Mets Merized Online » Sagar Parikh http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:43:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Alderson Fields Question On Trading Murphy http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/alderson-fields-question-on-trading-murphy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/alderson-fields-question-on-trading-murphy.html/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:38:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158364 daniel murphy

Sandy Alderson met with season ticket holders before this afternoon’s game and fielded some questions. According to Adam Rubin who was on hand, someone asked Sandy whether he is looking to trade second baseman Daniel Murphy as many fans and bloggers have been speculating on Twitter. Alderson answered:

“Look, we have a real appreciation for Dan Murphy. Murphy is somebody who is an offensive player, who has really done some things this year to improve himself as an offensive player. His on-base percentage is much higher than it has been in recent years. He goes the other way. So there’s no question in terms of this ballpark, he’s been a plus. You know, we talk about all the time: We’re looking for players that are willing to play in New York or can play in New York. He hits in New York. He hits in this ballpark.”

“He’s done a nice job getting himself to the point where he plays second base as well as he does. So, you know, I haven’t been on Twitter in a long time. So I know you haven’t been reading my tweets. And I don’t think you’ve been reading them from Terry [Collins] either. So, at this point, do what I do: Ignore Twitter and try to ignore the blogosphere and have a beer when you go home tonight.”

Murphy is making $5.8 million this year and could earn $8 million in his final year of arbitration after this season. The Mets’ top hitter over the last two years becomes a free agent after the 2015 season. 

He didn’t really address the question, only pointing out what we already knew about Murphy’s progress as a hitter and a second baseman.

June 13

Daniel Murphy‘s future with the New York Mets has become some sort of mystery. Through all the talk of trades, non-tenders, and extensions, all Murphy has done is become the Mets biggest offensive threat. I know that isn’t saying much, but Murphy’s slash line of .305/.361/.431 is one of the best among second basemen in all of baseball. In fact, Daniel Murphy is behind only Brian Dozier and Chase Utley in WAR for the position. Murphy of course is not the greatest defender and he does make some very questionable baserunning decisions, but he has proven to be as consistent as they come at the position.

In a lineup filled with strikeout-prone hitters, the 29 year-old Murphy is posting the lowest K% of his career, while improving his BB% to 8.3% this season (4.6% last year). Murphy is in the lineup everyday and has shown to be reliable in the 2-hole. With Murphy’s .361 OBP, I honestly believe that he should be leading off for this team while Lagares is out, as he is also able to swipe a few bases, but that is another topic for another day.

In terms of an extension, there aren’t any great comparisons to Murphy, but something in the 4 year, $40-50 million range should get the job done without a problem. He is still arbitration eligible next season and he will likely earn about $8 million (complete estimate, but he’s making $5.7 this season).

Now most people that disagree with the idea of an extension will point out that we have alternate options, but I will counter that with, who can make an impact greater than Murphy? I am a big fan of Wilmer Flores and want him to find a spot on the team with regular playing time, but can Wilmer be as productive as Murphy? I believe that Wilmer will be become a middle order bat, but I still don’t think it should be at the expense of Murphy. Reading some comments in other posts, I heard people clamoring for Dilson Herrera, who is off to a great start, but is still in Single-A. He is at least two years away and there are no immediate replacements in the farm system.

The alternate plan is to just let Murphy play next year as an impending free agent and see what happens. That seems to be the most likely path, but it isn’t the ideal situation. If Murphy finishes this year strong and repeats it next year, his price tag will be higher without a doubt.

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A Look Forward to the 2014 Mets Infield http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/a-look-forward-to-the-2014-mets-infield.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/a-look-forward-to-the-2014-mets-infield.html/#comments Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:03:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129540 “What Outfield?”

Much has been said regarding the future of the Mets’ outfield, with many suggesting a run at CarGo, Ellsbury, Choo, or Stanton. That certainly should be a focal point for this offseason; however, with the lack of production from the infield, even more questions have emerged. Let’s take a look at the situation at each infield spot.

