By Chuck Rothman
Provided as a public service for Mets bloggers everywhere (select the options below to fill any blog entry):
If the Mets want to be in the postseason next year, it's clear they must address their problems [in the bullpen/at second base/at left field/at catcher/on the bench/other position]. And in order to do this, they need to consider [name of player].
Last year, [name of player] went [Insert statistics]. [If a batter, indicate he is a good fielder, the positions he plays, and how the person he replaces can be traded for someone even better]. [If a reliever, indicate he can get both lefties and righties out]. He also [list several other sterling qualities] and is [a great clubhouse guy who always gives 100%/not the clubhouse cancer people say he can be]. He is available [as a free agent/through a trade] and Omar should expend every effort to acquire him.
[If free agent]
[Name of Player] will probably be willing to sign for [dollars] for [number] years. [If player is under 30, he is in his prime/if player is over 30, too many years may be a problem.] He [has/has not] shown an interest in playing for the Mets [If "has not," he may decide to sign if [insert reason usually a ton of money]]. [Add additional reasons why the Mets are front runners climate, new stadium, tickets to Broadway shows, etc. However, [Point out two potential pitfalls of signing], but it's a risk work taking.
[Player's team] is looking to [reduce salary/go with youth/add a veteran]. If we put together a package of [random list of Mets prospects and players], they might be willing to part with him. He will be under contract for another [number] years. [if "number" less than 2] We should have him sign a new contract as part of the trade. Critics have said [insert criticism], but [a change of scene will help/the problems were overhyped/the numbers disprove it]. But it's a risk worth taking.
The deal might be just what the team needs to do to bring the postseason to Citi Field. Omar should seriously consider it.