he True Fans Bleed Blue and Orange: Mets trade for WIlliamsh

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Mets trade for WIlliams

Mets acquired LHP Dave Williams and cash from the Reds for RHP Robert Manuel. Williams was traded from the Pirates to the Red in the offseason for Sean Casey, and in the Cinncinati bandbox he has struggled mightily, and eventually getting Designated for Assignment. Williams was 2-3 and had a 7.20 era while waling 16 batters, and striking out 16 in 40 innings. Williams will most likely start in Norfolk, but eventually be given a shot in the Mets bullpen, but should any more injuries come or if Soler or Hernandez struggle than the 27 year old may get a shot to start. Shea Stadium should provide Williams with some more cushion, although it is unlikely he will be anything better than a long reliever/5th starter. The prospect the Mets gave up Manuel is 22 and is a long shot to make it the majors in his career. The Mets also demoted today's starter Jeremi Gonzalez, in a move that I assume leaves Bell in the bullpen when Orlando hernandez arrives.

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