Today in The Journal News and LoHud.com, there are details on John Maine’s shoulder surgery yesterday, which wasn’t a major deal. There’s also a column by Rick Carpiniello that leads with his thought that the Mets relied too much on four hitters. Think they should keep the big four — Wright, Reyes, Beltran and Delgado — and just tinker with those around them in the lineup?
As for Rich’s posted suggestions for improving the team (Kevin Youkilis, Milton Bradley, Daniel Murphy at second, Derek Lowe or Jon Garland, Huston Street and/or K-Rod), let’s start with Youkilis. Bringing him here to play first wouldn’t be a bad idea. He’s the kind of solid-hitting, winning, intense player they any team could use. But I’d be shocked if Boston dealt him. Carlos Delgado said the other day he wants to play two more years and then reassess. There are some who think now’s the time to let him go. My guess is they’ll pick up his option and then decide whether to deal him, since the buyout is stiff at $4 million.
Bradley is a good hitter, but he’s sensitive to criticism, so this may not be the best place for him. Murphy is headed to the Arizona Fall League to play some second, but it’s hard to envision him having the range to play that position up here. He could be a future first baseman, though, especially with David Wright blocking third.
I like Lowe over Garland, especially since he’s been through the Boston experience and has been through a lot of pressure situations, but the commitment can’t be too long at his age. I would think Huston Street could be had the way the A’s dump their people, but can you count on him? K-Rod is attractive coming off this record-breaking season, but the Mets are concerned about the number of years it would take in relation to the thought that closers can break down, as they saw with Billy Wagner. K-Rod is known to have an awkward delivery. People also say his velocity is down. And yet he seems to get out of every jam. We’ll see if they change their feelings. It will be worth watching Rodriguez in the postseason.