Why The Mets Should NOT Trade For a Pitcher
Call me crazy, but amongst all of the talk about acquiring Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee or another pitcher in a blockbuster deal, I am a strong believer that the Mets should not trade for a pitcher. 2010 is a year of replacements playing great for the Mets; Angel Pagan, Ike Davis, RA Dickey, Hisanori Takahashi, and to a lesser extent Ruben Tejada. The Mets have played their best baseball with these players playing a significant role. As a result, not only do these players deserve a shot to lead the Mets to the playoffs, but they also give the Mets the best shot at winning.
Skeptics say that many replacements who have found marginal success in the MLB but have been considered mediocre in the past, will at some point come back down to earth. For that, it is necessary, especially in a big market like New York, to replace the replacements with proven players, such as Lee or Oswalt.
While at times I agree that back ups can't and shouldn't be starters for too long, I feel like this year is different. Dickey and Takahashi, who would lose their spots in the rotation if the Mets traded for a starter or two, have been nothing short of brilliant. I, for one, have total confidence in both pitchers at this point. Dickey is a hard-to-figure-out knuckleballer with an 88 mph fastball, and Takahashi is a crafty lefty veteran, who pitches smart and keeps hitters off balance.
While Lee, Oswalt, or a lesser pitcher such as Jeremy Guthrie or Fausto Carmona are good pitchers, the main reason I think the Mets shouldn't trade for them is because of the price. While Davis, Jon Niese and Jenrry Mejia are considered off limits, the Mets will still have to give up a considerable amount of prospects to acquire a pitcher. Additionally, the Mets, who are already overpaying for Luis Castillo, Jeff Francoeur, Alex Cora and Gary Matthews Jr., will have to pick up another hefty contract.
For me, a trade is not worth it. In fact, a trade is foolish. Right now, Mets homegrown prospects are leading this team; David Wright, Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, Niese and Davis, to name a few. If that is not an indication that it is worthwhile to hold on to your prospects, I don't know what is.
The 2010 Mets are a pleasant surprise; few expected them to be playing as well as they have thus far. But just because they are playing well does not mean they need to make a trade to push them over the edge and into the playoffs. They've played great with the team and the chemistry they have, and they can play great with this same team and chemistry going forward. They don't need to make a trade, and they should not make a trade to acquire a pitcher.
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