Avoiding A Third Disaster
As of me writing this article, the Mets will enter the season as follows:
1. Jose Reyes (SS)
2. Luis Castillo (2B)
3. David Right (3B)
4. Carlos Beltran (CF)
5. Carlos Delgado (1B)
6. Fernando Tatis/Daniel Murphy (LF)
7. Ryan Church (RF)
8. Brian Schneider (C)
I have high hopes for Church and Castillo being healthy. I think that if those two can stay healthy and motivated, they will be serviceable. I would love to see someone take over for Castillo, but at this point it seems unrealistic. What I do not like is that LF platoon. As bench players, Tatis and Murphy would be great, but they should not be starting. I would love to see the Mets go out and sign someone to take over LF until Fernando Martinez is ready. Adam Dunn for one year, $15 mil?
Now the rotation, that is a whole other beast. If nothing changes, they will go into the season as follows:
1. Johan Santana (L)
2. John Maine (R)
3. Mike Pelfrey (R)
4. Tim Redding (R)
5. Someone from AAA
The biggest missing piece is another lefty. I am not an Oliver Perez fan, but he would push Redding down and add a lefty at the 3 spot (I like Maine at 2, though most won't). If Ollie really wants 4 years, then I say the Mets go after Sheets. I think that Sheets would be a great fit. In the event that history repeats itself and Sheets were to miss a few starts, there are guys in AAA that could come up and spot start - Niese, Garcia, etc. The bottom line is that the Mets need one serious addition to the rotation, someone that can pitch 2 or 3.
I like the Mets bullpen now, something I haven't been able to say for a while. If they can add a lefty to add a little balance, they will be good if not great this year. The F-Rod/Putz duo at the end of games is going to be fun to watch.
Overall, I think the Mets are two pieces (OF/SP) away from serious contention. If the Wilpon's are serious about keeping payroll low, then I am not sure they can/will make the splashes they need. Regardless, I am exciting for this season, GO METS.
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