Mets Should Take Notice Of Marlins Heading Into Offseason

For those of you who think stocking up on big ticket free agents should be cognizant of what happened in Miami if they believe that is the way to go in building a team. A look at the Red Sox would do them good, too.

It’s not about spending the money, but spending it wisely. The Marlins, who went crazy with Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes, were swept this weekend by the Mets and are in last place in the NL East. This isn’t to say the Mets’ method of not spending and hoping for the best isn’t the best answer, either.

It’s about spending wisely and being aware of chemistry.

When you go nuts and start casting off pieces in July, you know you screwed up in building your team.

When you look at what did in the Mets this season, it is the same flaws they had going in, and that was the bullpen and starting pitching depth. Yes, there was that stretch they just came out of when they didn’t score any runs, but by that time their season was over.

Building a bullpen is about finding the right role pieces and being aware of chemistry. Sandy Alderson’s pen rebuilding effort was a complete bust, and also revealing is that Bobby Parnell continues to be non-descript.

Chris Young was good yesterday, but he’s not the answer as the fifth starter. And I won’t insult you by reading anything into Jason Bay’s slam. The Mets should either release him or play him in a platoon with Lucas Duda. As far as Young goes, the Mets will probably bring him back because of, 1) concerns about Johan Santana’s durability, 2) not knowing what Matt Harvey will give them over a full season, 3) not having a ready answer of who will eat Mike Pelfrey’s innings, and 4) hot having any guarantees from the minor league system.

The Mets must look at the availability of FA starters capable of eating innings, and I’ll be examining their options as the month progresses.

I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend, made better by the sweep of the Marlins.


9 thoughts on “Mets Should Take Notice Of Marlins Heading Into Offseason

  1. If you look at the rotation candidates for next year we have:

    If we assume Pelf won’t be back because of performance and salary considerations we have only Young and Hefner to take the #5 slot. This seems reasonable as I am comfortable with either as the #5. I assume Hefner can be sent to AAA to await an injury.

    By middle of next year we may get to see how Wheeler does against major league hitters and then we will have our rotation. By that time Familia and/or Mejia will also be in Queens in some capacity.

    This leaves the pen. We have Edgin and Carson as our lefties and we have Parnell who still needs to learn how to pitch. We will also have Rauch and Fransisco. So we will have a pen. Someone needs to be our closer. Right now it is Fransisco, but he is just a place holder.It would be nice if we could spend 5-8M on a good pen guy next year.

    Now we have to work on the OF for which I have no answers.

    • Well said … and when you add Dickey to the mix, plus McHugh, Mejia and even Familia and Schwinden, the 5th starter is the least of my concerns, especially when you factor in the number of times the 5th starter can be skipped in the rotation due to off days.

      The team really needs offensive production. In the first half Wright was the only real threat, and lately it’s been Davis homeruns carrying the team (with some help from Shoppach). The Mets need to add a few serious offensive threats to the middle of that lineup, and they can use an actual lead-off hitter to push Tejada into the #2 slot.

      If Bay and Duda were both hitting 30 HR, you would have a very different team. Unfortunately neither are doing so.

      • Agree w/ Dave & OB. The team has a lot of holes to fill, so they pretty much have to pick their area of greatest strength and assume it will be adequate based on who is already in the organization. For the Mets, that’s the starting pitching. The upgrading efforts need to focus on catcher, the entire outfield, and a bullpen piece or 2. You have to stick with Murphy & Davis for now, unless some very creative trade opportunity surfaces. Leave the left side on the inflield alone, of course.

        I don’t think any rational Mets fan is asking for the Mets to spend like the Marlins did, but they need to be willing to do at least a few deals (trades or FAs) to bring in at least 2 MLB-caliber outfielders, if only as temporary improvements over the current group. My fear is they will hide behind the “player not worth the money” smokescreen and do nothing of substance. Extending Wright & Dickey does not count as “spending”. That’s simply the cost of keeping your key players.

    • We do not have Rauch signed for next year, although I think it would be a good idea. He has closed in the past, and is proven in the 8th inning role. He only had one bad month this year, and has otherwise been effective.

    • If the Mets want to lock up David Wright long term, which they do, I’d go after his friend BJ Upton. Upton would be a huge improvement in centerfield, he’d provide good offense, and he’d have some pretty good defense. I’d give him 3-4 years $25 million.

  2. A three game sweep of Miami, after taking the phillies 2 out of three. I find it amazing with Mets fans. If the weather was bright and shiny day, they would do their upmost to look for the dark cloud. I know the team needs work..but so does the attitude of what was once the best fans in sports. Perhaps if watching an entertainment gets people such as Mr. Delcos upset, then it may be time to find another team to root for.

  3. The offense has three players who are championship calibre: Wright, Tejada, and Davis. There are possibly two others in the system: Duda and a secondbaseman named Havens/Valsespin/Flores. There is no CF and there is no righty power bat and there is no catcher. Adding two guys named Upton–BJ as a free agent and Justin in a significant trade (giving anything not named Wheeler, Harvey, Wright, Davis, Tejada) would go a long way toward building a championship calibre team, considering the arms coming through the system.