Omar Minaya... Why Don't The Mets Have Halladay

Brian ElbergCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2009

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY - DECEMBER 17:  New York Mets General Manager Omar Minaya speaks to the media during a press conference to introduce Francisco Rodriquez on December 17, 2008 at the Citigroup Building in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

I have always been a big supporter of Omar Minaya, of course after Steve Phillips who wouldn't be?  But today was the first time that I was dumbfounded by something Minaya did, or didn't do for that matter.  For some reason that I can not understand, the Mets turned down a Roy Halladay for, Fernando Martinez, Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese, and Ruben Tejada.  Now most people that I have talked to seem to be in favor of this trade...WHY? 

Picture the Mets starting rotation next year

Roy Halladay

Johan Santana

Mike Pelfrey

Oliver Perez

John Maine

That would be arguably the best starting rotation of the last 25 years, and without a doubt the best in the game today. 

Maybe you're still not convinced, well consider this, if the Mets had Roy Halladay this year they would be within three games of the Phillies for first in the N.L East.  I know this sounds hard to believe but it is true. 

The rotation would have been the one listed above.  Perez and Maine still would have been hurt, Perez (May 2) and Maine (June 6) but instead of Redding and assorted spot starters in could have been Livan Hernandez and Fernando Nieve (he was able to pitch before June 6th). 

So if you directly insert Halladay's 11-3 record, which may not be accurate, but he is facing much tougher teams in the AL East so if anything it is probably too hard on Halladay, into the rotation the Mets starting pitching would stack up like this

Halladay 11-3

Santana 11-7

Pelfrey 7-5

Perez/Livan (6-6)

Maine/Nieve (8-7)

This gives you a record of 43-28, compared to the Mets SP record now of 34-30, which when you equalize the games comes out to a five-game improvement. 

I know that was extremely complicated but it makes sense, with Halladay the Mets are not only a better team they would be a dominant team.