Why Aren’t The Mets Going After C.C. Sabathia?
It’s been assumed for most of the off season so far, that the Mets will be targeting starting pitchers like Derek Lowe, Brad Penny and A.J. Burnett. And while either of them would fit nicely into the Mets’ rotation, I first have to ask why not C.C. Sabathia or Roy Halladay or Jake Peavy?
Last year, the Mets paid a combined $18 million dollars for the services of Pedro Martinez ($11.5M) and Orlando Hernandez ($6.5M). That type of money is what I would classify as “ace pitcher” type money, and yet all the Mets got in return for that $18 million is five wins and a 5.60 ERA.
If we were to use that money to bolster the rotation, shouldn’t we be in the hunt for another ace that we can pair with Johan Santana giving the Mets the most lethal 1-2 punch in the National League if not all of baseball?
Wouldn’t a rotation that included Johan Santana, C.C. Sabathia, John Maine, and Mike Pelfrey in the top four spots be the envy of every Major League team? Imagine a staff like that with pitchers who have an average age of 27 years old and are each entering their peak years.
For a team that just sold over 4 million tickets for the first time in franchise history, and are about to enter an even more lucrative year with a brand new ballpark, why do I sense an organization that is scouring for a starting pitcher in the bargain basement?
Is there some golden rule in baseball that says a team can’t have two aces in their rotation?
We just forked over $18 million dollars for what amounted to a handful of mediocre starts, and now that that cash is coming off the books, we are gonna spend half as much and hope we can dethrone the Phillies with 36 year old Derek Lowe instead of going after a 28 year old C.C. Sabathia?
I don’t get it…
I know we’re supposed to spend some money to bolster the bullpen, but I didn’t even include the $7 million dollars in salary we’ve cleared with Oliver Perez, and another $10 million dollars that is coming off the books with players like Alou, Wise and Easley.
I think $17 million dollars would be more than enough to acquire a closer at $10-11 million, and a couple of spare arms for the bullpen.
With the emergence of Dan Murphy and the recent resigning of Tatis, I don’t see the urgency in getting a left fielder when the Mets had the second best offense in the National League last season.
Somehow, I don’t understand why Mets fans and Mets management are aiming low instead of high in the search for another starter.
Last time I checked, we weren’t playing in Kansas City…
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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