New York Mets: Who Should Be Looking for Work?

Ira LiemanContributor IJune 2, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Ryan Church #19 of the New York Mets reacts aftrer striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field on April 19, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

I lost my job on Friday. 

My company "restructured" and because of lack of work I'm out. It was a small organization with specific roles, and since I was not otherwise engaged on an important assignment I became expendable.

So I got to thinking. If the Mets were to restructure, who's going to get a pink slip?

Ryan Church

Presently on the DL because of a hamstring injury suffered in Boston. Broke out of the gate on fire, but has batted .197 since April 28th, dropping his OPS from an over-his-head .948 to an under-replacement value .680.

With Fernando Martinez patrolling RF due to other injuries, Church will be the first one to go. But for what? Maybe some veteran bullpen reinforcements. He's making a reasonable $2.8 million this year, maybe a change of scenery will help him out.



JJ Putz

Has gone from "Putz it in the books" to "Putz runners on." Brian Stokes relieved him after he gave up four runs last night, blowing a save in the process. Yes, the same Brian Stokes that went 10 full days without pitching in May. Bobby Parnell is much more consistent and has pitched exceedingly well.

The Mets' bullpen ERA is a stellar 3.14, but Putz has pitched the most individual innings in the 'pen with an ERA of 4.76. He needs some time off, but if this keeps up he's going to be banished to Washington or Colorado.


Brian Schneider

The Mets just traded Ramon Castro to the White Sox. Yet the one they probably should have cut ties with was Brian Schneider. Castro and Omir Santos in a platoon situation would be better than having Schneider in the mix.

Sure, he's a capable defender, but his offense is quite poor. And he steps up to bat to Creed of all bands. Ugh. Maybe they can call back the White Sox and tell them they got the wrong guy.


Sean Green

Yes, the Mets received him with JJ Putz for Aaron Heilman and Endy Chavez. But this year, Green is pitching like Heilman. And Jerry Manuel keeps trotting him out from time to time because he has no real choice in the matter. Really, it's two April outings that really exacerbated the problem, but Green rarely comes in at any important point of the game anymore.  


It's quite possible that any of these guys can turn around their games enough to be more valuable contributors on the Mets. These folks were all on the Mets' Opening Day roster. But with all the injuries the team has had, other players have gotten opportunities and made an impact.