Showing posts with label Jenrry Mejia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jenrry Mejia. Show all posts

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mejia and Pagan Is Too Much For Lee

The Mets and Twins are reportedly the frontrunners for Cliff Lee, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. The Twins have what the Mariners want most - a great catching prospect that will never see the light of day behind Mauer - but the Mets may be willing to counter that by giving up both Angel Pagan and Jenrry Mejia.

I don't even know where to begin with why this is a bad trade.

I guess I'll start off with the obvious. Many Mets fans are under the impression that it is a possibility that not only can the Mets make a deal for Cliff Lee, but that they can also sign him to an extension in the process.

That's not going to happen. Lee will head into free agency because he's going to be able to get an absurdly ridiculous deal based largely on how good he is, and also largely on how big his name has become. A team like the Yankees will surely throw lots of zeros at him, and if not that, numerous other teams will create a bidding war much like we're going to see in the near future of the NBA.

So, what if the Mets trade for him, could they feel secure about being able to re-sign him after the year?

Short answer, no.

There will be absolutely no security in this deal. None. Well, you may argue, but he wants to exact revenge on Philadelphia. Unfortunately that isn't the real problem - Lee didn't hate Philadelphia for any reason other than that they didn't show him the money. If loyalty were any bit of an issue, wouldn't he still be in Philadelphia? So, to sum, even if he pitches the Mets to a World Series this year (far from a guarantee contrary to popular belief) why in the world would he take less money to re-sign?

Well, he won't. Remember when Mike Hampton left after 2000?

Now, as for who the Mets are thinking about dealing here: Angel Pagan and Jenrry Mejia. That is waaaaaaaaay too much for a guy who is going to walk after the season. I don't care if Beltran is coming back or not, Pagan has been the heart and soul of this team, and arguably its best player all year. He has the necessary tools to be really good for a long time. Then there's Mejia. He likely won't be the next Doc Gooden, but you can't deny he has a bright future.

It's just too much for a rental.

And to top it off, Cliff Lee will be 32 next year. So, even if the Mets miraculously find a way and the gods shine down on us, why would you expect what Cliff Lee did between 28 and 31 when he is approaching his mid to late 30's?

Anyone? Anyone?

Pass.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Musings

I hate off days. I really do. And to make things worse? It's the third Monday in a row the Mets have been off. If you've ever seen "Office Space" you would understand that I "have a case of the Mondays." If you haven't seen the movie, it's an absolute must. I strongly urge you see it if you think that a) work sucks b) Monday sucks c) Jennifer Aniston is cute d) both A & B e) All of the above. Classic.

Anyway, I digress. Off days provide ample opportunity to tell you about all sorts of miscellaneous tidbits you could probably care less about.

But, as always, here goes anyway...

Something I find interesting and/or surprising:

Ok, in my research (which is far from extensive or difficult) I was mildly surprised to find Roy Halladay's name in the top 10 of the National League for most losses (6). The Phillies are also only 8-7 as a team when he pitches. My conclusion?

Where do we stand?

39-30, 2.5 games behind first place Atlanta, 1/2 game ahead of San Francisco for the wild card lead.

Something mildly funny, yet tragically sad: Big Bird is at it again...

(Photograph courtesy of Getty Images)

Something 3 months overdue:  

Jenrry Mejia has been sent down to AA Binghamton to presumably lengthen himself out and fine tune his secondary pitches in hopes of becoming a starter for the big club.

My wishes for your Monday:

I hope you make it happily through the day.


-Tom Greenhalgh (6/21/10)


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Mets Should Pursue Dan Haren

Let's suppose that you fall under the category of a Mets fan that is less than ecstatic about the prospect of Roy Oswalt sporting the orange and blue. Perhaps you're wary about the price tag (who isn't?) or the health issues. Maybe it concerns you what Houston would likely ask for in return.

Let's take this one step further and also suppose that you're not elated about the idea of Cliff Lee sandwiched between Johan and Mike in the rotation. Perhaps you feel that the Mets would have to give up far too much for a player that would most certainly be a rental.

That's all fair.

But, if all of that is the case (and certainly even if it's far from how you feel) you may be intrigued by the idea of one other less talked about ace that will be on the market this summer: Dan Haren.

First and foremost, Haren is signed through the 2012 season with a club option for 2013. Security? Check.

Haren leads the NL in strikeouts. He has 7 wins (and this has been a sub par year). Prior to this season, Haren had 3 consective seasons (07-09) where he pitched to the tune of no less than 14 wins and no higher than a 3.33 ERA. Even prior to that, in 2005 and 2006, he won 14 games each year with no higher than a 4.12 ERA while pitching in the American League. Couple that with 3 consecutive All-Star selections.

And he's only 29 years old.

This will be far from cheap. But let's be realistic. Any of these three guys would cost the Mets blue chip prospects. So, if trading for a 29 year old stud who is locked in for a few years would be considered "mortgaging the future" then what exactly would renting Lee at the cost of Mejia and F-Mart be considered? Steve Phillips-esque?

Point is, if it costs Martinez and Mejia, you pull the trigger.

The Arizona firesale is coming. Haren is waiting.


-Tom Greenhalgh (6/15/10)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pick Up the Phone, Pedro Is Waiting

I can see it right now. Pedro Martinez is likely at home with his family, sitting next to the phone in eager anticipation, waiting with baited breath at the proposition that some team out there still believes in him. Well, what's it going to be, Omar?

Pick up the phone.

Now, Mets fans, before you go off the deep end at this proposition, let me clarify something. Pedro Martinez is not my answer to the hole in the Mets rotation.

Instead, he is my answer to a gaping hole in the 8th inning.

As we sit here today, on June 7th, two months into the season, I pose this question to all of you fellow Met fans: Do you feel comfortable and satisfied with your options in the 8th inning right now? Dessens? Nieve? Igarashi? Mejia? Feliciano as more than a lefty specialist? Are any of these guys a sure thing? Or is it all about riding the hot hand and patching everything together?

Well, Pedro Martinez could be your sure thing.

Many would say that he's old, he can't do it anymore, he can't throw hard. The criticisms and naysayers could go on and on. But take a look at how he performed in Philadelphia last year: 9 starts, 5-1 record with a 3.63 ERA after being acquired late in the season. He was effective and he proved he can still pitch. The problem was he couldn't go deep into a game.

Now, take those numbers as a starter and condense his potential effectiveness into 3 or 4 batters every 2nd or 3rd night, and spread it over the course of two or three months. This would enable Pedro to air it out and make only one trip through a batting order on any given night.

He is crafty enough to do it. Upon signing with New York in 2005, he was in a transitional period from being the power pitcher that he was, to the crafty veteran that he is - and he had pretty good success prior to injury.

So, why not ask? Ignoring the nostalgia and the obvious benefits such as his familiarity with the city, the organization, and the entire division, from a purely baseball standpoint one thing is clear. He can still pitch.

More than likely, Martinez isn't going to jump at the idea of being a reliever. After being dominant for as long as he was, he is going to wait for an offer to join a contending team with a spot for him in the rotation.

I don't see anyone making that call, but maybe I'm wrong.

But if I'm right, then the question is, will he hang it up? Or would he entertain an idea such as this? If the Mets are still in this thing around the all-star break - which barring a horrible stretch they will be - then perhaps Minaya would have the opportunity to persuade Pedro to finish what was unfinished business in the big apple.

Does having him as your set up man make the Mets better than they are right now?

Absolutely.

Pick up the phone, Omar.


-Tom Greenhalgh (6/7/10)