Could there be drama in the Mets camp? Possibly.
According the New York Post, pitcher Tim Redding is very confident he will be getting the fifth starter position, despite everyone else feels it is a competition between him, Freddy Garcia, and Jonathan Niese.
Redding seemed a little ticked when asked about the fifth starter position. He had this to say:
“I went through this for four years in Houston, being told that I have to compete against a bunch of guys.
“You know, I got called by [the Mets], they brought me in here, and I’ve got a guaranteed contract. . . . I didn’t have to beg them for a job, so it’s got to make me feel like I have the upper hand.”
That’s funny coming from him. He was the one who had the Mets as his number one choice. He told his agent to contact the Mets.
I already have Niese written off. He doesn’t belong in the majors just yet. Garcia could be a different story.
Does Redding have a reason to believe his thoughts? Actually, he does.
Unlike Redding, Garcia signed a minor league deal. Redding received a major league deal. So as the Post says, it’s his job to lose.
Redding needs to keep something in mind. When he was signed, he did say that he would pitch in whatever role the Mets placed him. This could mean being a long man reliever if Garcia gets the fifth spot.
Niese is out. It’s a duel between Redding and Garcia. Bobby Parnell will be in the ‘pen.
Personally, I would go with Redding as the fifth starter. Let Garcia be his backup. I’m still not convinced Garcia is completely healed. See how he pitches in the minors and then decide what to do.