Back to the Ballgame

OK, four o’clock has come and gone and the Mets did not make any additions other than Luis Castillo. That may be a good thing — sometimes the best deals are the ones never made. A year from now we may be very happy the Mets did not trade away Philip Humber for Chad Cordero, for example, or Carlos Gomez for Eric Gagne. Time will tell.

And now that all the smoke has cleared, I’m feeling pretty good about the current state of the Mets roster. Yes, it would have been nice to pick up a guy like Cordero, but the Mets will manage. Who knows, maybe Omar Minaya will unearth another post-deadline discovery like the one of Guillermo Mota last year.

With the trade deadline behind us, it’s time to focus on the game again. In case the flurry of rumors threw you off course, there are two insightful articles regarding the current Mets-Brewers series, which begins a little after 8pm tonight:

Milwaukee Brewers: 10 Questions

Series Preview: Mets vs. Brewers

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. Micalpalyn July 31, 2007 at 3:59 pm
    The theme from this deadline was threaten, rape and pillage:

    The Braves got a good short term return, but losing kyle Davies, salty is huge because they were contributing at the big league level.

    While alot of us sigh over Tex, a GA Tech Alum, lets remember NOW he must live up to his hype.

    Rape: cordero’s scouting reports suggest he has fallen off. As such maybe the Mets are better off. I think humber might actually be a better reliver than Cordero if he were to be put in that role.

  2. isuzudude July 31, 2007 at 4:42 pm
    Yeah Joe, we called for the Mets to stand pat if offers on the table were unreasonable, and that’s what they did. The bed is made, now let’s lie in it. Of course, this isn’t to say the same prospects in potential deals this past month won’t be the same names that get traded during the offseason. Teams in contention now may not be looking to deal a big arm or bat simply to shed payroll, but by the winter game plans can be completely differentm which I think puts the Mets at an advantage.

    Anyway, is there any doubts that the Red Sox are the favorites to win it all this year? Okajima, Gagne, Papelbon 7th to 9th inning, with Beckett, Matsuzaka, Schilling, and Lester starting. The offense has more than enough firepower to score 5-6 runs a game. I see them beating the Tigers in the ALCS, and topping either the Braves or Padres in the WS. Yeah, I know, where’s my allegiance to the Mets? But I say why set high standard and be disappointed when I can set low standards and be pleasantly surprised?

  3. JIMMYJ723 July 31, 2007 at 4:48 pm
    Sadly, I have to agree with isuzudude. But I am happy Omar Minaya didn’t deal away Miledge, Gomes or Martinez. I’m keeping my expectations low as long as Willie is still our manager, it doesn’t matter who’s on the roster.

    But on a happier note….

    Mark Teixiera turned down an 8-year, $140-million offer from the Rangers, that’s why they traded. I’d say the chances the Braves sign him to a long-term deal are slim to none.

  4. JIMMYJ723 July 31, 2007 at 5:03 pm
    Gomez not Gomes. Man… thats the second time today I’ve confused Gomes with someone else.
  5. Matt Himelfarb July 31, 2007 at 5:31 pm
    i would’ve dealt Humber for cordero though. With the TJ surgery and below average strikout rates in AAA right now, his ceiling is a number three starter.