May 28, 2002 In Spring Training this year, Guthrie looked horrendous. It was batting practice when he came to the mound. Here comes this year's version of Rich Rodriguez or Tom Martin, I thought. Boy, was I wrong. He's been very solid, if unspectacular. The Mets ask him to get out lefties, and he does.
August 27, 2002 This guy is #660 out 682 players in popularity? I orginally thought he was a nobody, but for once, here is someone who actually earns his pay as a Met! He is filling an important role for the team well. That means Steve Phillips will trade him (probably to the Skanks).
March 25, 2003 The net result of one cluster of Steve Phillips trades in early December 2001 led to Robin Ventura moving to the Bronx, and LHP Mark Guthrie winding up as a Met.
Though I was hoping the Mets would move him in spring training (Seattle was rumored to be offering INF Desi Relaford for him) Guthrie remained a Met, and turned in a shockingly good season, purportedly because former teammate Jason Giambi gave him some advice on what he, as a lefty hitter, would not like to face and/or because of a splitter Guthrie developed.