Unlike last season, the bullpen seems to be pretty uncomplicated going into next season, and I don’t foresee much change to come. That’s probably a good thing, as under Omar Minaya, the Mets have blown way too much money trying to fix the bullpen since he took over as GM in 2004. Most members of last year’s bullpen are under team control another season, so we should expect to see much the same cast of characters back in New York for 2010.
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That’s the message sent by Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel today, as the team will fire Alicea and Sandy Alomar Sr, while the rest of the team’s coaching staff will return. Razor Shines and Sandy Alomar Jr will likely inherit the first base coach and bench coach jobs and the team will likely look to find new men to fill the third base coach and catching instructor roles.
It should come as no surprise that the team is going to retain Jerry Manuel for another year. While he is neither a good instructor, nor a good in-game tactician, nor is he good at relating to his players (as Ryan Church can attest), nor is he good at keeping the team from quitting on him, and nor does he make a substantial sum of money…actually, I don’t know why the Mets are retaining Manuel. I guess it’s just easier to keep him than have to fire him and go through the trouble of finding somebody else? Especially when somebody else (like Mets blogosphere favorite Bobby Valentine) could command up to $4 million.
The Mets’ outfield situation for next season begins and ends in left field. Carlos Beltran and Jeff Francouer will likely be back to start in center field and right field, respectively. Angel Pagan has played well enough to replace Jeremy Reed as the team’s primary backup outfielder. I’d like to think that they aren’t bringing back Cory Sullivan, but I’ve been wrong before. And Gary Sheffield is unlikely to return as the team’s starting left fielder, as it’s doubtful he can handle playing a full season in the field. Let’s take a look at what’s out there and what the Mets can do to try to add a few wins next year.
Second part in a series. For my plan for the catcher’s spot, go here.
There aren’t as many decisions to make in the infield as there are at catcher. The team is set at shortstop and third base, and likely second base as well. First base is a different story, as they will not have a starting first baseman under contract for 2010. I do think they have good options for the bench already under team control, but it remains to be seen if they view those options the same way I do. Let’s take a look at what they have.
While the regular season is not yet over, meaning we are about two months away from the kickoff of the official hot stove season, in actuality the Mets season has been over for so long, our hot stove started in July. Most Mets fans have had plenty of time to think about directions for next season, as that has been the only thing getting them through this disaster. Other Mets blogs are getting ready to post their plans for next season, and I thought I’d try to get a jump on things by posting my own wild and crazy plans. This will run in several parts.