Should the Mets Trade for Juan Pierre?

Mike KentSenior Writer IJuly 5, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06:  Juan Pierre #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on June 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Phillies 3-2 in 12 innings.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Mets are in need of something new, and Juan Pierre may just be the answer. He is fast, and he has a .321 batting average.

The Mets are in need of some speed now that Jose Reyes is on the DL, so Pierre might be just what the doctor ordered.

His speed and experience in the majors is a good reason to go after him, and fetching him will not likely require too many valuable players because the Dodgers would likely save a lot of money in any deal.

But I do not like the idea that getting Pierre is the best way for the Mets to go.

He may have a great average, but his career on-base percentage is only .348. The Mets need guys that will get on base, not slap the ball and hope to reach base safely.

He reminds me of Luis Castillo before coming to the Mets in 2007.

They both have averages over .300 and OBPs under .400. That means they just slap the ball around the field and hope to get a hit, and that is why their OBPs are comparatively low.

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They are very hard to strike out, but that also means they do not get too many two-strike counts because they don't take many pitches.

Castillo had no home runs in 2007 before coming to the Mets; Pierre has no home runs yet this season.

And how did Castillo work out?

Before this season, Mets fans wanted his head, and it is not like he is doing great this season.

His average is .270 and he has a .367 OBP and no home runs this season. The Mets are in need of someone that can hit for power, and Pierre is not the answer.

Let's go after a Matt Holliday or an Adam Dunn.

We need a guy that can hit line drives and not just slap the ball around.

And with players like Reyes and Carlos Beltran close to coming back, the Mets should be in good shape.

Look at Carlos Delgado—Citi Field was made for hitters like him. He hits line drives that can roll to the walls and give him extra-base hits.

We need a guy like Delgado, not a guy like Castillo. And why give the young Dodgers more money to spend in the offseason? They look like they are going to be in the NL race for a long time.

Let's take a guy from a team that will not bite us in the future, like the Nats, Padres, or any AL team.

So, in the end, what I am saying is "Stay away from Juan Pierre!" The Mets need to stay away from slap hitters; they are all flukes that never work out.

I would love to know what you think, so please leave a comment on if you think the Mets should or should not trade for Juan Pierre.

Mike Kent also writes on a Wiki of the New York Mets called the Met Wiki. All and any help would be very much appreciated. If there are any questions, you can write on my wall.

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