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Stuck in My Craw

From John Harper in the Daily News today:

Because Hernandez is not on the 40-man roster, Mets' brass apparently was debating the idea of releasing one of their players to open a spot for him.

“We haven't decided what we're going to do yet,” assistant GM Jim Duquette said. “We're still talking about it.”

To quote those water ballerinas from an old AFLAC duck ad that last year's Mets broadcasts rammed into my cerebellum, never to be removed: Huh? Wha? Come again?

How about releasing Jose Offerman, who was useless even before performing his cranial-anal docking maneuver at a crucial point in last night's game? How about Gerald Williams, about whom no more needs be said? If we're worried about a glut of middle infielders, why not send Miguel Cairo packing? (Heck, he'd probably get picked up by the Yankees and kiss Omar and Willie on his way out.) How about one of the pitching staff's failed experiments? Dae-Sung Koo's been a flop and the brass are pissed at him for refusing to warm up last month anyway — why not send him home early? How about Danny Graves, who has exactly as much chance of collecting his $5 million option for 2006 as I do of receiving it through some spectacular bank error? How about Kaz Ishii, solidly locked in at the bottom of any starting-pitching depth chart we could construct?

With the exception of Graves's utterly hypothetical option, none of these guys is signed for 2006. I can't imagine any of them would get us compensatory draft picks. None of them has any conceivable future with the Mets. (Of course, I said that last year about Ice Williams.)

Seriously, what am I missing? This doesn't seem like anything requiring some huddle o' suits. From my point of view, figuring out which 2005 Met to release is like figuring out which chucklehead political appointees to boot out of FEMA: Candidates aren't that hard to find.

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