Wouldn’t Matt Holliday Solve A Few Problems For The Mets?
The Mets need an everyday leftfielder…
The Mets need a reliable right handed bat to balance the lineup…
The Mets need a disciplined and patient hitter in the lineup…
The Mets need someone who can hit in the clutch in their lineup…
Only one player can solve all of these problems and is definitely available, his name is Matt Holliday.
Holliday would be a perfect fit on this team and would fix so many things that are wrong with the Mets. He is currently ranked number one among all left fielders, is only 28 years old, and comes with a solid reputation for being a gamer, a leader on and off the field, and a feared slugger at the plate.
Last season, Holliday batted .321 with 25 homeruns, 88 RBI, 28 stolen bases and 107 runs scored.
In 2007, he batted a league leading .344 with 36 homeruns, 136 RBI, 11 stolen bases and 120 runs scored.
Clearly, he would be an offensive juggernaut in the lineup. Holliday would fit in nicely as the number three hitter on the Mets… and a perfect number three hitter at that. In the last two season, he owns a .410 on-base percentage and a .982 OPS.
So what would adding Holliday cost the Mets?
Obviously, he won’t come cheap, but considering the Mets need to do something big, why not?
First of all, any trade would HAVE to include a window for Holliday to sign an extension, just as we did with Johan Santana a year ago. No window, no dice.
I believe that a package of Daniel Murphy, Jonathon Niese, Scott Schoeneweis and Eddie Kunz would get it done. The Rockies would get two major league ready players in Murphy and Schoeneweis. Murphy could eventually become a suitable replacement for Holliday, and in Niese and Kunz, the Rockies get the Mets’ best prospects at starting pitcher and closer. Schoeneweis helps fill their off season goal of acquiring a lefty specialist for their bullpen.
If the Mets were to add Holliday, and then sign Brian Fuentes to close, and Derek Lowe for the rotation, it could be the perfect solution to challenging the Phillies next season. Omar can then bolster the bullpen with a couple of new arms and get a few pitchers to compete for the number five spot in the rotation in Spring Training.
Holliday would be a good start to an ambitious and successful off season for the New York Mets.
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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