Can the Mets Afford to NOT Make a Change?
According to MetsBlog and other sources, the Mets’ braintrust (and I use that term loosely) is in meetings all day today to discuss the matter of the team’s 2-9 road trip and all-around suckiness.
Additionally — and also reported in various places — Omar Minaya refused to provide any assurances that the current manager and coaching staff would remain intact for the short-term.
Considering that this information is public, can the Mets afford not to make a change of some sort? In other words, at this point, knowing what we know, and feeling how we feel about the team — that it is sinking quickly and could be irrelevant once the NFL begins workouts — would we as fans be OK with the Mets emerging today and doing nothing?
Maybe, just maybe, a blockbuster trade could provide a glimmer of hope (i.e., convince fans to buy tickets in August and September). Unfortunately, Dan Haren and Cliff Lee have been dealt, and Roy Oswalt is unlikely to accept a trade to a New York team not named the Yankees — though, Adam Rubin has said the Mets aren’t interested anyway. As a result, there appear to be no high-impact, well-known All-Stars available on the market. I doubt very highly that Mets fans would be placated by the acquisition of the likes of Kevin Millwood, Ted Lilly, Scott Downs, Fausto Carmona, Jake Westbrook, or any other so-so pitcher — particularly since the problem lately has been the hitting. Unfortunately for the Mets, no big bat appears to be available — unless you think the Nats would consider trading Adam Dunn to an NL East rival.
So, short of coaxing Barry Bonds out of retirement or raising Babe Ruth from the dead, the Mets will have to make some kind of internal change. The question is, will the change they make be enough to convince fans that the team is on the right track, and worth the (hefty) price of a ticket at Citi Field?
Share your opinion in the comments: what can the Mets do to change your view of the team’s chances in 2010? That is, if you think anything CAN be done to save the 2010 season.
Beltran, Bay, Castillo, Rodriguez, Santana, etc. all may have some value to big market teams in actual pennant races who may be able to take on most of the salary and trade back some career minor leaguers to take the places of whoever gets called up from Buffalo to replace those big guys.
I would even entertain offers from Pagan and R.A., who are great and cheap but having career years and probably presenting an opportunity to sell high for a nice package of prospects. Couldn’t the Twins or the Cards use one or both of them?
To me, only Wright, Reyes, Thole, Pelf, Niese and Mejia are untouchable. Trade the hell out of everything else. This team is done.
Pagan isn’t having a “career year” as you claim, he’s having a “first full season any team has let him start.” If you look at his stats he gets better every year, he was great for us in the 2nd half of last year and the most consistent bat on our team this year, not to mention he’s under 30 and we have him on the cheap. I’d rather not take that and turn it into a few 20 year olds we roll the dice on developing…doesn’t always *cough cough F-Mart cough cough* work out, y’know?
I don’t think of Pagan as a franchise player like Wright and Reyes are and Davis and Thole maybe will be someday. I wouldn’t sell him cheap (whereas Beltran, Bay and Castillo I’d give up for practically free to get the salaries dumped), but at this point I think you have to entertain offers. Look how the Mets missed the boat by not trading Barajas when they had the chance . . .
If the Mets do that, I will be excited about watching August and September games to see the players of the future and to have some hope for two years from now.
If the Mets go spend money on a half-ass bandaid for the rest of this year, I will spend August and September watching the Mets pretend to contend but falling short and then waiting for them to do nothing in the offseason because of salary constraints.
There’s only one way the Mets make the playoffs this year, and that’s luck. The Mets have some talented players but they need them to (a) stay healthy, and (b) all return to some semblance of their career numbers, all at once. Maybe a new manager and coaching staff can accomplish that, but I doubt it. Maybe a new manager and coaching staff combined with some luck…
Trading for more players isn’t the answer this year, the answer (if it exists) is figuring out why the players they have, the players that should be performing, aren’t.
At the beginning of this year I thought Minaya and Manuel should go.
When we were 8 games over .500 in June I thought Minaya and Manuel should go.
Today, I think there’s only one thing we can do to help improve our chances in 2010 and beyond….