If the Mets are reduced to making a Santana-like trade this winter, how big should the package be? With the assumption being the Mets will land somebody good in a deal for prospects, whom from the package should be excluded? F-Mart, Jennry Mejia, Ike Davis, Brad Holt, Mike Pelfrey?
Who stays? Who is your untouchable? Who do you drive to the airport?
The Mets do have a good prospect and his name is Ike Davis, who was named to the Arizona Fall League’s 2009 Rising Stars Game.
Davis is batting .340 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 12 games with the Surprise Rafters in the AFL. This, after hitting .298 with 20 home runs and 71 RBI between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2009.
Baseball America rated him the best first-base prospect in the Double-A Eastern League and 13th-best prospect overall.
Of course, there are no sure things, but the Mets have reason to be optimistic. We could see him sometime this summer, but the target is 2011.
Given that, it makes more sense to throw money at an outfielder instead of a first baseman. The Mets don’t want to spend their minor league chips on that position, especially when they have one developing. The Mets don’t want to do anything that would impede Davis’ path to the major leagues, such as signing a first baseman to a long deal.
Daniel Murphy showed enough where he could plug the hole for another season. If they aren’t happy with Murphy, and there are no indications that is the case, then signing a middle-tier FA like Aubrey Huff would be the way to go.
Third baseman David Wright will be activated from the disabled list today and be in the line-up against Colorado. Manager Jerry Manuel said Wright would play tonight and tomorrow, then rest Thursday before the team’s series against the Chicago Cubs. Wright will be wearing the new ultra-protective batting helmets.
WRIGHT: To play tonight.
Johan Santana and Oliver Perez underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital of Special Surgery in Manhattan. Santana had bone chips removed from his left elbow and Perez had scar tissue removed from the patella tendon of his right knee. The team said both should be ready for spring training. That they had surgery with a month remaining is in their favor, unlike Jose Reyes, whose agent said surgery might not be until the end of the month. Santana was 13-9 with a 3.13 ERA in 25 starts; Perez was 3-4 with a 6.82 ERA in 14 starts.
BELTRAN: Rehab begins tomorrow.
Carlos Beltran was re-examined by Dr. David Altchek today and cleared to begin a rehab assignment tomorrow at Brooklyn. Beltran is on the disabled list with a bruised right knee and reports are he could be facing microfracture surgery in the off-season. If letting Beltran play again this season for the first time this season since June 22 is for his own peace of mind, then go for it. But, it this is just to trot him out there in an attempt to win a few games then I think it’s not a good plan and they explore the surgery and get that done quickly.
Today is when rosters can be expanded up to 40, but the Mets aren’t planning much immediately, with only 22-year-old catcher Josh Thole joining the team in Denver. With free-agent-to-be Brian Schneider not expected to return, Thole could the laying the groundwork for next spring.
First base prospect Ike Davis was added to the United States’ roster for the World Cup, Sept. 9-27, in Europe. Davis, 22, was hitting .307 with a .386 OBP, 26 extra base hits and 41 RBI in 54 games at Double-A. After the World Cup, Davis will play in the Arizona Fall League.
The Mets limp into their final series prior to the All-Star break without any concrete idea as to when Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran will be activated from the disabled list.
Carlos Delgado, if he comes back from a hip injury, won’t return until mid to late August.
The Mets need both pitching and hitting help, and the primetime names are Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn. The Mets aren’t likely get any of them because of their preference to hold on to top prospects Brad Holt, Jennry Mejia, Fernando Martinez and Ike Davis.
HALLADAY: Not coming to Mets.
The Phillies, meanwhile, according to reports, are willing to deal top pitching prospects Kyle Drabek and Jason Knapp.
Philadelphia appears the frontrunner because of its willingness to part with young talent and being in the National League. The Blue Jays don’t want to trade Halladay within the division to the Yankees or Red Sox.
The Nationals say they won’t deal Dunn for the two-part reason or needing some gate attraction and having a reasonable salary of $10 million for next year. Vernon Wells can be had for a song, but nobody wants him because he has close to a $100 million balance on his contract.
It will be interesting to see what kind of game the Mets get out of Fernando Nieve tonight. After three strong starts after being called up, Nieve has hit the skids.