June 2, 2004 Of all of the off season veteran pitching signings this year Ricky was the only one I was really excited about. I wanted no part of Balwin or Erickson as a starter but I though we could use Ricky in the pen and maybe trade Weathers. I was disappointed he didn't make the team and shocked that no one else signed him. I'm glad to see things work out for him and so far he has been almost excellent. I think he'll be real solid the rest of the year and although he's not as good as he was in his Phillie days he should be the number one set up guy.
December 17, 2004 He was decent as decency could get, and overused.
January 1, 2005 I don't know why the Mets let him go. He was pretty decent. He wasn't the closer of old but he still got the job done most times. It's not like they have 20 guys competing for the pen. Bottalico was good enough to keep around.
January 10, 2005 Not crazy about him he walked too many guys. In big spots he didn't exactly impress. As weak as our bullpen looks now I'm still not sure I'd want him back.