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Omar MinayaIf Opening Day were tomorrow, I’d peg the Mets to finish 3rd in the NL East behind Philly and Atlanta. And it may not even be that close. They’d be trotting out Omir Santos at Catcher, Daniel Murphy at First, Luis Castillo at Second, Jeff Francoeur in Right, Angel Pagan in Left, and Johan Santana would be followed in the rotation by Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Oliver Perez, and (maybe) Jonathon Niese. On their own, each of these would not pose much of a problem. Collectively, it’s unacceptable for a team that routinely has one of the highest payrolls in baseball and claims to have playoff aspirations.

How did this happen? How did a team that averaged 91 wins from 2006-2008 fall to such mediocrity in the span of one season? Like most things of this nature, it wasn’t one mistake that caused it, but rather, a series of blunders over a long span of time. And at some point, the responsibility needs to fall on the shoulders of the man who’s supposed to be making the tough decisions. And that man is GM Omar Minaya.

The Mets are currently an organization with no apparent plan. They do not have the prospect pipeline of Texas or Tampa Bay. They don’t have the appreciation for defense exhibited by Seattle, or the pitching depth of Atlanta, nor do they have the offense of the Yankees, Red Sox, or Philadelphia. What the Mets do have, however,  is the market cornered on replacement-level catchers. So that’s something.

I could sit here and tell you that the Mets should sign free agents Matt Holliday and Ben Sheets. I could argue that they need to continue rebuilding their farm system that’s beginning to show some promise. But first, what the Mets really need is someone who understands that paying $2M per year to a player like Alex Cora who can easily be replaced by a number of minor leaguers makes no sense. Or that giving Francisco Rodriguez $37M over 3 years when you have too many other holes to fill is insane. Until there is a change at the top, whomever they sign this offseason will merely be a stopgap until the next round of problems.

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3 Responses to “What They Need: New York Mets – A New GM”

  1. Not to mention the fact that Minaya is apparently incapable of handling negotiations for both position players and pitchers at the same time. Damn those inconsiderate teams like the Nationals who don’t know that they’re supposed to wait for the Mets to finish figuring out their lineup before anybody’s allowed to sign pitchers. Actually, Minaya seems to not be able to handle multiple positions at once. He’s been having his catcher hot stove season all along now (and it continues as he waits for Molina). He’s somehow managed to re-sign Dessens and sign a wild Japanese reliever for the bullpen, and attempt an offer at a left-fielder. But there might still be a few catchers to consider guaranteeing spots on the 40-man roster to. Players like Jason Marquis who basically beg to sign with the Mets for months (and who put up much better numbers at lower salaries than Oliver Perez) go to the one team actually to finish behind the Mets in the division because he sees that they at least have a plan.

  2. THE METS ARE ARE ALL TALK AND NO ACTION. WHAT A PITY. I AM NOT WATCHING THEM IN 2010 BECAUSE THEY ARE BRINGING THE 2009 TEAM BACK FOR ANOTHER LOSING YEAR.MET FANS IF YOU THINK THAT JASON BAY IS SIGNING WITH THE METS THINK AGAIN. IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE HE JUST DOES NOT WANT TO PLAY FOR THE METS-AND NO ONE REALLY DOES.ONLY SECONED RATE PLAYERS AND HAS BEENS SIGN WITH THE METS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO.I TRULY BELIVE THAT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER SANTANA/ K- ROD/EVEN DAVID WRIGHT WILL DEMAND A TRADE. THERE RUMBINGS IN METS NATION THAT THEIR ACE AND CLOSER ARE NOT ALL THAT IN LOVE PLAYING FOR THE METS.HEY YOU DO NOT BELIVE ME? WAIT AND SEE. ESPECIALLY IF THE METS GET OFF TO A BAD START. HEADS ARE GOING TO ROLL AND PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT ARE GOING TO LEAVE FASTER THAN THE POLAR EXPRESS ON ICE! AND AS FAR AS THE FANS ARE CONCERN THEY WILL SIMPLY STAY AWAY FROM CITI FIELD. I KNOW I WILL. THERE IS NOTHING THERE TO WATCH. LETS GO DUCKS-LETS GO DUCKS!OR HOW ABOUT THE NEWARK BEARS? YES!

  3. Edwin, reading capitalized rants is too much work.

    I’m actually not complaining at all about the fact that the Mets haven’t signed any big names. Marquis wasn’t going to fix very much because he would have bumped Jonathon Niese – not Oliver Perez – from the rotation (because the Mets gave Perez that ridiculous contract that many Met fans actually wanted). And I think that Niese could do just as well as Marquis will at the league minimum salary.

    The problem isn’t what they have or haven’t done this offseason. It’s the guy making the decisions. Whomever the Mets acquire, you can bet that it was either the wrong player that was targeted or that they paid way too much to get him.

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