OK, you’re the Mets’ general manager for the day. You can make only ONE move. What is it?
Go into this exercise realizing the chances of making a trade for Johan Santana are just about zero.
Lastings Milledge and Aaron Heilman for Dontrelle Willis.
Heilman doesn’t want to be here, and I think the Mets can get Willis back on the right track. His value is down now, so it is the right time.
Trade Mike Pelfrey for a Sack of Balls.
Mulvey and Gomez for Joe Blanton.
2007 Mets Fans for 1999/2000 Mets fans
Seriously now, I want to see Gomez, Gotay and Minor League reliever for Brian Roberts
1 move only? I resign and look for a job with a team that lets me do some serious retooling!
If you only make 1 move, it needs to be to straighten out the pen somehow.
So I will go off the board, and my move will be to solidify 1 (or both) of the problem positions for the long term: Catcher and 2B.
Try to trade some of the excess OF prospects for a younger C or 2B, which will pretty much lock down the field.
I agree with Stick: One move is senseless.
But if you’re only giving me one day and one move, I think it’s obvious. You do what no one else has the courage to do: Release Mota.
Release Guillermo Mota. Get Rick Aguilera or Tracy Stallard out of retirement if you have to but Mota must go.
Get a #1 : Oswalt/Santana/Webb.
Won’t happen so I will settle for Blanton if Beane still wants Milledge.
And the game is one move folks!
I think Jay hit it right on the head, although the Marlins would probably want Pelfry rather than Heilman.
PS: Am I to assume that Josh Beckett would be a impossible to acquire also (lol).
I have cooled on Willis. Something seems to have happened to him 2 yrs now he has sucked.
Steve- you would give all that for Roberts? Is he really that good? Is he that much better than what we have with Gotay and Castillo?
Yes—seeing Gotay in big spots, i don’t like his approach to the plate (he’s too aggressive and he makes poor decisions). I think a smart pitcher can expose him 9 times out of 10. In Gomez, albeit a small sample size, I see nothing but a hyped Roger Cedeno on our hands.
Give Randolph full support in letting players know that loafing will not be tolerated. Keep trying to acquire a young power arm which is always hard but not impossible.
Well the obvious move would be trade Mota for a pine tar rag. But one serious trade I would make is Lastings Milledge for George Kottaras and Manny Del Carmen to the Red Sox. The Sox would probably like to upgrade in centerfield and aren’t sure if Ellsbury is ready yet and Drew has been a disappointment in right field. Mets need set up help in the bullpen desparately which they would get with Del Carmen and a catcher which they would get with Kottaras who is being blocked by Varitek. I think with Gomez and Fernando Martinez on the way, Milledge could be expendable.
sign free agent Bartolo Colon, take a risk keep your chips. pitching is in too high a demand and will way over pay in a trade. Silva is suppose to be the best starting FA pitcher available which tells you about the market. Most teams can’t afford to take a risk on a pitcher having back to back injury filled years, we can. Colon and Omar go way back and just two years ago he was a cy young candidate with a 21-8 3.48 ERa in the AL overall 146-95 with a 4.10 ERA. Nobodies talking about him, so its an incentive ladden contract. still only 35 y/o. still have Milledge, Gomez, pelfrey, Humber and may have the best rotation in the NL.
Pedro-Colon-Perez-Maine-Pelfrey (Hernandez to the pen)
Alright. I’m just having some fun with this.
Trade: Perez, Milledge, Pelfrey, Humber, Heilman (Smith?) to Tampa Bay
Kazmir & Crawford
i agree with Colon, but if I had only one move, it would be designating Guillermo Mota for assignment.
This is my mantra for the offseason-
Milledge and Heilmann
for Joe Blanton.
Easiest move would be to get Eckstein for 2nd base (and then teach him how to draw a walk).
Next easiest move would be to bring on Jaramillo, move HoJo to coach first, and not re-sign Henderson.
Miledge+ for Blanton seems okay, but you should then go and get Rowand for RF.
Keep Green for first if you can dump Delgado.
So many needs, so little time.
I’d sign John Delcos to a 3 year incentive laden deal to be our ace….hey, has he ever let us down before?
Sign Jorge Posada.
Release Guillermo Mota
Similar pitchers to Joe Blanton at age 26 from
Yeah, he could be as good as Lackey. But look at the rest of the list.
And we want to trade Milledge AND Heilman, our RF and 8th inning guy for him? You have opened 2 more holes to be filled. There is not an outfielder FA to replace Milledge, and there is no one on the farm ready either (Gomez is NOT ready). Milledge is a 280/20/80 guy next year at if Willie starts him every day. Book it. Why do you think Beane has wanted him for so long?
