Borrow From Peter; Or Random Thoughts On Trading Key Mets Players

Barbara RobinsonContributor IJuly 17, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 13:  Mr. Met of the New York Mets stands in the crowd during game two of the NLCS at Shea Stadium on October 13, 2006 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Can you hear the ice cracking.

When the Mets get to 8-10 games out of first place, we are done and should concentrate on bringing up some minor leaguers to see what we have coming.

I hear the trade mongers constantly saying the Mets have to move Reyes, Wright or Beltran or some combination. Stunningly stupid idea. After you make this deal you now have a starting pitcher to slot in behind Santana, but you have weakened your team immeasurably. Now you have to give up more blue chips from your organization to get quality back to replace what you already had under contract and to add insult to injury pay even more money.

To fill a hole in your team structure you try not to create other ones that are even bigger. Where are you going to find equivalent players (ability, age and locked into reasonable contracts) especially at key positions like third base, shortstop and center field. This is not a simple task.

Yes, I do want another quality starting pitcher, but not at the expense of these players.

We are almost so far out of the running that I would prefer to look at our minor leagues and find out what we have in house and wait for opportunities from other teams.

Oh and buy out Castillo, designate Tatis, dump the medical staff and fire Omar.

But that's just me.