I was just reading Heyman’s Latest Scoop on SI.com and as usual, he made some excellent points today regarding the Mets.
The Mets are probably going to need to trade for a first baseman (more on that below). But in the meantime, few scouts can understand why Daniel Murphy — the former fair-haired boy — isn’t getting a full crack at first base in Carlos Delgado’s absence.
He’s supposedly the “heir apparent” to Delgado at first base (at least that’s what several team honchos decided this winter/spring), and he’s allegedly in the first base rotation. Yet, Murphy has exactly zero starts at first so far.
It’s mind boggling to say the least, and I’m starting to wonder if all those practices at 1B only revealed that Murphy is even more horrific defensively at first base than he is at leftfield.
Which begs the question; How long can the Mets afford to build around a career designated hitter with limited power?
I can’t wait to see what happens when Murphy meets the Green Monster this weekend… that should be a real treat.
Back to Heyman…
In today’s post, he also included a nice collection of players that could help the Mets in order of likelihood; Nick Johnson, Aubrey Huff, Russell Branyan, Victor Martinez/Mark DeRosa, and Garrett Atkins.
I looked back at some of his past articles this season and wondered what if the Mets had listened and grabbed a real gamer like Raul Ibanez? What if the Mets had heeded his advice and grabbed Orlando Hudson with a heavily discounted deal? Heyman reported that Hudson was openly lobbying to play for the Mets.
Omar gets a ton of credit for signing K-Rod, but lets be real… He would have signed with the Mets even if Mr. Met was running the show.
Early in the off-season, Heyman predicted that Lowe would end up on the Mets for 4-years/$56 MM and although he ended up on the Braves, the numbers were amazingly close. The fact he didn’t end up a Met because of the 4th year, could end up haunting us.
Randy Wolf would be looking a heck of a lot better in our rotation if we had heeded his advice, instead of signing the enigmatic Oliver Perez, a deal that had the Mets bidding against themselves.
Hey Jon, I know that the last thing you need is a headache as large as our homerun apple, but couldn’t you just fax your resume to the Mets HR Department just for the heck of it?