Gammons: Mets Need a Gamer

I just read on MetsBlog that Peter Gammons thinks the Mets need a “gamer” (I’d link you straight to the column but that’s a “members only” section of ESPN).

Funny … I thought the same thing … LAST YEAR.

If only Omar had been reading MetsToday last winter, maybe the Mets would currently be part of the postseason.

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  1. Walnutz15 October 10, 2007 at 2:35 pm
    Gamer, you say?!

    I’d love to see if Eckstein would play 2nd base for the Mets.

    Especially if they were able to do the right thing, and work in a reasonable way of playing:

    * Reyes at SS

    * Eckstein at 2Bag; while Gotay is there in the backdrop.

    * Reyes needs a day? — Eckstein shifts over to SS.

    * Eckstein needs a day off at 2nd? — Gotay is there as the left-handed stick.

    That way, no one gets “fatigued” down the stretch — (as everybody’s been so quick to point as “validation” for Reyes’ struggles.)

    This makes alot of sense; especially since Castillo’s already been rumored as a “bad influence” on Reyes (true or not — it’s been speculated) and basically runs like a wounded thoroughbred on the basepaths.

    It also gets Gotay some reps at either 2nd or SS, without having to “worry” about him as a primary defensive 2nd baseman — something that’s totally overblown anyway.

    I think Eckstein could be an intriguing pickup. Probably the most annoying player in the world to watch, but he’s a “gamer”, and that’s translated over the years into “winner” as well.

    Can’t argue with a guy who has 2 world series rings, and the God-given ability of a 14-year old. He made the best of it, and it’s worked out for the teams he’s played on in Anaheim and St. Louis.

    Check with Eck — it couldn’t hurt!

  2. joe October 10, 2007 at 2:51 pm
    Hey Nutz I was about to post an article on Eck, since that’s the “buzz” today. I may have to move this comment over to start the arguments.