Don't Act Irrationally: Keep F-Mart

Michael GanciCorrespondent INovember 30, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 31:  Fernando Martinez #26 of the New York Mets in action against the Florida Marlins during their game on May 31, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Nobody doubts that talent is certainly present with Fernando Martinez.

 

BY MICHAEL GANCI

EDITOR

Recently, we have been hearing some reports that suggest that Fernando Martinez may very well be on the trading block. When I first heard this, I scratched my head because this idea confused me. Why would you trade a guy when his stock is so low? But, you cannot rule anything out when you look at the management of this team.

Martinez was once touted as the top prospect in the Mets’ system, and we even saw a glimpse of him last season. Known for his gap to gap power, his speed and his arm, Martinez looked like a real stud, and he still may develop into one. The problem is that he cannot seem to catch a break when it comes to injuries.

I am not exactly sure what the Mets think they are going to get for a guy who hasn’t proved he can stay healthy for a full season. The talent is there, but no team in their right mind would deal anything of value for a question mark. Somebody call the Pirates. I kid. I kid.

It’s not like our system is especially stacked with outfielders. For the common fan, besides F-Mart, name the best outfielder the Mets have in their system. I’m waiting. Exactly. You cannot come up with one.

About a year ago to this point, MinorLeagueBaseball.com published a report that listed the Mets’ top 20 prospects. Still, Martinez checked in at number two below Wilmer Flores, but how many outfielders were on the list? Unless Ike Davis, a natural first basemen counts, the answer is zero.

I want to get back to my original thought. What would the Mets get? Do they think they can trade a question mark like F-Mart for Jose Guillen? Excuse me while I throw up. How about Milton Bradley? Echo the previous sentiment. The only way I deal the kid is if he’s in a package for a superstar, but I just don’t think that it is going to happen.

For now, we should just give him time.