ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian O’Connor, former Journal News columnist, talks about why the Mets owe it to their fans to try to get another ace like Roy Oswalt or Cliff Lee. The Mets brass have indicated they are in the market for another starter.
Oswalt has made it clear that he would like to be traded from the Astros, who have not given him much run support. He hasn’t made it clear that he would want to come to New York. Along with Oswalt is a $29 million price tag and possibly a trade for minor leaguers. Lee, on the other hand, would probably require a good amount of the Mets farm system, plus a starting pitcher like Jon Niese or Jenrry Mejia. Lee is clearly the better pitcher with more upside.
My question is: do the Mets really need to go out and get another starter? Now that Oliver Perez is in the bullpen, John Maine is on the disabled list and Niese is due to come back soon, the Mets only have two spots to fill. R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi have shown so far that they can handle the job of fourth and fifth starter. Granted, either one of these pitchers could falter. It might have been a fluke that the Yankees and the Phillies had bad games, which helped lead to their success. It sure is a heck of a lot cheaper, in both salary and farm hands, to see how far they can go.
So, if you were Omar Minaya, would you go out and try to get Lee or Oswalt or stick with what you have?