2010 Free Agents: Who's Left?

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2010 Free Agents: Who's Left?
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Spring Training starts in 16 days for the Mets but there are still some good players left on the market that can improve this team.

The main areas the Mets could use improvement is starting pitching, bullpen, catcher and first base. Here our some players  that are still left that could be of interest to the Mets:

Starting pitchers: Jarrod Washburn, Chien-Ming Wang, John Smoltz, Brett Tomko,  and Noah Lowry.

I believe Washburn is the best pitcher still out there. Pitched great with Seattle the beginning of the year and then got trade to Detroit where he got hurt and struggled.
Wang
has the potential to be the best of these starters, but no one is sure how he is going to rebound off of his injury.
Smoltz is getting up there in a age but he can still be a usually pitcher in the rotation or out of the bullpen.
Tomko
finished last year with the A’s and pitched in 6 games with a 2.95 ERA.
Lowry
hasn’t pitched since 2007, but when he was pitching he was solid. From 2005-2007 he collected 34 wins and had an ERA of 4.12.

Bullpen: Mike MacDougal, Kiko Calero, Chan Ho Park, Chad Bradford, David Weathers, Joe Beimel and Jason Isringhausen.

MacDougal pitched in 52 games of the Nationals in 2009 and had a 3.60 ERA with 20 saves.
Calero
had a great season with the Marlins posting a 1.95 ERA with 69 K’s in 60 IP.
Out of the bullpen Park pitched 50 innings in 2009 with a 2.52 ERA with 52 strikeouts.
Bradford
only pitched 10 innings in 2009 for the Rays but in the past few years he’s been a very solid arm.
David Weathers
may be 40 but no one is telling him. For the past 5 years he’s had a ERA under 4 and continues to get the job done out of the bullpen.
Beimel
could bring a much needed left handed arm to the bullpen, having an ERA under 4 for the past 4 years and an ERA in the 2’s in 2 of those years.
Jason Isringhausen
pitched in only 8 innings last year for the Rays and had a 2.25 ERA. Does he have anything left in the tank to be an effective pitcher?

Catcher: Rod Barajas, Jose Molina and Javier Valentin.

The market here is pretty weak now making Barajas the best available. We heard reports earlier that the Mets are not interested in him, but he hit 19 HR last year and that is very attractive.
Jose Molina
is one of the best defensive catchers in the game but his bat isn’t very good.
Valentin
can handle the bat well hitting.256/.326/.411 last year for the reds. However, if the Mets are going to improve at the catcher position I think they will need to do it through a trade.

First Base: Russell Branyan, Hank Blalock, Carlos Delgado and Dmitri Young.

Branyan had a huge year last year when he hit .251/.347/.520 with 31 Hr and 76 RBI. Mets may be able to get him cheap and have him and Daniel Murphy battle it out for the starting job.
Blalock
has power slugging 25 HR last year but his low average and OBP has deterred a few teams from his services.
Delgado will not sign until the season starts which could bode well for the Mets. If Murphy doesn’t work out at first base they could re-call on Carlos.
Dmitri Young
? Who? Well he missed all of last year but he cut down on his power to improve his average and OBP posting a .378 OBP in 2007 and a .394 in 2008.

So what should the Mets do?

Well if I was GM of the Mets the players I would target are Washburn, MacDougal, Calero and Branyan if you can get him cheap.

Washburn would give the Mets a veteran starter behind Johan who can handle the pressure of being the #2 guy. He had some trouble with injuries when he was traded to the Tigers, but before that he was having a very good season with a 2.64 ERA for the Mariners.

I’ve always been a guy who thinks bullpens win games so I would build a power house bullpen. Adding MacDougal and Calero would make it one of the best in the league.

I like the idea of signing Branyan becuase he could bring a big bat to the line-up and would provide legitimate competition to the 1st base position. Even if Branyan doesn’t get the starting spot, he’d be power bat off the bench. If he’s asking price is cheap, which I think it is, it would be a great move for the Mets.

25-Man Roster:

Let’s take a look at the 25-man roster, with and without  Carlos Beltran.

without Beltran:

Johan Santana – Jarrod Washburn – Mike Pelfrey – Oliver Perez – John Maine
Frankie Rodriguez – Mike MacDougal – Kiko Calero – Kelvim Escobar – Ryota Igarashi – Bobby Parnell – Pedro Feliciano
Jose Reyes – Luis Castillo – David Wright – Jason Bay – Daniel Murphy – Jeff Francoeur – Angel Pagan – Omir Santos
Henry Blanco – Russell Branyan – Gary Matthews Jr. – Alex Cora – Fernando Tatis

with Beltran:

Johan Santana – Jarrod Washburn – Mike Pelfrey – Oliver Perez – John Maine
Frankie Rodriguez – Mike MacDougal – Kiko Calero – Kelvim Escobar – Ryota Igarashi – Bobby Parnell – Pedro Feliciano
Jose Reyes – Luis Castillo – Carlos Beltran – Jason Bay – David Wright – Daniel Murphy – Jeff Francoeur – Omir Santos
Henry Blanco – Russell Branyan – Angel Pagan – Alex Cora – Fernando Tatis

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