A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Mos Def....

The Mets are looking good. There are some negative nellies out there that have not been completely enamored with what is going on, but things will work out. At this point in time, the Mets rotation is better than it was in the playoffs and it wasn't their starting pitching that lost them the series. Barry Zito is still out there and I am starting to side with Dayn Perry, the Mets will eventually get Barry Zito. That gives them three pitchers in their rotation who started opening day for their respective teams in 2006. John Maine should be a solid mid-rotation starter for the remainder of this career at worst and Mets have a plenty of young guys to hold down the fort until Pedro is ready and I fully expect it to be a case where the Mets have five pitchers performing well when Pedro returns.

Yes, the Phillies got better. Who cares? Is it fun if the Mets just roll over everyone for the next decade? Were the Mets flat because of the lead they had in September and just could not get their offense going when it was crunch time? I want to see good baseball throughout the year and I say bring on the improved Phillies. The Mets are still the best team in the National League, but the gap has been significantly closed by the Phillies, Cubs, and possibly the Dodgers. If the Astros can convince Clemens to come back, they will be there too. I'm more than comfortable with heading down the stretch with Glavine, Pedro, and Maine leading the charge as the top three. Even if Zito is not there, I feel good. Zito is going to be gravy and will give the Mets a formidable five. The Mets still have the best offense and though the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, and Houston still have good bullpens, the Mets is still the best if Heilman is around.

I do not get the negativity surrounding this off-season. Bring back Mota was good, Alou is one of the best signings of the off-season, Omar brought in an athletic outfielder without losing much, and two pitchers that are 23 or under that can simply bring it. Things are coming together in my eyes and the last piece is Barry Zito. If the Mets can convince him to come here, the will have retained all of their prospects. Lastings is no longer rookie eligible, but if he was, he would certainly be in the top 50. Basically the Mets are team coming off a season in which they were one game away from the World Series and have three top 50 talents that will be ready for the bigs in '07. They are on the verge of something tremendous and there should only be positivity in the air. Omar has handled this off-season swelliciously and is proving to be a brilliant strategist.

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  • Wells would be great, but one has to wonder how much even the Mets could afford. The bats will be there, but it is of utmost importance to hold onto Humber and Pelfrey unless they are moved for another young arm under control for a while.

  • Gary Carter might be gone.

    The New York Daily News reported Friday that Gary Carter, who managed the St. Lucie Mets to a Florida State League title last season, has decided to leave the organization, but that might be premature, a source close to Carter said.

    "He's very undecided right now as to his coaching future with the Mets," the source said. "Gary wants to coach. He wants to manage. He wants to stay with the Mets."

    He'll make a good big league manager one day, I just hope it is with the Mets.

  • The Royals nabbed Octavio Dotel and really, I have to give Dayton Moore credit. People may laugh the Royals off and say they are no where near being competitive, but I beg to differ. They have a decent rotation with two top fifteen prospects that are offensive studs and on the verge of making an impact in the bigs and one of the top pitching prospects in the game in Luke Hochevar, who will be ready in 2007 at some point. No one thought the Royals would have been able to nab the players they did, but they pulled it off. Albeit by overpaying, but they pulled it off.

  • More on Mota...

    With the money going around, it's not a horrible deal. Admittedly, it seemed the Mets had the upper hand, but are we really squabbling over a million dollars? Pro-rated, he gets $3,820,754.72 in 2008 and $1,179,245.28 in 2007. Again, a little over a million this season is not bad and $3.8 million in '08 probably could have been leveraged more, but he could have just accepted arbitration and screwed the Mets in '07. He could have not earned less than $2.6 million in arbitration for the Mets to have him for 112 games. $2.6 million for 112 games or $5 million for two years with the going rate of decent relief help? Really, it was more of a compromise than anything. Each guy had some sort of leverage, though it seemed the Mets had more. I do think it was a fair deal and another solid move by Omar, which is going to be my first born's name...girl or boy.

  • The Astros dropped the ball big time.

    How did the Astros lose Andy Pettitte to the Yankees over a measly couple of million bucks?

    Before Pettitte accepted the Yankees' offer, sources familiar with the negotiations told me he gave the Astros a chance to keep him for $2 million a year less than the Yankees will pay him. But Houston wouldn't increase its offer of $12 million a year.

    They could have done a deal similar to the Mets and given him a $2 million buyout that would count towards next season's payroll and kept him. The Yankees made another great move this off season and the Mets and Yankees have been two of the shrewder teams this off season...so far. With Barry Zito still out there, shrewdness could be thrown out the window and it remains to be seen how much Barry is going to cost.

    Anonymous benny said...

    Pfft... the Phillies. Our bullpen is still better than thiers.

    And the Dodgers ain't shit. They ain't winning with that caca lineup.

    I'm not scared at all. I'm really looking forward to this season. Its going to be very fun again.

