To make room on the roster for the newly resigned Hairston and Cedeno the Mets had to make two cuts from there 40 man roster. They decided to cut Fernando Martinez and Danny Herrera. First, the 23 year old top prospect isn’t EVER going to produce in the majors, sorry guys it’s true. He gets hurt every season and is not the player everyone thought he would be. This is a good choice by them to cut Martinez. I like Herrera, however, it is very hard to find a reliever who can throw that many breaking pitches for strikes and precision. I really liked what he brought to the table every day and if he gets claimed, I will miss him. He was actually one of my favorite Mets.
The Mets and Giants have worked out a deal to send all-star Carlos Beltran to the Giants in a deal that is rumored to be a 1 for 1 including top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. This is the best possible deal that we could have got for Beltran. This is the Giants prospect I have wanted since day one. He has 92K and 48BB in about 70 or so innings in the minors. The mets have agreed to pay most of Beltran’s salary for this year and all that is waiting is Beltran’s approval. It was rumored that we could only get a B level prospect and we get Wheeler. Nice work Sandy.
The Mets and Brewers announced today that they have completed a trade for closer Francisco Rodriguez and cash for 2 players to be named later. K-Rod will be the new Brewers set-up man.The Mets will get to pick 2 players from a pool of guys to complete the trade.
This is one contract that the Mets needed to get rid of. We could not allow ourselves to pay K-Rod 17.5MM in 2012 because he finished 55 games this season. I have a feeling that Sandy is going to pick 2 great young guys to finish the trade. As for the closers role, Izzy, I believe will not get it. He is too old and can not take the innings. I believe it is in-between Parnell and Beato. I would like to see Beato, however I believe Parnell will be the new closer of the Mets. The white flag has not yet been waved by Alderson. Best of luck to K-Rod in Milwaulkee. Lets Go Mets!
Who would have thought with Reyes playing how he is this season, I would have to write an article called, “The Mets have a Shortstop Issue.” The only thing is, I was in shock that Nick Evans was called up when Reyes was put on the DL. The Mets only have 1 shortstop on the Roster, Tejada. I was ok with that when it was just a few days that Reyes would be out, but now when he needs 3 weeks to be healed, there is a problem. Don’t get me wrong, Tejada is a great player but, he also has to play every single game at short until Reyes comes back and if he is injured, they have no replacement. The logical emergency shortstops are Turner, Harris, and Murphy. Turner, I believe, is way too big and slow to be a shortstop, Harris can play 3rd but he is an outfielder by trade, and Murphy can barely play 3rd, 2nd, and 1st so a position that he has never played before is out of the picture. I am worried with Tejada playing out there every day and personally, I think the Mets need to send Evans down, and get someone who can play short, offense is not an issue here, just defensive backup.
Before this offseason, they Mets had made at least one huge move each offseason. It was Jason Bay in ’09, K-Rod in ’08, and Santana in ’07, however after the 2010 season, the Mets did not make any huge moves. It was small guys like Byrdak, Carrasco, Harris, and Buchholz. Out of all of these scrappy under-the-radar guys, one player jumps out to me. Ronny Paulino. At the end of Spring Training I had expected Josh Thole to be a .300 hitter and a great bat in the 2 hole behind Jose Reyes. I expected very few strikeouts and many walks. I was wrong. Thole was great at the beginning of the year but went into a huge cold slump. This is where Paulino stepped in. He had 4 hits, including the game winner, in his first game as a Met in a huge game against Philly. Paulino has been nothing but great this year. He has been great with the pitching staff and hitting more than originally thought. We all expected high numbers against lefties for Paulino, but he is also hitting against right-handed pitching. He is hitting .336 on the season, almost .300 against RHP and almost .400 against LHP. Great move by Sandy, can’t wait to see how he handles this offseason.
As of right now the current pitching rotation is Gee, Dickey, Pelfrey, Niese, and Capuano. All of these men have pitched very well this year, however there is one small issue. Johan Santana could be back in as soon as a month if everything goes according to plan. So the question is who leaves the rotation when he returns? I don’t think anybody will. Niese is young and has been great, Dickey and Pelfrey have turned it back on as of late, Gee is in the conversation for rookie of the year and Capuano has been great as a 5th starter. Neither of them have earned a bullpen job. The only one of those guys who would even fit in the ‘pen would be Capuano because he can give you innings and he is lefty. But, Capuano doesn’t deserve a bullpen demotion upon Johan’s return. The only logical thing to do is either trade somebody (Pelfrey) or do what the White Sox have done and have a 6 man pitching rotation. Yes, some of the starters lose innings, but it could be good for this team. It could keep Johan’s innings down as he comes back to keep him healthy, it could help Niese and Gee keep endurance as neither have pitched 200 innings before, and no body ever complained about a days extra rest. So if everyone is producing well why not? There is no MLB rule that says a starter must start every 5 days.
Scott Hairston is a Met, for now. However, they might have just given him his farewell with the callup of Nick Evans. Hairston has been absolutely awful this year after a sensational spring. He is below .200 with 1 homer and is not mashing homers like usual. When Ike comes back, Tejada will probably be sent back down to the minors, however when Wright returns Hairston could be a goner. There is no way you could convince me that Sandy would call up Evans with the intention of sending him back down. He is out of options and can play the outfield and first base. Can you tell me another outfielder who hits from the right side? Hairston. It’s simple. He will either be a free agent or playing with Hu in AAA. Sandy would not risk Evans getting picked up on waivers especially with the rival Phillies looking for an outfield bat. Jason Pridie will stay because of his speed and he has hit. Besides, Pagan is almost back anyways.
With Chris Young coming back from his quick DL stint and starting Tuesday, the Mets made their corresponding move and sent down D.J. Carrasco to AAA. This means Dillon Gee will stay in the big leagues. Now I have to think that Gee will be in the starting rotation. You don’t keep a young guy in the big leagues to be your long man in the bullpen. The pitcher who makes the most sense to me to leave the rotation is Capuano. Terry has wanted a second lefty out there all year and Capuano is versatile enough to come out and relieve. We will see what they decide to do.
Brad Emaus is gone. He is not going to the minor leagues, he is gone. Today the Mets announced that they have designated Brad Emaus for assignment which means that Emaus has to be offered back to Toronto. The only ways that Emaus can go to AAA is if the Mets work out a trade for Emaus, or the Blue Jays don’t want him (won’t happen). Justin Turner is now up in the big leagues to share the job with Murphy.
Today after the game, the Mets announced that Blane Boyer and Lucas Duda were headed to the Minor Leagues and Izzy and Igarashi were going to Queens. I like both moves because Lucas has not been hitting and Boyer has not been pitching well. The bullpen has been overworked the past week so why not get another reliever up here. Good moves, WELCOME BACK IZZY.