No news is great news

The Mets have done absolutely nothing at the trade deadline, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  There were rumors about the team acquiring Scott Kazmir, or Adam LaRoche, or Matt Murton, but in the end, the Mets did not acquire anybody.  While I would have liked to have seen them sell off some of their spare parts, ultimately they probably would not have gotten back much value for what they had available (Hoops, Sheffield, and Feliciano heading the list) so in the end, nothing was better than anything in this case.

I just don’t think this team can climb back in the race, even if they get 80% Carlos Beltran or 85% Jose Reyes in the upcoming weeks.  They are too far out, behind too many teams.  They can probably finish with a respectable win total with a few healthy months of Beltran, Reyes, Delgado, Sheffield, Putz, and Wagner, but we’re realistically looking at a ceiling of about 83-84 wins at most.  There is just going to be too many games lost to starting players such as Daniel Murphy, Alex Cora, Jeremy Reed, Angel Pagan, Livan Hernandez, and Omir Santos.  Making a token acquisition, even for a good player like a Victor Martinez or Roy Halladay, would not noticeably improve the Mets’ playoff chances for 2009, and would require a price in prospects that would be too great for such a small improvement.

The other benefit to not making a trade means that Omar Minaya did nothing to save his job.  Whether it’s because the Wilpons would not sign off on anything or because he couldn’t put anything together, at least Omar didn’t make a panic trade to save his job.  While there would have been a certain symmetry in Minaya acquiring Scott Kazmir from the Rays as a panic trade to save his job, it probably would not have been a good idea for the Mets.  While it does confirm that the Mets season is over, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.  Hope, in this case, would not have been a good thing.

2 Responses to “No news is great news”

  1. tjv101 says:

    I know you couldn’t be happier but that doesn’t necessarily mean the rest of the Mets fans are happy that our team did nothing before the trade deadline. Minaya can say all he wants that he was in negotiations with several GM’s for possible trades but I really don’t care nor necessarily believe him.

    You can’t really tell me that picking up Victor Martinez or Roy Halladay would only give the Mets a small improvement. So your saying every 5th day, you got a guy thats going to pitch close to 9 innings, give up 2-3 runs the most, strike out 6-9 guys, and probably dominate a new league is only a small improvement? Oh yeah, he’s not gonna tax your bullpen either. Have you forgotten about Johan and what he brings to the table every 5th day? Now add that 1-2 punch of Roy Halladay and your looking at one of the premier front end starting rotations in all of baseball. Let’s face it the Mets farm system is awful. Only you and Omar Minaya believe that there’s anyone good in there. We saw the Mets best prospect come up and be in- effective and now he’s hurt. Aside from his young age of 20, he looked overmatched and overrated. I wouldn’t have minded getting Kazmir either. He’s still young enough and has the talent to be a great pitcher. I’m disappointed the Mets did nothing. For me, its the final straw with Minaya and his tenure with this team. I’m disappointed you feel this way.

  2. Chris Wilcox says:

    Victor Martinez and Roy Halladay do not put the 2009 Mets into the playoffs. We’re too far out with too many teams in front of us with not enough time to go. I long ago accepted this. Trading away our best prospects is not going to put this team in the playoffs, and it costs our team either a next wave of depth that is sorely needed by this team, or it costs them valuable trading assets for when they are in a race.

    I am not the only person who likes our farm system – read some of the scouting analysts out there. Ike Davis is tearing up Binghamton, Brad Holt is putting up huge strikeout numbers, and my new personal favorite Jenrry Mejia is striking players out and getting ground balls at high rates facing players 2-3 years older than him. Plus there are other guys who are going to play in the majors within a few years, guys like Reese Havens, Josh Thole, Ruben Tejada…there are legit major leaguers in our farm system.

    As for Fernando Martinez, are you really giving up on him after 100 plate appearances, when he’s only 20 years old? He’s been rushed every step of the way and eventually holds his own. He had no business seeing major league pitching this season, we aren’t anywhere close to seeing what he’s fully capable of in the majors. To give up on him now, after 100 at bats when he was far too young to be in the majors to begin with, is insane.

    Look, like most Mets fans, I’m disappointed with how this season has progressed. It’s been one off-field embarrasment after another, with our share of on-field embarrassments as well. But it’s not happening for us this year. Beltran won’t be back at 100%, Reyes probably won’t be either, who knows what kind of shape Carlos Delgado’s hip will be in when he returns…there’s just too many question marks to justify trading top prospects for a short-term gain that probably won’t even put them in the postseason. If this was last year, I can see making that kind of splash, but this isn’t a team that’s making the playoffs. The sooner other Mets fans realize this, the more they might actually enjoy the last two months of pressure-free baseball.

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