January 31, 2010
I can’t take it any more. Giving the likes of John Smoltz, Chien-Ming Wang, Jarrod Washburn and Braden Looper this much attention is like making the geeky girl at the prom the object of everyone’s desire. Yes, there is something positive about her. She is smart. She is involved in many school activities. She is known throughout the student body. She isn’t bad looking, but she is certainly not the girl that high school boys dream about.
Why are the Mets the boy who has to settle for the geeky girl? I mean, really. We have in fact reached a stage where players actually do not express a burning desire to play for the Mets. These are players that are middle of the road types as well. Bengie Molina? How did we get here? I get this fact. We DO however have money to spend. That certainly makes up for the pimples on the Mets’ face.
The truth is that the Mets got it all wrong from day one this offseason by not even making an offer to the one pitcher who could make a difference. John Lackey. The Mets showed us in that instance that they were not seriously interested in improving their team. After all, the area that required the most fixing based on last season’s failures was starting pitching. Once that lack of interest became apparant, why should I concern myself with anything else that is left on the shelf? I won’t do it. I will not speak of any of these “roster-fillers” from this point forward.
The Mets have made their decision. So have I.
January 31, 2010
The Mets brought Smithtown native Frank Catalanotto on board by signing him to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. The Cat produced minimal stats last season for the Brewers. He will be 36 this April, and his career as a solid bench player is certainly winding down. The positive spin is that he is a solid contact hitter with a tremendous clubhouse presence. I for one do not mind contact hitters being part of my team’s roster. Strikeouts are a cancer for any team.
We have been reading for many winters that the Mets held interest in Catalanotto, but the move was never made for various reasons. Are we grabbing him too late? It is quite sad that the Mets can not produce a younger player from their minor league system that might be a better option than a player of Catalanotto’s ilk. What ever happened to Nick Evans?
January 29, 2010
The following is a response from our wonderful general manager to the idea that he might not have “full autonomy” in running the team. This is an excerpt from an interview with Kevin Burkhardt of SNY on Thursday.
“Yes, I do have full autonomy,” Minaya told host Kevin Burkhardt. “I know there’s been some talk about that. The bottom line is that I have full autonomy; the bottom line is that we have a good group of staff that we work together; the bottom line is that we make decisions, and like anything else, I have assistants around me, and like anything else, but it’s full autonomy, we feel good about working together and we are continue to work together.”
….Sheesh! After that verbal explosion, I think I need a drink. Let’s finish it up with this one…
“No, like anything else, we have, and I say this, we go out, we pursue certain players, some of the players that are out there we have gotten certain amount of whether salaries that we say hey look we were interested in the players but that being said, we’ve acquired the players that we wanted to,” Minaya said.
Better make that a double.
January 29, 2010
If you look at Fogg’s major league stats, you will see that the meaningless stockpiling of marginal talent continues for the Mets this off season. Can’t you see the inevitable merry-go-round of pitchers and bench players for the 2010 season in front of us?
January 28, 2010
In the never ending quest to re-sign washed-up talent, the Mets are apparently about to re-sign Fernando Tatis, with the idea of him platooning with Daniel Murphy at 1B. This is according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.
Why is it the propensity of the Mets to sign aging players as opposed to someone with a bit of upside? Well, I think you know my opinion.
Granted, Daniel Murphy is a young player who you would like to see play often and develop. This is true regardless of how you perceive Murphy’s upside or talent.
Why was Ryan Garko never considered? Garko is six years younger than Tatis (29 to 35), and Tatis has had a resume littered with injury over the past two years. Wouldn’t it be better to move on?
What’s next, Sheffield? Or, as BMF puts it, bring back Agabayani! They are both right-handed bats as well you know.
January 28, 2010
January 26, 2010
There are several steps to a baseball fan’s off season thinking.
What does every fan want in the off season? You know the answer. You look at the shortcomings of last year’s roster and begin to prioritize ways to upgrade the team for the better. “We need A, B, then C. If we do that and get these guys to fill those voids, we can be a contender.” Every baseball fan, regardless of allegiance, follows this line of thinking.
The next step is to throw a bit of realism into the equation. Every team has a budget to follow. If you are a Kansas City Royal fan, you know that your team’s payroll is extremely restricted. Therefore a Royal fan must keep his off season expectations in check.
This brings us to our beloved Mets. If we follow this type of equation, we arrive at a place that makes us feel as if we took a wrong turn off of the turnpike, even though we knew exactly where we were going when we embarked on our journey. Follow the Met fan 2 Step Plan to see what I mean.
Step 1 for the Met fan:
At the conclusion of the 2009 debacle, we saw more holes that needed filling then we can ever remember in any offseason. The most notable of these were in Left Field, First Base and the Starting Rotation. (I mentioned that these were the most notable, and clearly not the only holes that needed filling.) Regardless of what opinion you might have had on the matter, there was clearly a tremendous amount of work to be done in order to make the 2010 Mets a competitive team.
Step 2 for the Met fan:
As far as that reality factor I mentioned, the Mets are still a team that is perceived by most as being a “Have” team. If I may take it a step further, let me state my belief that the Mets are still one of the most profitable franchises in the major leagues. I believe this to be true regardless of whatever financial hit they took with our buddy Bernie Madoff. Even if Sterling Equities lost a considerable amount of money in this ordeal, I still look at the fact that the Mets generate tremendous annual revenues through SNY and the attraction that is Citifield. Forget about general ticket sales and merchandise. I won’t even go there.
Now that we are 23 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, let us assess how the Mets have rebuilt our team for 2010.
LF – Jason Bay
CF – Gary Matthews, Jr.
C -Henry Blanco
C -Chris Coste
SP/RP – Kelvim Escobar
RP – Ryota Igarashi
The current depth chart for the Mets is as follows (projected starter followed by backup):
C – Blanco – Omir Santos
1B – Daniel Murphy – ?
2B – Luis Castillo – Alex Cora – Anderson Hernandez
SS – Jose Reyes – Alex Cora – Anderson Hernandez
3B – David Wright – ?
LF – Bay – Angel Pagan
CF – Matthews, Jr. – Angel Pagan – Carlos Beltran
RF – Jeff Francoeur – Angel Pagan
SP – Santana, Pelfrey, Maine, Oliver Perez, Jonathon Niese, Fernando Nieve, Nelson Figueroa
Bullpen – Igarashi, Bobby Parnell, Felciano, Kelvim Escobar, Sean Greene, R. A. Dickey
Closer – K-Rod
However your off season equation read, I am sure that you are immensely disappointed in the current roster to date for the Mets. I for one felt that if the Mets were serious about winning, then they would surely increase payroll from last year in order to right what was wrong. As it stands today, it is obvious that the Mets have no intention of increasing payroll a single dollar.
Instead, we got the pat on the shoulder from management when they signed Jason Bay as their “marquee” signing. I call this the “Token Move of Appeasement” that we so often receive. In yet another way of looking at it, I see this as something for the starving fan to feed upon so that they will keep quiet and thank their benefactor for his graciousness. “You see, we gave you what you wanted, didn’t we?” If we were to answer no in anger, they would surely ignore our response. Wouldn’t they?
Perhaps the time has come where we should no longer allow Jeff Wilpon to ignore our displeasure. What are your suggestions?