As for Heilman, who replaces him? I for one am not counting on Duaner to be ready, or to be what he was before he got hurt. There is little available on the FA market for the pen.
And remember, a lot of what Beane trades/lets go turns to crap shortly thereafter. Do we want to be on the other side of that? See Zito, Giambi, Tejada, Mulder.
Delcos has lost a step. You can see it sometimes in his typing.
sign MO / trade Wags
I just looked at that same Baseball-Reference metric a few days ago, and the thing it doesn’t account for is innings pitched. Most of the guys Blanton is being compared to had similar ERA+ numbers—but were not innings-eating pitchers.
Blanton and Glavine made the same number of starts in 2007, but the A’s righty threw 30 more innings. If you want to see the significance of this, take your pick of 30 innings you’d like to take away from the 2007 Met pen.
If there’s one move that could change this team’s fortunes, it would be replacing Glavine with Blanton. (But I think you’d have to deal Milledge, which, in turn, would necessitate the acquisition of an outfielder, which would be one move too many for the question at hand.)
Only one-move? Non-tender David Newhan.
Sign JR House
Tejada had some great years after leaving Oakland. Giambi had some very good years for the Yankees. I don’t like trading Aaron Heilman. Good middle relief pitchers don’t grow on trees. He’s good. Release Mota. That’s addition by subtraction.
I have a question for everyone that wants to trade Milledge. Why???? The guy can play. And right now. He’s already good and still getting better. Typically players improve until their age27/28 season. He’s 22 and already good. Gomez is terrible. Not that he won’t eventually be good but he isn’t yet. He doesn’t hit and he doesn’t walk. He just makes lots and lots of outs. How can I convince you all that Milledge is a good baseball player?
David Eckstein on the other hand is not a good baseball player. Why would you want to trade for him? He’s a veteran player. You think you can suddenly teach him to draw walks? He doesn’t play good infield defense either. What’s with the fascination? Just because he’s short? Fine, he’s better than you might expect him to be by looking at him. But he’s not good.
I like the idea of signing Colon. How much do you think he’ll get? And how many years? He’s probably going to want 3. That gives me pause. He’s not that great right now. Maybe offer him 3yrs $20million?
One move…ban Cow-Bell man from the stadium. It is clear to me that the bell ringing is getting in the players heads.
Also, let Mr. Met walk to sign on to be manager of the Yankees 1 year, $5 million. Same as Torre’s contract. Since we have Willie, it is only fair that they get a lifelong Met in return.
The downside for Delcos and company? Postgame news conferences will be hard to hear since Mr. Met doesn’t speak.
Carlos Gomez and Ruben Gotay for Joe Blanton..
Not trading my starting RF Milledge
Benny Ayala—intesting take on Blanton-Glavine. I like it.
Gomez and Gotay arenÃ‚Â´t getting it done for Blanton—are you hallucinating (sorry, no disrespect intended). Blanton is a young starting pitcher with about 230 innings, a sub-4.00 ERA in the AL, and a winning record on a so-so club. Oakland doesnÃ‚Â´t have to trade him. Rule #1 of trades—unless itÃ‚Â´s a salary dump, you have to trade quality to get quality. And pitching commands a premium price. For Blanton, Milledge and a pitcher (Humber or Mulvey) is the minimum to get a deal done.
Put out lucrative contracts to Rivera and Posada and see what happens. First one to sign is my move.
Results are Twofold – Embarass the Yanks a little further and either one of them would be a great addition to the team. And you talk about buzz? Please. Righty and lefty closers or a switch-hitting catcher just off a career year all with winning pedigrees.
Omar – don’t wimp out to the Yanks like Phillips used to.
For my one move as GM, IÃ‚Â´d target a durable young starting pitcher of Ace or #2 quality. A lefty would be a plus. My preferences would be Aaron Harang or Dan Haren, but IÃ‚Â´d settle for a Blanton. IÃ‚Â´d trade almost anyone, as long as the quantity of players didnÃ‚Â´t decimate the farm.
Would it take Maine+Milledge+Mulvey to get Haren or Harang? IÃ‚Â´d prefer to structure a deal around prospects rather than including Maine, so if a Pelfrey+Milledge+Heilman package would work IÃ‚Â´d do it. If it could be expanded to include a catcher or 2B IÃ‚Â´d be happier, but I donÃ‚Â´t know what players are available for the AÃ‚Â´s or Reds.
(IÃ‚Â´d also go back in time and protect Jesus Flores…)
Benny – there is 1/3 of an inning I’d like to take back.