    People who are negative about the Mets are stupid assholes who don't understand baseball.

    I love Vernon Wells but I just understand how he fits on the team. He's just not neccesary. Its like trading for A-Rod. 3rd base is taken. SS is taken. Despite his talent, he just doesn't fit.

    I gotta give the Yankees credit, thier rotation is shaping up. Wang, RJ, Mussina, Pettite, and Mystery man. Just better hope all these guys stay healthy thats all.
    Too bad thier bullpen still sucks though. They have a very nice team.

    And our fantasy league mascot Jason Marquis just got a 3 year deal. Amazing.

    3:41 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    People who are negative about the Mets are stupid assholes who don't understand baseball.


    Well, the Dodgers rotation is pretty tight. Also, I'm still thinking they will make a run at a bat for Penny or something. It's possible and I think they will upgrade. Also, they have young firepower that could break out. They certainly are in the top five in the NL and in the mix.

    I agree on Wells..and at the expense of young pitching that in inexpensive? The reason the Mets can spend big on Zito is because they have young and affordable guys on the way. Some perspective please...offense is not the issue, but Omar is just exploring. He's asked about every single player in the universe presumably.

    If the Yankees rotation is healthy, they should big pretty tight. I hate to admit it, but whatever. 'Tis true. And with Humberto Sanchez most likely in the pen setting up with Farnsworth, with Rivera closing, and Proctor still on the team their bullpen is shaping up too. Then they have Hughes...Tabata...and Clippard...this is actually a Yankee team that I hate less! As soon as A-Rod and RJ leave, I might not have any ill will towards them. The fans? A different story. Douchebag extraordinaries.

    That Marquis deal is nuts. NUTS! The Cubbies are going for broke and leaving nothing on the table. Really crazy, crazy, crazy things going on over there. Not a bad team at all at this point and they will put up some serious runs.

    3:50 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi Mr. Met,

    I think the Mets will end up with Zito. Omar is playing his mind tricks because Boras is a worthy opponent, but make no mistake about it, he wants to sign Zito badly. It is a move that makes all the sense in the world for the Mets.

    Did the Phillies really get better? I have my doubts. It's hard for me to believe that Howard will have a better season than 06. They still have many holes in their rotation and pen. Who will protect Howard in the lineup? I know they've got Garcia, but they lost Floyd and Wolf. I am just not convinced about they are a better team. Only time will tell.

    I like the Mota move as well. Low risk high reward type of deal. Omar is making GM dealing an art. There will always be negativity around. Human stupidity is infinite.

    Wells doesn't make too much sense for the Mets right now. Maybe Omar knows something that we don't, maybe like you said: it doesn't hurt to ask. It's always good to know what your peers are thinking.

    I want to see Carter stay with the Mets. Smart retired catchers are great for every organization. Only the Marlins are dumb enough not to realize that.

    It's great to see the Royals making moves. It's great for baseball.

    The Astros, oh yes, the Astros. Did they give up on Beltran and signed Lee instead? They dropped the ball on Pettitte yet again. Soon, there won't be any balls left for them to drop.

    Happy holidays, dude. Although we have our differences on Willie, I've always enjoyed your blogs.

    4:07 PM

    Anonymous seattle steve said...

    We can't have a perfect team (look what happened after '86),the outfield corners and 2b are our weak links ( and compared to other teams we are still better), overall pitching we have the #'s to get through the season, we have 3 OF in the minors who are suppose to be stars( most likely 1 will make it), the only weakness overall we have if something happens to Paulie (Castro and Defelice won't cut it).
    Signing Zito will be the perfect fit, I'm glad the Yanks signed Andy I feel he will be a disappointment coming back.

    4:30 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Good stuff Mets dynasty....but fuck Willie! I kid, I kid. He's not bad manager...just an average one. While settle? I know he's around for good and I've already dealt with that realization.

    I think Castro can cut it. Maybe not for the entire year, but I think he'll do fine.

    I'm out to go to a 90 year olds B-day! WOWEE!!!

    5:02 PM

    Anonymous Sidd Finch said...

    I agree with you Mike, if other teams didn't get better, it makes for boring baseball, and we are literate, that is to say, not y*nkee fans.

    The Phillies rotation got better because Ryan Madson is not in it, but Moyer, Eaton, and Garcia are. I don't think Tom Gordon will hold up, though.

    As far as the Mets, I wish they had signed a better second baseman.

    I hope Gary Carter decides to stay in the organization.

    9:54 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I agree that we should hold onto Milledge if possible. If the kid isn't a complete asshole (which it seems he isn't), I'd like to give him some time to develop. Only problem is our outfield is too crowded. Now that we've got Johnson, there's no place to put him. The kid needs to be with the big league team to develop his skills and prove he belongs.

    12:05 AM

    Anonymous benny blanco from da bronx said...

