One of the burning questions this off season is should Mike Jacobs be given the opportunity at first base or should the Mets take a stab at Paul Konerko or make a trade to fill the void. People that should be smarter than me have attacked this question....
But the Mets still must wonder, why was he at 24 years old playing at Class AA Binghamton, hardly the place for a top prospect? In a trade market that could include Lyle Overbay or Sean Casey, do the Mets keep the faith in Jacobs?
I like Steve Popper, but what the hell is he saying right now? (Bear with me...I have not read anything related to the Mets outside of Metsgeek.com and Metstradamus in about a month and a half so you may see outdated links.....)
Overall, it's a good read, but why would the Mets be wondering why Jacobs is 24 and playing in AA? That's like punching yourself in the face and asking why you have a black and blue eye ten minutes later. The answer of course to both questions because you put him/it there. Jacbos killed AA at 22, which is about right for a guy who may not be considered a tremendous can't miss prospect. 22 in AA is a very logical progression and he is still at the right age. At 23 he got injured and was inexplicably demoted at 24 despite not being given a chance to fail at AAA. So, after ripping up AA yet again, he failed to get a promotion to AAA again! He did of course excel on the big stage, though he was almost not given the chance too.
The basic argument with him is that the Mets would be taking on a considerable risk by placing an unknown quantity at first when they need to add some more relative knowns to the equation. With the need for offense, they cannot have one more underperforming offensive player on the field. However, at what point does your track record dictate that you are somewhat of a more known quantity? How many countless other top prospects has he outperformed in his last two full seasons of baseball? When a player gets tabbed as a guy without a position, it is the kiss of death when it comes to your prospect status. You are automatically tabbed for the bench in the future much like Victor Diaz is. However, if a guy as touted Lastings Millege put up the numbers that Jacobs put up at AA in 2003 and 2005, he would be given the RF job next season if the Mets could move Cameron. However, for some reason, it is perceived that Jacobs is still an unknown quantity.
I am not naive enough to say that he does not present any risk, but I do think he is much less of a risk offensively than many people peg him. His glove seems to be slightly below average, but he is no Mike Piazza at first either and has not exactly worked exclusively there. With the current options via free agency and trade and when you compound that with dollar figures and the team's other voids, Mike Jacobs actually seems like a logical choice at this point. Let us not forget that Brett Harper could represent some sort of an option later in the year for a possible platoon or should Jacobs fall on his face and assist whatever veteran presence they get as an insurance policy for Jacobs should they choose to go in that direction. We know the Mets and their reluctance to trust young guys, but you do not win championships by not taking risks and this is a risk that seems a bit more calculated and less risky than others. Besides, if Wright, Reyes, Heilman, and Seo have taught the Mets anything this year, it is that older is not always better.
Also mentioned on the article is the Mets interest in every free agent catcher. At least they are being thorough.
"He hasn't expressed any displeasure with playing right field," the agent said. "It wasn't even a topic that was discussed."
I think he knows what we all know. He won't be in Shea come opening day. The Mets just have too many other needs.
"He has made it clear that he would like us to consider a trade," Larry Lucchino, the Red Sox' president and chief executive, said yesterday.
The Mets are looking for a catcher and could turn to Rodriguez if they fail to sign Bengie Molina or Ramon Hernandez as a free agent. The Tigers would ask for pitching in return or, perhaps, for infielder Kazuo Matsui, who would help them reshuffle their infield should Brandon Inge return to catcher. Matsui's $8 million salary in 2006 also would approach the $10 million Rodriguez is scheduled to receive in 2006.
Yes, yes, I know about Pudge's offensive disappearance now that he is off steroids and the fact that he walked less than Jose Reyes, but color me intrigued. Is intrigued a color? He was never a big walker and still hit 14 homers in the spacious Comerica Park (though he hit better at home) and has 33 steals against vs. 35 caught steals for a tidy .515%. If it gets rid of Kaz's salary, who cares? He's on the books for 2007 as well, but unless you like Vance Wilson, the choices for what catchers are available next free agent period are not quite exciting.
Tough call, financially, yes. Danys Baez and Aubrey Huff, who played the majority of his games in right field last season, would cost a tick more than Wagner's salary alone freeing up cash for the Mets to upgrade in other areas and possibly even bring in Soriano if they can pull the trade for Pudge. That's a mouthful, but interesting nonetheless.
Other people do this, so why can't I?
My fantasy lineup from fantasy land certainly looks good enough.
"Steve, our apologies, but circumstances being when you got injured we were forced to go in another direction and we decided to stick with youth. We would love to retain your services out of the bullpen, but we can also offer you a chance to start with another team because we do respect you enough to give you you that opportunity."
Classy? Maybe not, but aren't they trying to win games?
If you want to be taken seriously as a sports blogger then get rid of the 13 year old humor and nekkid women pix.
First off, the last thing I'm trying to do is be taken seriously. Secondly, I do this for fun and no other reason. If I wanted to be serious, not swear, or post pictures, I’d write exclusively on Metsgeek.com, which I also thoroughly enjoy despite having no time to do it.
There are plenty of people who blog about the Mets that manage to do so without being a pig.
Probably, but are they really as fun? But I also would not classify myself as a pig either. Then she goes on to call me moronic and whatnot, but the fact is, I think most of us here do not take things too seriously. If anyone was offended, then you probably get offended way to easily and probably have not appreciated my dedication to the Brazilian volleyball team.
So, the bottom line is, if you were offended by pictures of women that are covered up and not in fact 'nekkid', then I can’t help you and you should probably not let small things like this get to you. If you don’t want to read my site, then you are free not too, but nothing is going to change here until someone wants to pay me. Any offers?