What the Mets should do: Part II
Posted on: August 16, 2009 2:24 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2009 2:44 pm
This organization needs a total sweep. I've never seen such a collection of wimps and losers. They play like crud on the field and never back each other up. They're not a team, but a collection of cast-offs and overpaid babies.
The culture has to change. They need a hard guy. I mean a guy who is going to remake this team keeping only a handful of core-type players and unloading the rest. I'd rather sacrifice 2010, then watch another year of this crud. The hard guy? Buck Showalter. Give him total control and get out-of-his-way. He'll build a winner. He proved that in Arizona. In 3 years he took an expansion team to the post-season.
None of this can happen without a brand new front-office. Ricco can stay doing the finances. Everyone else goes. Fire all minor league managers except the Brooklyn manager Pedro Lopez, Tim Teufel and Ken Oberkfell.
Start to revamp Citifield with Mets history, not Dodger history. Jackie Robinson was a great American, but was a Dodger. He shouldn't have a rotunda. Willie Mays should. Tom Seaver should. They were Mets.
No more throwback jerseys of the Giants, Dodgers and Los Mets. No more stupid ethnic nights. Bring back Bat Day and Banner Day.
Trade Beltran, Reyes(if possible and productive), Perez and Castillo. Do not re-sign Schneider, Hernandez, Redding or Sheffield. Tender Maine only if his shoulder is solid. Dump Tatis. Move Murphy to the AL in a trade if possible(EG for Huff).
Bring back players who care and play hard and are younger. Revamp your staff. Trade half of those overrated prospects for Halliday. Then you'll have a staff of Santana, Holliday, Pelfrey and Parnell/Niese(whomever doesn't go in the Halliday deal). The 5th starter could be Wolf or someone you get in a trade for the overrated DL group.
The bullpen needs tweaking. Wagner should be traded before 9/1 this year. Putz should have his option picked up, then dealt. K-Rod is the closer, Feliciano is the situational lefty. Stokes is a middle reliever/long man. If Parnell stays in the rotation, then either Putz(if not traded or option is declined) should set-up. If he's gone, they have to look elsewhere. Green should not be offered arbitration. They'll need to add a power arm and 1-2 situational guys. None will come from their pathetic farm system. They should come in the many deals I outlined. This year's "fixed problem" is 13-22 with only 29 saves and 15 blown ones.
The Mets should be built with grit. Speed in CF and LF. Defense @ 2B and SS. Both should have range. A solid veteran catcher could be brought in. A 1B man who can transition to Ike Davis who has been the Mets best minor league player by far this year. V-Mart would have been a great fit.
Players they should target besides Halliday are Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury. I'd deal Beltran to Boston for him and prospects. I'd trade Reyes, Martinez and Flores etc to Tampa for Crawford and Bartlett.
After trading Castillo, I'd sign Hudson. At 1B you can either go with Murphy(if a 1B man can't be traded for) or pick up a veteran like Huff.
That line-up has flexibility, speed and some pop. Wright can steal 20+ bases, Crawford 50+, Ellsbury 60+. Wright, Francoeur and Crawford should each hit 20+ HRS. Hudson and Bartlett should play great defense and both have pop. If they add Huff he's another 20 + HR guy. if not Murphy should hit in double figures.
The bench should be made of up Sullivan/Pagan, Cora/Hernandez, a veteran pinch hitter, a 1B/3B and another catcher.
There is a ton of work to be done and it starts with a commitment to excellence and change. That must come from ownership and their desire to win. I don't hold a lot of hope it will happen, but it should. <!-- google_ad_section_end -->