There is talk about John Maine being designated for assignment by MLB Trade Rumors. Before that, there was talk
about the his return. Questions like “when will he return?” or “how many rehab starts should he get?” were being asked to Omar Minaya.
My question is: Should John Maine return? My answer is a resounding: HELL NO!
There is an old saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Definitely words to live by. The Mets have a solid rotation right now. Why mess with it? Keep Maine out of the picture. I’m hoping they can keep Oliver Perez permanently out. If they are going to DFA Maine, then they have to DFA Perez as well. There is nothing to think about.
Right now we have five pitchers who are pitching life we are already in September. Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey are the aces. Jonathon Niese is making a name for himself. He is blossoming. R.A. Dickey has been huge. I believe a knuckleballer always is. Then there is Hisanori Takahashi who is probably the long successful Japanese player the Mets have had in recent memory.
So if you are Omar Minaya, what would you do?
I would give Maine his walking papers with the best of luck.