Do the Mets Need To Move Their Great Players?


     No one is completely “untouchable…”


     People keep speaking words that revolve around the Mets trading away some of the core that helped them win a bunch of games this season.  A core that consisted of three of the better players in baseball…and a good first baseman.  Not including Santana; Beltran, Wright, Reyes, and Delgado are apparently not good enough for some fans.  But where would the New York Mets be without these four players?  They are not magically winning games with zero talent.  They aren’t magically winning games with a great pitching staff, solid enough, but not great.  They do play defense, I will give them that.  But who exactly plays good defense for them?  Carlos Beltran, David Wright, and Jose Reyes are the Mets three best and most important defenders on the pitchers side of the catcher.  Would this defense exist without these three players?  No, it would not.   


     The Mets traded away some young, but somewhat expendable talent to acquire Johan Santana.  So I think it is safe to say that they have a “win now” mentality.  Johan should be an above average pitcher for several more seasons, but he is great right now!  


     Carlos Delgado is 36 years old.  Apparently he has one more year on his contract at $16 million.  Please let me know if this is incorrect, but my “sources” say this is true.  I would find little negative if they could unload that final year of Delgado’s contract and get something decent back in return.  However, it is unlikely that they will find any takers to pay Delgado, who is in his late thirties, $16 million.  Delgado gave all fans a scare this season when he was miserable for the first two months of the year, then seemingly pulled his bat speed out of a hat.  It is safe to say that it will be difficult for Delgado to duplicate the numbers he posted in 2008 next season.  It is far from impossible, but not all that likely either.  Delgado is expendable, but could still help some next season.


     Carlos Beltran is a great player.  Great!  We all know that Adam Wainwright made him look like an unpassionate, indifferent, five-tool primadonna (Ok, maybe I am exaggerating how Mets fans seemed to have felt/and feel).  But that pitch should not sum up Carlos Beltran.  He is a very good defender at an up-the-middle position.  CB was easily the best all around CF in the National League, great defender, and he helped “create” more runs than any of the other bodies patrolling the middle of the outfield.  But that actually kind of hurts Beltran’s case a little, comparing him simply to CF’s.  Beltran was one of the five best position players in the entire league this year.  If they are built to win the next few seasons, then there are few better players to have than Carlos Beltran.


     No one is completely “untouchable…” 


     …But here are the near untouchables…


     Jose Reyes is one of the four best SS’s in the game of baseball.  A pretty solid defender at a very important position.  And a truly great hitter as far as SS’s go.  The mental lapses are there, and they may always be there…but he is 25 years of age.  25!  Reyes is still learning the game of baseball.  Are there other 25 year old players that have been further along in their development?  Definitely.  But Reyes is a great talent, one that any franchise should hold onto, hoping that he can grasp the mental part of the game.  But everyone knows he will produce, and produce well.  How well depends on his focus, and determination to improve as a player.


     And then we come to the the third baseman.  With Chipper Jones oft-injured…at all times, David Wright is the second best 3B in the game of baseball today.  Wright is a strong defender, and is a very good hitter.  Any team would love to have him, especially because he is young, and reasonably priced.  It is safe to say that David Wright is the least expendable player on the New York Mets.  A true team player, and even though the fans tend to focus on some of his negatives because he plays in New York, he, like Reyes, is still learning.  He is 25 years old, and already great.


     Teams, No, franchises (fan bases included), should embrace these players.  They should understand what they mean to the franchise.  Games are not won without talent, and these players, the last three mentioned especially, are great talents.  They don’t need to trade Beltran.  They don’t need to trade Reyes, they need to get someone in there to keep him on his toes.  They don’t need to trade David Wright, he has Hall of Fame talent.  They simply need to make better moves to improve upon the team that surrounds these talents.  Easier said then done, one might say.  But the Mets have money.  Lots and lots of money!  Go out and find a corner outfielder.  Go out and sign a few pitchers.  Try to win with the awesome talent that you, the Mets, came across, however you did.  They don’t need to do much, when compared to other teams, to win 90 games next season.  And that should be plenty of motivation to keep the GREAT core that they have right now.       


