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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

If you had one move.....

Benny pointed this John Delcos post out the other day and I had said that I wanted to discuss it here.

OK, you’re the Mets’ general manager for the day. You can make only ONE move. What is it?

Go into this exercise realizing the chances of making a trade for Johan Santana are just about zero.

That is, I wanted to discuss it until I thought about it for a few seconds. With all the options Omar has with a few of his free agents, contracts expiring, and miscellaneous holes to fill, it is impossible and kind of pointless. It really is not even thought provoking because what is the point? One move makes this team much worse than they were in 2007 by the simple fact they would have some A-ball caliber players on their team in at least one spot with plenty of AA to AAA players mixed in.

I guess one thing that could be taken away is basically what the Mets need most. In all honesty, if I played John Delco's game, then the Mets need a catcher. They can put Gomez and Milledge in the outfield to plug it up, Gotay at second, Humber, Pelfrey, Bostick, Vargas, Smith, Kunz, etc. into the open holes on the staff, but they have no catcher. So thinking logically, that is my choice but it really does nothing to fuel any intelligent conversation. So, the real question is, what is the biggest area of concern?

For me, it is the bullpen as I have stated before. I would actually love for Omar to sit The Duque down and see if he would be OK being a contributer in the bullpen. Why would he do that? I truly do not think he would, but the last two seasons in a row he was unable to contribute down the stretch when he was most needed. Frankly, that is a large risk for the Mets to take at this point and might actually be able to make it through an entire season. If he takes that assignment, the Mets would have Wagner, Heilman, Mota, Schoeneweis, Feliciano, and Hernandez in the bullpen with the possibility of them having a seventh arm out there.

One thing that jumps out at me is the fact that Mota needs to be removed. Once Mota is removed, Smith can be included into the mix because he needs to be with an option there for the Mets to strengthen their bullpen with a seventh arm should they decide they do not need a deep bench, which is a likely scenario. If the Mets do go in that direction, I would love to see Humber or Pelfrey get that last spot. Of course to start the year, whomever it is should start at AAA since you do not even need a fifth starter to begin the season, but hopefully they would be next in line. Wagner, Heilman, Schoe, Feliciano, Hernandez, Smith, and Humber/Pelfrey is a bullpen I would be more than happy to do battle with. They have a guy who is death on lefties, a few guys that are death on righties, and a few that are effective against both sides.

If that shook out, the Mets would need to find one starter. Already, Pedro, Oliver, Maine, and Humber/Pelfrey (whomever is not in the bullpen) are in and I am alright with that. If you are not going to use Hernandez in the rotation, which I would prefer not to since his rubber arm would be tremendous out of the bullpen, then who? One option is Hiroki Kuroda. While the Mets have not had that much luck with Japanese players of late, I think it warrants a look. I certainly hope the Mets are not going to be shy going down this avenue in the future and I think he could be a very affordable option when compared to the Carlos Silva's of the world. Also, you are asking him to hold down the back end of the rotation rather than carrying the rotation.

Why not go for a trade? For one, no trade seems worth it for what it would cost the Mets. Second, there are plenty of teams that can give up more. Gomez and Mulvey for Blanton seems like a popular one, but does that really do that much and probably would not even be accepted? Is it worth it to trade the farm for a Bedard or Santana? At some point it will be too much and I think any possible deal will include the Mets giving up too much. While playing it safe does not sound like the intelligent way to operate after the Mets collapse exposed some large holes, the Mets do have to worry about 2009 and beyond. The above also gives rotation depth as Hernandez can start and do it very effectively if needed and there still is another buffer in Humber/Pelfrey.

Even though it is not exactly and exciting staff, I think the depth is there and it has the chance to be effective and give the Mets a chance make it to the World Series. Outside of pitching, the Mets need to fill in second base and catcher and re-up Alou. Really, there are some interesting moves out there that might be able to bring in Ramon Hernandez and/or Orlando Hudson, but giving up too much does not excite me when the Mets can capably fill those positions in without giving anything up. If Hernandez is simply a salary dump, it is a no brainer for me. However, Hudson would not be and I would prefer to take my chances with Castillo and Gotay than give all that much up when they can just make a run for him after 2008. With the lackluster options out there, the Mets should concentrate on holding onto their draft picks and save their youth while not sacrificing much in terms in effectiveness in the process.

