As bad as things are for the New York Mets right now, things could be much worse.
For the first time in a year Jose Reyes is on the field, hopefully playing alongside David Wright for the rest of the year. Led by ace Johan Santana, the pitching staff showed potential in their first run through the rotation as Jonathan Niese, Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey all showed some life.
Without Carlos Beltran, the Mets starting lineup is weakened in the power department. The addition of Jason Bay has helped, but the key to the success of this team comes in the hitting of line drives, and less fly ball outs. Over the first homestand, there seemed to be a huge amount of fly outs and far fewer line-outs and ground ball outs.
This is a trend that must change if the Mets intend to compete in 2010. They must train themselves to hit ground balls and line drives and stop trying to drive the ball out of Citi Field. It seems that the hitters that were hitting line drives were able to eventually hit big home runs.
There are players out there who the Mets can obtain who can help them win this season, and the first players on the list have to be pitchers.
With the emergence of Aroldis Chapman in Cincinnati, the Reds will most likely have to clear one of their pitchers spots soon to make room for the rookie's promotion from Triple-A.
Using the pre-conceived notion that the Reds were at one time interested in Gary Matthews Jr. (who has struggled to say the least as a Met), Omar Minaya could trade Matthews and Bobby Parnell for Aaron Harang, taking on his large contract. With that move, Fernando Martinez could be promoted to the the majors to help fill in until Beltran returns.
A team that I would rather trade with would be the San Diego Padres.
The Padres have stated that Chris Young could be traded this season. Although he is injury prone, Young has a much higher upside and could likely be had for the same price as Harang.
Ike Davis remains a small mystery for me. I understand that they want Davis to remain at AAA Buffalo for as long as possible so that when he is promoted he'll be here to stay. The trouble I have with this is why are they leaving the door open for Daniel Murphy's return? I understand the team's fear of having to demote Davis once Murphy comes back from the disabled list, but my question is why would they?
Murphy is a capable first basemen, but if Davis is our future as an organization he should be playing everyday. This entire argument isn't helped by Davis' blistering hitting in Buffalo where he is currently hitting .375 with three doubles and two home runs over the teams first five games.
Another change the Mets need to change is the culture of their older players.
Getting Carlos Delgado, Pedro Martinez and Billy Wagner out of New York was a start, but now players like Fernando Tatis are clogging the Mets arteries. They need to get younger and support the incredible base of talent in the majors right now.
On a side note, another trade I would love to see the team make would be trading the red hot prospect Chris Carter along with John Maine to the Astros for Roy Oswalt, who could play for a big market team and take the pressure off of himself following Santana in the rotation. I would even be willing to include a player like Brad Holt in the trade in order secure Oswalt.