Decision for Cone: Mets or Retire

We have seen it in so many instances, a player wanting to retire from the game they love, but a few years later they recognize the fact that their life is not the same without the sport. Now it's David Cone, and he is debating over whether or not he wants to retire and step into the YES Network studios or possibly become a New York Met.

The chances are not grand that the former-Met will come back and call Shea home once again, but there is a possibility that his love for playing will outweigh his desire to call it quits for good on the ML level. One incentive to come back? He is seven wins shy of 200 for his career and still feels he can throw the damn ball.

This would be an excellent addition for the Mets, because it can't hurt them if they issue the sixteen year veteran a minor league contract and let him fight for the fifth starters slot behind Tom Glavine, Al Leiter, Pedro Astacio, and Steve Trachsel. Fred Wilpon this off-season has made every effort to change the face of the franchise, and what better way to continue that goal by adding a warrior like Cone.

"As far as I know, there's nothing happening," Wilpon told the New York Daily News. "I ran into Dave down at the function at Chelsea Piers last week and I asked him what his plans were. I got the impression he's going to retire."

The 1994 American League Cy Young Award winner last pitched in Boston during the 2001 season and went 9-7 with a 4.31 ERA in 135.2 innings. He donned the Mets uniform from 1987 to 1992.

Al Leiter, the leader of the Mets rotation last year, wouldn't mind seeing the Mets make an effort to the sign the hurler.

"If the guy has anything left and is even remotely close to the pitcher he was before, you take a chance on him," Leiter said to the New York Times. "What's the downside for the Mets? Let him come to spring training and pitch for a spot. What's the worst thing that could happen?"

Cone, 40, led Major League Baseball in strikeouts three times -- 1990, 1991, 1992 -- and had a league high 20 wins in 1998 when he went 20-7 with a 3.55. He has been a influential voice in the sport for years, most notably during the 1994 strike year.

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