23 thoughts on “What’s your 25?

  1. If the Met are done then who really cares who breaks camp because it ain’t a contending team as it stands today.

  2. So…assuming the Mets don’t get another starter. That would be quite the disappointment. They need someone else, but by your criteria:

    Infield
    Wright
    Reyes
    Castillo
    Delgado
    Schneider

    Outfield
    Murphy
    Tatis
    Beltran
    Church

    Bench
    Cora
    Castro
    Anderson
    Reed
    Pagan/Sullivan

    Pitchers
    Santana
    Pelfrey
    Maine
    Garcia
    Redding/Niese

    Bullpen
    Rodriguez
    Putz
    Sanchez
    Feliciano
    Green
    Stokes/Parnell/Redding

  3. Please no Marlon. You mean to tell me that 2 year contract Omar offered him after declining to give him a year isn’t expired? If Marlon is still on this team, I may seriously think about asking for a refund for my saturday plan.

  4. mrmet0805

    i would have to take off the following names from your list:

    Anderson
    Niese

    I would put Easley back on to replace Anderson or some other role player who can do more than warm the bench.

    Niese needs to be in Buffalo till the season is over while we could use Redding which is what we signed him to do, or bring back Pedro or any of the other MLB pitchers without a job.

  5. I agree on Parnell. If they want to bring him up so he can be trotted out for a hitter or two I am fine with that.

  6. I have Niese there as an option, hence the “/” marks. I don’t expect him to be up when the season starts.

    And I don’t particularly want Marlon Anderson either, but unless he really shows he’s got nothing left in ST, and I don’t just mean nos.-wise, he’ll at least break camp with the team.

  7. LOL @ Phillies pursuing Alou. One part of me is laughing at them for falling onto that trap, another part of me sees Alou hitting a walk off double off of KROD in the heat of a pennant race.

  8. (2) Delcos: I was in the Polo Ground in ’62. You knew they weren’t a contender either. You play because baseball is baseball and it is something for Fathers and Sons to do together and watch together. It bonds neighbors and friends. But it doesn’t make the current roster good!
    Are you old enough to remember the story in ’64. Someone was walking down the street and asked someone else if he knew how many runs the Mets scored that day. The guy responded “19”, whereupon the first guy asked “Did they win?”… That’s why you play the season…..
    Did you hear Obama at the Military ball chatting with the Illinois Nat’l Guard. He asked them “Cubs or Sox?” That’ why you play the game!

  9. Harry… we could

    1) Bring in Sheets
    2) Bring in Perez
    3) Bring in Manny
    or
    4) Bring in all of the above

    And your negativity still wouldn’t subside, so why play the game or should I say, why follow the game if you’re just going to remain negative every day?

  10. The Obama moment was funny, I was glad to see none of the Cubs fans backed away from their team when pressed by the President of the United States. That is why it’s America’s past time, you’re right, gotta love it!

  11. Original: Sometimes the late not so great Chiti gets sentimental!

    Sportspack: I agree with ya about those kids. They are what’s best about America. But you are wrong about the roster. If the Mets got first rate guys it would be hard even for me to be negative. But Delcos said what if NO MORE MOVES, and I stand by the original answer to that question. If you look at this team now as opposed to last year before ST, the only upgrade is one set up man…. That ain’t much to brag about is it? And the rotation is weaker with OP/Pedro being replaced by Garcia, Niese, Redding whomever. No more moves this team is in trouble.

  12. Harry: I hear ya but I don’t think the offseason is over. If it is, I think we are better than last year. We played without our starting corner outfielders the majority of the season and our BP blew 30 saves? BP overhaul… Plus addition by subtraction with scrubs heilman, blownweiss, smith all gone. We said goodbye to alou, duque, and pedro which can only be a good thing. We actually have depth at SP, if Ollie signs, which is looking more likely well have johan, pelf, maine, ollie, redding, Garcia, niese, Parnell? Thats a hell of a lot more depth than last year. If we lose ollie so what, the others can step in and pick up his wins. What’d he contribute 12 of them last year? Redding will probably do that on this club this year. That being said I’d love to see odogg, manny, sheets, ollie if they’re serious about winning a WS, but even if they don’t pick up another player this team is still better than lasts.

  13. Oh your comment regarding petey…I’d MUCH rather have niese Garcia, redding or Parnell than a pedro Martinez at 45… He did nothing but hurt the team last year. It’s a shame I love the man but let’s be real.

