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Pre Winter Meetings Thoughts

Mike SteffanosSaturday, December 6, 2008
By Mike Steffanos

Sorry, folks. I had intended to get back to more frequent posting this past week, but work problems combined with a bad cold delayed my return.

As we sit here in anticipation of next week's winter meetings in Las Vegas, there are no clear indications which players might be wearing Mets uniforms during Citi Field's inaugural season.

I believe we're going to see both some trades and free agent signings over the next few weeks. I wouldn't be surprised if something fairly big happened either during or shortly after those winter meetings. In any case, I promise we'll be around opining on it all starting Monday.

In the meantime, if you missed my appearance with Matt Pignataro on the Seven Train to Shea internet radio show you can download or listen to it here. I really enjoyed talking to Matt, although I was a little geeked up on coffee after working all weekend when I spoke with him. Still, I managed to get out a bunch of my thoughts on this hot stove season, if you're interested.

I also have a fresh installment of Barry Duchan's terrific series on Mets second baseman that I will publish later tonight. I'll talk to you again Sunday night.

About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

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Comments (4)

I kind of have a feeling that alot of things are already in place with Omar and as soon as the first one gets done we will see a bunch of trades and signings one right after another and by Christmas the team will mostly be set.You can check me in two weeks and see how my gut feeling was?

I have seen a lot of rumors floating around that include the Mets getting an aging outfielder and a closer for a fist full of players. The first of these involves the White Sox and Jermaine Dye and Bobby Jenks. The second involves the Mariner. The players are Ichiro Suzuki and JJ Putz. Ichiro has four years on his contract at $17 million per year ($68 million total). Putz is owed $5 million in 2009 and an $8.6 million option in 2010. Unless Ichiro's contract can worked around, the deal is DEAD.

My suggestion is for the Mariners throw in an underpreforming starting pitcher (ERIK BEDARD) and cash.
The Deal is The Mets get Ichiro, Bedard, Putz and 3-5-5-7 million ($20 million/4yrs)
The Mariner get F-Mart, Murphy, Kunz, Parnell, Castillo, and Schoeneweis (other-?).

If there amy real chance would be done???
The Mariners unload 29 million in salary in 2009 plus 17 million per year for three years getting 9.6 back in 2009 plus 6 million per year for two years and two blue chip prospects in Murphy and Martinez

I do the Huston Street deal.

Heilman and Feliciano for Huston Street and a prospect.
I try to upgrade at catcher. (not holding breath)
I sign Orlando Hudson, Joe Beimel, and Nick Punto

(SW)Reyes@SS, (L)Ichiro@LF, (R)Wright@3B, (L)Delgado@1B, (SW)Beltran@CF,
(L)Church@RF, (SW)Hudson@2B, and (L)Schneider@C
rotation: Santana, Pelfrey, Bedard, Maine, Neise (Figueroa and others)
bullpen: Sanchez, Stokes, Smith, Vargas (a lefty), Street, Beimel, and Putz
bench: Chavez, Castro, Anderson, Tatis, and Punto

switch Hudson to #6 and Church to #7 if a righty catcher can be obtained.

rev, what's up?? do you really think someone is going to deal with omar? at the deadline not one but two yrs. in a row, no one would deal with him. he couldn't scratch his nose as far as getting some relief help and any met fan knows that. why do you think they are willing to deal with him now? the only way we are going to get better is way of free agents and our kids. neise, parnell are going to have to step up, period... spend our money wisely. right now wood looks to be the best short term fix until our kids develop more down below. this way we have some money to finally address our lack of production with our corner outfield positions. i would go all out after manny. that's right, baggage and all!! lets face it met fans, f-mart is at least two good years away and we need more offense now. how many games did we blow last year because we didn't score enough runs ? i know the pen was a lot of our faults but a few more runs scored would have let some of the starters go a little longer to weather a storm. no, half the time our staff only had a couple of runs to work with over the last few innings and it wasn't enough.

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