Time for a real quick step back off of the ledge. Letâ€™s take a look at the words of Brian Costa, the even-handed and fair Star Ledger Mets beat reporter.
This morning Mr. Costa suggests that the Metsâ€™ plan all along has been to go after Jason Bay, Bengie Molina, and a second-tier starter. Let us also remember what some of us debated long ago: John Lackey is a very good – but not great – pitcher, who has had arm trouble the last two years.
As of this writing, all of the above players are still available, as is Matt Holliday, whose price is coming down by the day as more teams turn elsewhere. Who is left for Bay and Holliday? The Yanks, the Cards, and us?
In any event, it is December 15th. We are not getting Halladay or Lackey, but we very well might still obtain serious improvements.
Here is a large excerpt from Costaâ€™s piece, and the serious, reasonable, educated fan would do well to read it and give it serious consideration.
Once Bay and Holliday and Molina and Pineiro and Sheets and Bedard and Meche are all gone, then it might be time to head back to the ledge. But it is way too early to give up on our favorite big game hunter, Omar Minaya.
â€œThe Mets left the winter meetings with a plan, or at least a Plan A.
After three days of discussions with agents and other teams, the Mets decided to try to sign Jason Bay to play left field and sign Bengie Molina to be their starting catcher, then sign a mid-level starting pitcher (barring any unforeseen developments on the trade market).
And for all the despair caused by Monday’s flurry of activity — with John Lackey on the verge of going to the Red Sox and Roy Halladay apparently headed to Philadelphia — the Mets can still do precisely what they set out to do when they left Indianapolis.
Now, you can debate whether that was the right course of action to take. You can argue that they should have pursued Lackey all along, rather than making an offer to Bay. But Monday’s moves didn’t derail what the Mets are trying to do this week.
Where it hurts the Mets most is from a PR standpoint. There is not a general manager in baseball who woke up Tuesday with more pressure to make a major move than Omar Minaya. If that results in the Mets overpaying for Bay, in years and/or dollars — if they give him a better deal than they were willing to give him 24 hours ago — Monday will have proven costly in that sense. And if the Mets somehow fail to sign Bay, then they’ll really be in a tough spot (Matt Holliday or bust? Scott Boras would love it).â€