With their starting outfield either on the DL, woozy or inactive the Mets are considering all options at this point.
Carlos Beltran (knees) has yet to play a in game this spring. Moises Alou (groin) will miss at least the first month of the season, and Ryan Church (concussion) has resumed playing but his health may still be in question.
These injuries may mean, according to Buster Olney of ESPN, the club may pursue Barry Bonds or Sammy Sosa. Unlikely, he said, but the club has not ruled it out, either.
GM Omar Minaya wants to look internally for candidates first before making a move he may regret. The problem is, those options are few.
Endy Chavez, is role player, as are Damion Easley and Marlon Anderson. None of these players are suited to play everyday, especially at a corner OF spot where you need some offensive pop. Jose Valentin has to wear a brace on his knee - do you really want to put him in the outfield?
Fernando Martinez is barely out of high school. That leaves Brady Clark and Angel Pagan. Pagan has been on a tear this spring, Clark has not.
Manager Willie Randolph likes what he sees in Pagan, but even if they catch lightning in a bottle with this guy, they still need to address the situation.
The club has talked to the Pirates about re-acquiring Xavier Nady, but the Mets may not have the ingredients to lure him away. Marcus Thames, expendable in Detroit, is another name that has surfaced.
Here's the dilemma. After the Johan Santana deal, can the Mets afford to skimp on the offense they put behind him?
Hell, no. I don't care how many ticket orders they filled yesterday.
They need to act.
And that's why Bonds' and Sosa's names have been bounced around the past few days. Both would come cheap, but the baggage may be too much for the club to overcome.
Either way, the Mets need to do something, and fast.
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