Rumors are swirling the Mets may send shortstop Jose Reyes to the Giants. Now Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting the Mets may ship Carlos Beltran as well. Is this good for the Mets? At this point, I don’t believe it matters.
The Mets are struggling once again this season. The turmoil and fallout from the ownership’s involvement with Bernie Madoff is a distraction. On the field the Mets have talent. David Wright, Jason Bay, Jose Reyes, Johan Santana, and Carlos Beltran. The problem with Beltran is simple, he just isn’t as good as he used to be. Beltran is a career .282 hitter with 284 HRs. While he has a career OPS of .853, he was last an all-star in 2007.
The Mets still owe Beltran $9 million. However, I don’t think trading him would make a significant difference on the field. To improve the Mets, we need to look at the bigger picture. The Mets have the 7 highest payroll in MLB at $120,147,311 million for the 2011 season. Obviously the investment is not worth the return.
The answer, big picture, shake up the roster. Trade Beltran. Santana needs to go. Keep Reyes and David Wright. Build the team around them. Other teams in all sports develop core units of players and build around them. The Chicago Bulls brought supporting players in around Jordan and Pippen. The Lakers did the same around Kobe. The New York Rangers had Gretzky and Messier. Football does it around quarterbacks all the time. Tom Brady anyone?
The Mets have the stadium. They have a new GM and a new manager. Most importantly, they have the fan base. There is no place to go but up. The organization needs to have the courage to make the changes. The fans need it. The Mets need it. Ultimately, its good for baseball.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!
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