First Base

ike davisEntering the 2013 season, Ike Davis was high on everybody’s list as a potential 40 homer threat. Well 9 home runs, a demotion, and an oblique injury later, now what do the Mets do? Lucas Duda has played decently since supplanting Davis as the everyday First Baseman, but is he an answer to the problem? Duda vs. Davis may be an interesting debate this offseason, especially because Davis will be earning around $4 – $6 million next season. Davis may be non-tendered of course, but Duda also has an option available for next season. So, there is a scenario where Lucas Duda is the starting 1B for the Las Vegas 51s, while Davis retains his job in New York.

Josh Satin has also earned a spot on the Mets bench and seems to be a good fit due to his versatility. He has below average speed and doesn’t hit for too much power, but he has a .329/.417/.493 slash line against southpaws. There is always the possibility of the Mets signing a free agent to fill the 1B need, but it is hard to envision the Mets going down this route. If the Mets are to spend money, look for them to spend it in the outfield or at SS.

Prognosis: I don’t know why and I hope it works out, but I honestly believe Ike Davis should be the First Baseman in 2014. He certainly has not earned it, but I am still inclined to give him one last shot. He has succeeded at this level and he has a much better glove than Duda at 1B. I of course would give him a short leash and stash Duda at 1B in AAA. A platoon with Satin/Flores would be advisable as well.

Second Base

Daniel Murphy is and will be the second baseman for the New York Mets for the foreseeable future. Murphy seems to have the support of the front office and his manager, so it will be hard to supplant him at 2B. He has played in 149 of the 150 games this season and has played at least average defense. You’d like to see Murphy take a few more pitches, but at the same time he is most effective when he attacks the ball. He’s hitting .283 with 11 home runs, while his 19 stolen bases and 70 RBIs are career highs.

Third Base

.309/.391/.512 with GG caliber defense.

Shortstop

Here’s where things get very interesting. Ruben Tejada is not loved by the organization, but still factors into the future. I like Tejada; however, I’m not sold on him being the everyday shortstop for the Mets. I believe he has the ability to both 2B and SS at this level in some capacity. He’s a contact hitter with no power, but will hit his fair amount of doubles. Has a solid arm and glove, but just has not put it together yet. These factors, in my mind, make him a solid backup.

alexei-ramirezThis is a position the Mets need to go out and do something. Here are some names that fit the bill: J.J. Hardy, Alexei Ramirez, Erick Aybar, and Starlin Castro.

Castro would cost a lot more in terms of prospects than any of them, but is by far the youngest. Hardy is entering the final year of his deal with the Orioles, so he is somebody that could be traded, especially with Manny Machado capable of shifting over to short. Alexei has good speed and is hitting .285 this season, but with a lot less power than his norm. He has two years left on his contract and about $17 million. He is a player that could be moved as the White Sox start rebuilding. Erick Aybar was infamously offered straight up for Jose Reyes by the Angles back in 2011. Aybar would be a solid pick up but comes with 3 years left on his deal at about $8 per year.

Prognosis: I would go after Alexei Ramirez. He’d cost less in terms of prospects than Castro, but would be a good 2 year fill for a position that definitely needs some change at the big league level.

Catcher

Barring another injury, Travis d’Arnaud will be the starting catcher. Anthony Recker has some pop and is well-liked by the pitching staff. These two are the front-runners to be the opening day catchers on the roster. A veteran could be signed as insurance for the oft-injured d’Arnaud.

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Mejia Has Bone Spur Removed, Looking Ahead To 2014 Rotation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mejia-has-bone-spur-removed-looking-ahead-to-2014-rotation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mejia-has-bone-spur-removed-looking-ahead-to-2014-rotation.html/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:30:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128091 mejia

Good news…

The Mets announced that Jenrry Mejia had successful surgery to remove the bone spur that was wreaking havoc on his right elbow.

Everything went well, and Jenrry will have plenty of time to get ready for next Spring.

I didn’t want to write an entire post on this so I thought I’d add a quick update to Sagar’s post based on it’s relevancy….

