Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Ok, so the Mets are techically still in the playoff hunt. They’re on the fringe, but still in it.
But not really.
The Mets are 8 1/2 games behind the Braves for the NL East lead and 7 1/2 games back in the wild card from the Giants (maybe soon to be 7 games back since the Giants are training the Cubs inthe 5th). There are four teams betwen them and the Giants for the Wild Card . It’s not going to be an easy task and it’s one the Mets look ill equiped to handle they way they’ve played since the all-star break.
They’ve made a few moves including releasing Alex Cora and bringing up youngsters Fernando Martienez and Ruben Tejada. What does that mean? Likely they want to see if these guys can play at this level because I get the feeling they both are auditioning for roles with the club in 2011.
Fred Wilpon seemingly gave GM Omar Minaya a vote of confidence for 2011 which shows once again the orgainzation doesn’t have it’s thumb on the pulse of reality.
Everyone and his brother is saying the Mets have no money to spend and will not be players in this offseason’s free agent market. If this is true, you are going to see a very young team next year.
Let’s assume that the Mets part ways with Jeff Francour, John Maine and Sean Green. Let’s also say they finally wake up and let go of Oliver Perez since there is no way he’ll ever be able to throw a meaningful pitch for the Mets ever again.
So right off the bat, seeing who are pretty much no doubts… the roster looks like this:
R. A. Dickey
That’s 15 players.
Pedro Feliciano is a free agent. I think the Mets resign him since he’s been pretty much invaluble. So add him. Now, with only one year left on Castillo’s contract… can the Mets move him? Owed $6 million, if the Mets eat say… $4 million I’m sure a team might chance $2 million on a veteran 2nd baseman, but who knows. For now he stays on the roster. I can see the Mets keeping Tejada on the roster either in a platoon or as the starting second baseman if he performs well enough the rest of 2010.
With Feliciano and Tejada, that makes 17 on the roster now.
You need another catcher to likely platoon with Thole. Either Henry Blanco or Rob Barajas will likely be back. Let’s say it’s the better hitting and younger Barajas. Rounding out the bench you will likely see Chris Carter and Daniel Murphy playing utility/pinch hitter roles.
That’s 20 players.
You still need another starter, and three more bullpen arms or two more arms and one more hitter.
Odds are, Manny Acosta or Jenrry Mejia will be on the team in the bullpen. Let’s say it’s Acosta.
Three more spots now.
You may have names like Raul Valdes and Ryota Igarashi in the mix. Let’s say Valdes makes it.
Here is where the Mets will likely spend free agent money on.
Now if you told me those two spots would be Cliff Lee and say… Jason Werth… well… Then I would say the Mets are contenders next year.
They won’t be.
Hell, Cliff Lee alone would be a solid move and at least give he fans some hope.
I doubt we’ll see him even rumored.
I think there might be a chance for a Bronson Arroyo, a Ted Lilly or a Javy Vazquez. Let’s say it’s Arroyo for argument’s sake.
You’d have a club of:
R. A. Dickey
You’d have one spot left for either another outfielder or another bullpen arm. Fernando Martienez perhaps? A Vetern like an Austin Kerns?
Could that team compete?
If you knew you could count on Bay returning to form and Beltran having a great season in his walk year maybe it could.
I don’t know right now.
All I know is the Mets better pick a plan and stick with it. The management once again looks like a pack of unorganized fools.
What do you think? Could that team I listed above be contenders?