Tag:Johan Santana
Posted on: November 28, 2008 2:46 am

If I We're The Mets GM

OK, if I we're the Mets GM, here are some of the ways that I would have approached this offseason (this is really rather long but I had to put all my thoughts in):

1. I would have signed Jeremy Affeldt to his 2 year $4 million dollar deal on the 1st day of free agency. I love the length of that contract and I'm sure he would have rather pitched for a winner than the Giants.

2. I would have followed that move with similar offers of between 3-4 million a year to Joe Beimel AND Jaun Cruz. I wouldnt have wasted any time and would have just locked them up quick. All 3 of those guys.

3. Next I would have worked my tail off immediately to get a deal done for either J.J. Putz or Houston Street (with Street being my preferred choice). Seeing what transpired lately between the Rockies and the Mets on the rumor front, something could definately be done there with Aaron Heliman and someone else in a package. Considering what I have just added to the bullpen, I would not have "balked" like Omar did if in the end I would up giving up Pedro Feliciano as wll with Aaron. In any case, adding Street and subtracting Heilman would be accomplished in some form of a deal.

*Lets breakdown what I have done so far:

A: I have drastically improved a completely faltering bullpen with probably the 3 best middle relievers available and I obtained a closer that wont cost the team a ridiculous amount of money. All told, adding these 4 guys would cost the Mets a total $14-16 million depending on Streets arbitration and taking away Heilman's and possibly Feliciano's salaries.

B: I have managed to not only accomplish the revamping of the bullpen, I did it with what most are suspecting Francisco Rodriguez is going to cost all by his lonesome. I can now move on to addressing the starting rotation knowing full well that I still have about $20 million to spend without going over last years budget.

4. I am now looking at my starting rotation and 1st have to let you know what I am doing with Oliver Perez and Pedro Martinez. Oliver Perez will get a handshake and a thank you but then would be shown the door. You gave us some decent moments but for the most part, I've got a bleeding ulcer with your name on it and just can't take it anymore.

Same would go for Pedro. I appreciate the fact that you've been such a great cheer leader over the last 3 years in the dugout but I would have rather enjoyed it more had we been cheering for you on the mound. Your bank account has not suffered for it and if you would like a coaching job...we have your resume and would be very interested.

5. Now that Pedro and Ollie are gone, I make my #1 priority Derek Lowe. 1st offer of 3 years at $13 million which could go as high as $16 million with another year possible. I know that with him I am getting consistancy, innings, and someone that knows how to win. Somehow or another, I find a way to get him added. I know he is no spring chicken but its not like Im bringing Randy Johnson on board.

My staff right now looks like this:

Johan Santana, Derek Lowe, John Maine, Mike Pelfrey as my front 4. I can now either go with either Jonathon Niese or Bobby Parnell as my 5th starter OR I will try, depending upon what is left in my wallet after getting Derel Lowe, to sign another starting pitcher on the cheap (say Randy Wolf if he could be had for around 6-7 million) or through a trade (say Edwin Jackson from Tampa). In any case, I would feel just fine going into the season Nise and Parnell fighting it out for the 5th slot knowing that my first 4 are looking the way they do.

These moves have pretty much maxed me out on my off season budget but I would have been happy. I redid my bullpen and added another front line starter. I still have areas that I am not happy with and would still look to tinker around with in deals (dumping Scott Schoeneweis and Luis Castillo would be nice) but if I couldnt accomplish either then I would just truck ahead as is.

IF by some chance I could move the both of them and actually have a few nickles to spend afterward (with some more cash having to be approved by ownership) I would look to add Orlando Hudson and if not him I would take a shot at Felipe Lopez (who could probably be had cheaper).

If I was stuck with Castillo at 2nd then I would focus on possibly adding a left fielder. I am not enamored by going after what will be left after Manny Ramirez and Pat Burrell are gone (not that I like Burrell at all) but I would really like to add Rocco Baldelli and shift him to LF.

