November 19th is over, November 20th is here. Big time moves! Big time trades! Or just nothing for a long long time as I expect. This year’s class of free agents aren’t great. In fact, its kind of dismal. But as a Mets fan, you want your team’s owner to open his wallet (which is $30 million lighter this off-season so far) and spend some money because no matter what excuses you can make, 70 wins isn’t gonna cut it for a team that should be playoff caliber that played more like the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2009.
1. Two Starting Pitchers: right now this team has John Santana, Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey, and probably John Maine in the mix. That leaves a gaping hole as a #2 and another back of the rotation starter. The headlines over the last few days have Jason Marquis showing up on every media outlet practically begging to be a Met. Will he solve the #2 starter rotation problem? Uhh no, but I am sure he can be a great middle or back of the rotation kind of guy if signing Joel Pineiro doesn’t work out. There are two pitchers that (most) Mets fans covet this off-season…John Lackey or Roy Halladay. Reasonably, their best bet is probably Lackey. Although his numbers weren’t fantastic in an injury-ridden season (11-8 3.83 ERA), Lackey’s usually a workhorse and gamer. Playing with the Angels, a playoff team year after year, this guy can handle the pressure in NY and pack a nice 1-2 punch behind Santana. My guess is Lackey signs for 5 years $85-$90 million.
2. Left Field: Let’s be clear here, this is a big gaping hole for this team. Imagine a team with Beltran (at the helm) in center, Francoeur (still in my mind a good acquisition with a ton of potential), and Matt Holliday (.313 24 109 RBI). Holliday is without question the most coveted free agent this off-seas0on. It’s clear he wants Teixeira money (8 yr $180 million) but I doubt he will get it. He’s not Teixeira. Although the Mets need him, I think they want to build this team on speed and pitching and will avoid the Holliday’s and Jason Bay’s this off-season who will certainly want the largest contracts. What they should do is talk to the Rays about a trade for speedster Carl Crawford. Crawford’s $10 million dollar option was just picked up the Rays but they are always looking to shed payroll so don’t be surprised if they look to trade him. Imagine a 1-2 punch of Reyes-Crawford? I’d love it.