Let’s take a look atÂ Mets Blogs Round-Up.
Metsblog: Read: The Pros and Cons of Kevin TowersÂ by Matthew Cerrone
â€¦i did speak with someone the other day who reminded me that it tends to be the teamâ€™s way to hire the inevitable replacement, giving them a less prominent job, but making it quite obvious who is on deck, before the current GM or manager get the axeâ€¦ off the top of my head, i think ofÂ Dallas Green and Jeff Torborg, Davey Johnson and Frank Howard, Jerry Manuel and Willie Randolph, the Joe McIlvine and Steve Phillips, then again with phillips and Jim Duquette, and even minaya, who was a phillips assistantâ€¦
Metsblog: Iâ€™m Reading: about Johan and Gomez, and ErrorsÂ by Matthew Cerrone
â€¦in watching the Twins, i canâ€™t help and wonder what santana was thinking, while sitting on his sofa, watching his former teammates in the post seasonâ€¦
Metsblog: Daily News: Mets should make Pitch for LackeyÂ by Matthew Cerrone
â€¦i still believe the Mets will first look to trading for a pitcher who is already under contract, while aiming to sign a free-agent batâ€¦ thatâ€™s just a hunch, but i sense the market also makes more sense for that type of strategyâ€¦
â€¦from what i can gather, lackey is seeking a deal similar to what A.J. Burnett signed last off season with the Yankees, i.e., five years and roughlyÂ $16Â million per seasonâ€¦ also, he looks like Peter Brady, but without the curly hairâ€¦
Mets Today: The Big Fix and the General Consensus
In the past, the Mets failed to build a championship team despite needing â€œonly one or two pieces to complete the puzzleâ€. But this time around we should expect them to fill multiple holes and deliver a postseason appearance? That might be somewhere between wishful thinking and fantasy land.
Mike’s Mets: Predicting the Mets’ Off-Season by Barry Duchan
Well, M and M are back and Jeff Wilpon is publicly saying that the Mets will spend “whatever Omar needs” to make the team a contender next year. There has been a minor shuffle in the coaching staff and several rumors have been circulating regarding the team’s plans. Here’s my take on what will happen regarding some of those rumors:
Mets Merized: Would Kevin Towers Be An Upgrade Over Minaya?
I agree with Hubbuch. Towers may soon get an offer to become a GM before the Winter Meetings, but he may pass on an offer to join a small market team, for the chance to take a lesser job with the Mets with the hope he could ultimately replace the embattled Omar Minaya.
Mestradamus:What Have You Learned? Omar Minaya
What must he learn for 2010? Unfortunately, he’s going to have to learn how to be somebody he’s not. Look, I think Minaya is a good GM … but not for what this franchise needs. His strengths, being able to sign the big fish being paramount among them, was something the Mets desperately needed after the 2004 season when they badly needed an infusion of star power. The Mets don’t need that now. They have enough stars. They need a GM who knows how to construct a roster 1-25. Minaya has proven that’s not a strength for him. most egregiously with the Darren O’Day debacle (yeah, that still bothers me). But if he’s going to keep his job past this season, he’s going to have to make it a strength.
Seven Train To Shea:Put Up or Shut Up For MinayaÂ by Matt Pignataro
Please let me know if there’s a blog post I missed.
Even though the Madoff affect has clearly effected the clubs day-to-day operations, I expect Minaya to be one of the most aggressive GM’s this winter heading into next season. This is the same guy who traded for Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca prior to the 2006 season. Minaya needs to return to that form, as that aggressive GM who isn’t afraid to pull the trigger on a move. Obviously, I’m not saying trade the whole farm system away and mortgage the future, but go out and get the guys we need to win.