Original Post 11:00 AM

With the Dark Knight down and out, the 2014 New York Mets have another huge hole to add to their list. Pitching is clearly a strength of the team, but it takes a huge hit when the ace could be out for the entire season. So who will be competing for spots in the rotation this coming spring?

Barring any additional injuries, you can pencil Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, and Zack Wheeler into the rotation. The righthanded Gee started off terribly, but has become a consistent pitcher that the Mets can rely on every fifth day. Niese has had a frustrating season, mostly due to a partially torn rotator cuff, but hopefully last night’s shutout is a sign of more things to come from the 26-year old southpaw. Wheeler has had a strong second half and will look to make the jump that Matt Harvey made in his second big league season.

You would have to think that Jenrry Mejia has an inside track to the 4th spot in the rotation, but it of course depends on his health. Mejia has made 5 starts this season to a 2.30 ERA in 27 and 1/3 innings, with 27 K’s and just 4 BB. He is expected to be ready for spring training, so Mejia has a good chance of starting the year in the rotation.

The fifth spot in the rotation is a different story, as it can range from somebody on the big league roster right now (Matt Harvey), to a minor leaguer (Rafael Montero/Jacob deGrom), or to a free agent pitcher. It is likely that the Mets bring in a veteran arm to at least compete for that fifth starting job, but they could also just promote from within as well. Jacob DeGrom is 25 years old and has pitched well enough to at least garner some attention. He also must be added to the 40-man roster, as he is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft this offseason. Montero, on the other hand, is a much more highly touted prospect and has shown the progression of a potential front of the rotation starter; however, Montero does not need to be added to the 40-man roster, which will probably mean he starts the season in AAA and is brought up in May/June of  2014.

indexAt this point, Noah Syndergaard is not an option to start the year with the New York Mets. Despite his rough outing on Monday, Thor is dominating AA. He will likely be a little behind the track that Zack Wheeler was on this season, because unlike Wheeler, Syndergaard has yet to reach AAA.

The last option, is signing a free agent pitcher to compete for a spot. There are a few decent options depending on how much the Mets will spend on the offense. A few options are Barry Zito (36), Mike Pelfrey (30), Phil Hughes (28), or Jason Marquis (35). Hughes is an interesting option, because he could also be an option for the bullpen. Zito is a pitcher the Mets coveted years ago, but has struggled all year. Pelfrey probably won’t want to come back, but he would be back in a familiar place.

In all likelihood, the Mets will probably sign a cheap free agent to at least create some competition with some internal options. Despite Matt Harvey’s tweet last night, it is extremely unlikely that he is ready by April 1st.

All in all:

1. Jon Niese

2. Dillon Gee

3. Zack Wheeler

4. Jenrry Mejia

5. Jacob deGrom / FA

So what are your thoughts, Mets fans?

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The All-Star Game and Matt Harvey http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/the-all-star-game-and-matt-harvey.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/the-all-star-game-and-matt-harvey.html/#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:44:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124402 Matt Harvey starting the all-star game on Tuesday at Citi-Field would be a dream come true for him, the organization, and Mets’ fans. Except, I have a HUGE problem with what the Mets are doing to make sure that happens. I know, I have no idea what the Mets are actually planning doing with his start and I understand a lot of it is hearsay, but from what I am gathering, the Mets have thought of limiting Harvey’s pitch count or skipping him altogether on Saturday in order to put him in position to start the game on Tuesday.

It would be a tremendous honor to watch Matt Harvey start the game along with David Wright. Harvey has been one of the best pitchers in baseball and it just makes sense to start the hometown guy for the game. Bochy, Kershaw, and everybody seems to acknowledge that. I was all for moving Harvey’s start up from Sunday to Saturday, because it was putting him on normal rest and would allow him to pitch on Tuesday. That move actually made sense in all regards, as it would have skipped an underperforming, now unhealthy, Marcum before the break. At this point in the Mets handling of the situation, I’m all in. It is completely logical and doesn’t hurt the baseball team.

