Elster's World

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Meet the Mets

Yes, I know this will take away people from my 55th post spectacular (below) but....
Sources on ESPN.com report that Mets GM Omar Minaya has traded Marc Jacobs and pitching prospect Yurisimo Petit to the cost-cutting Florida Marlins in exchange for Carlos Delgado and $7,000,000 in cash. I cannot decide if I'm more stunned or delighted. I am pretty sure I'm leaning towards delighted. So tipping a hat to Bill Simmons' 10 reasons he loved the Red Sox trade for Josh Beckett, I give you my 5 reasons for loving this deal.

1. Can you say playoffs?

Let's examine the fundamental flaws with last season's team which was good but not great. They had decent starting pitching, poor defense and horrendous relief pitching. The other thing they lacked was one more big bopper in the middle of the lineup, which forced the Mets to bat Beltran third instead of his customary second spot.

If (and it's a huge if at this point) the Mets can sign Billy Wagner, all of a sudden their roster looks something like this:

2. Major Roster Upgrade:

Now you have Reyes leading off, Beltran (in the number 2 slot where he belongs), Delgado (and his .315 average, 33 home runs and 115 RBI) bating third, Floyd fourth and Wright fifth. That's thunder in the middle. The you fill it out with Nady/Diaz in right, the the catcher and second baseman. (And yes, I know there is no way Floyd will stay healthy this year for the entire season but we can hope he does.)

Starting pitcher will be Pedro (who I expect will take a minor step down this season - especially if he logs a lot of innings in that World Cup baseball thing), Glavine (who I expect will be slightly better now that he remembers he is allowed to pitch inside) Seo, Trachsel, Benson (who looks uncannily like Glavine, only 10 years younger) and the always comedic Victor Zambrano and his eight walks a game. Now throw Anna Benson into the mix and you have quite a pitching staff.

Even the relief corps will be stronger. Imagine a Heilman/Roberto Hernandez 7th/8th, followed by Billy Wagner and his 100 mph fastball closing it out? Yes, I know it's still a dream at this point but still...

This is a much stronger lineup and the playoffs are finally in reach.

3. The Minaya/Delgado Spanish issue.

It was well publicized that Delgado was highly critical of Omar Minaya last season when the Mets GM tried to lure the then free agent Delgado to the Mets by using the common Latin American tie as part of the bait. Delgado said he felt disrespected by Minaya and that speaking Spanish was a cheap trick.

So imagine the first day of spring training when they run into each other for the first time.

Omar: "Ola Senior Carlos"

Carlos: Grunts angrily.

Omar: "I mean, hey carlos how you doin... screw that, I'm your boss. I'll talk to you in any f$#2ng language I choose."

Should be good times all around.

4. First Base - Black Hole.

First base has been a black hole for the Mets for many, many years. Maybe since Keith Hernandez was snagging the second baseman's chances and throwing out guys trying to get to third. Now all of a sudden, thge Mets have a bona-fide slugger at a slugger's position. On top of that, his glove is good enough to help keep the pressure off Wright and Reyes to make perfect throws. Have I mentioned I'm in love with this move?

5. To steal from Simmons again - Always trade an established star for prospects.

And to take it a step further, especially when that top prospect is a Met. How many 5-tool, top prospects have been overhyped by this organization, only to then fizzle out? 8? 10? A dozen? (And yes, I am intentionally not bringing up the fact that the Mets let the top lefty pitching prospect go for Victor Zambrano and his 8 walks a game. Imagine this team with Scott Kazmir as it's fifth starter. I'm getting ulcers just thinking about this, let's move on.) Maybe Marc Jacobs can put up those same numbers over the course of an entire season. But then again, maybe not. Maybe Petit will be an awsome pitcher. But maybe not. We know Delgado is a stud. He's been doing it for 10 years. And while he's 33 years old, he's a young 33 isn't he?

So there you have it. If this deal was any more of a no-brainer, even Terry Bradway would have pulled the trigger on it.

Now let's cross our fingers and hope that the Mets get Wagner.


  • Oh, and a bonus 6th reason: Now the Mets no longer need Manny Ramirez. Don't get me wrong, Manny is a racking machine and would have no problems putting up huge numbers even at Shea, a notorious pitcher's park. BUT imagine Manny playing left in Shea too. It would add about half a point to every pitcher's ERA next season. Bad tidings.

    By Blogger Elster, at 12:08 PM  

  • 1. Who is "Marc Jacobs." Were you billing like 250 hours in September and missed what Mike Jacobs did?

    2. "Can you say playoffs?"

    One person who can't is Carlos Delgado. His teams range from terrible to slightly better than average. He was never as good as Mo Vaughn at his best, but now with bad knees and a bad attitude is another Vaughn waiting to happen.

    3. Why do you say that Delgado is a young 33? With those knees, he's quite an old 33.

    4. The trade sucks. Florida would have given Delgado away for nothing. Even Steve Phillips got Al Leiter from them for much less during their previous dismantling. And look what Boston gave up for Beckett.

    5. Twice you call the newest Marlin "Marc Jacobs?"

    6. As for your concerns about the Mets defense, they are well placed. Now the Mets have Diaz and Nady in right (Diaz is terrible; Nady is better at 1B) and Delgado at first base. Two positions with worse defense in a big old pitchers stadium.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 2:03 PM  

  • Geez - Mike Jacobs. mea Culpa. But still, I cannot disagree more about this trade. Pedro is getting older, Glavine is getting older, Floyd is getting older. The Mets have a chance to make noise NOW. Why not take a chance??

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:44 AM  

  • "Pedro is getting older, Glavine is getting older, Floyd is getting older."

    Exactly. The Mets need young talent, or just like after 2000, they're going to soon be an old team with a bunch of $10 million + players on the DL.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 12:30 PM  

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    By Blogger kathyt, at 12:11 PM  

  • All the talent in the world means nothing if the guys don't produce. The mets haven't been exactly talentless these past few years but they have produced nothing. I think wagner will help and i think Delgado will be better than what they have had. elster, cmon man, no matter what, if you have the chance to get ManRam, you get ManRam.

    it comes down to heart and effort, pure and simple. 1986 is getting longer and longer away and any fan of the blue and orange just gets sadder and sadder because the talent results have not been consistent ith the talent level.

    it's time to sac up and play some ball.


    By Blogger The Real Neo, at 5:20 AM  

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