EOAT… On the Jason Bay signing
Just days after I preached for the Mets to make their move and sign a big free agent, they locked up Jason Bay to a four year, 66 million dollar contract with an option for another year. Although many fans including myself would have preferred Matt Holliday patrolling left field, Jason Bay will serve as a fantastic fall back (?) option.
For those of you (if any) that are not familiar with Bays past, he is a power hitter who although will go through hitting droughts, will likely end the season with 30+ homers. Although he will now be playing in the spacious City Field, hitters such as Chase Utley, and Adam Dunn have proven that the stadium can be hit out of. Power hitters can hit in any stadium and although City is one of the larger ones, it will not be able to contain many of Bays most powerful shots. Bay also has a .280 career hitting mark.
Although he has often been criticized as being a below average fielder, he will not be a liability on defense. I am not saying that he will compare with Beltran, or even Francoeur, but he will not be awful, and playing beside Carlos should help him. Many MLB analysts have made a point to shoot down criticism of this part of Bays game including former teammate Sean Casey.
Bay should slot in as the number five hitter behind Reyes, Castillo (most likely), Wright, and Beltran. Behind him will be Francoeur, a first basemen (Murphy?), and a Catcher. This sizes up as an excellent lineup, and will be a huge boost from last year. Jason Bay should also help raise the horrendous home run outage that the Mets suffered throughout last season.
EOAT… On the possibility of signing Bengie Molina
Although there were several reports that the Mets were on the brink of signing catcher, Bengie Molina to a two year deal, the Mets have shot down this notion. When I saw this move i was actually quite please. At only six million per year, Molina would a great starter for this year, and possibly a great mentor for the up and coming prospect, Josh Thole. Molina is known for his fielding, and his effect on young pitchers. This was a huge problem for the Mets who although had great offense from the position, the fielding and game calling was lacking. The only real downside to the signing would be his growing age, which already stands at 37.
Molina would definitely be the cherry on top of our already improving lineup, and would allow Omar to fully focus on the pitching. I am quite sure that this deal will eventually get done, and Molina will be a fantastic fit to the team, and will likely improve the young components of the pitching staff
EOAT… On how badly we need to improve our pitching
In a disaster of a year that was the Mets 2009 campaign, there were so many holes and problems with the team, that it is quite difficult to point out the biggest issue. BUT, if there was one thing that needs DRASTIC improvement, its the pitching rotations. As of now it is looking like this.
1. Johan Santana 2. Mike Pelfrey 3. John Maine 4. Oliver Perez 5. Jon Niese
Of course this will not get it done. Under my two step plan, we can truly improve this unacceptable staff. First, lock down a sure thing. A sure thing does not mean 18 wins and a 3.20 ERA. A sure thing is a pitcher who will most likely pitch 180 innings, and have an ERA under 4.00. Their are two ways of securing this type of player, either a signing or a trade. A trade would most likely include trading Castillo in a package to the Reds, for either Aaron Harang, or Bronson Arroyo. Possible free agents might include Doug Davis, Jon Garland, and most likely Joel Pineiro. Any of these guys could be our number two, and serve as an innings eater.
Next, take a risk. Several pitchers including Ben Sheets, Rich Harden, and Erick Bedard are still on the market, and can be had for a fair price. While all of these pitchers are in facts huge risks, they have incredible upside and there is no way to tell how effective they could be. When Sheets is at his best, he pitches like an ace, and paired with Santana, they would be almost unstoppable. If both of these moves were done, the rotation would look like this.
1. Johan Santana 2. “Sure thing pitcher” Ex. Joel Pineiro 3. “Risk pitcher” Ex. Ben Sheets 4. Mike Pelfrey 5. Ollie Perez
Under this situation, Maine would be a reliever. DOES THIS LOOK ANY BETTER??????