TheÂ Reyes interview wasÂ just what Â I needed.
Monday wasÂ badÂ dayÂ andÂ watching Reyes cheered me up a bit.Â I liked the way he looked forÂ he was confident and spoke well about himself and the Mets.Â Â He didn’t make any predictions and had that same old ReyesÂ smile.Â
It made me wish for Opening Day.
And then I tuned in to ESPN and saw what I dreaded the most. The Roy Halladay Press Conference.Â The masochist in me insisted on watching the “happy to pitch with a winner” Roy Halladay andÂ the all smilesÂ GM Ruben Amaro Jr.Â It was tough. There is Roy with his new hat and jersey on and there’s Ruben right next to him making sure it fits.Â
It wasn’t until aÂ question came from the press core regarding keeping Lee and adding Halladay justÂ for theÂ upcoming season that I realized that the Phillies had made a mistake.Â Lee was under contract for one more year, they could have kept him and thenÂ offered him arbitration in 2010 and if he refused, the Phillies would haveÂ received a draft pick if he signed somewhere else.Â Ruben opted to tradeÂ Lee because he knewÂ LeeÂ didn’t want to stay and the since the PhilliesÂ Â needed to replenish their already semi-depleted minors trading Lee now would do just that.Â But for a moment, they did consider keeping both pitchers.
The Phillies could have had Lee and Halladay.Â I know that the minor leagues are important to stock but come on! Â That’s the Pennant right there, and possibly another World Series title.Â Â Both of these pitchers can carve up the NL East and any World Series opponent.
Instead the Phillies left the door open.Â By tradingÂ Lee, they basically have theÂ same rotation as last year.Â Â Â
This is an opportunity for Omar toÂ get another starter.Â A workhorse, a pitcher who will stay healthy and give the rotation some stability. Lord knows he has a lot to choose from.Â He could pick up and Â rehab Wang and Sheets.Â He could spend some money on Pineiro.Â He could try for the hometown discounted Marquis or perhaps trade for Harang or Arroyo.Â Santana matches up with Halladay, which one of these pitchers match up with Hamels?Â
This has to happen.Â The Phillies missed a golden chance to dominate the East and the Mets must take advantage of it.