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  • Milledge should 100% get a full time shot in right field from day #1. If Lastings does not get a full time shot in right field, I will be protesting daily. The ridiculousness of not giving him shot will really tell me a lot about the direction of this franchise if they do not start trusting their young talent.

  • Edward Salcedo is still lurking out there and many scouts think he is worth $750,000 to $1,000,000 dollars. Boras is presumably still holding out for $3,500,000 which is just nuts. I get why he thinks that since a comparable American player would be garnering bigger bucks, but scouting and competition is a bit different. If he is Fernando-esque with the bat and truly figures to stay at short, it would seem like $2,000,000 would be an acceptable figure.

  • It looks like Rudy is not coming and that seemed like an unnecessary distraction anyway.

    "I love Rudy like a brother, but it would be totally unfair to bring him in after I interviewed him as manager," Minaya said. "It wouldn't be fair to HoJo, who did an outstanding job as hitting coach. If you look at the numbers, everything in the second half of the year we were up in."

  • A quick thing about the rotation....

    I was reading the Mets mailbag and there was some hub-bub about Glavine. Yes, the Mets would be losing 200+ innings by not bringing him back, but I think it is time to part ways with him and I do not have to think about it too much. It is a risk heading into the season that way, but there are not plentiful options out there and Tom is just too dependent on the umps these days for me to reasonably count on him in a big spot. He does not have the ability to rise to the occasion anymore if he is not assisted by getting balls called strikes.

    Outside of him, who out there could provide innings? Bartolo Colon? No thanks. Curt Schilling? No thanks. This off-season is a tough test. There is not even someone to throw boatloads of cash at and is primarily represent by mediocrity. When in that situation, sometimes you need to gamble. I would rather not gamble on a Marquis-like contract to a Marquis-like contract and beating the dead Tom Glavine horse is not what the Mets need. You simply cannot make something out of nothing and this off-season proves why it is vital to have a productive farm system and Omar needs to find out if he has just that.
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    Anonymous ossy said...

    id fire willie and bring back bobby v

    6:25 PM

    Anonymous farva said...

    I'd fire bobby V and bring in a manager who doesnt piss of his plyers.

    6:32 PM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    I'd fire them all and let Carter get a shot at it.

    6:38 PM

    Anonymous DG said...

    I'd fire Carter and bring in Hubie Brooks!

    10:26 AM

    Anonymous Pavan said...

    I'd fire Hubie Brooks and bring in Anna Benson. Offering sex for wins might motivate a few of these phlegmatic veterans.

    Plus, the pubilicity gained from the first slutty female manager would be immense.

    1:16 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    id fire willie and bring in kieth hernandez

    4:03 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'd fire kieth hernandez and bring in Keith Hernandez.


    12:55 PM

    Anonymous kranepool society said...

    The guy who looks like he would take over if there is a Willie meltdown next season is Tim Tuefel. He's a front office fav and will be back at St. Lonesome next season.

    Don't leave out Willie Collazo and Carlos Muniz when it comes to the 2008 bullpen. The idea of El Duque in the pen makes so much sense it won't happen. Get a starter, re-sign Castillo, let Alou play with his race horses, trade for Jason Bay bring back Jerry Grote to catch

    1:25 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    One move as GM? shit nits, umm, change the draft strategy I guess. Maybe because its been on my mind as I just responded to something on metsblog regarding it. Stop drafting toolsy outfielders, stop drafting backup catchers, and stop drafting middle relievers, that strategy doesn't fucking work, just stop. Draft top talent available and stop being Bud Selig's bitch and sign players that fall to you for this imaginary over-slot money.

    I'll leave out Willie Collazo atleast. I didn't see Muñiz pitch enough BUT I seen Collazo enough to say he's just YUCK.
    He sucks.
    I like El Duque in the pen, the man has super balls. If you resign Glavine, El Duque would be the perfect partner to come when Glavine doesn't have the generous strike zone and is knocked out in 2/3 of an inning.

    How much wold you be willing to trade for Rich Harden? dun dun dun I think the man can be had but FUCK is he aggravating. With that said, I'd take the risk and trade Carlos Gomez and ionno someone like Mike Carp/Nick Evans/Joe Smith or something like that. You guys think that would be enough.

    Also, I'm not sure if I've mentioned this but something I'd like to see done is to sign B.K. Kim as a righty specialist. Strictly a ROOGY who can come in and fill the Chad Bradford role. His splits are amazing I think, and this is a pretty big sample size as he's started a couple of games. I also can't imagine him commanding too much and his commitment can't be too long. The perception he has is a bad one and I would be willing to give him a shot but it MUST be as a ROOGY.

