With respects to the original post, I agree with most of its optimism.
However, a couple of red flags jump out.
Jose Reyes & Cliff Floyd – neither can seem to stay healthy. Reyes, when he’s in the lineup is very productive and would be a fantasy stud but he can’t even come close to being dependable. If there’s ever a ‘wake me up when…’ player, Jose is it. Cliff was dependable - before he played with the Mets. If I had to guess, I’d say he’s detoxing from ‘roids and I can’t, as an fantasy owner, bank on him. I don’t think I could bank on him as a fan either.
Matsui - The reason why Japanese positional players struggle in MLB initially is because playing in Japan is somewhere between AAA and small market MLB teams. Ichiro and Hideki didn’t struggle because they are HOF players in Japan, the cream of the crop. Guys who are above average over there tend to be marginal over here. When Kaz showed up, he struggled defensively. It was clear that the game was moving too fast for him and he was merely a good prospect. I guess due to financial committmets, egos, and injury (Reyes) problems, they had to start him at the big league level. He should have spent some time in AAA. He still could benefit from some time there.
Aside from those spots, and maybe some soft middle relief, Mets fans should feel pretty good about things. While Delgado is not a foregone conclusion, it’s looking whole lot better that it did a week ago. Although, I can understand how Braves’ fans would say ‘wake me up when…’.
But, I’m really getting sick of this ‘so and so is overpriced’ jazz. In general, it’s another form of bashing that is thrown out to detract from an otherwise excellent acquisitions for NY teams. I have yet to see a marquis free agent signed at bargain basement prices. And guess what, everyone in this city gets paid more money to do the same job. That’s the nature of our economy.
So to expect that any team would acquire Pedro or Beltran for less than what the Mets paid is unrealistic and unfair. In fact, a lot of these knocks come from predictable sources. Not even the Yankees, having won 100 plus games back to back to back, could lure someone away from their present team for less money than that team offered. Pedro wasn’t leaving Boston for any less and Beltran isn’t leaving Houston for any less. Minaya does understand that you need to CLOSE deals, not haggle over a couple of million here or a year there, only to let someone else swoop in and steal it from under his nose. Just because the botched A-rod deal didn’t hurt the Sox last year, doesn’t mean they won’t pay over the rest of A-rod’s contract term.
Lastly, can we put this Vaughn/Alomar/Burnitz stuff to rest? I say so, not because the Mets have new management (Wilpon still signs the checks and Minaya has only a window of generosity), but because none of you, and I MEAN NONE of you, had crap to say about those deals when they went down. It’s ancient history, none of those players are still in NY, so let it go. To bring it up at this point is as cheap as it comes.