Having Lost Their Putz, Mets Should Look to Play With a Wang

The Mets offseason so far has been simply baffling, do they have a plan, are they aware they have multiple holes and need to improve their team? They know they play in NYC and have loads of cash and thus can, with shrewd moves change their recent misfortunes quickly right? Bueller?

So far the biggest moves the Mets have made involved signing not one, but TWO backup catchers, I guess because you can never be TOO comfortable with your emergency catcher. Never mind that Omir Santos had a decently solid rookie campaign and that was probably the LEAST needed position.

Currently, the Mets rotation consists of Johan (and his fraying elbow), Oliver Perez (woof), John Maine (eek), Mike Pelfrey (s’ok) and…

And that’s the problem. There is simply NO way the Mets can or should enter next season without at LEAST 7 starting pitchers on their 40-man roster because I think we all know that there is zero likelihood that Perez and Maine can get through a full season without imploding or getting injured.

So, it makes perfect sense for the team to pursue some of the free agents out there like Joel Pineiro, if only to prevent him from ever dominating them again. They should have made a play for Randy Wolf but he signed with the Brewers instead, and not for very much money either…

On the scrap heap, the Mets should be signing as many reclamation projects as they can; people like Ben Sheets and Chien-Mien Wang should be high atop the Metropolitans’ wish lists because the required commitment wouldn’t be too many years and the hope that at least ONE of them performs up to his past level would make the deals a bargain. Wang in particular would be a great pickup, he’s shown no problem with playing in NYC, his power sinker would play well in Citifield and the strong defense on the left side of the infield should help him get tons of outs. If Daniel Murphy ever learns how to catch a ball Wang could be REALLY effective. Because of his recent injuries and down year last season, Wang’s cost isn’t going to be prohibitive and from all accounts, Wang is PISSED at the Yankees and anything he can do to shove it up their asses is a bonus for him — and the Mets.

But of course, that won’t happen. After all, the Mets are too busy hot in pursuit of fat Bengie Molina because really, the chance to sign three catchers in an offseason is just too good to pass up.

If I were a Mets fan I think I’d kill myself.

4 Responses to “Having Lost Their Putz, Mets Should Look to Play With a Wang”

  1. 1 shatraw
    December 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    wow, way to have a litany of textbook rants against the mets offseason. did you come up with those arguments on your own or just co-opt them all from Mike Francesca?

    whether you are joining the “Great Mets Panic of Winter 09” as a fan or a hater, it’s hilariously lame that people are just making up what’s going on and treating it as behind-the-scenes fact.

    “They should have made a play for Randy Wolf but he signed with the Brewers instead, and not for very much money either…”

    Yeah, because nothing smacks of smart business like signing a 39 year old pitcher to 3 years.

    Hey, anyone notice that the mets HAVEN’T signed Bengie Molina to a 3 year deal? why would they? no one else wants him.

    Speaking of fraying elbows, John Lackey didn’t want to play for the mets. What are you gonna do in that case? Have fun with 25 starts for the next two years, then 20, 15 and none, red sox fans.

    the mets are just damned if they do, damned if they don’t right now. but i think the mature thing to do as sports fans is WAIT UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY MAKE A MOVE before dissecting what they did wrong.

    it’s still december. sheesh.

    • December 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

      First off, I NEVER NEVER NEVER listen to Francesca, I fucking HATE that dude and his ny-accent makes me want to jam a screwdriver down his throat. So, no, I didn’t hear shit from him.

      Who is this 39-year-old pitcher? Randy Wolf? Because he’s 33 and coming off 2-straight solid 200 IP seasons (ok, in 2008 he pitched 190 innings, but that’s essentially the same) and in Citifield would be money! But sure, why not let the Brewers get him instead without even really making an EFFORT to sign him.

      Why would the Mets sign Bengie? I don’t know either, but they’re gonna. Why would they sign TWO backup catchers? Or Luis Castillo to a 4-year deal that has hamstrung them? Or lost Putz for nothing? Or sign Oliver Perez? Or any of the myriad awful moves that Omar Minaya has engineered, because he’s a TERRIBLE GM. That’s why.

      And when did I say ANYTHING about Lackey? Oh that’s right, I didn’t, you’re just lashing out for no reason. So, let’s look at him; why didn’t he want to sign with the Mets? BECAUSE HE WANTED TO GO SOMEWHERE HE COULD WIN! You know what the Mets are, NOT WINNERS. In fact, I’d call them LOSERS! Especially now that Philly has Halladay, the Mets have ZERO chance of success, especially so long as Omar is at the helm. As for Lackey, will it turn out to be a great deal for the Sox? I dunno, I’m not super optimistic about it, but I think it will be good for at least 3 years so, that’s something, and fuck it, it’s not my money.

      But you’re right, I mean, I know I’d MUCH rather have John Maine and Oliver Perez making 70 starts for my team. Oh wait. That will NEVER happen because the two of them SUCK and can’t stay healthy and when they are healthy, THEY FUCKING BLOW! But yeah, I’d feel confident with them.

      “the mets are just damned if they do, damned if they don’t right now. but i think the mature thing to do as sports fans is WAIT UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY MAKE A MOVE before dissecting what they did wrong.”

      Isn’t the problem that they HAVEN’T made a move? I mean, they are coming off two straight AWFUL collapses, they moved into an incredible new stadium and their attendance went DOWN 24% and they’ve done NOTHING to improve their team or make fans think ANYTHING will be different. Unless of course, you think having a full season of Daniel Murphy at first is going to be good. Here’s a free piece of news from the future, HE IS A TERRIBLE FIRST BASEMAN.

      “it’s still december. sheesh.” This is true, it IS still December and you don’t win championships in December; if you’re the Mets though you can lose them and they already have. I look forward to the Mets having to trade David Wright in 6 years to a contender so he can finally play for a winner again.

  2. 4 shatraw
    December 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    however, you are right about wang and sheets. the mets should definitely offer them huge incentive-based deals.

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