Next there are anonymous Mets officials that are saying that the Mets are doing whatever they can to ensure that Matt Harvey starts the game. I don’t know what exactly they are doing, but still I’m okay with that. Doesn’t hurt the ball club at all.

Now, with recent developments that Matt Harvey has a blister on his index finger, reports are saying that Terry Collins may skip his start on Saturday or limit his pitch count to allow him to pitch in the All-Star game. THIS is where I have a problem. I want to see Harvey pitch on Tuesday, I promise I do. But to sacrifice a start or half a start to do that is ridiculous. The Mets are sending a message that the honor of pitching in an All-Star game is more important than giving the Mets the best chance to win. Carlos Torres would be the first candidate to replace Harvey if he is skipped. with all due respect to Torres, who has pitched amazingly since being called up, Matt Harvey is an ace and puts the team in the best position to win a game.

Some may say, the Mets are 9 games under .500 and really have no chance of playing meaningful games in September. So this would be good for the organization and wouldn’t really affect the outcome of the season. That is extremly true, as this one game that Harvey could be skipped will probably mean nothing to the team in the long run as they are 4th place in the NL East. Well that means the Mets value honors and fame more than they do winning, despite their record. If the Mets want to be on the front of the newspapers and all over the media, then the best way to do that is to win. Harvey starting the game would be a great story, but so would Harvey beating the NL best Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

The blister argument is also interesting. Harvey has developed a blister on his index finger from a couple starts ago and it has affected his pitching a little bit. If that blister means that Harvey can’t start on Saturday, is it wise to throw him out there on Tuesday? Is it beneficial for the Mets to allow him to pitch if he’s not 100%? Harvey has dismissed the injury and said he’s ready to start on Saturday. He also threw 121 pitches on Monday with that blister, so I don’t see why the Mets would skip the start for any other reason than the All-Star game.

All I really am saying is that all of these rumors of the Mets doing what they can to make sure Harvey starts the All-Star game is fine by me until it starts affecting the ability for the Mets to win. By skipping his start or limiting his pitch count, the Mets are telling the fans that they are more worried about this game (basically an exhibition game for the Mets), than they are about giving this team the best opportunity to win. Even if the opportunity to start the All-Star game at Citi Field will never come again for Matt Harvey, is that worth skipping a start? There’s no right answer, but you know mine.

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One Player The Mets Should Look At http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/one-player-the-mets-should-look-at.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/one-player-the-mets-should-look-at.html/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:39:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=90743

The Mets have been reeling since the all-star break and their 2012 chances are as bleak as ever. The trade deadline is just 24 hours away and as expected, the Mets have been fairly silent. Nobody expects the team to make a huge move, which is warranted due to the team’s poor play in the past two weeks. However, one move that does make sense to me is acquiring Denard Span. Hear me out on this one.

Span has always had decent plate discipline and speed, and above average defense. He fits the Mets mold and would be welcomed for his ability to bat leadoff. The Mets lack a true leadoff hitter, who can make an impact with speed, which is where Span can make a big difference. He is a 20-25 SB threat, who gets on base enough to score 100 runs on a good team. His best season came in 2009 when he had a slash of .311/.392/.415. He scored 97 R to go along with 23 SB. He’s a solid starting CF that would be under team control for two more years.

Now the question is how the Mets could get him. The Twins are in need of young talent, which is something the Mets can provide. A package including two of Domingo Tapia/Colin McHugh/Matt Den Dekker could get the job done. If the Twins are looking more for a major league bat, then Daniel Murphy makes sense in a trade. The Mets then could demand the Twins to pay some of Span’s contract, which would be a big plus. I envision a lineup where the leadoff man can steal more than 10 bases a year, which is why I feel like Span would be a good fit. A 1-2 punch of Span and Tejada would pose a formidable table setting crew for David Wright and Ike Davis.

What do you think of Denard Span?

