Should the Mets Trade for Mike Lowell?
March 21, 2010
The rumors have begun, and like most rumors, they can spread like wildfire. I try to absorb this data as best as I can without treating it as the gospel. It is sort of like dipping your foot in the water instead of jumping in head first.
Even with the foot dip, you still get a feel for the water temperature. This ultimately determines whether or not you like what you feel, or in this case, what you can see. What do I see? I see the possiblity of trading for someone who at one time would have been a tremendous upgrade over what we realistically have as our opening day first baseman. I purposely exclude the best choice for the job. That being Ike Davis, whose potential far exceeds anything Daniel Murphy has to offer. Unfortunately, Davis will be spending the majority of this season in Buffalo. It is the Met mantra, “Ike in 2011, Ike in 2011, Ike in 2011.” If you say it enough times, you start to actually believe that this is the only sensible answer. That, for lack of a better word, is just crappy.
The question, therefore, is whether or not Mike Lowell is a better fit for the 2010 Mets than Daniel Murphy is. If this were 2007, there would be no debate. Unfotunately, this is 2010, and the reality is Mike Lowell is a different player until proven otherwise. If he weren’t, then the Boston Red Sox would not have brought Adrian Beltre on board, and would not be rumored as “shopping” Mike Lowell to the highest bidder. They are even rumored to be offering him along with the provision of eating the majority of his contract. Does this sound like someone who is anything close to the 2007 version of Mike Lowell? Common sense would dictate that he is not.
Let us not forget that this man underwent hip surgery in 2008. Degenerative hips are not exactly something that befalls someone in the prime of their career, and it is not something that one bounces back from after surgery.
All I am saying is, do we really need to trade a minor league player for a guy whose best days are realistically behind him? I know, I know. Even if I am right, he would still be an upgrade over the pitiful Fernando Tatis, who would at best be one week away from his release if he were a member of any other major league team right now. Lowell would then fill the role Tatis is ticketed to hold, which is backup first and third baseman, as well as a righty bat off the bench. The financial cost is nothing as well. I see the argument here.
I am just not fond of the idea of another guy on the wrong side of the hill as a member of this team. The distinct possiblity of him spending time on the all too popular disabled list just makes me nauseus. Besides, as much as I and everyone else is down on Daniel Murphy, he does hold one characteristic that Lowell does not. Youth.