Who Would You Weed Out?
Last night during the postgame show on SNY, Bob Ojeda had a passionate reaction to Mets manager Terry Collins’ press conference. Ojeda suggested that there are players on the current Mets team who are not as intensely concerned with winning as they should be.
Here is the direct quote from Ojeda:
“… I better start looking at the end of the day, did we win or did we lose? And they have some guys in there who think like that. They have some guys in there, who, it’s about the scoreboard. But they have some who, it’s about, “my job” It’s about “I did my job, and I’m gonna go home, and it’s the end of the day.” Those are the ones they gotta weed out — if they’re gonna move this club, if they’re gonna change the culture, they’ve gotta start weeding them out.
Do you agree with Ojeda, that there are players who don’t care enough about winning? If so, what specific players do you think Ojeda is talking about?
I eagerly anticipate your thoughts in the comments.
The difference between the Mets and the Phillies is that, for the most part, the Phils field 9 guys who want to punch you in the mouth. The Mets of late don’t want to punch anyone in the mouth. There’s no fire, no swagger, no chip on the shoulder.
The bullpen need arms, and terry needs to trust those arms. We can only speculate but tc n
Knows who he wants out.
I do know that they are being forced to use a lot of AAAA talent at the moment. It’s tough to win that way.
Bay – BENCH
Pagan – IN
Murphy – IN
Beltran – Not Sure
Harris – BENCH
Pridie – REPLACE BAY
Tejada – IN
Turner – IN
Thole – BENCH (he’s not a major league player..period.
Nickeus – Bring him back. Best of the bunch
Really the only thing we can hope for is Davis and Wright coming back sooner than later. Otherwise this team is awful, no other way around it.
Have you ever seen Beltran play before? The guy is smooth and calm. He’s not Jose Reyes pumping his fist and his chest. Most under appreciated Met possibly ever. Yes he’s been hurt, but the guy is productive when he’s on the field. No one in this lineup is hitting right now, but does everyone forget the few games we had a full lineup? That lineup was deep and productive for that one week or so. I believe that lineup can be productive again, but once again two stupid injuries have screwed everything up.
This team is full of bad players out of position but that doesn’t mean you replace your struggling vets with marginal AAAA players just because they play hard.
BELTRON = TRADE TODAY !
Bring up Captain Kirk, DUDA, F-Mart (a real tryout)
Harris/Hairston = RELEASE TODAY
PARNELL = Buffalo
Sign JOSE to a fair Extension if possible,
PS: I dont understand why the mets dont send Bay to the minors. He plays like a Minor Leaguer, in fact there are probably plenty of guys down in the minors who are much better than he is. He has 8 Homeruns in his 2 seasons with the mets. Really.
Barely OK as minor guys on bench (but keep for now): Hairston and Pridie.
Beltran: trade asap since you can’t offer him arbitration and get draft picks. But don’t give him away either. Bring up Duda or FMart from Buffalo.
Bay: If he doesn’t get it together soon, give him the “Thole treatment” (i.e., time off to work on his hitting).
Tejada: Send him to the minors to play full time when Wright comes back.
Pelfrey: Trade, if you can get something for him, and if Cahoon looks ready. Otherwise, the starting rotation and bullpen is OK for now.
Negotiate a five-year/$90m. deal with Reyes.
Trade K-Rod, if possible, if Parnell can close….
When Davis or Wright is back, Harris isn’t really necessary — he is a utility guy of some use until then. Pridie is a decent 4th outfielder with defensive skills. Hairston is marginal. Bay is an overpaid bust thus far.
I agree with the other stuff, basically, but would think about trading Wright if some worthy offer pops up. I want to see Murphy and Turner playing on at least a semi-regular basis. And, Wright has been a disappointment the last few years.
The team has to start on a new foot. Reyes is too good to lose but replacing Wright would send a message of a new direction in place.
Agree on looking to trade Wright, but with his bad back and high strikeouts, you might not get that much for him.
I agree about Wright, but that sort of thing also leads me to be not that excited about keeping him.
You might be right about Schwinden, but Jeez, Cohoon has had one start. Let’s give him a chance….
Schwinden will be in NY this year if he is healthy. His peripherals have improved so much this year, his only knock is still his lack of Ks. As you should know strike outs are the single best indicator of MLB success for a minor league pitcher. His BABIP is curiously low (.231) and he had a bad start his last time out. If he was on the 40 man roster already he would have been up by now. Soon though.
Sounds good to trade Pelfrey and try Schwinden, if Santana isn’t ready.
1b- Davis / Murphy
2b- Murphy/ Tajeda
c-Paulino I believe we can win the same 80 to 82 games we would win this year. And it would move the team foward.
Make PARNELL the closer, If he fails trade him. All THE POSITION PLAYERS THAT ARE MISSING SHOULD BE TRADED.
So really the only complaint I have is Harris and Hairston are taking up roster spots and contributing little. Let Nick Evans play. Let Duda play (who has raked since his return from injury). Move Beltran at the deadline. Move Krod ASAP. And then just relax people. This will take time, and this season is a waste anyway.
If we were honest with ourselves we would have known that this year would be a bad one. Rebuilding takes time. It starts with this year’s draft and the reshaping of the team in the off-season. Each year will see changes in the roster. We have to be realistic and patient even though games like Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s are hard to swallow.