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After sparing with Mets fans on Twitter yesterday I’m exhausted.  It seems I’m in the minority when it comes to the Mets inactivity after yesterday’s trade deadline as I have no problem with Sandy Alderson staying with a pat hand. I really am stumped as to what the very vocal majority of Mets fans expected him to do via the trade route? I’m baffled because the majority agrees that Alderson should not trade any of the best prospects in the Mets fame system, so where exactly are the trade chips he needs to make a deal and with the many needs that the big league club has, how was trading Scott Hairston going to fix them.

When did Scott Hairston turn into Frank Robinson? What do some of you folks think Hairston would bring back in return in a trade? Hairston has been great this year and right now is the best outfield the Mets have but in reality he’s a platoon player who hits only lefties and plays plausible defense. I’m sure Alderson got a good chuckle as the fans called for him to trade Hairston and get back a top prospect.  I don’t know if this is Mets fans being delusional over Hairston’ talent or if these same fans were real big Beltran haters? You don’t get Zack Wheeler type prospects for Scott Hairston; in fact according to Alderson you can’t get a top 30 prospect for Hairston either.

Now the debate is why didn’t Alderson act earlier to add more competent relievers to this awful bullpen? How dare Sandy Alderson not be smart enough to see in June that the Mets would go into the tank in July?  What’s worse is the Mets fan lets’ the beat writers take them for fools by goading them into putting their stupidity on display with mindless tweets and uninspired game stories, I love reading the Tweets of Mets fan who parrot what they read in a newspaper or hear on talk radio, it gave me incentive to unfollow a lot of folks who clog my timeline with inane buillshit. The same deep thinkers who all off season yapped about how bad the Mets were and how they were not going to any game at Citi Field and said the myself and other fans were schmucks for supporting this team and buying tickets and putting money in the ownerships pocket are now clamoring for Alderson to trade guys like Scott Hairston or Daniel Murphy for Mike Trout or Bryce Harper. All y’all need a big tall glass of Shut The Fuck Up.

The biggest problem the Mets front office has is the team is not good enough to be in a heavenly direction to a post season berth and they’re not hellish enough to finish at the bottom of the standings and secure a top 5 pick in the June Entry Draft. The Mets are in baseball purgatory, hovering around .500 not good enough to matter and not bad enough to ignore.

Did the front office fail at rebuilding the bullpen ? Yes and I’m sure the GM would tell you that himself but when the owners give you Goodwill money, it’s hard to come back with Nordstrom quality merchandise.

Without a doubt this off season will be the defining moment of the Alderson era as Mets GM as there is so much work to be done to fix the big league team from a whole new outfield to finding a way to make Jason Bay go away to putting together a solid pitching staff from 1-11.  But that can wait as there are still two full months left to this season and because I’m such an asshole I plan on spending as much time as I can watching the Mets from home and at Citi Field.

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OH THOSE METS, THEY NICKLE AND DIME YOU TO DEATH !

The Mets are now Team Woolworth (the original 5 & 10) now that they have lost 10 of the last 15 games. It gets worse as the last five series the Mets have played they have won just one against the Nats (up your ass Highlander fans) and to make matters worse in the last 30 games the Mets are 14-16 the picture of mediocrity. And if not for the grace of the Red Sox and Blue Jays beating up on the Phillies the Mets would be closer to last than first place and that’s the problem. Not only are the Mets just a mere 3 games out of first place in the NL East and a game and a half out of a wild card spot so what’s a very average team to do?

 

First, shut the fuck up about injuries. In public anyway.  I hate to be redundant here but does Omar and the rest of the short bus management team have a plan? If they do can we here about it or see it in action because right now I don’t if the organization is pro active or just sitting with a pat hand? Do they have a handle on the rehab of the injured players and a time table for their return? I doubt it very much. Just reading the reports from St. Lonesome on John Maine makes you shake your head and wonder what the fuck is going on here? 

 

If they are pro active it’s going to be tough to land what they need, a starting pitcher and a big bat as just about every team other than the Nats, A’s and maybe the Indians could be ready to deal right now.  So if you want Adam Dunn, Nick Johnson, Matt Holiday or Victor Martinez they could be had but ask yourself this, what do the Mets have that they can get back what they need ?

 

I tell you this if anyone wants Fernando Martinez they can have him. To say I’ve not been impressed is an understatement. F-Mart is like the girl you chased throughout high school to go out with you and when you finally land that date you find her company is underwhelming. The biggest factor in the kids favor is, he is only 20 years old and has time to blossom but after this audition in the big leagues he looks like Alex Ochoa to me.

 

So would you trade Bobby Parnell? As good as Parnell had been we have to remember he’s a reliever and it’s suspect if he will ever be more than a reliever and that’s not a knock as it take at least three pitchers to finish a game and Parnell has closer potential so I would be ready to deal Parnell. Ryan Church? Who wants him? Daniel Murphy? A little tougher to deal but if I go with my head and not my heart he’s not untouchable. In fact is there really an untouchable in the farm system? Is there a player who the Mets feel could not be used in a deal? Besides Bradley Holt I can’t see any.

 

So if I’m Omar Minaya I’d be ready to strike now that the Phillies are wounded and playing uninspiring baseball (Mets bloggers favorite Marco Scutaro walked in the 6th inning of yesterday’s Jays-Phillies game and ran to first and kept running as no one was covering 2nd base and was credited with a stolen base. Larry Anderson on Philies radio flipped out calling out Ol’ Cholly to reams his team after the game ) before Ruben Amaro goes out and fortifies his team.

 

J-Man is a cool cat but how would I love to see him go all Dennis Green or Jim Mora during one of press conferences. I’m going to the WFAN  Breakfast with Jerry Manuel at the Hard Rock Café on Tuesday I hope to get J-Man’s ear for a minute or two. Should be fun!

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