    I don't know about you guys but i thought the 2006 season in the August, September, and October months were not only fun but very exciting.
    The suspense of when they were going to do the inevitible and clinch was killing me.

    12:28 AM

    Blogger Emad Mekhaeil said...

    'People who are negative about the Mets are stupid assholes who don't understand baseball.'

    Well done. Now, go sit in the corner and put on the funny hat.

    As of this moment, the Mets have Oliver Perez, John Maine and Mike Pelfrey in their rotation. If that doesn't scare you as a Mets fan, I'm not sure what will. If Maine is a #5, i'm cool. You just can't go in expecting more than a 4.50 ERA and 180 IP from Johnny.

    12:46 AM

    Anonymous Gehoff said...

    Of course having Wells on the team would be nice but there really is no hope of extending him. He does not want to play corner OF and wants to move closer to Texas. A 1 year rental for our top prospects really doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

    11:21 AM

    Anonymous DG said...

    So, Mike, not that I believe reports out of Boston, but am I correct that the Mets would have the next shot to sign Matsuzaka if the BoSox don't succeed? This last could explain why the Mets have been so slow to push negotiations with Zito.

    12:37 PM

    Anonymous Sidd Finch said...

    Matsuzaka would not want to go back to a team that doesn't want him, and his old team doesn't want him back. I hope the Mets get the next shot, but I'm not sure what the rules are on posting.

    'People who are negative about the Mets are stupid assholes who don't understand baseball.' ----- M. Donald Grant, 6/16/1977

    5:18 PM

    Anonymous john in ri said...

    Here is the official language from the MLB Rules and Procedures:

    (12) If the U.S. Major League Club, for any reason, fails to sign the Japanese Player within the 30-day period, the U.S. Major League Club’s negotiation rights shall lapse and the U.S. Major League Clubs shall have no obligation to pay the Japanese Player’s Japanese Club the amount of its successful bid (or any other obligation whatsoever). Further, another request for posting with respect to that Japanese Player shall be prohibited until the following November 1.

    To see the whole thing, you can go here.

    So, it looks like if Boston doesn't sign him, he has to wait until November 1 of 2007.

    5:53 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    Hey, thanks! The following passage would seem to argue that Bud Selig could allow the Mets to bid on Matsuzaka - providing I imagine that his Japanese team accepts the second highest bid - if he (Selig) judged that the highest bidder had not negociated in good faith or - and here is where I think this would be pertinent - if he judged that it was in the best interest of baseball:

    "Among other actions that he may deem appropriate and in the best interests of baseball, the U.S. Commissioner shall have the authority to revoke a U.S. Major League Club’s exclusive negotiation rights with respect to a Japanese Player (and, subject to the Japanese Club’s approval pursuant to paragraph (11) above, to award such rights to the next highest bidder, if any) and to declare null and void any contract between a Japanese Player and a U.S major League Club that the U.S. Commissioner deems was the result of conduct that was inconsistent with this Agreement or otherwise not in the best interests ofprofessional baseball."

    As I wrote earlier today, I doubt that Matsuzaka will not sign with the BoSox, but it does make you wonder if this situation has effected the Mets' speed in dealing with Zito. And of course, if the Mets were to bid on Matsuzaka, I have no doubt Omar would find a way to sign him.

    6:19 PM

    Anonymous Coop said...

    Emad, I'm going to have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you there. Oh-Pea on our rotation next year is going to be ELECTRIFYING mark my words on that one. He will be a CY candidate. If Omar packages him in a trade for someone not named Carl Crawford or Dontrelle Willis, I will be really disappointed that he is gone.

    John Maine on the other hand, I am with ya. I think he's very replaceable. Same with Brian Ban though, and he's gone for some Joel Zumaya wanna be. I can deal with that.

    7:35 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    Did I just get compared to M. Donald Grant?

    4:00 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Actually I think Omar is posturing based on what he can afford. As hisw pieces fall into place his wallet may open up.

    4:53 PM

    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    Did I just get compared to M. Donald Grant?

    Nah, that dude is decomposing.

    The comment about negativity sounds like something he would have said. Mets fans love to be negative about their team, but if an outsider does it, we tend to get mad. M. Donald did not want ANYONE to be negative about the Mets. That's the difference.

    5:23 PM

    Anonymous sidd finch said...

    Coop, I agree, I'm excited about the idea of O.P. in the rotation next year.

    I think Omar has ideas on who to build the club around. The best kind of club is one with a few really great players, and 2 studs in the rotation. The rest of the parts can be filled in from year to year.

    The best thing to do is to stockpile arms. I'd take a chance on Runelvys Hernandez, and David Riske.

    I think the Mets need pitching depth much more than Outfield depth, as much as I'd love to see Wells in the outfield, I don't want to give up any more pitching unless it's for pitching.

    5:31 PM

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