TO DEAL OR NOT TO DEAL, THAT IS THE QUESTION……

I guess it doesn’t matter who runs the Mets, injuries are still more complicated than high school trigonometry. Jose Reyes is set to hit the DL except Terry Collins is worried about not having Jose for the Phillies series after the All-Star break. I guess TC feels the Mets still have a shot at winning the division and as great as it would be to win that series, it’s more important to get Reyes healthy and to not play shorthanded. The Mets under Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya were raked over the coals for doing this and it seems this way of doing baseball business has spread to the new regime as well. Reyes hasn’t played in five days and hasn’t felt any improvement in his tight hammy. Now he and his agent have decided to get a second opinion, fine. The original diagnosis was a Grade 1 strain of the hamstring, which is supposedly the least severe but because no one on the Mets is a fast healer, this Grade 1 may be worse than first thought, hence the second opinion.

Meanwhile Nick Evans is sitting in an airport in Buffalo waiting to board a plane to LA to join the big club. What’s interesting with Evans becoming a Triple A star, this could be the break he needs. If he does take Reyes place on the Mets when Reyes comes back, the roster move made will be an interesting one. Evans has cleared waivers twice this season, if he can translate his hitting from Buffalo to the big club, it’s doubtful he’ll pass thorough waivers again.  Good for Nick bad for the Mets.

I was happy to see Sandy Alderson agree with my premise that the Mets are relevant again if not contenders. Still, Alderson is trying to balance relevancy and being in the hunt for a post season berth with the need to deal off some parts to build a better future for the Mets and keep the fan base interested enough to keep buying tickets and watching on TV. That’s a tough task.

To deal off Frankie Rodriguez (if Alderson can pull this off he is the GM I thought he’d be) Izzy and Tim Brydak that wouldn’t be a detriment to the team at all, as you have cheaper and just as efficient if not better replacements in Bobby Parnell, Pedro Beato and Mike O’Connor. The other trade chip will be easier to deal but could take the heart and soul out of this team.

No matter if you’re a Beltran fan or foe, you cannot deny Carlos is having the most fun he ever had as a Met. Not only is he more than productive but when you see him giving “The Claw” to his teammates and then have them give him a hard time when he forgets to give the signal to the bench, a happy Beltran is a productive Beltran, it’s hard not feel good for him. It kills the anti-Beltran faction of the fan base because they can’t find any negatives about Carlos this season. Willie Harris has proclaimed him the leader of the team. His teammates see him pull on his knee brace and play every day and never complain about the pain that you know he has in that knee. With no Wright or Ike in the lineup, he has taken it on himself to stay out there every day.

With all that, Alderson should trade Beltran for the good of the future of the club and for the good of Beltran. The rest of baseball is watching Beltran closely and there will be no shortage of suitors for Alderson to make a deal with. It will hurt in the short run but dealing Carlos Beltran may be the best for the long term for the Mets.

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SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST

 

 

 

 

What can I add about last night’s game that you don’t know already? How can you break down this game when it’s the same old same old? Everyone is screaming for Omar Minaya do something, what that something is and how he can obtain it  no one has an answer to. “GET A BAT, GET A BAT” is a popular rant but last night you scored 6 runs and still lost. What bat do you want? We’ve gone all over the tried names and none of them will make a difference. It’s not complex what the problems are with the Mets and you can look at charts and numbers and load up your nuclear slide rule and you will come up with the same result I do just through simple observation, the starting staff can go deep into games, thus the bullpen is worn out and is now ineffective add in the defense is atrocious and collectively the baseball IQ of the 25 man roster is at Special Ed level.

 

But more pathetic than that are the unnamed players whining for the front office to make a deal to “lift them” which to me is the pussy-fcation of this team. If Michael Jackson were alive he’d tell them to “man up”.

 

This slide is less about who isn’t here but more about the heart of who is here. D-Wright and Gary Sheffield (GARY SHEFFIELD!!!!! For Christ Sake!!!!) are doing everything they can to keep this team in contention with Wright near exhaustion and Sheff ready to blow out his knee. It’s time for other guys to step up and that means you Ryan Church and Fernando Tatis and Alex Cora to take more of a leadership role that he has slacked on recently. Most times team meeting are well…meaningless but I think this would be the exact right time for Wright, Sheff and Johan Santana to close the clubhouse door for a players only meeting to clear the air and figure out who is ready to fight for their season and who is ready to hide under the bed.

 

What a surprise, Carlos Beltran in going for a second opinion on his injured knee and he is going to Vail Colorado to visit Dr Richard Steadman a noted orthopedic doctor who specializes in micro-fracture surgery. See you in March Carlos.

 

“The New York Mets would like to announce the addition of Dr. Conrad Murray to their medical staff”

 

Thanks to The Dirty Mets Blog for a shout out to this site this morning.

 

The Mets Police has a clip of Vin Scully calling Sandy Koufax’ no hitter against the Mets 47 years ago today.

 

I think it’s great that Keith Hernandez, when not telling us that “batters are a bit tardy on the fastball”, is saving lives as a NYC EMT

 

I am thisclose to purchasing a LINCICUM 55 Giants jersey. I’m starting to feel like Nurse Jackie, I’m married to the Mets but I’m cheating with the Giants ( by the way how weird is it to watch Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie banging the guy who played Father Phil on The Sopranos?) especially when Tim Lincicum is pitching. The Giants do everything we wish the Mets would do. The play outstanding defense, they don’t beat themselves with stupidity both on D and at bat, they have solid starting pitching with the best 1-2 punch in the game with Lincicum and Matt Cain, a solid bullpen core that doesn’t get burned out as Bruce Bochy lets his starters go deep into games and sometimes lets them finish all 9 innings. I was never a big fan of Bochy when he was running the Padres bench but watching the Giants as much as I have so far this season he is doing an outstanding job.

 

I will be a guest on Mike Silva’ NEW YORK BASEBALL DIGEST RADIO SHOW tonight at 6:30PM on Blog Talk Radio.

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