NYP: Kevin Kernan
Lets start with the big one.Â Oh God, Omar has the flu too.Â Swine flu hits the Mets….. OK maybe not.Â That’s not the story here.Â Omar did have the flu but he’s fine.Â According to Kernan, Minaya said he is not going to give away the future to make a deal.Â That I hope is a relief to all of us, IF he will hold to that.Â Kernan, however, still says a move HAS to be made.Â In his opinion heading to Baltimore this week would be the perfect time to check in on Huff or Luke Scott.Â But here’s where Kernan loses it.
“The Mets should think big and try to make a bigger deal. How about going after Carlos Lee from the last-place Astros? Lee is making $18.5 million every year up until 2012. Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres would be the perfect fit, but he doesn’t make enough money for San Diego to be inclined to trade him — only $3 million this season. The Nats would shop Nick Johnson; he’s worth a shot. The White Sox’ Jermaine Dye (15 home runs) would be a perfect fit.”
So lets look at this comment.Â Carlos Lee?Â So you think the Mets are not going to have to give up top prospects for Lee?Â The Astros are not giving up on hopes of winning and I don’t see Lee getting traded.Â Adrian Gonzalez?Â If we here this rumor anymore I may scream.Â The Mets just can’t get a great player just because they want one.Â Why not try and get Hanley to play SS while Reyes is out and Miguel Cabrera to play 1B while Delagdo is out?Â Then he conviently throws Nick Johnson into the group who by all means would be cheaper than any of them.Â As for Dye and his 15 HR, check the standings.
Then he goes on to rationalize that the Mets need to make a move because the Nationals have this year’s number one and next year’s number 1 pick.Â What in the hell does that have to do with anything?Â Kernan then details many of the miscues the Mets have had but throws in this “The shame of all this is that the Mets should be in command in this division, but again are making it extremely hard on themselves.” Now raise your hand if you thought the Mets would run away with this division this year?
And then Kernan closes with the classic panic quote: “Fix the Mets, Omar, quickly. Make a deal — any deal.” Damn, talk about sensationalism in journalism.Â I think I may actually have lost intelligence by reading this article.
I have been wrong before guys, but I don’t see anyway the Mets are firing Manuel during the season.Â That being said, if they don’t make the playoffs I don’t see anyway he is back next year either.Â Good luck Jerry.
“K-Rod showed he had some fire in him, something that the Mets do not display on a regular basis.Â How many times this season have weâ€™ve seen pitchers throw at David Wrightâ€™s head or force him to move out of the box?Â Wright does not glare at the pitcher.Â The Mets pitcher(s) do not brush the opposing pitcher or the other teamâ€™s third baseman off the plate.Â Iâ€™m not looking for the Mets to become brawlers and start fights every night.Â We donâ€™t need these guys to get suspended, break a hand, hurt their backs, etcâ€¦ fighting but it would be nice to see some of fight and passion in the rest of the team.”
Now whether you buy into the fact that this team is soft or not gritty or all of those other joke words, there is one thing that is clear Krod IS the Man.