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Can Jenrry Mejia Fix The Bullpen? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/can-jenrry-mejia-fix-the-bullpen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/can-jenrry-mejia-fix-the-bullpen.html/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:23:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=87750 Jenrry Mejia needs to be a factor this season for the Mets to contend. Yes, the Mets need to look outside of the organization for bullpen help, but one arm isn’t going to change the outlook for this year.

Five members of the bullpen seem to be in safe ground for the Mets: Francisco, Parnell, Byrdak, Ramirez and Rauch. As much as fans are calling for Rauch’s head, he’s getting paid a lot of money and he really isn’t as bad as people make him out to be.

Two remaining spots are in the bullpen, which are currently occupied by only Miguel Batista, as the Mets will go to the All-Star break with one less reliever. Collins loves Batista, mostly because of his versatility and experience, but I believe he needs to be cut or sent down and stretched out to become a starter. If one of the five guys goes down, Batista is a formidable replacement. He simply hasn’t been as effective coming out of the pen.

So that leaves two available spots in the bullpen. The first is likely to come outside of the organization, with a short wish list of Matt Capps, Francisco Rodriguez, Huston Street, and Brett Myers. Those four are probably the best relievers that will become available in a few weeks. All four provide invaluable experience at the end of games and could either slide in as a setup man or the closer. Don’t discount the idea of bringing Brian Fuentes in either, who was just DFA’d by the Oakland Athletics. He’s struggled since he signed that huge contract, but he’s a lefty, which would limit the overuse of Tim Byrdak. He doesn’t have to come in and be a late inning reliever, as he can be a situational pitcher.

With all that being said, Jenrry Mejia has a future in the big leagues and it’s only a matter of time before he gets there. After TJ surgery, Mejia started rehab as a starting pitcher and was lights out. He climbed through the system, succeeding at every level; however, there is no need for a starting pitcher, so he was shifted to the bullpen. For some reason, he just stunk after that. Since the move to the bullpen, he has thrown 9 innings with a 10.00 ERA with 5 BB and 5 K. Mejia has been throwing behind in the count a lot, which has forced him to make tough pitches which opponents are mashing. He needs to straighten things out, because his stuff is still dynamic enough to be a major force in the big leagues. He would be a very logical replacement in the bullpen because of his success there a few years back under Jerry Manuel.

I could see the Mets going out and getting a reliever to bolster the ‘pen and bringing up Mejia in the near future if he gets a little more consistent. That would provide the Mets enough support and firepower to compete in the NL East. Getting Fuentes and Mejia could be enough, but look for the Mets to be in the running for Capps, K-Rod, Street and Myers.

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Separating the Contenders from the Pretenders In The National League http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/separating-the-contenders-from-the-pretenders-in-the-national-league.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/07/separating-the-contenders-from-the-pretenders-in-the-national-league.html/#comments Tue, 03 Jul 2012 15:12:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=87301

I could’ve been a contender…

With the first half of the season is just about in the books, it’s finally time to separate the contenders from the pretenders. There are four teams that I believe are completely out of the playoff picture (Chicago, San Diego, Colorado, and Houston). All four will be sellers in a few weeks, attempting to unload salaries in return for prospects. The remaining 12 teams will be classified into three tiers. The first all have a good chance of winning the pennant this season, the second have a decent chance, while the third are pretenders.

Tier 1:

Washington Nationals: The Nats have the best record in the National League to go along with the best pitching staff. They have allowed approximately 3.5 runs per game this year, which is flat out ridiculous. Look for the Nats to add a bat at the deadline in order to give that aching lineup some help. Jayson Werth has been out pretty much all year with his wrist injury, which has really hurt the offense.

Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto is putting up surefire MVP numbers, but the Reds pitching staff has been the biggest strength so far this year. Cueto, Arroyo, Leake, Bailey, and Latos have pitched well and stayed healthy, which is a recipe for success. The bullpen, although it has struggled as of late, has been the best in the MLB.

