They probably guaranteed him a spot because he's making 11 million. And we all how this works: If your a veteran player making tons of money your going to get playing time whether you deserve it or not. But give it time he'll stink bad enough that he'll lose his spot. I think he was also guaranteed a spot because they plan the start Joba in the BP to start the year. Have Hughes and Kennedy for the last two spots. Then win Mussina loses his spot in the rotation (which he will) that's when you bring Joba into the starting rotation.
GIANT holes. Delgado is a shell of his former self, they downgraded at catcher, their pen is an even worse mess than the Yankees, and outside of Santana, their rotation has the oft-injured Pedro, no Glavine and the oft-injured El Duque.
Perhaps he meant the Mets are better than the Yanks, given the division they play in....
I might would buy that, seeing as the Mets are on paper much better than any other team in their division, whereas the Yanks have to contend with much better teams.
If the Mets don't win their division by 10 games this year, they should go hide under a rock. Heck, they should win at least 22 or so off of the Santana trade alone, barring injury. Their toughest competition is probly going to be the Phils, and they don't have squat.
I still question the rest of the rotation for the mets. Maine is a big ? mark and will continue to be until he can put a couple good seasons together. Pedro is a big ? mark until he proves he's healthy again. El Duq is always a big ? mark, since he's eligable for senior discounts. And don't get started with the pen and closer.