2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Cory Sullivan

Back in January, the Mets made a series of blockbuster moves to sate the hunger of disgruntled fans. First they picked up lights-out LOOGY Casey Fossum, then they brought back Argenis Reyes, before capping the excitement with the signing of Cory Sullivan. At the time, the Mets were unaware that Jeremy Reed was part of […]

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2009 Analysis: Gary Sheffield

Entering the 2009 season, the Mets were one slugger short of a championship lineup. They didn’t bother acquiring one during the winter because Daniel Murphy was going to hit like Wade Boggs and the Fernando Tatis – Ryan Church in right field was going to be the best seen in Flushing since the days of […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Jeremy Reed

When the Mets sent 7 players to Seattle and Cleveland last December in a three-team deal centered around J.J. Putz, Jeremy Reed was an afterthought. As it turned out, Reed had more of an impact on the Mets than the closer-turned-setup man. Though, that wasn’t a difficult feat, considering that

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Angel Pagan

Flashy leadoff man or flash in the pan? That is the $64,000 question when it comes to Angel Pagan. At times, Angel Pagan displayed a marvelous skill set, lashing line drives to all fields, running the bases like a madman, and covering outfield ground with the ease and finesse of a veteran Gold Glover. At […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Fernando Martinez

Ever since signing out of the Dominican Republic as a 17-year-old in 2005, fans anxiously awaited the debut of young man touted as the next Mets superstar. Thud. That was the sound of “F-Mart” falling flat in his first shot at the big leagues. However, it doesn’t mean Fernando will be a bust — quite […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Jeff Francoeur

When Jeff Francoeur was acquired from the Braves in return for Ryan Church, the immediate reaction was mixed. On the one hand, the Mets were getting a 25-year-old, high-energy outfielder who regressed for two and a half years after being considered a cornerstone player and future All-Star. On the other hand, they were giving up […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Carlos Beltran

How do you evaluate a half-season of performance that was riddled with nagging injuries? Carlos Beltran played in 81 ballgames — exactly one-half of a 162-game season. A good number of those games where played on an injured knee, so there’s some reason to believe that his numbers could have been even better. Those numbers […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: David Wright

It’s not easy being David Wright. Think about it: who else hits .307, leads their team in SLG, OBP, RBI, runs, hits, doubles, walks, SB, and total bases, but is judged to have a “bad” year? But it’s true — for David Wright, 2009 was a bad year. Why? Because he put only ten balls […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Wilson Valdez

When the backup (Ramon Martinez) to the backup (Alex Cora) went down, the Mets found themselves hunting the scrap yards for a fill-in at shortstop who had Major League skills. They found Wilson Valdez and, all things considered, could’ve done a lot worse. In fact, they DID do a lot worse — Angel Berroa was […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Fernando Tatis

It was a wonderful story in 2008 when Fernando Tatis came back from the baseball dead, found his way back to the big leagues, was a key cog for the Mets in the second half of the season, and earned money to build a church in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris. The Mets […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Jose Reyes

Obviously, Jose gets an “incomplete” for the 2009 season. Reyes played in 36 games and was “day to day” for nearly a month before finally being placed on the 15-day disabled list — and was never seen again. In the few games he played, Reyes hit .279 with a .750 OPS through 166 plate appearances […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Argenis Reyes

In 2008, Argenis Reyes was lauded as someone who was seemingly “in the middle of everything” — at least, according to the SNY broadcast crew. It was de rigeur to root for Argenis — the undersized career-minor leaguer getting his first big break — and boo Luis Castillo, who had become an out-of-shape, injury-prone, underperformaing […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy tries hard. He plays hard. He works hard. He hustles all the time. He puts the team ahead of himself. He is willing to play anywhere, anytime. He doesn’t complain. He doesn’t say much at all, really. And he is a Product Of The Farm System. So as a Mets fan it’s hard […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Ramon Martinez

You may be wondering why we’re wasting precious space and bandwidth on Ramon Martinez. Some of you may even be shocked to know we’re referring to a nondescript utility infielder and not Pedro’s older brother. Well I’m wondering why Ramon Martinez ever suited up for the Mets in 2009. In fact I’m wondering why he […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Anderson Hernandez

It’s hard to believe that Anderson Hernandez was the Mets’ starting second baseman on Opening Day 2006. Harder to believe that his stock sunk so far that he was traded for Luis Ayala at the tail end of 2008. And yet even more difficult to believe the Mets were so desperate for a middle infielder […]

2009 Mets Evaluations