Mets general manager Omar Minaya faces a daunting task in rebuilding the Mets, and let’s face it, tweaking will not get it done.
“Some years are better than others. I think we have to find a way to slug more,” said Minaya in defining the market and one of his team’s needs.
For the Mets to become the team they have promised they will be, there’s tweaking in some areas, hoping in a few more, and throwing money at several others in what has been described as a less-than-stellar free-agent market.
The hoping part is where the Mets seem to be playing most of their cards, as they are wishing their injured players – Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez, Jose Reyes and Johan Santana – are sound; the tweaking is adding right-handed bats to platoon with Daniel Murphy and Omir Santos at first and behind the plate, respectively; and the throwing money will be at their rotation and in left field.
It won’t happen at the GM meetings in Chicago or winter meetings next month in Indianapolis.
A lot of what will be the 2010 Mets will be determined on whether Mike Pelfrey, John Maine and Perez develop as hoped. Can you really say as expected? Afterall, they’ve been expecting for awhile now. Now, it is hope.
Translated, unless the Mets add three quality starters they won’t know how good they are until next season. And, we know that won’t happen.
Let’s face it, the Mets aren’t going to get the big money free-agents. Holliday and Jason Bay will go elsewhere, and the Mets are reduced to trying for a Mike Cameron encore. A nice guy, but been there, done that. And, none of it included winning.
Milton Bradley, a clubhouse cancer, has been linked to the Mets. Frightening, is the Mets haven’t said they aren’t interested. Ouch.
There’s Jermaine Dye, who is on a downhill slide. Maybe he has enough for one more decent season, but is that really improving the team? So much for slugging more.
They won’t win with Dye if there pitching remains the same.
Lackey is going to either the Yankees or Rangers, or possibly stay with the Angels. The Angels, it must be noted, haven’t made any proclamations about keeping Lackey. Do they know something about his health that we don’t? Remember, he’s spent a lot of time on the DL the past two years.
While other teams are looking to upgrade, the Mets are seeking a platoon catcher, Bengie Molina or Rod Barajas, to be paired with Santos.
In studying the Mets and their needs, the term middle-tier free-agent, has been tossed around. Read that to be Adam LaRoche, Jason Marquis and Randy Wolf. It would take all three for the Mets to dramatically improve, and even then there’s a left-fielder and re-building the bullpen.