Thanks Annie and Ray for the kind words yesterday. I hope you all had a happy holiday with your family and friends.
The day after Thanksgiving should be pretty quiet. I’m figuring things will heat up at the beginning of next week on into the winter meetings in Indianapolis, starting Dec. 7.
I don’t believe the Mets will be as aggressive as Jeff Wilpon lead us to believe after the season or as many of you want them to be. I also don’t think they’ll be totally stagnant, either, as even they know another season like next year won’t fly.
They can’t and shouldn’t be thinking a healthy return of the injured will be enough, because it won’t be.
Assuming they don’t do anything and everybody is healthy and has just an average season, I can see a .500 finish. Maybe, 85 wins, but that’s not nearly enough.
Looking at the roster now, here’s what I see:
1) CATCHER: A hole. Omir Santos and a veteran-to-be named later.
2) FIRST: Daniel Murphy and a right-handed bat to be named later.
3) SECOND: They aren’t dealing Luis Castillo, so quit dreaming.
4) SHORTSTOP: Hopefully, a healthy return of Jose Reyes.
5) THIRD: David Wright, hopefully the one who hits homers.
6) LEFT: A hole. A big hole. Angel Pagan isn’t the answer.
7) CENTER: Carlos Beltran. That he returned at the end of last season was a good sign.
8) RIGHT: They sign Jeff Francoeur.
9) BULLPEN: They need a set-up man and some depth. Francisco Rodriguez’s health might surface as an issue.
10) ROTATION: Same of story. Massive questions after Johan Santana.