Jon Heyman of SI.com dishes out some Mets tidbits on his blog the Daily Scoop. If you’re not already a subscriber to Jon’s blog, you should be. Heyman is by far the best resource out there during the Hot Stove Season.
Early impression: The Mets favor Matt Holliday for left field over Jason Bay, though either would help immensely. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said they expect to spend money this winter, and really, they have no choice.
Mets higher-ups made it fairly clear that the heat is on both GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel. “Omar would be gone if not for that extension,” said one Mets person loyal to Minaya, referring to his $3.5 million, three-year deal. One tipoff that Manuel’s in slightly better stead is that he got to make coaching calls (such as keeping Razor Shines), while Minaya was pressured to fire friends Tony Bernazard, Ramon Pena and Julio Franco. One plus for Minaya, according to several sources, is that Fred Wilpon likes him.
Minaya is considering jobs for Kevin Towers and J.P. Ricciardi, particularly with longtime scout Sandy Johnson telling Mets people that he’s likely to retire. Towers has proven to have excellent scouting instincts over the years.
Matt Holliday finished the regular season with a .324 batting average to go with 24 homeruns and 109 RBIs. His on-base percentage of .394 and .909 OPS clearly show he was just as good away from Colorado as he was when he played for the Rockies.
Holliday would look great batting third in the Mets lineup, followed by Carlos Beltran and David Wright, or you can flip him with Wright. Either way, he would add a a great jolt of power that was missing far too often last season.
He won’t come cheap, but I’m not one of those Mets fans that are bent on pinching the Wilpon’s pennies. He won’t cost the Mets any prospects, and it’s very clear that Fernando Martinez is years away from being major league ready, and Angel Pagan would bolster the Mets bench and he’d get plenty of at-bats keeping everyone fresh.