I’m playing the Devil’s Advocate and exploring a line of thinking that doesn’t necessarily gel with what I want the Mets to do or think they’ll do. Instead, let’s see if there is any sense in the Mets looking at 2012 as a rebuilding and retooling year. Now… the Mets can and should still look at the cost of trading with the Padres for Carlos Quentin and Huston Street and also trading with Boston for Kelly Shoppach, but supposing that the Mets do… are we really more than a team JUST fighting to reach the playoffs? I’m not sure the team should be in a buyer’s mentality unless they think they are thinking they can WIN in the playoffs.
So… perhaps the Mets should still be looking towards this season with an eye towards winning in 2013-2014. While Johan Santana has been resurgent, it’s not exactly a given that he’s going to stay this way for long after the All-Star break, let alone into his final season. Add to this the large chunk of change he’s owed and it’s not such a given that the Mets consider him part of their future. Instead, the Mets could trade Santana to a team looking for pitching who might not be afraid of the price tag.
I’m pretty sure the Yankees still fall into this category. In fact, Santana’s short-ish length to the contract makes him a cheaper option within their spectrum of money. Johan would elevate the Yankees firmly above the Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles and Red Sox for 2012 and would give the Yankees a rotation to rival the Texas Rangers.
Who might the Yankees offer to tempt the Mets into making this deal that would basically invite Flushing to riot? Well… I think that the Yankees would need to offer up Austin Romine and a mid-tier pitcher for the Alderson team to fathom this. The Mets did draft a bunch of catchers and Cam Maron is coming on strong in Savannah, but the Mets don’t exactly have a plethora of catchers in the system who are close to making an impact. The Yankees would still have Gary Sanchez. Romine has been hurt most of the year but he’ll return later this month. Add to Romine a mediocre MLB ready prospect like David Phelps and the Mets have enough to make eating crow palatable.
Now… the Mets cab probably never do this and the Yankees might be equally opposed, but that isn’t to say that the idea of still being sellers while owning a winning record is a complete and total mistake. It’s an extremely risky gamble… just as risky as trading prospects to try and win now.
What Say You?
- Mets Should Buy Big
- Mets Should Fill Needs Cheaply
- Mets Should Stand Pat
- Mets Should Be Playing For 2013 and Beyond… SELL!