Tag:Omar Minaya
Posted on: January 14, 2009 6:40 am

Omar plays with market, it plays him

Now that we have lost out on Derek Lowe to the Braves, Omar has to step things up and bring in Oliver Perez.

While I like Ben Sheets and Randy Wolf, I have always wanted them brought in as possible back of the rotation starters due to their injury risk. Omar really dropped the ball by waiting for the market to expand on Lowe and now we have no choice but to sign Perez to be our 3rd/4th starter.

If Omar would have just been more aggresive from the start with Lowe (I am not saying he should have gave in to the 4th year but maybe offer more money than the rumored 3/$36 million dollar offer and an option for the 4th), Lowe would probably be ours now. Instead, we continue to read now about fallback option after fallback option.

I won't debate the positives and negatives of Perez. We've been doing that all season. The only fact that remians at this point is that regardless of what my ulcer may go through with Perez on the mound at any given time, he is the healthiest and best option still available. Omar cannot wait until this market expands as he did for Lowe. Teams like the Dodgers have pitching needs as well and the money to spend. Get a move on now Omar.  

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 31, 2008 5:49 pm

Trade Deadline Letdown

Well, the trade dealine has come and gone. No Manny Ramirez. No Jason Bay. Adam Dunn? Nope. How about Griffey? Uh Uh. Anything at all to help in the outfield? Nope. How about the bullpen? Anything happen there? Nothing yet again. I think its safe to say that this trade deadline has been an all out bust for Omar Minaya and our Mets. While Omar held true to his word of not letting any of our top prospects go, we are left wondering what, if anything, we will be able to add during the waiver period in August.

I am not satisfied at all with the way this deadline went down. Omar had to do something in my opinion to better us for the run and post season. he chose to do nothing, putting his faith (and ours) in the future of Fernando Martinez, Jonathon Niese and others. I guess that we had better keep our fingers crossed that Ryan Church can come back soon (and perform to the level that he was before he had the concussion) and that the battery of Fernando Tatis/Endy Chavez/Nick Evans can continue to perform. I am a bit disappointed that we did nothing but this team has shown that we can win just the way we are. Keep the faith fellow Mets fans.

Posted on: July 25, 2008 1:22 pm
Edited on: July 25, 2008 1:45 pm

My Mets Bat Wish List

As the trade deadline approaches I figured I would throw up a few faces and numbers that I would prefer Omar Minaya take a shot at adding that could really help us out for the dogdays ahead. Would love to see a little feedback on what you guys think. Anyone not here that should be? Anyone here that shouldn't be? I have to say also that there are other guys that could be beneficial to us for sure (like Raul Ibanez). They have been left off my list because of either age (Ibanez is going on 37), their cost is ridiculous compared to others (Xavier Nady) or they just aren't good enough (I am not a fan of Casey Blake at all and the guy would not be an improvement over what we have). 



First up is Adam Dunn, Cincinnati Reds LF. With Adam we would be getting an all or nothing man at the plate. He currently is only batting only .237 on the year but has 29 HR's, 68 RBI's with a sweet .390 OBP. Problem is that along with the low batting average we would be gaining a man that could just as easily strikout 175+ times. That said, I think he would make a great addition. His K's aside, it would provide us with a man that can tear the cover off the ball and a steady outfielder to stand next to Carlos Beltran in the outfield. One other fact that I think other people are overlooking is that there isn't anything all that appealing on the free agent market other than Dunn for LF. When you take into account the mans power numbers, on base percentage (he knows how to take a walk) and the fact that he is only 29 and that we could get a fastrack on signing him, I would say that he is definately a guy we should be targeting.

Adam Dunn, LF- Future Met?



Next up is Jason Bay. Before I dig into him let me start by saying that I am leaving Xavier nady off my list for one reason. With as much as is rumored that Pittsburgh wants for Nady I would say just add the extra player and get Bay. That said, Bay is a guy that would soldify the LF for this and next season (he is signed through 2009). he has no true holes in his game. Great all around player that is right now batting .288 on the season (lefties are killing him this season to a .203 clip) with 22 HR's, 61 RBI's and an OBP around .380 (another man that knows how to take a walk). There isn't much negative at all to say about him other than he will come at a very high cost if he is attainable at all. Too bad he couldn't have developed faster when he was already in our system.

 Jayson Bay- Future Met?



Now for the man that we would absolutely go bonkers over if we got him but it ain't gonna happen. Matt Holliday. The man is a baseball fans wet dream. Signed through 2010, this stud can do it all. Currently batting .343 on the year with 17HR's, 60 RBI and a whopping .429 OBP, this is the guy that would put us over the top for sure. Granted he does play in Colorado but his road numbers are still consistant enough that a dropoff shouldn't be a concern (he is still a .301 batter on the road). An outfield with him and Beltran in it is a prospect that I am sure every Met fan would go giddy over but I don't think that Colorado is gonna be stupid enough to let him go and if they did, I am not sure we have the pieces to get him.

 Matt Holliday- Future Met?



All this said, I would say the easiest of these 3 to attain would be Adam Dunn. Cincinnati is out of it and they will be looking to get something for him before he walks. I know he has his detractors but IMO he is the one guy that we can actually get without costing us a fortune, that will help the most out of what's available.

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.

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