I know he has the mitochondrial disorder (and those that know me know that I am a nurse so its not like I dont know what he can and cannot handle) but he could play most of the time and if he needed a day off, then you throw Daniel Murphy in there (who would be playing close to all the time in my clubhouse regardless of whether we kept Castillo- he would either play 2nd or LF). Adding Baldelli wouldnt cost me as much as say Raul Ibanez or any of the other options still left out there and could really pay off big.

I know this was rather long and appreciate anyone that took the time to read it all. It isn't easy coming up with this stuff when you do actually take the time to consider the money available to the GM and what is actually realistic. I am sure that alot of you out there will have even better ideas that will change my mind in certain areas but this is what I would have done if I we're the GM.

Posted on: September 2, 2008 11:44 am

Jonathan Niese To Debut Tonight

Tonight we all get a look at the 21 year old lefty that many out there hadn't heard of until we dealt our best prospects away to get our hands on Johan Santana. Here is a small breakdown of what you will see from the young fireballer.

Niese is a 6'4" lefty that has gotten the ball up around 95mph but normally will sit around 90 with his fastball. He can actually throw 6 different pitches but the Mets have finally gotten him down to 4 that he can get over for strikes (he has what some consider the best sinker in the minors, his curveball is above average, he has a very solid splitter and has made alot of progress with his change-up which can come in around 79-81 mph) consistantly. The kid can strike people out and doesn't give up too many walks. He has pretty good control and some people out there compare him to a young Al Leiter. Here is a link if you care to check out his minor league stats: http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/

I could go on and get more in-depth with his makeup and such but this little overview should give you a little perspective on the kid. If there is any concern it is that his innings are already over 160 for the season and I'm not sure just how far we want to push him. In the end, we are probably looking at a very solid middle/back-end of the rotation starter that could possibly develop into more. I think we should see a solid outing from him this evening because he doesn't give up the longball and likes to sit people down (144K/58BB ratio in the minors this season). Omar Minaya to this point actually deserves a little credit for holding onto the kid as he will probably, barring any setbacks, make our rotation next spring.

Posted on: July 23, 2008 2:33 pm

Just my luck

I go ahead and sing the praises of our bullpen in my last musing and what do my Mets do? Completely embarress me. Last nights complete collapse wouldn't have stung nearly as bad had it not been against the Phillies. Today's game becomes a must win not only for our position in the standings but for our team psyche as well. After  last seasons collapse, we cannot afford to let the Phillies get into our heads again. Having Billy Wagner sit for the night made perfect sense but John Santana should have come back out for the 9th inning. What are we paying him so much money for if he can't get a complete game under his belt?

Last night, Duaner Sanchez showed immediately why we need to make a push to get Brian Fuentes from the Colorado Rockies. This is only going to be harder now that the Nationals have traded Jon Rauch to the Diamondbacks and the crop of good relief pitching available is dwindling to nothing. I was kind of suprised that Omar couldn't put together something that was better than what the D'backs gave up (their #6 overall rated prospect) but apparently this trade deadline is starting to look more and more like one that is going to disappoint us.

Posted on: April 14, 2008 9:23 am

Rangers Drop One/Mets Disappoint

Rangers let one slip by last night as the Devils won it in overtime. Not at all concerned though as I've been saying all along, Rangers win in 5. As with the 1 victory the devils managed to pull out this season against us, it didn't happen in regulation time and the Rangers will bounce back quickly

As for the Mets well, it was not a good weekend at all. No win from Johan on Saturday and while Oliver Perez pitched like garbage yesterday, the Mets failed to capatilize. Repeatedly leaving men on base in scoring position was the theme of the day. More and more as I watch this team I keep asking myself, "When will the 2008 Mets show up?". All we have seen so far is the September 2007 version of the Mets. Playing with no life and making the simple goof play. Angel Pagan continues to rake but with the losses piling up it isn't going to matter unless this team can turn things around. We've got the Nationals for 3 coming up this week so that would seem to be a good place to start. Paul LoDuca continues to have diarrhea of the mouth so it could make for an interesting series but this is definately one that the Mets should take.

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