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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mets Offseason Plan

With the Mets season done and Santana on the shelf, there are serious questions as to where the Mets should go from here?  Should they assume Santana and various injured players will get well?  Use the opportunity to rebuild?

The Mets receive a lot of mail suggesting possible courses of action.  Using the Transaction Oracle’s super-secret connections in the Mets front office, I have once again intercepted one such internal document.  Dan Szymborski, Baseball Think Factory, and the Baseball Think Factory network of sites would all like the emphasize that none of us necessarily endorse the strategies outlined in the below document.

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Dan Szymborski Posted: September 14, 2010 at 04:52 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zoppity Zoop Posted: September 14, 2010 at 05:33 PM (#3640309)
I'm sad to see that Billy finally gave up on the Royals.
   2. Home Run Teal & Black Black Black Gone! Posted: September 14, 2010 at 06:25 PM (#3640359)
He's such a foul weather fan.
   3. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 14, 2010 at 06:41 PM (#3640365)
I am, in complete honesty, sort of terrified to ask this, but why is Charlie Crist holding a string tied to David Eckstien's butt?
   4. Matthew E Posted: September 14, 2010 at 06:51 PM (#3640370)
I am, in complete honesty, sort of terrified to ask this, but why is Charlie Crist holding a string tied to David Eckstien's butt?


Well, it's not gonna hold itself.
   5. Mark S. is bored Posted: September 14, 2010 at 06:55 PM (#3640372)
I am, in complete honesty, sort of terrified to ask this, but why is Charlie Crist holding a string tied to David Eckstien's butt?


I think Crist's string is supposed to connect to the wagon (since there are two strings between Eckstien and the wagon, I think one of them is Crist's). Also Billy flunked art last year and is being forced to repeat it.
   6. Zoppity Zoop Posted: September 14, 2010 at 06:56 PM (#3640373)
Until I saw the giant Bayberry, I thought Castillo was swimming in the East River.
   7. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 14, 2010 at 07:02 PM (#3640380)
Is what's-his-name celebrating being a bad manager, or has the Earth opened up to swallow him whole?
   8. PreservedFish Posted: September 14, 2010 at 07:03 PM (#3640382)
Billy has learned a lot about baseball, though. All of these ideas are perfectly sound.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: September 14, 2010 at 07:04 PM (#3640383)
Is what's-his-name celebrating being a bad manager, or has the Earth opened up to swallow him whole?


This must be bewildering if you've never seen Willy Wonka.
   10. Swedish Chef Posted: September 14, 2010 at 07:11 PM (#3640392)
C+, good ideas, but displays a lack of strategic vision to proactively create a value-added proposition for managing the the team's core assets.
   11. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: September 14, 2010 at 07:21 PM (#3640403)
You mean, one step up on Omar Minaya?
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: September 14, 2010 at 07:26 PM (#3640410)
but displays a lack of strategic vision to proactively create a value-added proposition for managing the the team's core assets.


and it doesn't effectively leverage their skillsets of interpersonal communication into a goal-oriented action plan.
   13. tomdaddydollars Posted: September 14, 2010 at 09:53 PM (#3640576)
The hardest part in all of this, of course, would be locating Mr. Met to actually accomplish the deed.
   14. depletion Posted: September 15, 2010 at 04:02 PM (#3641009)
"GOOD MGR" should be on the clockwise, or right, end of the scale, not "BAD MGR".
   15. Lassus Posted: September 15, 2010 at 04:13 PM (#3641019)
Jerry Manuel looks like he's been sent to basic training as punishment, and put on bed duty.
   16. evilpuppy56 Posted: September 15, 2010 at 06:43 PM (#3641223)
I'm taking up a collection towards the shrink-ray for Wilpon (or giganta-ray for Mr. Met). Please make all checks out to "Cash."
   17. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: September 15, 2010 at 06:56 PM (#3641233)
Where's the drawing of Joses Reyes being traded for a wonka bar? It might have golden ticket!!!!
   18. Russ Posted: September 15, 2010 at 07:04 PM (#3641241)
I just can't wait to see what Dan does on ESPN insider with these drawings now that he'll have access to all of The Mouse's computer animators. Maybe we could get Insider Animated Transaction Oracles. Just a thought.
   19. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: September 15, 2010 at 07:36 PM (#3641265)
I'm sad to see that Billy finally gave up on the Royals.


Based on Billy's intro I don't think he gave up on the Royals, he just had to relocate due to a misunderstanding with his previous academic institution.
   20. Freeballin' (Tales of Met Power) Posted: September 18, 2010 at 03:10 AM (#3643252)
I was really hoping that you'd come up with something. The most distressing thing about right now is that even the smart posters on the BBTF haven't come up with anything that seems likely to make these Mets into a contender.
   21. Zoppity Zoop Posted: September 20, 2010 at 02:44 AM (#3643989)

I was really hoping that you'd come up with something. The most distressing thing about right now is that even the smart posters on the BBTF haven't come up with anything that seems likely to make these Mets into a contender.
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Disconcur. Doing these 4 things would in fact improve the Mets immensely. Yeah, Billy's being a little unfair to Jason Bay, but the contract really isn't looking good, even if the injury is hardly his fault.

Billy's art skills are improving, but not a very impressive rate. In his first appearance, Billy was 4. That was 5 years ago.
   22. Something Other Posted: September 20, 2010 at 04:08 AM (#3644031)
I'm not going to pose as a smart poster, but the Mets problems are easy enough to address. With or without Santana they need as good a starter as they can afford, they need as good a 2bman as they can afford, but given the talent at the position in the minors, on no more than a two year deal. Given how iffy Beltran and Bay are, and Pagan's history of fragility, they would be wise to get a fourth OFer who could start for a lot of teams, and might save a few bucks by aiming for a guy who probably shouldn't play more than 120 games in a year. They obviously need a bullpen arm.

All in all what the Mets need seems apparent to everyone except the Mets FO. The holes are glaring. Oh, and they should probably pick up the best GM and the best manager they can afford, and not wait to start looking until February, and not go cheap, given that the difference between the best and the worst is around the salary of a good utility infielder.

Joel Sherman wrote a day or two ago that the Mets are probably going to cut salary this offseason, which renders the above moot, and suggests that if they can dump Beltran while picking up half his salary, they aren't going to go shopping for his replacement, but instead will go with something on the order of a Duda/Evans platoon.

If the starting pitching isn't as startlingly good next year as it was this year the 2011 team may look a lot like the 2009 team.

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