What an excellent column Ken Rosenthal wrote today for Fox Sports.
After reading his story I feel so much better about the future of the Mets outfield beyond 2007. Maybe Omar knew exactly what he was doing when he signed Moises Alou to that one-year deal, and why he hung on to Shawn Green, whose contract expires at the end of this season.
It looks like the Mets have some huge prospects on their way in the names of Carlos Gomez, 21 and Fernando Martinez, 18. Carlos Gomez is the most athletic of the two and has an impressive combination of power and speed and has a canon for an arm. Jose Reyes admitted that Gomez is faster than him and Carlos Beltran recently said that Gomez is much better than he was at the same age. Fernando Martinez is not as fast but is projected to hit with more power. He is often compared to a young Manny Ramirez.
Both of them are expected to be ready to contribute by the 2008 season, unless they hit their way to the Mets sooner. With Lastings Milledge already on the big league roster, it’s easy to see that the Mets are looking pretty good in the outfield for the next 8-10 years. As a matter of fact, who knows… maybe when the Mets get the All-Star game in 2011, the starting outfield will be Carlos Beltran flanked by either Milledge, Gomez or Martinez.