Mailbag: Player Options and Prospects

An article by posted on August 2, 2009

Will the Mets pickup the options on Billy Wagner of J.J. Putz?

I feel the Mets should not pick up either of their options unless within the final two months of the season they are able to prove that they have significant value with no signs of holding back because of their injuries. The barometer should be their pre-surgery velocity coupled with their command. If they rise to the occasion on both those levels, than pick up the options and trade them. If they are truly healthy, than it would be no problem getting significant players in return. The Mets have too many holes and questions to have the luxury of an $8 MM+ setup man. That money would be put to better use toward getting a top of the rotation starter or a bonafide cleanup hitter.

If our prospects are too good to trade for all star caliber players like Victor Martinez, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, why are we calling up mediocre players like Cory Sullivan and Argenis Reyes?

Not everyone believes the Mets farm system is a s good as Minaya says it is, and that includes me. Most of our better prospects are under 20 years old, and many, many years away from being major league ready if that even comes to fruition. The organization has tried to rush their top pitcher, Brad Holt, who now seems to be struggling at AA. The reason we’ve seen players such as Cancel, Berroa, Switzer and the two you mentioned, is because they represent the best that the Mets have right now. The Mets top two affiliates in Buffalo and Binghamton, are a combined 55 games under .500, and are the worst teams in their leagues. That doesn’t happen by accident. Some say the Mets depleted their farm with the Johan Santana trade, but the fact is they gave up very little to get Johan, and if those players were still in the Mets system, it wouldn’t change their circumstances much. The reason we haven’t traded any prospects for quality major league players, is not to protect the system, but because the Mets are broke and can’t take on any more salary.

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