Re: Huge Roster Move
- From: jonathan <jmerin77@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2009 05:24:06 -0700 (PDT)
Looking at the team, I see the following:
C - Some question, Thole might be ready, he might not.
Not even close. He has a long way to go defensively and frankly
nothing about his minor league track record suggests much beyond
platoon player long-term. I'd give him a year at AAA to see if power
1B - Murphy might be ready, he might not. I'd prefer a defensive
replacement here for the short-term.
It's not everyday somebody is clamoring for a defensive replacement at
1B. That being said, I don't really think defense is the issue. I
think scoring some runs next year might be nice, and I would suggest
the Mets investigate a 1B who can hit, since they don't currently have
one in the organization who projects to.
2B - Castillo is doing fine, leave him alone for the remainder of his
contract, find someone in the minors after.
Have you seen the track record Omar has with 'finding someone in the
minors'. Castillo's contract is immovable, which is why he'll be
'left alone'. More then likely, once the deal is up at the end of
next year we'll get to see Argenis Reyes or someone equally
unqualified unless Reese Havens finally starts to hit.
SS - Reyes
3B - Wright
CF - Beltran
LF - Good question. Evans might work out here, or they should sign a
Nick Evans has no place on as a starter in a potentially contending
RF - Francoeur
Jeff Francoeur is an out machine who has no place in a potentially
contending lineup. Unfortunately, he'll probably be the Mets starting
RF, which tells you most of what you need to know about the Mets
chances in 2010.
SP: Here is where I think they have some issues that could be
4 and 5 are, in my opinion, the biggest question marks.
Really? Do you know if John Maine is actually healthy, because I sure
don't. Hell, I don't think the Mets do either. Do you know if Mike
Pelfrey will get anyone out, because I sure don't, and frankly I don't
think the Mets do either. I know Dan Warthen doesn't. Pelfrey was
awful last season. His ERA+ was 17% below an average major league
starter. His K/9 rate went up but in the process his BB/9 rate went
up as well and he gets hit . . . a LOT. If the Mets had 4 outstanding
defensive infielders, that would be one thing, but even assuming
Wright and Reyes are healthy, the right side of the infield is a
defensive disaster. I wouldn't count on Pelfrey to be very good at
You really think you're going to get 50-60 starts out of Oliver Perez
and Jon Niese. I'm not sure I'd count on any, at least not any that
are any good.
The Mets are NOT that far from a contending team. Do they match up to
Phils? Not on a one to one basis. However, as we have seen from the
I realize you might not realize this . . . but the Rockies are really
good. Ubaldo Jimenez might not be a household name but he's been a
pretty good pitcher for the last three years, and he had a strong
minor league track record pitching for teams in pitcher's leagues,
usually that were too old for him. Jason Marquis is a guy who seems
to be a bit of a game manager but tends to give you a solid 200 IP.
The back of rotation (De La Rosa, Hammell, Cook) are all guys who have
been well-regarded prospects at one point. They have a lineup full of
guys (Iannetta, Hawpe, Stewart, Tulowitzki, etc.) who were also well-
regarded prospects. The Rockies are good. That's not a fluke.
They're Pythagorean W-L was 90-72, so they're actual was right around
and others, you don't need to match up, you need to play. The Mets
talent, if not the bench.
Where is all of this talent. I see an organization filled with a few
very good players (Wright, Reyes, Beltran, Santana), a bunch of
retreads and guys who were never good in the first place, and some
veterans who are well past their prime. I don't see all of this
talent that you do.
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