    Red Sox are raping the Rockies. I thought the only chance the Rockies had of even winning the World Series was to split at Fenway, now the question is, will they sweep or win it in 5?

    2:58 PM

    Anonymous Scott from Peekskill said...

    Harden belongs to Beane and so will cost a ridiculous amount.

    One move? I like the idea of Bartolo Colon IF and only IF he did not cost us our rnd 1 draft pick.

    If he did? Hmm, gotta find pitching. Wonder if Lastings Milledege and Heilman to Pittsburgh would get us back Jason BAy and Zach Duke. No, I guess that is too much to ask.

    12:38 PM

    Anonymous Farva said...

    One trigger I would not pull is on a contract for Posada. The guy had a great walk year,,,his career best year...by far his best year. He needs to be in the AL where he can DH occasionally to rest his OLD KNEEES.

    NO go on Posada. Bring in Michael Barrett, he is cheap and great with pitching, especially catching their fists on his face! Seriously, the guy has a rep as a great game caller.

    12:43 PM

    Anonymous Scott from Peekskill said...

    One thing I like about Barrett is he is passionate. We could have used some of that in the last 2 months odf the season.

    12:45 PM

    Anonymous Old Bob said...

    One move huh? I think I'd offer Mark Prior a 2yr $4m contract and let him recuperate properly. The 2009 season could mark a great comeback for him. He is a low cost and HUGE reward type guy if he manages to make it back.

    1:12 PM

    Blogger Itsmetsforme said...

    I want a pitcher not a belly- itcher.

    2:13 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    One move: End the Minaya quota and start drafting and signing players based on merit...imaging that, like the other 29 teams do.

    2nd move: Out with Randolph, in with Girardi.

    9:27 PM

    Anonymous Two-By-Four said...

    Hurdle allowed Fogg to stay in there and take a beating for 6 runs on 10 hits in 2.2 innings. This is the 3rd game of the WS and he is down 2 games to 0 and he’s managing like it’s May 10th. If Willie did this we would be all over him. The Rockies look like they woke up during their 8 day hiatus and said “Golly, gee Billy Bob, we is in the World Series. Ain’t we something?”

    If I was GM I would hire Alyssa Milano as manager.

    10:23 PM

    Anonymous ossy said...

    its funny how yankee fans are mad that arod opted out. these guys are fucking idiots. they think that arod should opt out bc its the yankees. WTF? he just had his 3rd mvp season. y shouldnt he want to cash in on his success? he should give the yankees all the leverage because he has a better chance to win with them. WTF they are ao full of shit. like playing for the yankees is some fucking god send.

    then the yankees is even more fucking retarded. how do you offer that kind of $ when you gave clemens $28mil? STOOPID they have all the fuckin $ in the world and a new stadium with a cash cow network. they'll make arod look like the bad guy but the guy is only chasing the american dream. getting the $ he can for his family and the future generations to follow.

    they piss me off. they are the stupidest fucking fans in the world. he has the best chance to win with the yankees. umm hello? they havent won a series in how long? they lost their manager. they may lose their closer and catcher.

    baseball is rolling in $ and there are no premium FA's out there. why not opt out and try to get paid? he never said he didnt wanna come back. he just wannna get paid. you think jeter wouldnt do so? they are fucking morons.

    what makes me even more mad is that they say he can go. they dont need him.

    ummm. he was the MVP two of the 4 years he was here. go ask the A's if they wish they had more of that MVP production from a few years back. the guy was involved in 300 of your offensive runs!!!

    yankee fans showed that they have no intelligence

    8:10 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    remember the clueless joe headline?

    how bout joe retardi

    8:15 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    No,no, no, no, no, no....

    Please, please don't let the stories I'm hearing about the Mets pursuing AFraud be true. There are so many better ways to spend that money.

    This would bother me so much more than anything they have done in a long, long time...


    12:17 PM

    Anonymous Two-By-Four said...

    If the past is any indication of future moves note that the Wilpons have always spent heavy after a disaster and pocket the dollar when things are going well. Notice that too many Mets signings have been reactionary. Consider last year’s meltdown and what could be a perceived need to make a large splash. Sooo say hello to the Mets new SS, A-Rod and say goodbye to the Mets present SS, Reyes, who is the centerpiece of a deal with the Twins to acquire Santana. Sleep tight.

    8:53 PM

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