In an article I'd imagine will get a lot of feedback today, Joel Sherman has essientially turned over the Mets roster
in today's New York Post. The scary thing is: I don't disagree with all of it. Although his heart is in the right place most of the time, most of his moves are impossiblities at this point, as you'll see why:
*Mike Piazza to the Dodgers for Shawn Green
1.) There's no way Green waives his no-trade clause to leave a contending ballclub where he's comfortable to come to the New York Mets.
2.) I just don't see the DePodesta making this move. Paul's a bright guy, and I'm sure he'll find a much cheaper solution at catcher this offseason.
Personally, I like Piazza. I think he makes a solid catcher -- stress on the word catcher -- for the team next year. His numbers at the position this year show that he just might have another good season or two in him if managed correctly. The fact that Art Howe is gone makes me feel a little more comfortable that Piazza will have a little more stability this year.
*Cliff Floyd and Kaz Matsui to the Mariners for Bret Boone and Eddie Guardado
1.) Anything that gets rid of Clifford Floyd I'll take.
2.) I happen to like Kaz Matsui, and I think a lot of other Mets fans do too. I don't see why the media dislikes the idea of him at second so much next year. The guy put up some solid numbers (with the exception of the month of June) and I believe now that he's had a year to adjust his numbers will be even better next season.
3.) Bret Boone? Seriously? You'd rather have Bret Boone at 2B next year? Really?
4.) I gotta give Sherman credit on Guardado though. His idea of an Eddie/Looper 1-2 punch is a nice move, and I certainly wouldn't mind seeing it.
The fact remains, this is another deal that couldn't be made. Bill Bavasi was pretty adamant at the trade deadline that Guardado wasn't available, and I don't see that changing this offseason, especially when what we're offering is a breaking down outfielder.
*Tom Glavine to his home-state Red Sox for Doug Mientkiewicz and Trot Nixon
This is just silly. I can't even comment on this. If Omar Minaya could get this deal done, I'd give him Executive of the Year before the season even started. As Balki
once said: "Joel Sherman, don't be ridi-cool-us."
I apologize for the lame 80's line, but it just seemed so fitting.
*Victor Diaz, Aaron Heilman and Vance Wilson to the Pirates for Jason Kendall and $13 million
Now, this is a deal I could see happening. The problem is, would anybody want it to? If the Mets are trading Piazza, they'll need a catcher, and Jason Kendall could
make a solid replacement (and the 13 mil doesn't hurt), but if the Pirates are as desperate to unload the guy as has been said for the past year and a half, the Mets shouldn't have to give up this much to get him. Heilman and Wilson could probably do the deal themselves, maybe with Brazell or Redman thrown in for good measure. I don't see the Mets having to put Diaz in the deal to get it done, the Pirates just don't have a leg to stand on in a trade like this. The only thing that might change would be the money, but honestly, what's more important: $5 million dollars or Victor Diaz? I take Mini-Manny any day.
*Sign free agents Tino Martinez and Magglio Ordonez
1.) Another move I agree with. I would love to have Tino on this team, as he would be a change in team mentality: a veteran presence that SERVES A PURPOSE. The guy still can hit (23 homers, 120 hits in 458 at-bats) can get on base (66 BB's - .362 OBP) and has a real solid glove over at first.
2.) I have an unhealthy adoration of Magglio Ordonez. I don't know why, but I just love the guy. I own his jersey, I've gotten his autograph, I'd drive to Chicago to see him play. He's one of my favorite players, so I will obviously agree with the signing, regardless of whether or not he's healthy. My problem with Sherman's proposition? He wants to offer him a one-year deal, plus incentives. The guy's a 30-100-100 man, something tells me he's not coming to the Mets for a one-year deal plus incentives. The fact that Beltran is pretty much a New York Yankee already tells me Omar will make a strong push for this guy, and will end up with a three year deal. And I'll be ecstatic.
Joel's Lineup of the Future:
1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Jason Kendall, C
3. Shawn Green, RF
4. Magglio Ordonez, LF
5. Bret Boone, 2B
6. Tino Martinez, 1B
7. David Wright, 3B
8. Mike Cameron, CF
The chance of it happening? Nil. Even if it did, what the hell is David Wright doing hitting seventh? Regardless, it's fun to dream! And it's made me want to do my own, which I'll put up shortly.
In other news, the Mets got permission to interview Jaramillo, which is exciting news, because the Mets are already 1 for 1 in locking up highly-thought-of coaches. This Post article says the Mets might offer him the ability to become the Rick Peterson of Hitting. Honestly, I wouldn't mind it at all, Jaramillo's body of work is incredible, and to bring that kind of expertise to the Mets and coupling it with Rick Peterson's ability would make me personally feel a lot better about the future of the organization. Hopefully, Omar can use that friendship to get a deal done.