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The $2 million man

Posted on: January 22, 2010 5:42 pm
 
He was never worth $50 million.

We guessed that when Gary Matthews Jr. signed his ridiculously big contract with the Angels three winters ago. We're sure of it after watching how the last three years have gone.

But here's what we also need to remember: If you get past the crazy salary, Matthews can still be a useful player. And at $2 million, which is all he'll cost the Mets over the next couple of years, he's worth the risk.

The Mets have had a horrible winter. It feels like the only players they can get are the ones no one else wants. Even Jason Bay, their big prize, seemed to have few if any other options. Bengie Molina, who for most of the winter seemed to have no other options, waited for weeks until he found one, eventually returning to the Giants for less guaranteed money than the Mets were offering.

Now the Mets get Matthews, who was unhappy with the Angels because he didn't get to play enough (and, of course, the Angels were unhappy with him because he didn't play well enough).

It feels at first like the Mets picking up another scrap that no one wants, but this one makes more sense. Carlos Beltran is coming off knee surgery and will miss the first few weeks of the season. The Mets need someone who can play center field. Matthews can play center field.

"The kid's always had talent," said one scout who has followed Matthews' career. "He'll make the routine play, and sometimes even make better plays than that. I just wish he'd work a little harder, and I wish he would realize what he is offensively, and not try to hit home runs."

Gary Matthews isn't going to save the Mets. That falls on Beltran (once he comes back), on Jose Reyes and Johan Santana and David Wright. But among the Mets' problems last year was a lack of depth, and a huge falloff whenever one of their star players was out.

Matthews isn't a star, despite his star-like salary. But he is a major-league player, and the Mets need more of those.
Category: MLB
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Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2010 5:27 pm
 

The $2 million man that's worth $2 dollars.

All the Mets need in 2010 is to start of with some more bad karma. Let me give you a prediction. Matthews Jr. will start the season with a spot. As soon as Beltran comes back Matthews Jr. will be a bench player. Matthews Jr. will become a cry baby like he did on the Angels once again. Whining and complaining is like a virus and it will spread to the already injury plagued team! Here is what one scout reported about Matthews Jr.
"Matthews is a player to be avoided. Slow bat. Declining range. And above all else, a player who wants to be a regular and will be an unhappy distraction in your clubhouse when he's not in the lineup every day."

Sorry Mets, bad trade on your part. You did the Angels a favor.



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2010 2:46 pm
 

The $2 million man

wrote: "Pagan is injury prone. WAY too injury prone for a 4th outfielder."

That's a good one, didn't he play last year because of all the team injuries?  Lets get rid of Beltran, Delgot's, Santana and Reyes they're injury prone too.


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