The New York Mets have been a struggling franchise the past few years. After being ousted from the playoffs in 2006, they have stumbled their way to mediocrity by missing the playoffs through historic collapses the past two years.
The team has multiple problems that GM Omar Minaya has failed to address, and he's in the process of running the franchise into the ground through silly contract extensions, free agent signings, and dumb trades. The Mets next course of action should be firing Minaya and starting over.
Last year, the Mets brought in Johan Santana in a deal that looked like a way to save the Mets. This deal was a stroke of brilliance by Minaya.
He got Santana for Carlos Gomez (hitting .216 in the bigs), Philip Humber (basically playing his way to an outright release), Deolis Guerra (young and a solid three or four years from a big league call up), and Kevin Mulvey (having an okay year in AA).
However, then there was the other trade. That one netted us JJ Putz (on the disable list and had an ERA of 5.22), Sean Green (ERA 5.40, nuff said), and Jeremy Reed (career backup outfielder).
Now what was the price for this bunch?
Mike Carp (power hitting first baseman batting .309 in Triple-A with 10 bombs, he could be starting for the Mets right now with Delgado out), Jason Vargas (quietly becoming one of the better No. 5 starters in baseball, he is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.35, and he has gone at least five innings with three or fewer earned runs in his past six starts), Endy Chavez (not doing too great), Ezequiel Carrera (.351 BA at Double-A, just turned 23), Maikel Cleto (pitcher), Aaron Heilman (who wasn’t really a good fit), and Joe Smith (having a rough start).
With this trade, the Mets mortgaged some of their future for absolutely nothing. This trade is a big loser since the team lost its future first baseman and a pitcher that could be No. 3 in their rotation right now due to injuries.
The Mets have also made some questionable moves that put the team in jeopardy right now.
Re-signing Carlos Delgado has not worked out, and the Mets are stuck with the worst of both worlds in Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis. They have two backup quality catchers in Omir Santos and Brian Schnieder.
They have Luis Castillo, who is off to a good start and can hopefully stay healthy (that four-year, $25 million deal doesn’t sit right), and the relief staff still isn’t fixed, as the Mets Bobby Parnell and Ken Takahashi just blew back-to-back games in extra innings.
Oh, and let's not even talk about the fact that Tim Redding is on a MLB roster, and the rest of the starting pitching aside from Santana and Livan Hernandez is erratic and in many instances futile.
Now the above mentioned gives support for my thesis on the Mets. They need a complete overhaul if they plan on winning a world series in the near future.
They have gaps all over the field, and they lack a roster of players who should actually be in the show. Now, playing “What if?” makes no sense, but the Mets should not try to move Jose Reyes because he can bring in some young pitching help and is an inconsistent player.
Then it's time to move Ryan Church and Luis Castillo to get younger in the infield.
I don’t think John Maine is ever going to be more than a No. 4 or No. 5 starter, so he can be shipped off for more young help.
Hopefully with young help, as well as Jon Niese, Eddie Kunz, and Fernando Martinez, the Mets can start fielding a team in the next two or so years.
Look out for Jenrry Mejia; he has been tearing it up this year. Others to look out for include Ike Davis and Nick Evans; they're going to move soon.
The Mets are a team that could become a powerhouse if they can have the courage to make the necessary trades. Think about a Mets team with Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran, David Wright, a good pitching staff, and a real catcher, first baseman, and maybe another outfield bat.
This would be a team that could contend, not fall in and out of the race with the Phillies. They could be perennial contenders...if they can make the right personnel decisions.
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