Pretty much every Mets fan will agree that Omar Minaya failed as the Mets’ GM in trying to make the squad into a perennial winning team. Some of the problems weren’t his fault; regardless, he failed as General Manager. Minaya had many plans internally with prospects which were supposed to work out but most of them didn’t. Now let’s take a look at what the 2014 lineup might look like if all of Minaya’s plans worked (*Quick Disclaimer* The Mets were never affected by the Bernie Madoff scam).
Leadoff & Shortstop: Jose Reyes
If the Mets had been continually successful through 2011, Reyes probably would have been a favorite to receive a contract extension or perhaps a big contract. Even with the injuries the Mets would have found a reason to keep him- even if he still won the batting title in 2011. He would still be swiping 30 bags and hitting .290 while being half of the legendary left side of the infield.
Two-Hole & Left Fielder: Lastings Milledge
When Milledge was drafted in 2003, there was an enormous amount of hype around him until he displayed an equal amount of attitude. However, this is what Minaya wanted. Even though he didn’t draft Milledge, he would have been a fixture in the Mets’ lineup and would have been producing at a ridiculous level. He also probably would have been under a crazy contract. After all, that is Minaya’s trademark.
3rd Hitter & 3rd Baseman: David Wright
Not much surprise here as he would still be the face of the franchise hitting tons of doubles with great leadership to keep the team balanced. He also would be under another enormous contract especially with the next guy hitting behind him.
Cleanup & 1st Baseman: Ike Davis
If Davis actually came back healthy from his 2011 freak-injury, only the baseball gods would know what he could have done. This man might have been a one-man wrecking crew and ended up with Joey Votto-type numbers. It certainly wouldn’t have surprised me to see him become a 40-55 homer threat. The Mets have almost given up on him- and rightfully so- but then he shows flashes like this. Wow, the thought of that type of bomb every night…
5th Hole & Right Fielder: Fernando Martinez
Every Met fan cringes at the thought of Martinez as he is projected to be a Golden Glove candidate 30+ homer power. He completely busted and never did much as a major leaguer. He could have provided 1/3 of the deadliest 3-4-5 punch in the game and in Minaya’s wonderland he would have. The crazy part about him is that 2014 would be his age 25 season.
6th Hole and 2nd Baseman: Wilmer Flores
Wilmer Flores is the only player on this list that still has a pretty strong future with the Mets besides Wright. There could be much speculation on to whether or not Flores would have actually played 2nd, but he would have had to move over for his terrible defense and the appearance of Reyes. He could have, and can still, be a 20 homer threat with 100 RBI every season.
Batting 7th and Center Fielder: Carlos Gomez
The weird thing about Gomez is that he is the only player that was once a top prospect on the Mets to have success elsewhere in America. Gomez has turned into a 25 homer threat, but that wouldn’t have happened if he were playing in Citi Field. He would have still hustled and played great defense with some pop providing another piece of depth in this lineup.
Batting 8th and Catching: Josh Thole
I know, I know – he isn’t very good. While this may be the case, he would be the only logical option internally. Obviously, the Mets could have gone international, traded, drafted one or signed a better catcher. People may call him a bust, but he did play great saber-metric defense and could have hit .290 with a ton of doubles. But, there are better options.
Minaya wasn’t the best GM the Mets ever had and made some crazy decisions, but most of them were because of the busts we had internally. Obviously, there are still players that could have contended for some spots, such as; Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada, Juan Lagares, Jefry Marte, or Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but these were the best options. As one can see by this lineup, it would bring in many runs and possibly a championship.