Milledge and Heilman for Blanton causes more problems than it solves. And he is not an Ace.
If Milledge is dealt, it better be in a package for a #1.
You trade for Blanton and you take a risk. The guy is not in great shape.
Methinks a lot of people love him because he was prominently mentioned in Moneyball.
Blanton wouldn’t take much more then Gomez, Gomez and Mulvey makes no sense, because Mulvey can be just as good as Blanton..
Joe Blanton is over-rated!
Schilling for 1 yr/$20m
Brian Roberts traded for Milledge, Niese, and Mota [plus $2.7m]
Pick up Alou’s option
Sign Mike Lamb for the bench
Re-sign Lo Duca, Anderson, Castro
Johan Santana and Joe Nathan for Maine, Duque [plus $2m], Humber, Heilman, Smith, Guerra, and F Martinez
We should get Evan McClane back.
He’s better than Blanton.
You just gutted the rotation, pen and farm.
Plus, the Twins wouldn’t do it. Santana AND Nathan for that package is nowhere close to getting it done. An Ace and Top Closer for a 41 yr old, Maine, Heilman and question marks.
Identify the best young catcher who is actually available, and pull the trigger on a trade.
Pelfrey Gomez Carp for Dan Haren
Ed, look again.
How did I gut the rotation and pen?
Smith only played half the year and Nathan would essentially be a better Heilman. The pen basically remains the same and the assumption would be that you would add another arm through free agency.
As for the Twins deal, it includes a 15 game winner, 3 top prospects (1 who is considered a top 20 talent in all of baseball), one of the better relievers in the game (with 3 years left of arbitration), a stop gap veteran starter with cash, and a young side-armer who showed flashes of brilliance before tiring.
Btw, I notice that you even mention on you “blog” that Maine would only go in a Santana deal. Odd.
In addition, the Mets would retain top young talents such as Pelfrey and Gomez. While its true that I don’t believe Gomez is ready for everyday duty, I think the offense will be fine with him taking his lumps in the 8th hole for 500ab.
Just out of curiosity, what would it take to get Santana and Nathan in your estimation?
One move? Forget about Ricky henderson.
Ed—I’m not saying Blanton’s an ace. An ace, though, will cost you a lot more than Milledge. I mean, I have to think someone like Santana would cost Milledge, Pelfrey and Maine. Blanton, on the other hand, comes cheaper and alleviates the strain on the pen.
As for Milledge, he might be the next Gary Sheffield…or he might be the next Randy Winn. He’s yet to show enough power to warrant a corner OF position—and centerfield appears to be occupied for the next five years or so.
thats a no-brainer… waive mota
I’d like Omar to trade Carlos Delgado for a pair of Manolo Blahniks. Oh I forgot to mention those Manolos are for me. I’m a size 7 1/2 Omar. Get working on it. I sit in section 14 @ Shea – have them delivered Opening Day. Thanksa bunch!
Seriously folks, this is my plan. I want Jon garland. He is an innnings eater that replaces the loss of Glavine and his stats can translate into the NL well, plus he’s young and can alleviate the stress of the ‘pen. Since the CWS are in rebuild mode, I think we can get him for a Gomez, a young starter preferably Pelfrey since he is seriously 1-2 years away from major league ready – if he wasn’t ready this year, i doubt he comes around, maybe a Niese or a Carp type dude. I also think that the CWS might take cash too so they can rebuild in another few years. If anything, I say the Mets do some kind of business with the CWS this offseason. I say it’s for starting pitching.
Is Garland better than Blanton? Not judging by the peripherals. And Blanton is younger. Is Blanton out of shape? Yeah, probably, but so is CC Sabathia, David Wells, etc and theyÃ‚Â´ve pitched pretty well.
As to the Gomez for Blanton straight up—that seriously overvalues Gomez and seriously undervalues Blanton.
IÃ‚Â´d rather take a chance on Blanton than Bartolo Colon (acquisition price aside, in players or money), because heÃ‚Â´s younger and still improving while Colon is coming off an injury and no one knows how heÃ‚Â´ll respond.
Here’s a name: Cliff Lee.
Benny Ayala – what problem does cliff lee solve? I’m curious but wonder what you had in mind…
dave in Spain – the reason I chose Garland over Blanton (whom I love and would probably want over Garland normally anyway), is that I had a feeling it might be better to get more bang for the buck with doing business with the White Sox. The Oakland As have a lot of young good talent – prob is that Omar would probably have to pay a kings ransom to tap into any of it. Not saying I think it would happen anyway, but I think it would behoove our GM to at least talk to the White Sox and not go to his go-to people in Florida or in Oakland! :)
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