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That's funny. I definitely think of the Mets as Democratic (a generally incompetent organization, symbolizing the downtrodden) and the Yankees as Republican (slick, tradition-obsessed, ultimately soulless, devoted to maximizing the advantages of the rich). I suppose those images of the parties are from before the Tea Party made the Repubs more populist. Still, I bet the Mets' fanbase is more Dem and the Yanks' fanbase is more Rep, although maybe it'd be swamped by various demographic factors, I dunno.
What happens with Dickey? Traded, extended, or nothing.
What happens with Wright? Traded, extended, or nothing.
Do the Mets make a significant move for a good outfielder, either via free agency or trade?
Does Ike Davis get traded?
Do the Mets attempt to upgrade at 2B or Catcher despite having guys who have had seasons of averagish production at those positions in the past?
Does Bay make the Opening Day roster?
It's New York City...
They trade for a couple ex-prospects whose organizations got tired of them, hoping that it's "buying low."
Isn't that the right move at this point? Plenty of pennant winning teams have been built that way.
Johan's only got one more year on his deal. If they really need to slash payroll, it will start in 2014.
What do you mean by this?
Who would be good CF targets?
KC needs pitching more than hitting; maybe we deal them pitching for Alex Gordon. Toronto called up their big CF prospect Anthony Gose, so maybe they'd part with Colby Rasmus. Maybe Cincy thinks Jay Bruce is a .250 hitter who isn't progressing. Maybe a Jacoby Ellsbury, or less excitingly, a Corey Hart. I don't like these guys as much because I don't think they're really defensive outfielders, but I bet Brandon Belt, Logan Morrison and Carlos Quentin aren't considered untouchable by their teams.
(I know we're not going to get any of those guys for Jeremy Hafner, but I'm suggesting a "big" trade where we give up significant players.)
Maybe get a current infielder like Chase Utley or Hanley Ramirez and move him to OF where he probably should be anyway. Bring in a Matt LaPorta or something, see if a guy whom you can probably get for a song and who tears up the minors every time he goes down there will finally hit for you. (Travis Snider would have been good. J.D. Martinez has played badly enough that even the rebuilding Astros might no longer be interested.)
What about Bourjos?
Maybe get a current infielder like Chase Utley or Hanley Ramirez and move him to OF where he probably should be anyway.
God damn does this team need an outfield, and Niese to finally turn the corner.
what's with the Victorino hate
I'm not sure I can ever again endorse us signing yet another non-superstar OF in his 30s. Certainly the guy who'd make me reconsider is not Shane Victorino. (Unless it's real cheap.)
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