  14. sportspack: I diagree here:
    1. If we don’t sign OP or any other pitcher, I don’t see any of the names you mention as his equal. If we bring him back I agree Redding is a much better 5 than Pedro. He might even be a good pitcher. With that DC defense he probably is .5 run better a game.
    2. Corner outfielders. No change, you ain’t getting the same production. Tatis was the same miracle that Valentin was in ’06. Omar’s ame error is thinking it will happen again. Murphy could be the same but I can’t see Tatis. Church. The guy has the same repeating MO. Play good, have some kind of injury and then suck. He’ 30 or so and hasn’t had a full solid season yet. Why will he start now.
    2b: Thet’s the only place I see the same as better. If Castillo has healed he will be better than last year.
    1B: Do a coin flip. Did Delgado have his last big fling the second half or not. We won’t know that until well into the year. To have the same type of numbers is hard to see.
    Pitching. Yes getting rid of the guys you mention was obviouly good, but the only big plus was Putz and he had problems last year and he won’t want to stay here because the Mets won’t pick up his big option as a set up man. He’s under pressure that he never had in Seattle. So its hard for me to be as optimistic.

    If we bring back OP I’ll feel somewhat better.

  15. According to Heyman, The Mets are making thier big push for Ollie now. They want to have him locked up by the end of the weekend.

  16. Infield
    Wright
    Reyes
    Castillo
    Delgado
    Schneider

    Outfield
    Murphy
    Tatis
    Beltran
    Church

    Bench
    Cora
    Castro
    Reed
    Pagan

    Pitchers
    Santana
    Pelfrey
    Perez
    Maine
    Garcia

    Bullpen
    Rodriguez
    Putz
    Sanchez
    Feliciano
    Green
    Stokes
    Redding

    I added in Perez as I think he will resign.

    This leaves the Mets short on a LOOGY and additional back-up infielder since I have removed Andersen (who is wothess in the field at any position).

    I like Stokes over Sanchez but have both there.

  17. Here is my latest 2009 salary projection — assuming $11M for Perez (of Sheets) and including all the AAA contracts for Pagan, Sullivan, Mackowiak, Fossum and Garcia, I have it right at $137.5M — or just about where the Mets were to start 2008.

    I split the difference on Maine and Feliciano — took the midpoint between what they are seeking in arbitration and what the Mets are offering.

    With the luxury tax threshold at $162M and the if you believe the published reports that the Mets are trying to hold the payroll at or near where it was in 2008, then after adding one satrter, they are pretty much done.

    No Hudson, No Sheets, No Manny, no Dunn — nothing else.

    Pitchers

    Santana $20.00
    Pelfrey $1.65
    Maine $2.70
    #4 $11.00
    Redding $2.25
    Garcia $1.50
    #5A – Niese $0.40
    Rodriguez $8.50
    Putz $5.00
    Green $0.50
    Feliciano $1.70
    Stokes $0.50
    Sanchez $1.69
    Fossum $0.50
    Wagner $10.50
    Schoenweis $1.60

    Catchers

    Schneider $4.90
    Castro $2.50

    Infielders

    Delgado $12.00
    Castillo $6.00
    Reyes $5.75
    Wright $7.50
    Cora $2.00

    Outfielders

    Beltran $18.50
    Church $2.80
    Murphy $0.40
    Tatis $1.70
    Reed $0.50
    Andersen $1.15
    Pagan $0.58
    Sullivan $0.60
    Mackowiak $0.60

    $137.50

  18. Some tidbits from RotoWorld … Ben Sheets, Tom Glavine

    http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playernews.aspx?sport=MLB

    According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, concerns over Ben Sheets’ right elbow could ultimately prevent the Rangers from offering the All-Star pitcher a contract.

    The Rangers are currently seeking more information on Sheets’ torn flexor tendon. Jason Jennings had a similar problem in 2007 and early 2008. In both instances he eventually needed surgery. According to the Star-Telegram, “the likelihood that an agreement will be reached by Monday, if at all this week, is waning.”

    ==> apparently the injury concern is growing.

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    A person who knows Tom Glavine told MLB.com that the left-hander would be open to signing with the Nationals if nothing can be worked out with the Braves.

    That’s the great thing about sports journalism today. If it’s a slow period, it’s perfectly fine to just take the most idiotic detail and turn it into a news story. The amazing thing about this one is it took two of MLB.com’s better writers to put together (Bill Ladson and Mark Bowman). Ladson gives no details at all about the mysterious person who knows Glavine, and he makes it clear that the Nationals haven’t had any contact with Glavine’s agent. At best, this should qualify as a throwaway line on someone’s Sunday notes column. However, it currently ranks as MLB.com’s No. 4 story of the day.

    ==> perhaps his family is tired of having him around now?

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