Eight 2009 Mets filed for free agency: Alex Cora, Carlos Delgado, Elmer Dessens, Ramon Martinez, J.J. Putz, Brian Schneider, Gary Sheffield, and Fernando Tatis. Let’s go through them briefly, one by one.
Pros: good guy in the clubhouse, versatile.
Cons: aging, fragile, not as good in the field as he used to be, never was much with the bat, expensive for a utilityman.
Decision: At $2M or more, he’s not worth it. In fact, he’s not worth it on any contract that’s guaranteed. A wonderful guy, hard-nosed ballplayer, but doesn’t make sense for the Mets at this time. Let him move on and/or begin his managerial career.
Pros: ideal cleanup hitter, can carry a team when hot
Cons: health, age, decaying skills
Decision: he may have a few more good years left, but it’s time to let this ship sail on. Even if he returns to his slugging form, the Mets need a change in their personality.
Pros: pitches well in short spurts when underexposed
Cons: ordinary stuff, aging, mediocre over the long term
Decision: he cannot get a guaranteed MLB contract for 2010. AAA filler at best.
Pros: can roll out of bed and join a AAA club after 3 months of inactivity
Cons: age, fragility,lack of offensive skills, fading defensive skills
Decision: is there really any reason to bring him back?
Pros: lights-out stuff
Cons: chronic elbow problems, expensive, unhappy as setup man
Decision: if the Mets can get him on a cheap, incentive-laden deal, then do it. Chances are he’ll prefer a less-stressful place where he has a chance to close (Atlanta?)
Pros: handling pitchers, defense
Cons: fragile, aging, subpar offense
Decision: not enough offense for the Mets, and the fans want to see a change behind the plate. Sorry Brian – though I believe he’ll do well in the right situation in 2010.
Pros: can still hit, power threat / presence, good RBI man
Cons: health, negative public perception
Decision: the Mets already decided Sheff is not in the plans.
Pros: versatile, hustler, can go on hot streaks
Cons: mediocre glove at most positions, aging, can go on cold streaks
Decision: undecided. You have to like his team-first attitude, ability to play almost anywhere, and occasional pop. But does he hit enough to justify having him instead of other options?
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.