Future of the Mets
- From: "jonathan" <jonathan.merin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 31 Aug 2005 08:55:07 -0700
Probably the most exciting part of this team this year for me is not
where they end up but where I think they're going in the next couple of
years. With that in mind, I was thinking about the 2006 Mets last
night . . .
-Obviously Castro will be around. Ramon Hernandez is about all there
is in free agency and I'm not sure he's any better then Castro. I'd
like to see how horrible Mike Jacobs is behind the plate and maybe
investigate a Castro/Jacobs platoon.
-This is the biggest problem area. Unless Paul Konerko excites you,
there's nothing in free agency here. I personally think Overbay is
overrated, although if you got him really cheap (Cameron for Overbay
straightup) that would make sense.
-This is where reality kicks in. Kaz Matsui is going nowhere. Nobody
wants him, and I'd be shocked if the Wilpons just authorized eating his
salary. They may try to resign Cairo, although I'd like to see if
between Anderson Hernandez and Jeff Keppinger maybe we can come up with
a productive platoon and Matsui will just have to sit on the bench
taking up space.
-Reyes needs to learn how to walk. That much is clear. He's never
going to be Rickey Henderson, but he could be Ichiro, a guy who draws
30-40 walks, doesn't strike out very much, but puts the ball in place
and gets a ton of hits just by doing that and hits .320-.330. It's a
dream I have.
-DON'T CHANGE A THING. In fact, they should tape David Wright's at
bats and make them required viewing in the Minor League System for all
-I'm stuck here. On one hand, Cliff Floyd has been a great player and
a warrior this year and I'd love to let him finish off his contract
(and maybe career) in NY. On the other hand, I'm thinking, HIS VALUE
WILL NEVER BE HIGHER. Ultimately, I think his value is too high right
now and I'd let him play it out because I think he'd be too tough to
replace. By 2007 Milledge should be in the picture, and then you can
let Cliff go. You can probably move Diaz to left at that point since
Milledge is a much better defensive outfielder.
-Obviously Beltran hasn't had the kind of year anybody hoped for. But
we've got him for 6 more years.
-Cameron is in the last year of his deal, he's had a solid year, and
he's still a pretty good CF. Would Houston do Looper, Cameron, and
Bannister for Lidge (who's arbitration eligible)? It's a thought.
Looper and Cameron are in the last years of their deals, Bannister is a
pretty good prospect. While I don't think Victor Diaz is Manny Ramirez
or the Hall of Famer others have implied, I do think he's a better
hitter right now then Cameron, I think he's younger, and I think he's
-Pedro, Benson, Glavine - going nowhere
-I'd pick up Trachsel's option at 2.5 mil and see if there's any
-Zambrano / Seo - I'd trade one and make the other the 5th starter.
-I want to see Bannister or Petit given a shot at being the 5th
-I'd pickup Looper's option and then look to deal him, either to bring
another closer back or maybe even an option at 1B.
-In lieu of a trade, I'd go hard after Billy Wagner. I can easily see
getting 3 more productive years out of this guy, even though he's a
little older then I'd like. But I think he's the one guy on the Free
Agent market that would make a real difference on this team.
-I like Heilman in a short role. His strikeout rate is good and he
doesn't walk a lot of guys. I really think he could be a future
-Roberto Hernandez is unlikely to repeat what he has done this year,
but I'd bring him back anyway.
-They obviously need more guys. But I like what they did this year by
just bringing in a bunch of arms and sorting it out. That's what you
do in 2005. You get a closer you're comfortable with and then you just
find guys to fill the other spots.
-I'd resign Cairo, Anderson, and Woodward if they're interested. I
have a lot of faith that Omar and the scouting department will find
some more depth next year.
So in summary . . .
Seo / Zambrano
I'm hoping for the playoffs this year, but whatever happens, the future
finally looks bright at Shea!
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