Minaya Lobbies Mixed Messages
When Omar Minaya entered the hotel lobby in Indianapolis (as opposed to “having lobby” in Indy), he was greeted by several members of the media, including David Lennon and Adam Rubin.
Not surprisingly, Minaya’s chats with the two journalists provided mixed messages.
Lennon asked Minaya if it would be necessary to completely revamp the Mets roster. Here’s his response:
“It’s not that we have to do a total revamping,” Minaya said. “It’s not like we have to fill in a whole bunch of guys when we get our core guys back healthy. That being said, I’m of the belief that it’s 162 games. Whether you do things in the winter or do things in season, at the end of the day, we do have to improve our club. But if the players are not there in the free-agent market, you just can’t force it.”
“This year it’s not as clear as it was last year,” Minaya said. “Last year we needed a closer and we ended up getting two closers. This year we have more pieces that we have to fill in. Are we going to be able to fill them all in? I don’t know that.
On whether he feels pressured to make some deals:
“But as far as the pressure itself, when you start putting pressure on yourself that you have to get something done, that’s not good. But it makes sense when you have a year like we had last year that we have to address those needs.”
Rubin had similar questions for Minaya. Here is one in particular:
(Rubin:) Is there pressure on you to pull the trigger on something and satisfy the fans?
“There’s no doubt because of last year—I don’t want to say you feel pressure to do something—but there’s no doubt we have to find a way to improve our club if possible. I remember coming here last year and we were trying to get Frankie Rodriguez. We knew that. And we focused on that. Coming into the Meetings we had meetings with the agent and we felt that we could get things done and address that last year. This year, it’s not as clear as it was last year. Last year we needed a closer and we ended up getting two closers. This year we have more parts that we have to fill in. Are we going to be able to fill all of them in here? I don’t know that. But as far as the pressure, I don’t feel like I have to do something. When you start putting pressure on yourself that you have to do something, it’s not good. But it makes sense we have to try to address those needs.”
So, in conclusion:
– Omar is under pressure, but not really, because being under pressure is not good. He doesn’t “feel like” he has to do something, but he does have to address needs. Got it?
– A “revamp” is unnecessary, but the Mets have more pieces to fill this year. He needs more parts. But not a revamp.
First, the notion that the Mets needed only a closer last year explains everything in regard to the awful 2009 season — with or without injuries. Walk away from the computer and let that settle in for a minute. So again, even one year later, Minaya admitted that the “only” thing the Mets “needed” was K-Rod. Even with the benefit of hindsight, Minaya didn’t believe the Mets needed a power-hitting outfielder, THREE starting pitchers, middle relief support, and legitimate AAA depth (among other needs).
This year, Omar doesn’t believe a “revamp” is in order. Yet, even a casual fan can recognize the fact the Mets need a starting catcher, a first baseman, a left fielder, a setup man, a #2 starter, a #3 starter, and a middle reliever. Add in the fact that Minaya is hell-bent on dealing Luis Castillo, and that’s a minimum of EIGHT new faces. (I won’t even get into the manager and coaching staff, which surely will be replaced by next June.) So, how many new people does it take to fit the definition of “revamp”?
I hope this is strategic posturing on Minaya’s part. Somehow, though, I doubt it.