need your false promises and excuses. They just need to see your ass walking out the door so someone tougher than a four-year old girl can contribute.

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7 Responses to “Hasta La Bye Bye, Chump”
  1. The Coop says:

    Oh man, oh man. I could not have said it better myself. I was saying this last year – I was kinda like, cut our losses, don’t exercise his option and let him retire. I remember Felipe telling him that he had at least one good year left in him. My theory – he meant on-half of two years. He shoulda tried to bleed someone else dry. not sure if Angel Pagan/Endy platoon will be good but you know what – they’re young, healthy, scrappy and the Mets once went to the WS with Agbayani and Payton in their OF

  2. Welf says:

    Best 60 -80 game player in the league.

  3. Ramzavail says:

    Good point – Although, I think Bobby Bonilla has cost the Mets more. I think he’s still being paid!

  4. DJ says:

    Exactly. What purpose would releasing him while he is on the DL serve? It wouldn’t solve any problems. It would still be Pagan and Chavez playing left field, like it is right now. Blindly cutting him now doesn’t bring in a better replacement, and it doesn’t save any money as the Mets will still have to pay Alou.

    That said, Alou needs to play when he gets healthy so the Mets can get something out of him and the money they spent on him.

    You didn’t think this one through!

  5. Brad Bortone Brad Bortone says:

    I don’t know what Alou’s contract entails, but I’m pretty sure the Mets have a buyout clause if the player is unable to meet his responsibilities in a reasonable manner. In other words, the insurance policy they never got on Vaughn. If they DON’T have an insurance policy on Alou, then I want some of the Kool Aid they’ve been drinking in the front office.

    I don’t see how letting an aging player go (perhaps to retirement), clearing a roster spot and ending hopes of having him contribute are bad things. Especially for a team that needs help NOW.

  6. DJ says:

    http://www.mlb4u.com/profile.php?id=499

    The link above is Alou contract details

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