I’m throwing this out there for you to mull over, much like Omar Minaya will be asked to do in the upcoming weeks.
PAGAN: Teams like him.
Other teams aren’t stupid, they see what is going on with the Mets rotation and in their outfield. They see, like most of us here, that the rotation, although going well now is not a sure thing. We don’t know how long Hisanori Takahashi and RA Dickey will continue this run. They also have no interest in sending a veteran pitcher to the Mets for the likes of John Maine and Oliver Perez.
The Seattle Mariners are on record for saying they want major league ready hitters; players they can immediately plug into their lineup.
The Mets have precious few of those to offer, but there is one whose trade value is high. Don’t think about Carlos Beltran. With his injury history and salary, he’s not going anywhere.
I was down Monday with server issues, which I hope have been resolved. Many thanks to Joe D. from Metsmerized for his help and patience.
MAINE: Thrown under the bus.
Two items occurred that I haven’t had the opportunity to comment on: John Maine and Jenrry Mejia.
The one on Maine is especially disturbing because it shows and ugly side of Jerry Manuel. His comment about pitching Maine “on the off days,’’ was for a cheap laugh, which he got. But, how he threw Maine under the bus like that has to send a message to other players when dealing with their injuries.
Maybe Maine is done with the Mets, but he’s still here and working hard to get back. He deserves his manager’s respect.
If I’m a player and working hard to get back, I don’t like the manager taking a cheap shot at me for his benefit.
The Mets’ June cruise has not only made them relevant in the National League pennant races, but subsequently also at the July 31 trade deadline.
LEE: July's big fish.
With management believing this is no fluke and the Mets will continue to play alert, aggressive baseball, there are serious discussions not whether they should trade, but whom to trade for – and just as important, whom they should not trade.
Their interest, despite this remarkable run by the rotation, must remain pitching. First rotation; second bullpen.
There is a sense of calm derived from how well Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey have pitched, and a feeling of optimism with Jon Niese’s run since coming off the disabled list.