SS Jose Reyes
2B Luis Castillo
3B David Wright
CF Carlos Beltran
RF Ryan Church
1B Carlos Delgado
LF Angel Pagan
C Brian Schneider
LH Johan Santana
During 2007, the Mets were comfortably under the LT limit. And with the salaries of Green, Glavine, and Valentin coming off the books, there was never an issue of whether the Mets could fit one big contract such as Johan in for 2008 without going over the limit.
You don’t think the Mets make all these calculations to stay under the limit every year?
One can speculate about players without regard to salary. But the fact is, the Wilpons attempt to adhere to the LT guidelines every year. This year right out of the gate they are very close to that limit. I don’t think that means they won’t add significantly to the payroll or go over the limit this year. But it will have to be for the right player. I don’t see them doing that for a player like Inge.
I don’t care what they say about you Keith. I love you and CLM and Delcos and metsfan even. Write as much as you want. I was very excited catching up on all the brilliant commentary from you little metsies that I am so many of you. I thought I was W but I find out that I am Bob, and Keith, and Delcos, and JK. Well I am… I am all of the little Metsies who wish they can bring back the days of watching baseball and having a good time…. Because somewhere along the line you little Metsies lost that. Baseball is a war zone for you little Metsies now. You boo your team and call them names and fight with each other incessantly….. What happened to the good old days of having fun with the Metsies….??? Remember Meet the Mets, Meet the Mets, Bring your kiddies bring your wife???Long gone… The last place you want a kid or a lovely wife is around Met fans.
Anyway here is my up close scouting report on your big metsies. They suck on offense and they suck on defense and they will finish behind everyone but us because we totaly suck….. And as for Santa Anna, you got ripped off….. Delcos was right. he ain’t the best on the planet. Good one Delcos….. Like the new dump?
Love and kisses
W, Keith, Bob, JK, and of course Delcos!
PS: There was a lot to read while my boss was sleeping so if I missed any of myselves please tell me so I can add me to the closing…...
JK, As I stated, Inge played SS in spring training and Leyland was impressed with how well he played the position. He never played it in the bigs because the Tigers have had Guillen.
And let’s not make 1B out to be CF or C. Miguel Cabrera moved over to first this week. Pujols did it. Bench did it. Plenty of players have done it. Piazza couldn’t do it because he’s not a good athlete. If Ryan Howard can “play” 1B, I’m sure Inge could.
Yeah, but you’re going by Easley and Anderson’s career stats. They’re not exactly spring chickens. Plus, I still maintain I would rather have Inge playing in the event one of our bench guys needs to see extended time in the field than Easley or Anderson.
Keith—OK, point well taken about playing first base. Delgado has been so bad with the glove this year that I think Piazza of a few years back was just as good. So it won’t take much to replace Delgado’s defense.
But as for the bat, I have to disagree. Over the last 3 years, Marlon hit .290 with an .825 OPS vs. righthanders and Easley hit .309 with a .936 OPS vs. lefthanders. Over the same time period, Inge hit .282 with an .828 OPS vs. lefthanders and .242 with a .712 OPS vs. righthanders. So Marlon-Easley have him beat.
But there’s another issue. You wouldn’t trade for Inge unless you intended to eventually make him a full-time player. Because he makes $6 million this year. And you don’t pay bench players $6 million. So if you give him the first base job in 2009, that’s giving up a lot of production for that position for a guy who will be 31 next year. Why can’t we at least audition Carp, Evans and Murphy for first for next year? Call them up in September—and sooner if there is a need. Let them duke it out in spring training. Then give the winner the job and send the other two to AAA. If the winner looks lost and it’s late May, then call up one of the two others from AAA. Or scour the trade market then. But don’t take on Inge who will only block first base for a potentially better hitting first baseman from our farm system.
JK one note on the luxury tax. The Mets will be able to deduct any luxury tax money they owe next year if they apply that money to payments for the new ball park. In essence no luxury tax, this will also apply to the Yankees next year.
JK, you bring up a fair point. A Carp/Evans platoon at 1B might not be a terrible idea. And who knows, Carp could still become a full time guy.
I apologize if I insinuated that I thought Inge could be a regular 1B. His bat is certainly subpar for the position. What’s odd is for a guy who so desperately wants to start, the position where he would definitely land a starting gig, catcher, he wants no part of on a regular basis. From what my friend tells me, he has no issues catching every so often, but he doesn’t want to do it full time.
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