HUGE LOSERS: Once again, the Mets have struck out in the offseason. Omar Minaya has no clue. I say that because his team is running wild. I, as an outsider could see the division in the clubhouse between the Latin players and everyone else, which never existed during the Mike Piazza years, which was when the Mets were still a semi respectable franchise.
And in a typical New York sports fan way, their fans didn't appreciate it.
The building of any team is never on the statistics alone, but by bringing in the right mix of players. They added JJ Putz, Billy Wagner, Carlos Degado, Ollie Perez, and K-Rod amongst others, and here we are years later, an not a lick of improvement.
Beltran and Reyes are two overpaid, overrated prima donnas who milk their injuries. The only good thing they did was getting Johan Santana, who was at the time, the best pitcher in baseball.
Again, in the offseason, their pitching needs still have not been addressed.
They attempted to bring in a big bat, by signing Jason Bay. While I don't really have a problem with Bay, he is not a good fit for the team. David Wright certainly needs some protection in the lineup, since Beltran is never considered a lock.
However, they need not only a power hitter, but a player who could hit for average. Bay is a slugger, but his average will hover in the .250 area, and he will strike out tons of times. Isn't he another Jeff Francouer with more power, and with a weaker arm? Again, the pitching has not been addressed.
Most of all, they paid him $66 million for four years, which to me is way over his value. Somebody tell me why the Mets' best and most consistent player, David Wright, is like the fifth or sixth highest paid player on the team?
Lets hope Minaya leaves first before Wright, who deserves way more than he's getting, monetarily, and in terms of respect. We all know the Yankees or Red Sox could step right in and give him the money he deserves.
Wonder why they'll always be the second best team in New York? All good and successful teams buy their players, it's not just the Yankees anymore. It's time they pick and pay the right kind of players, and stop making excuses.
Mets fans think of this: The Yankees or Red Sox would be more than willing to pay him to switch positions. Hopefully the Mets see what they have and will play motivated and inspired.