  1. mikeeff

    most of that crap about the mets “needing” to break up the core was from that windbag mike francessa. it is completely absurd of course. i think they may very well keep delgado for next year.
    remember at the end of 07 he had a bone in his hand broken- that may well have contributed to his slow start. of course at the end of 06 he had the wrist injury causing another slow start. they have a great kid in murphy they may try at 2nd base this year. they need to somehow move castillo ( one of the most idiotic deals of minaya’s tenure) -they will eat the salary of course. like most teams they need pitching.

  2. mikeeff

    also– and i have to say that i was thinking this yesterday—

    maddon moving kazmir to fenway to take on dice -bb. i’d say it’s a smart move. wouldn’t you?

  3. joefromnewhampshire

    Apparently Maddon wanted to do it because the bullpen is rested now, and Kazmir is more likely need to the pen than Shields is. Or so I heard. But Fenway is more difficult on LH pitchers, that may or may not matter much in a single game though. And since the LH hitters are hitting terribly right now anyway on the Red Sox, then if Maddon wants to give the RH’s an advantage (Pedroia, Youk, and Bay) then I am actually fine with it. I think that the Red Sox have a better chance against Kazmir right now, then they do Shields. Both Kazmir and Shields were significantly better at home this season, than on the road. Kazmir works better into the Red Sox philosophy too, as he throws a lot of pitches. The Red Sox need to take each game as they come, and I think they have a better shot to beat Kazmir than they do Shields. But who knows? Maybe Kazmir shuts them down. But I also just read that they are trying to avoid that umpire who has the reputation for not calling batters out on third strikes, and who had a run in with Kazmir earlier in the year. Put it this way, they need to win each game, and I think Kazmir gives the Red Sox a better chance to reach a game 6, but I hope that I don’t have to eat my words…

  4. joefromnewhampshire

    Minaya did admit the error of his ways. But isn’t Castillo still a Met? Maybe Minaya should have approched this matter privately, as he called out Castillo’s play this season. I mean if it was a matter of not trying then that is one thing. But I haven’t heard anything about Castillo being a cancer, have you?

  5. mikeeff

    i did hear that bit about the umpire and it’s sad that a team has to worry about a supposedly neutral sports officiator changing the outcome of a game because of a grudge…but lets face facts. we know how arbitrary and in some cases vindictive umpires can be- i think it’s one of the worst things about “the human element” in baseball.

    kasmir may have a better record at home than on the road–but if i’m not mistaken he has a very good record at fenway.

    IMO it really boils down to joe maddon not wanting to throw his best pitcher against matzuzaka and would prefer to take a chance on winning at home with shields against an injured beckett.

    minaya handled that terribly -you are absolutely right. this should have been an internal matter–from everything i’ve heard castillo is well liked and tries very hard–he simply has bad knees. he had bad knees when omar gave him 4 years…

  6. mikeeff

    Kazmir (4-4 with a 3.02 ERA in 11 starts) has been far better at Fenway than Shields (0-3, 10.12 in three starts).

  7. joefromnewhampshire

    I did look at how they fared at Fenway, but the Kazmir that the Red Sox have seen the past few times fits right into their game plan, that is what I was basing it on. And if Dice K is only going to go five innings then Kazmir might only go five too. I just hope the Dice K that shows up every once in a while, that one that actually hits his spots, his pitches look crisp, and the reason he was so highly touted to begin with, shows up. After the first inning in game one he was awesome. But he wasn’t good against the Angels. He is still not an ace, number two most likely, but not an ace.

  8. joefromnewhampshire

    Thanks, metsmainman. I wasn’t sure about it, as I stated. Why not let him leave and go after someone else? Teixera? But if they don’t think they want to pay Tex, then exercising the option wouldn’t be TERRIBLE, I guess. Could be worse. He did have a good year, and they do have a lot of money.

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