San Francisco Giants: Matt Cain has become the ace of the five headed monster of a rotation. Lincecum has pitched very poorly, but has had some recent success. The Giants need some more help with the lineup, so look for them to be in the market for a big bat.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Whenever you have strong pitching and a couple of star position players, you have a shot to win. The Dodgers lineup is not very good, especially without Matt Kemp, but the MVP candidate will likely return right after the All-Star break. Dee Gordon has struggled to get on base, but his speed does wreak havoc. Kershaw is having another fine year, but the Dodgers need some assistance in the rotation. They could make a push for Cole Hamels if he becomes available.

Tier 2:

Atlanta Braves: The Braves may be the best organization in all of sports. Every single year they seem to be in contention in some form, and this year is no different. Atlanta needs an arm in the rotation, with Brandon Beachy out for the season with TJ surgery. The Braves offense has been very good, led by a resurgent Jason Heyward.

St. Louis Cardinals: Another great organization that puts a solid team out there every night. Mike Matheny’s ballclub were red hot in April, but have since cooled down. Carlos Beltran has been the steal of free agency thus far, as he’s knocked 20 homeruns in the first half of the year. The offense is the fourth best in all of baseball, which is crazy to think when you consider who they lost in the offseason. The Cardinals also need help in the rotation and bullpen, which will be an area they look at near the trade deadline.

Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks are coming off a postseason appearance last year and they are finally playing better. They lost Daniel Hudson to injury, Ian Kennedy and Justin Upton have underperformed, but they are still in the thick of things out there in the NL West. They are playing mediocre baseball this year, but I expect them to start tearing it up in the next month or so. This team is young, but way too talented to be playing .500 baseball.

New York Mets: Here comes my bias. I believe this team has a shot, as do most die-hards. Some changes need to be made though, which could come very soon. The Mets need bullpen help desperately, as well as a right handed bat. The Mets could move Daniel Murphy, but I don’t see his value being high enough to garner any significant arms in the bullpen. They Mets might have to move one of their 2nd or 3rd tier prospects to get a Huston Street or a Brett Myers. The Mets could also promote some of their prospects, who seem to have futures in the MLB bullpen (Mejia and Familia).

Tier 3:

Miami Marlins: Miami went for a whole new look in the offseason, but the only noise that they’ve made has come out of Ozzie Guillen’s mouth. Heath Bell has been the worst signing of the offseason, while Jose Reyes still hasn’t picked up where he left off last year. This team has talent and could certainly get back into the picture, but I just don’t see how. They are just way too inconsistent.

Philadelphia Phillies: Sellers written all over them. 5 core players are on the wrong side of 30 and making a lot of money. The Phillies need to get healthy and trade some expiring contracts to get back some high-level prospects. It’ll be tough for Philly fans to swallow, but this team desperately needs to shed some of these high salaries this year.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Everybody fell in love with this team last July and then they had one of the worst second halves in all of baseball. Until they have a stopper in the rotation, I just can’t see this team as a legitimate 162 game team.

Miluwakee Brewers: Last but not least, the Brewers. Milwaukee’s pitching has not been pretty outside of Zack Grienke. Shaun Marcum has been just okay, while Randy Wolf and Yovani Gallardo have not pitched particularly well. The Brewers bullpen has not helped them out, while the offense is mediocre at best. Ryan Braun is shutting his “steroid” haters up, but he can’t do it all by himself.

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Mets Matters: The Path To Sustainability http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/the-path-to-sustainability.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/the-path-to-sustainability.html/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:45:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=86713 Just over 18 months ago, the Mets hired Sandy Alderson in hopes that he could turn around an overpaid and underachieving franchise. In his first season as General Manager, Alderson hired Terry Collins, signed Chris Capuano and Chris Young to small, incentive-laden deals, and plugged some holes on the roster with veterans such as Scott Hairston and Willie Harris. The season turned out to be a tough one to watch, but the Mets’ wallets were strapped and there wasn’t any space in the payroll for big moves. Alderson did trade Francisco Rodriguez for low ceiling prospects, simply to rid the Mets of a terrible contract. He also moved veteran OF Carlos Beltran, in a trade that brought back arguably the Mets current best prospect, Zack Wheeler.

