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.
In a private meeting with Terry Collins today, Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran discussed the positions that they will be playing next season. It came out saying that Beltran gave Pagan center field and agreed to move to right.
This is great because it gives Beltran time to get used to playing right, and the pressure off Pagan to prove himself. This will help the team in the longrun.
This shows that Beltran is an unselfish player and that he knows what is good for the team. I am very happy with this move.