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My Mets Bat Wish List

Posted on: July 25, 2008 1:22 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2008 1:45 pm

As the trade deadline approaches I figured I would throw up a few faces and numbers that I would prefer Omar Minaya take a shot at adding that could really help us out for the dogdays ahead. Would love to see a little feedback on what you guys think. Anyone not here that should be? Anyone here that shouldn't be? I have to say also that there are other guys that could be beneficial to us for sure (like Raul Ibanez). They have been left off my list because of either age (Ibanez is going on 37), their cost is ridiculous compared to others (Xavier Nady) or they just aren't good enough (I am not a fan of Casey Blake at all and the guy would not be an improvement over what we have). 



First up is Adam Dunn, Cincinnati Reds LF. With Adam we would be getting an all or nothing man at the plate. He currently is only batting only .237 on the year but has 29 HR's, 68 RBI's with a sweet .390 OBP. Problem is that along with the low batting average we would be gaining a man that could just as easily strikout 175+ times. That said, I think he would make a great addition. His K's aside, it would provide us with a man that can tear the cover off the ball and a steady outfielder to stand next to Carlos Beltran in the outfield. One other fact that I think other people are overlooking is that there isn't anything all that appealing on the free agent market other than Dunn for LF. When you take into account the mans power numbers, on base percentage (he knows how to take a walk) and the fact that he is only 29 and that we could get a fastrack on signing him, I would say that he is definately a guy we should be targeting.

Adam Dunn, LF- Future Met?



Next up is Jason Bay. Before I dig into him let me start by saying that I am leaving Xavier nady off my list for one reason. With as much as is rumored that Pittsburgh wants for Nady I would say just add the extra player and get Bay. That said, Bay is a guy that would soldify the LF for this and next season (he is signed through 2009). he has no true holes in his game. Great all around player that is right now batting .288 on the season (lefties are killing him this season to a .203 clip) with 22 HR's, 61 RBI's and an OBP around .380 (another man that knows how to take a walk). There isn't much negative at all to say about him other than he will come at a very high cost if he is attainable at all. Too bad he couldn't have developed faster when he was already in our system.

 Jayson Bay- Future Met?



Now for the man that we would absolutely go bonkers over if we got him but it ain't gonna happen. Matt Holliday. The man is a baseball fans wet dream. Signed through 2010, this stud can do it all. Currently batting .343 on the year with 17HR's, 60 RBI and a whopping .429 OBP, this is the guy that would put us over the top for sure. Granted he does play in Colorado but his road numbers are still consistant enough that a dropoff shouldn't be a concern (he is still a .301 batter on the road). An outfield with him and Beltran in it is a prospect that I am sure every Met fan would go giddy over but I don't think that Colorado is gonna be stupid enough to let him go and if they did, I am not sure we have the pieces to get him.

 Matt Holliday- Future Met?



All this said, I would say the easiest of these 3 to attain would be Adam Dunn. Cincinnati is out of it and they will be looking to get something for him before he walks. I know he has his detractors but IMO he is the one guy that we can actually get without costing us a fortune, that will help the most out of what's available.


Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2008 10:55 am

My Mets Bat Wish List

i be happy if omar gets any of those guys but i would also like luke scott and miguel tejada ( 2B ) maybe kevin cameron (relief)

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:28 am

My Mets Bat Wish List

Great blog.  I do agree with one of the other posters that Dunn's lefty bat might make it too many lefties in the lineup.  I wrote a blog on the corner outfielder I think would look best in a Mets uniform, and I know its a long shot, but how nice would it to see Manny Ramirez in LF?

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2008 2:53 pm

My Mets Bat Wish List

I have been really unsure about Dunn, given the low average and the Ks.  I'm wondering if hitting in the Mets lineup would help him there.  I'm just not sure.  Where would he (or anyone else the Mets get) hit?  Not 4th, I don't think, with Delgado hitting the way he has been.  But then again, if they could slot Dunn in the 4th spot without insulting Delgado and hit Delgado 5th for protection...

But then Beltran hits 6th.  Not at all sure that will go over too well.  Not that Beltran's numbers are all that amazing, but still.

Holliday might be nice, but IMHO it is unreasonable to look at him as a .343 hitter.  If you look at his splits, he is hitting a very respectable .307 on the road, but his numbers are dominated by his home numbers.  This year, .376 at home. 2/3 of his HRs are at home.  Since he'd only be playing 3 games a year in Coors if the Mets got him, I just don't see giving up the farm for a guy whose away numbers suggest that outside Coors his a 20 HR guy.  Good, but not great.

On to Jason Bay.  Splits are weighted towards home, though not as much as Holliday.  Against lefties, however, he doesn't get it done.  And the Mets need a right handed hitter to do something against lefties, not another left handed power bat (although I wouldn't complain).

Quick irrelevant stats:  at Shea, Holliday hits .289 with 1 HR in 63 PAs.  Dunn hits .235 with 4 HR in 93 PAs.  Jason Bay hits .303 with 5 HR in 76 PAs.

Bay's got the numbers, but I still think he's not an ideal fit.

Anyone else other there?

Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2008 1:03 pm

My Mets Bat Wish List

Great blog but Dunn is another lefty bat in a lefty heavy line-up. I would love to get Bay but let's see if Pittsburgh actually trades him after sending Nady & Marte to the Yankees. I'm sure Minaya is hitting those phones really hard but Im not sure what's out there for them to snag. I would say go after Texiera since he has OF experience (Rangers) and can slip into 1B when we don't re-sign Delgado after this year, but rivals from the same division rarely deal with each other. Someone off the radar to consider is KC's Guillen if they're willing to part with him. He has a real bad reputation but he's taken on the role of clubhouse leader in KC which is a promising sign that he's matured.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2008 4:40 pm

My Mets Bat Wish List

Great blog I think Dunn would play well as long as the team is not heavily depending on him.

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