The 2011-2012 offseason had a lot of noise, even though the Mets dropped about $50 million in payroll. Contracts of Jose Reyes, Oliver Perez, Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez, and Luis Castillo were finally off the books and the Mets saw their payroll shrink to about $91 million. This provided invaluable financial relief to a team that clearly needed to rebuild. The offseason brought in a few notable players, mostly in the bullpen. The Mets traded Angel Pagan for Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres. Through free agency, they signed Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. Finally, they added Ronny Cedeno and Omar Quintanilla in order to provide some middle infield depth.

Two and a half months have passed in this season and the Mets somehow are still in the playoff hunt. Led by All-Star Starter candidate R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana, the pitching rotation has taken form, despite the loss of Mike Pelfrey to Tommy John surgery. David Wright is a surefire All-Star as he’s hitting over .350. The Mets lead the MLB in 2-out runs which has fueled this team to improbable heights in the first half of the season. So now the question is, what do the Mets need to do to sustain this success?

Sustainability is not a word you hear much in baseball, but it’s one that is endearing to a General Manager. His goal will always be to field a winning team year after year. The Mets were able to accomplish that for a small stretch between 2006 and 2008, but to put together a team that can be successful for a longer period of time is crucial for a team that needs more revenue. The simple fix would be to go and get star talent, like the Mets did in 2005 with Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran; however, the Mets are not in position where they can add a ton of payroll. The Mets must build through their farm system and fill holes through free agency before they can afford the Albert Pujols’ and Prince Fielder’s of the world.

Sandy Alderson has done a tremendous job of staying patient and intelligent, without putting the future of this franchise in jeopardy. With Mejia, Familia, Wheeler, and Harvey down in AA and AAA, the Mets have four good to great pitching prospects that should be ready to help the Mets in the next two years. After the 2013 season, the Mets will likely recoup $40 million off their payroll (Santana and Bay). This is a HUGE amount of money that will allow the team to offer David Wright, Ike Davis, R.A. Dickey, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, and Josh Thole some formidable offers to remain on the team. The Mets’ are clearly rebuilding, but they are winning. It’s the best of both worlds.

The Mets need bullpen help and that is a position which should come fairly cheap in today’s market. Alderson will not give up any of his Tier 1 or 2 prospects, because he values the farm system as much as any other GM in the MLB. He knows that the chances of the Mets reaching the postseason this year are low, but he does want to make sure that he gives the team a chance. If this team plays meaningful games in September, the stadium will be packed and his Owner will be happy. It’s as simple as that. The only problem is that he wants to keep winning and making a crazy trade with some of his prospects will not make it easier to achieve that goal.

So what should the Mets do this trade deadline? Here is what I think:

  • Move Reese Havens for a Reliever – this is somewhat contradictory to what I said Alderson is thinking, but Havens simply has not been the player that the Mets envisioned him to be. He has struggled to stay healthy and he’s hitting .204 as a 25 year old in AA. He’s also taking up a valuable spot on the 40 man roster.
  • Move Daniel Murphy to a strict platoon with Ronny Cedeno. This is basically already happening, but Murphy is just in a funk. He hasn’t hit well in a month and it’s time to take a step back and let him get comfortable again. Cedeno has hit better as of late and is a much better defensive player.
  • Bring back Manny Acosta – before you scream at the possibility, Acosta has a 1.54 ERA in AAA, with 11 K’s in 11 2/3 innings with 0 BB. He’s doing something right down there and it might be time to give him another chance.
  • Give Jason Bay one more opportunity as Full-Time LF- This would create a platoon in CF with Torres and Kirk, but Bay looks to be on his way back from the concussion. He is symptom free and could be back in the next couple weeks, which would be very encouraging for his long-term health. Bay has one thing working for him that others on the team can’t really offer: right handedness. He simply has to be that bat in between Duda and Davis that poses a threat to left-handed pitchers.

These are just a few of my thoughts, what would you do to try and fix this team?

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