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New York Mets...Buyers or Sellers?

Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:04 pm
The New York Mets have put themselves in a precarious position as we approach the middle of June.  In my opinion, June 15th has always been a good measuring stick of whether or not your team will go anywhere this season.  As we draw closer to this date, The Mets find themselves 2 games under .500 and 6 games behind the Phillies in the East.  This has been accomplished despite the following factors:

1) There is no #1 pitcher on the team.  In fact, they have 5 pitchers that would rate #4 or #5 on every team in baseball.
2) Key injuries to David Wright, Ike Davis, Angel Pagan, Johann Santana, and Chris Young have prevented Terry Collins from fielding what should be his regular squad.
3) Jason Bay has been a total bust this year and Carlos Beltran, although he has played well and with a lot of guts could go down at any moment.
4) The bullpen has spit the bit on far too many occasions, causing losse in 7 games where they had the lead in the 7th inning or later.

With all of this said, it becomes very clear that the next few weeks are the make or break period for my favorite team in sports.  Can the Mets put themselves into a good position by continuing to play good defense and display good SP as they have in the last 2 weeks, or will the walls come down like they did after the All-Star break last year?  Even if they are in a good position at the trading deadline, will the Mets financial problems prevent them from going after the prize this year?

How the rest of the season plays out is the big question out there right now as many GMs around the league feel that the Mets will be the big sellers at the deadline....HERE IS ONE FAN THAT HOPES NOT!!

Just my two cents worth...Brad  Wink
Category: MLB

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: June 12, 2011 12:07 pm

New York Mets...Buyers or Sellers?


Let me give you a perspective from a fan of another team (the New York Yankees) on the outside looking in and I will try to be obejective. The New York Mets are going to be sellers but not big sellers to the point they will be calling up everybody from Buffalo come the trade deadline.

Jose Reyes in my opinion is all but gone. Fred Wilpon has already revealed his hand by stating that Reyes will not be getting Carl Crawford money, and with a dearth of good shortstops in Major League Baseball today Reyes would be a fool not to test the free agent market this offseason. The Mets would be better off trading him at the trade deadline and getting something of good value in return now then getting nothing later.

If the Mets can unload Carlos Beltran before the deadline then that is a move that also has to be made because his better days are clearly behind him and his spot in the outfield can go to Daniel Murphy who is pretty much a man without a position and watching him play the infield is really tough to watch. It is like watching a fish out of water flopping around on the deck.

1) There is no #1 pitcher on the team.  In fact, they have 5 pitchers that would rate #4 or #5 on every team in baseball.
Ouch! That is a little rough. You are right that there are no #1's, but Johnathan Niese would be a #3 on a few teams (the Cubs, Astros, and Royals immediately come to mind). Mike Pelfrey might also be a #3. Dillon Gee has been awesome and you got give him a little more time to see how his role would really be defined in a rotation. He could be as good as a #2 and might even emerge as a #1.  R.A. Dickey is definitely a #4 on other teams and Chris Capuano would definitely be a #5 or a long reliever out of the bullpen on other teams.

If the Mets move Reyes and Beltran by the trade deadline I think the Mets can still remain competitve the rest of the season, especially with Ike Davis and David Wright coming back and depending on what they get in return for Reyes and Beltran will have something to build on for next season when Johan Santana returns at full strength.

Your Mets are heading in the right direction. Just keep a muzzle on the mouth of your owner, and they will be alright.

Great 5 star worthy blog.


Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:26 pm

New York Mets...Buyers or Sellers?

Thanks for the comments on my blog.  I understand your point of view but, as a Mets fan, I have to be the everlasting optimist.  I really am not that impressed so far with the Reds, Brewers, and Marlins and I know the D-Backs will come back to earth.  I agree that Beltran is gone and I would guess that K-Rod will go too as will Isringhausen if he pitches well for the next month or so.  I do believe though that the Mets should re-sign Reyes, trade F. Martinez and Murphy away while they have some value, and maybe move Pelfrey too.  I don't think we will ever see Martinez hit Major League pitching, Murphy is at his premium value right now, and we have seen the best of Pelfrey.  Thanks for adding me to your faves as I have done the same with you...Brad

Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 5:56 pm

New York Mets...Buyers or Sellers?

Brad, I'm close to being as big a supporter of the Mets as you can get.  I defend them in the lean years and I can see the positive in a Luis Castillo, an Omar Minaya, and can sympathize with what a Jason Bay is going through.  My favorite Mets team was 1973 because they gave us as exciting a month of Sept. as any team could.  It would be great to relive that again, but I'm also a realist.  There are to many good teams between us and the WC to over come that dismal start.  With the Braves, Marlins, D-Backs, Rockies, Brewers and the Reds all standing in our way, the post season is not in the cards for the Mets this year.  Do we sell? yes, but with an eye on the foundation of the team.  Even if its costs us games in Aug. and Sept. we trade Carlos Beltran, we trade Francisco Rodriguez.  Are we getting back prospects, probably not, those are salary dumps 8-10 M between them.  More importantly, it rids us of the 2012 K-Rod option which is a 14 M black cloud.  Reyes stays, Wright stays, as well as Angel Pagan, and Mike Pelfrey.  Welcome to the board.  I will be adding your blog to my favs'

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