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Somebody please explain this to me:

Jered Weaver went 4-0 with an 1.37 ERA in four games for the Angels. So what do the Angels do? They send him to the minors, choosing instead to keep his staggeringly inconsistent brother Jeff in the starting rotation. Rumor is that Jeff is on the trading block, so maybe the Angels are just trying to prevent his stock from dropping, which it would almost certainly do if he were shifted to the bullpen. But it’s hard to give the fans and the team the impression that management is committed to winning when you aren’t willing to keep the team’s best pitcher on the team.

Lastings Milledge is hitting .271 with 2 HR and 11 RBIs in 19 games. What’s more, he’s a fantastic outfielder and has infused the Mets clubhouse with an energy and excitement that it was previously lacking. So what are the Mets doing? They’re going to send him back to the minors as soon as Cliff “Over the Hill” Floyd comes off the DL. Floyd used to be a for real hitter, but is currently batting .238 with 19 RBIs in 51 games. Plus he’s a lousy fielder and quite possibly the slowest guy in baseball, next to Sal Fasano.

Seriously, what are these GMs thinking?

5 Responses to “What are they thinking?”

  1. Coley, your characterization of the Lastings Milledge situation is off. Milledge didn’t “infuse the Mets clubhouse with an energy and excitement that it was previously lacking”. With guys like Pedro, Jose Reyes and an eleven game lead in the NL East, it’s not like they’re not having any fun. What’s more, word has it that the veterans haven’t taken to what they see as Milledge’s sense of entitlement that he is yet to earn. He has shown up late to games and brushed it off as no big deal. And we can argue whether or not the high-five-with-fans situation was worth discussing, but he needs to be careful and realize that he’s a rookie.

    Moreover, Floyd’s contract is up at the end of the year. Everyone knows that he won’t be resigned. Milledge is going to take his spot. Why not try to see if he can play well enough to earn some trade value? Even if they don’t trade him (which I don’t think they will), the Mets aren’t just looking to win the NL East this year. They’re starting to look beyond the regular season to the playoffs and they’d rather have the veteran over the rookie. I understand that.

    And Floyd still is a good hitter. Remember that he had one of his best offensive years last year, hitting a career high 34 HRs. It’s true that his production has been disappointing this year. But the secondary stats (and watching Mets games) show that the numbers should be much better. He hits bullets right at fielders. That’s not his fault. His contact rate (AB-K/AB) is better this year than last, as is his K/BB ratio. Moreover, his flyball to groundball ratio is also better this year. So these are the three main indications that he hasn’t lost it. He’s still making contact, he still has control over the strike zone, and he’s still hitting the ball in the air, and he was still getting his share of doubles – so the power’s still there too. Why not give him another shot and see what happens? He’s still too good to release (Yankees would love that), he won’t make it through waivers, and he makes too much ($6.5 million) to keep him on the bench. Milledge still has minor league options. He can be called back up whenever they want. I think it’s the right move.

    And Coley, you’re just bitter because Milledge is on your fantasy team.

  2. Oh, and I forgot. Floyd isn’t slow at all. He stole 12 bases last year and was caught only twice. This year, he had four with no CS so he was on pace to have double digit steals this year too. I’d like to see Sal Fasano do this. Floyd’s not great defensively since he doesn’t get good jumps on flyballs, but he can still run them down and has an accurate arm. Milledge is just learning how to play the corner outfield spots since he was a center fielder before this year. Yes, Milledge is faster, has a better arm, and is more athletic than Floyd, but Floyd’s not that bad.

  3. the point is that the mets are teaching milledge a lesson…his attitude is less than stellar and willie and omar won’t stand for it. Not to mention the Mets would possibly like to showcase that Floyd isn’t finished so they can trade his bat to a team for another arm.

    Same goes for Jeff Weaver. The Angels want to deal him, but it’s tough to do with an 8 era. Truth is, he isnt that bad, just ask the Dodgers last season.

  4. I actually have a different view of the situation. Milledge was HOT when he was called up to the majors – he hit .300 for a week or two, had a gw hr, played pitty-patty with some fans, etc. Nothing makes a bigger splash on the baseball scene than a HOT prospect (Francoeur and Howard last year, etc). But recently, Milledge has cooled off. He has 1 hr, 4 rbi in his last 14 games. His average has slid to .250.

    I think that the Mets are going to send Milledge down so that his trade value doesn’t slip any farther than it already has. Paul, don’t fool yourself by thinking that Milledge is automatically going to be your starting outfielder next year. The Mets’ year to win it all is THIS year…but they need better pitching. And their best trade bait is Milledge. Why let him continue to struggle in the majors? Send him back down to the minors while people still think he’s a godsend prospect and are willing to trade top-of-the-line pitching for him.

  5. Zvee, I didn’t say that I want him to be the starting left fielder for the Mets next year. I just think that he will be. I’m not one to buy into a prospect’s talent until they have at least a full year under their belt. I’m not sold on Milledge yet. He’s pretty green. He doesn’t seem to have a grasp of the mental aspect of the game. I don’t see him confident in the field defensively and on the base paths. He knows what he can do with the bat. But he needs some more seasoning.

    But the Mets can’t deal him, even if they wanted to – and that’s because of Scott Kazmir. The team will lose the PR battle if they do it. Moreover, I’m not sure any impact pitchers are available. If Dontrelle becomes available, I can’t see the Marlins dealing their young ace to a division rival. Same goes with Smoltz. Barry Zito is not going to be available with Oakland gunning for a playoff spot, especially with Rich Harden hurting. Unless San Francisco decides to deal Jason Schmidt, I don’t see any other impact arms who are going to be available. Livan Hernandez? He’s not any better than what the Mets already have. Kyle Lohse? No thanks. The best you can say about him right now is that he throws a lot of innings which can save the Mets’ pen for the post season. That’s not worth giving up a top prospect for. Again, I’m not sold on Milledge yet. Floyd’s contract is up at the end of the year. He’s not going to be resigned. I think Milledge is filling his spot, whether I like it or not. He’s like Reyes – the physical potential is there. I just wonder if the other parts will come together.

    And I don’t think Milledge’s trade value could be hurt at all like you say it will. I can’t see any GM being so stupidly reactionary as to take the first couple months of a prospect’s big league career and care that much about stats. They’ll look at the tools, not the numbers. Milledge showed that he had the tools. But “top-of-the-line” pitching doesn’t look to be available.

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