By Shari Forst
Editor's Note: Most of you know Shari Forst from Take the "7" Train. This is her first contribution to this blog. - M.S.
Hi All- Shari here from MostValuableNetwork.com's Take The "7" Train- I have been less than impressed with the moves Omar and company have been making so far this off season. I don't know about you, but I think the Mets had better pay their gas or electric bill because their hot stove moves have left me ice cold.
Moises Alou? Are they kidding me? A 40 year old guy who can't stay on the field? I could even see this move if they paid him the league minimum or even one or two million, but EIGHT MILLION? Have they learned nothing from Cliff Floyd who is considerably younger but still old by baseball standards? I would have kept Floyd rather than make this move. At least we know Floyd -at the very least was a well liked and respected guy in the club house. People always seem to forget that the club house can be the nerve center of a team. A disruptive atmosphere can make the best teams stink on ice, where as a harmonious one can make even a so-so team competitive. So now we have Shawn Green in left field, and Alou in right. I hope Beltran eats his Wheaties this off season because he will be covering alot of ground in the outfield.
They resigned Jose Valentin which I was not really against. He certainly earned himself another season, but I was hoping that they would go after someone a little younger who is in their prime and could be part of the future. Alou & Valentin are what I like to call "band- aid" players. They are quick fixes for positions that will need to be addressed after 2007. I don't understand why like the Mets with money to spend have such a hard time going after good players in the prime of their careers.
They let Chris Woodward go too, another move I was not particularly fond of. Woodward was an asset on the bench. Granted he had a bad year offensively in 2006 due to a torn labium, but here is a guy who can play every position but pitcher and catcher and was another well liked club house guy. In his place they another older bench guy-Damien Easley.
Then they trade away Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom to the Marlins for Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick. HO HUM. Why they traded away Owens is beyond me, what I saw of him was pretty impressive last season-and Jason Vargas I thought was less than impressive.
With Tom Glavine's return hanging in the balance, they continue to sit on their heels in the Barry Zito auction. I feel whether or not Glavine returns they should go after him. If they wait much longer upon Glavine's decision which should have been make 3 weeks ago, Zito can very well be snapped up by the countless other teams that need a quality left hander.
Finally, they fail to resign rock solid reliever Chad Bradford who had a 2.60 ERA and a 4-2 record pitching in middle relief. They didn't even make him and offer and he went off to Baltimore for a three year deal. The 6th & 7th innings of a game are usually when the turning points occur. Ironically the worst pitchers in baseball usually shoulder the brunt of these innings. Middle relievers are usually just that because they aren't good enough to be starters OR closers. When you have a guy like Bradford in your midst, it would be a wise move to hold on to him.
I honestly don't know what the Mets are thinking, for one thing I am a big advocate of the "If it ain't broke don't fix it" philosophy. Why tinker with a team that was an inning away from the World Series in 2006? Just get the missing pieces and leave the rest alone.
We'll see what the Winter Meetings have in store for us, but so far I am left feeling less than impressed.