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If the Mets Want to Really Forget About Last Year

Posted on: July 28, 2008 12:52 am
Edited on: July 28, 2008 1:31 am
If you are a Mets fan, you have to be excited. They have completely done a 180 this last month and now are sitting pretty atop the NL East. But the Phillies and Marlins are lurking. Mets fans still are leery about a collapse because last year is still in the back of their minds. If Omar Minaya really wants the Mets to put last year behind them there's only one thing to do...pick up the phone, call Theo Epstein, and pry Manny Ramirez away from the Red Sox.

I know, I know...there are a bunch of factors that makes this move unlikely. The first is that the Mets depleted an already lacking farm system in the Johan Santana trade. Honestly, I don't think it'll take that much to get Manny from the Sox at this point. The situation is ugly. Manny choking out PR guys, calling out the owner, illegedly throwing at-bats. Epstein has gone on the record saying he would trade Manny if he would waive his no trade clause. Manny came back on Sunday saying he would welcome a trade if the Red Sox had the stones to do it. Manny's from NY. I'm sure he would waive his no trade clause to come back home.

With that volatile a situation I't would behoove Omar Minaya to at least try. If Ryan Church doesn't come back then you have Manny patrolling left field and you are able to platoon Fernando Tatis and Endy Chavez and keep both players fresh. The Mets have the money to do this, and if they want they can even pick up Manny's option and keep him next year as well. But they need to strike fast before either Boston, Manny, or both change their minds. I don't know what Minaya can piece together that would be appealing to the Red Sox, but like I've said at least 8 million times already, he has to at least try.

And if you're worried about Manny's attitude?  I'm one who believes a bad attitude can be handled by a strong manager and a good environment.  I think Jerry Manuel is that strong manager and  think the Mets clubhouse, with that spicy latin flavor, is an environment that Manny will at least find tolerrible.  And if he doesn't change his tune?  Well I'm one fan who would deal with it in return for some big numbers and some playoff wins.

Now I'm not one of those unrealistic fans who thinks his team can grab a superstar just because they need one. But this is one situation where all the cards seem to be falling into the right place. I think with what happened last year, not making the playoffs isn't an option for this team. So with the trade deadline coming up fast Omar Minaya needs to do whatever it takes to get this team into the playoffs. Manny Ramirez at a corner outfield spot would do the trick.
Category: MLB

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2008 11:26 pm

If the Mets Want to Really Forget About Last Year

Well, I guess history does repeat itself. Even with the new manager, the Metropolitans couldn't hold on to their 7 game lead in the last month of the season. I guess it's true, and both NY franchises are learning, you just can't buy a championship anymore!

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2008 2:51 am

If the Mets Want to Really Forget About Last Year

Well it is now September 27 2008, the Mets have played 161 games since their unbelievable collapse of 2007. If they lose on Sunday they will finally be able to put 2007 behind them, because they will have to live with the unbelievable collapse of 2008. I am not a Mets fan, but I do want them to win the Wild Card, I can't believe this team is in this position. With the talent on this team, not to mention the payroll, they should not be tied going into the last game. I can't understand how they didn't win their division. I have not been following them that closely all year, but did they lead the division most of the season? Is this team choking again or am I missing something? With the addition of Johan (who has performed very well) I thought they would walk away with this division.

Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: August 12, 2008 6:17 pm

If the Mets Want to Really Forget About Last Year

Here is where the two season collide for me X. The Mets have done nothing again to help the team. The Mets are losing players like flies and still are standing pat. While all of the teams in the division have gone out and acquired help. This can not continue or the Mets will end up the laughing stock of the MLB. With all the money they have Finally spent , why would they just let it go down the drain.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:45 pm

If the Mets Want to Really Forget About Last Year

Although I think it'll take a major league ready player as well to land Manny Ramirez.  The Red Sox will want someone from the Mets who can help them now.  Especially with the Yankees in the rearview mirror

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:49 am

If the Mets Want to Really Forget About Last Year

I think it would have to be Fernando Martinez.  Red Sox would need to replace Manny in the outfield at some point so they'd probably want Martinez in there system to be a future replacement.  But with the team the Mets have now, a lot of these guys will only be here for a couple more years.  Im leaning more towards the "Win Now" mentality.

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:44 am

If the Mets Want to Really Forget About Last Year

Nice Blog!  Manny Ramirez would look great in LF for the Mets.  But I think they'd have to give up Fernando Martinez or Jon Neise to get him.  The Red Sox would probably insist on one of them.

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