Usually in the days prior to the winter meetings I usually get a feel for what the Mets might do. Not this year. There’s no such feeling. No such premonition. The name I keep hearing most is Bengie Molina and that does nothing for me. Zip, zero, nada.
The Mets’ biggest priority is pitching, but I hear them linked to nobody, much less anybody dynamic. The Mets are either keeping their cards unusually close to the vest or don’t have much of a concrete plan in action.
Care to guess which one it is?
Baseball America has ranked the Mets’ minor league system 20th in the majors, ahead of only Washington in the NL East. The Phillies are fourth, Braves seventh and Marlins ninth. The Nationals are at 26.
The Phillies are deep, meaning they have the chips to spend on a major league arm, such as Roy Halladay, if they chose. If Toronto goes outside the division, I’m still saying the Phillies will get him.
Baseball America did rank the prospects Ike Davis and Jenrry Mejia among the top ten prospects in the Arizona Fall League.
Despite horrid numbers, the scouts love Mejia’s arm strength. Still, he’s at least two years away. The Mets see Davis in 2011 and that’s conceivable. Scouts are saying he has 30 homer potential, but they don’t like his propensity for striking out, saying it will drag down the rest of his game.
I’ve put up a new poll on what the Mets should do with their catching situation. It seems to me that all the options include Henry Blanco at the major league level.
Vote and post your thoughts here.
ON DECK: Minor league rankings.
In 1974, the Mets dealt reliever Tug McGraw to the Phillies in a six-player trade. Don Hahn and Dave Schneck also went to Philadelphia, and the Mets received Del Unser‚ John Stearns‚ and Mac Scarce.
Kind of think the Phillies might have won that deal.
Omar Minaya is seeking the medical records of Hideki Matsui. Just informational. Doesn’t mean they are about to sign him to a three-year deal. Even so, it says the Mets could be thinking in that direction. I like Matsui, but his time has come and he’s a DH-type now. He’s not going to be able to cover that left field at Citi Field without some kind of breakdown.