June 2, 2009
Lets take a look at the outfield for the New York Mets.
The team currently features Gary Sheffield, a 40-year-old DH with knee pain; Carlos Beltran, who aside from a stomach flu, is having a typical All-Star year; and Fernando Martinez, a young phenom who is too early in his career for anyone to know what to expect.
have a serviceable backup outfielder in Jeremy Reed, but after that, there isn't much depth. Fernando Tatis and Daniel Murphy are listed as outfielders, but I wouldn't use them in anything other than emergency situations.
Ryan Church is eligible to return from the disabled list on Sunday, and hopefully his hamstring will be ready because Angel Pagan was just placed on the DL with a groin injury.
In the minors, the best hitting outfielder is journeyman Jesus Feliciano. The 29-year-old career Minor Leaguer is hitting .339.
Veteran Bobby Kielty is on the Minor League DL, Wily Mo Pena isn't hitting much (.247 BA), and Emil Brown just joined the team.
The trading season hasn't started yet, so the Mets might be smart to see what a reclamation project like the Nationals
or A's has before they make any free agent deals.
David Dellucci was recently released by the Cleveland Indians
; the left-handed 35-year-old outfielder was hitting .275.
With the Indians on the verge of rebuilding, Dellucci was the odd-man out, especially after a disappointing three-year deal that was plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness.
Dellucci's best year came in 2006 with the Phillies
when he hit .292 in 132 games, and is known as a great clubhouse leader.
On league minimum, the Mets could see whether Dellucci is the 2007 or 2009 version of Marlon Anderson before they go out and make a trade.