We all know this team needs a huge change. A little fix here and a little fix there isn't working. It's either go hard or go home. This "2011" team is a team I think is very possible for the Mets. Again, this is just an opinion.
The payroll would be lower than this year if this can happen. That is with Castillo and Perez gone. If they trade those two, this team can be in great shape.
Leading off and playing center field, Jacoby Ellsbury.
A package including Beltran and some prospects could land Ellsbury and a relief pitcher. Ellsbury can bat .290 and steal 60 plus bases. I would love for him to wear the blue and orange.
Playing short stop and batting second, Jose Reyes. You can flop him and Ellsbury if you want, but Jose has more power. That is some serious speed at the top of the order.
Wright batting third and playing third. We all know what he can do.
Left fielder and cleanup hitter, Jason Bay. He will bounce back next year, he's too good not to.
Who likes Ike? I like Ike, and he'll be batting fifth and playing first base. He's having a great rookie year. Lets just hope he can raise that average and not go into a sophomore slump.
The Mets angel from above, batting sixth and playing right field. Outside of Wright, he has been the best hitter on the team. Lets hope he can keep it up. He deserves to be the starter next year.
The catcher and batting seventh, Josh Thole. I'm against signing a new catcher every year. We need a set catcher who the pitchers can get comfortable with. Blanco can serve as his back up, but Barajas should not get resigned.
The number eight hitter and new second baseman for the Mets, Reese Havens. In order to do this, they need to bring him up in September.
We have to see what he has. Havens has been great in the minors and deserves a shot. If the Mets don't want to spend much or trade prospects, then let's see what they have. The Mets would have a home grown infield.
The Ace, Johan Santana. He's had a handful of bad outings this year, but 15 other ones where he should have probably won.
The number two starter in this rotation should be Lilly. The Mets should sign him for two years. He is at the end of his career, but he's been pretty good. He's no Cliff Lee (like the Mets will sign Lee, yeah right), but he could follow Santana in that rotation.
Niese has been great this year. He deserves to be the number three starter. If he doesn't have a sophomore slump, he should be solid in 2011.
Pelfrey was great in the beginning of the year and now he's a disaster. I'm tired of this guy having the pressure of following Santana as the number two starter.
Put this guy at the end of the rotation as the number four where he will face other teams number four or five starter. If Pelf can put his head on straight and be consistent, he will be a good pitcher.
Robert Alan Dickey deserves to be on this team in 2011. 2010 could be a major fluke, but make this guy your number five starter and if it fails (just like every other team's number five starter), bring up Mejia. Who doesn't like Dickey's face when he throws. Its a face like he's throwing 100 mph but its a 65 mph knuckleball.
The bullpen for the Mets is up and down. Led by a shaky K-Rod, the Mets need some help. As my first slide states, trading Beltran for Ellsbury and Okajima, will bring in a seventh or eighth inning man.
Takahashi and Parnell should stay on this team, and Manny Acosta might as well stay, too. Acosta has been solid in 2010 for the Mets. He hasn't been too bad over his short career also.
Feliciano should not be re-signed. He is aging and is not worth it anymore. Dessens is also old as dirt and this year is probably a huge fluke. That leaves the Mets with two openings in the bullpen.
Lefty Scott Downs and Joe Beimel should be on the Mets radar.
Righty Matt Guerrier and Grant Balfour should also be considered.
They should resign Blanco to serve as a backup and mentor to Josh Thole at catcher.
As for the infield, Cora needs to go. He stinks. Mike Hessman could serve as a backup corner infielder. As for middle infielder, the Mets should sign veteran Craig Counsell. He can help out Havens and teach him a little bit. Also, Counsell will probably settle for a backup role at age 40.
Feliciano and Carter should stay as backup outfielders, both batting lefty.