This time next week the Mets’ brass will be in Nashville for the Winter Meetings, trying to fill the holes in their rotation and bullpen.
GM Omar Minaya doesn’t seem to be as busy as he was the last two winters, but if you look at the composition of the team you’ll note most of the holes are filled.
Catcher, second base, a corner outfielder, the bench, bullpen and rotation were the significant questions.
Johnny Estrada replaced Paul Lo Duca behind the plate; Luis Castillo is back at second; Moises Alou is back in left and Minaya said one of the young guys, either Lastings Milledge or Carlos Gomez, will be in right; and Damion Easley is back on the bench.
There is no significant drop-off in dealing with the position players. He’s cleared the way to work on the rotation and bullpen. The latter, by the way, was helped by dumping Guillermo Mota.
GMs want to go to the Winter Meetings with a plan and not much on their plates. Minaya has done that. Next up is to get Danny Haren.