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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. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Nick December 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm
    Reyes
    Castillo
    Beltran
    Bay
    Wright
    Francouer
    Murphy
    Blanco?

    Substitute Murphy for Delgado, and that’s a damn fine lineup. But now look at this:
    Santana, Pelfrey, Perez, Maine, Niese?
    Really? This is the staff thats going to carry us through the Phillies, and into the playoffs? You must be joking… How nice would a gamble on Bedard and Sheets look in that mix? I think it’s our only options and we need to take em. NOW!!!

  2. gary s. December 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    bay is a nice upgrade in lf..the bad news is that no one else in mlb wanted him except the mets once he turned down the bosox ..i hope he’s got a few big years left..
  3. WrightPlay December 29, 2009 at 5:43 pm
    Would the oriole ever consider trading nick markakis to the mets
  4. Mike December 29, 2009 at 7:18 pm
    I’m Okay with this because the Mets still can win something next year, Bay is an upgrade, Bay does not block anyone in the next 2 seasons at least from the minor leagues, and this isn’t a totally unreasonable contract. Much work still must be done on the roster especially the pitching staff, but this is a good move for improving the team.
  5. WrightPlay December 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm
    Te AL EAst is tough but I honestly don’t feel the orioles are going anywhere, would they even consider nick markakis because the lineup now is weighted to heavily off right handed batters and frenchy and i guess a couple prospects how’d that trade be
  6. Andy December 29, 2009 at 9:06 pm
    Markakis is okay, better than Francoeur, but I’m not sure I want to give up any prospects for him. Maybe Francoeur plus Parnell for Markakis, but I doubt that would be enough for the Orioles.

    Delgado may be worth a minor league contract if he would take it, but at this point I wouldn’t count on him being any better than Murphy once you take the risk of down-time into account. I’d prefer Joe’s previous suggestion of trading for Cabrera and Willis.

  7. Nick December 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm
    Agreed that Delgado might not be worth a bag of peanuts till he shows he can still play. But come on, Cabrera? One of the mega sluggers of the game today? Its hard to imagine the Mets being able to put together a package that would trump what Boston had to offer, and Boston’s forever linked to him (and probably every other hot stud on the ‘maybe’ block, like hanley and fielder).
    I would like to see the sick individual out there who wouldn’t want Cabrera, but I just don’t think its at all realistic given how many better equipped teams would love to have him.
  8. Nick December 29, 2009 at 9:49 pm
    I’m more enamored with the idea of Carlos Z, but how serious are the Cubs about moving him? Seems like they are just flirting with the idea of hauling in a bonanza of talent AND having somebody take on his hefty contract. Wouldn’t it be grand if they salary dumped him? Hope the Mets wouldn’t miss that ship because of “budgetary concerns”. Zambrano broke my heart when he signed that deal and broke my hopes of a free agency stint where the Mets could overpay, but nonetheless overpay for a legit starting arm.
  9. WrightPlay December 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm
    Maybe the giants wanna be wowed for Matt Cain
  10. joejanish December 30, 2009 at 1:15 am
    Nick Markakis? Where did that come from?

    He’s a really good all-around ballplayer but there isn’t any room for him on the Mets — who, like it or not, are completely satisfied with Jeff Francoeur in RF — and the Orioles will never trade him as long as Peter Angelos owns the team.

    Matt Cain would be great but I don’t see what the Mets have to offer in return. The Giants need bats and the Mets don’t have any to spare.

    I’m thinking the best shot for the Mets is to get Bronson Arroyo or Aaron Harang in a salary dump deal.

  11. Mic December 30, 2009 at 7:20 pm
    So am I on the hook?

    I was hugely pro-Bay. I felt we could ndhave gone for Bay 2yrs ago. as it is the Mets can now put Bay behind Beltran in the lineup with Frenchy 6th. I like the comment by Joe that Bay replaces Murph in left….HUGE defensive upgrade…and I bet he wont run into beltran in CF.

    It appears St Lou will offer Holliday 140M guaranteed. WOW.

    I still believe Fmart will replace Beltran in CF in 2yrs…. And Nieuwenhuis I think could well be a future RF.

  12. josh January 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    yo nick the last i heard for carlos z was pagan castilio and pelfrey but can we afford the 18 million that zambrano makes per year?
  13. Nick January 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    I dunno, on MLBTR they said Cubs expecting Zambrano to stay on the club and be great. They also said that secretly they were listening to offers, but the problem is Zambrano has a no-trade clause that he has openly said he has not yet waived for any club. Now all that probably doesn’t mean much at this point, it easily can go out the window tomorrow.
    But gosh I would hate giving up Pelfrey in that trade. I understand money is not enough to take Zambrano and his contract, but do we really have to sell low on Pelfrey? It feels so classic bumbling Mets, trading away their potential for hope of victory. I wouldn’t make the deal with Pelfrey involved.
  14. mic January 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    If Pel helps get Zambrano thats not selling low.
  15. Nick January 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm
    Excuse me yes, maybe for a pitcher like zambrano (who has struggled btw in the role of ace in the past couple of years), it’s not selling low. That’s why I’m no gm, I fall in love with home grown players. But getting zambrano and losing pelfrey creates a virtual two man rotation with a bunch of “hope they can make it through a season” pitchers. Ie Maine and perez