Yeah I know I am going to take a lot of heat for what I am about to suggest, but I think it is what is best for the Mets for the foreseeable future and beyond. No I am not talking about charging thirty dollars for parking ( That’s the Yankee way) or making David Wright become a member of the Pepsi Party Patrol. No I am suggesting that the Mets should trade Angel Pagan before the season starts.
Okay I can sense the hostility towards my idea but lets face it, yes Angel had a ” breakout year ” this past season, but one season doesn’t make one a bonafide everyday outfielder. Yes I know that Angel improved at the plate as well as in the field by leaps and bounds , and that’s why I feel we should try to swing a deal using him as bait for some mid level pitching. We all know that the Tampa Bay Rays have a hole in their outfield now that Carl Crawford has bolted to the Red Sox. So maybe if we dangled Pagan and a mid level prospect such as a Zach Lutz or Fernando Martinez , we can get them to agree to ship us a Matt Garza.
The one thing the Mets have a surplus of right now is minor league outfielders. I feel that Lucas Duda – who I admit is not a great defensive outfielder but can hit monster shots that would make Dave Kingman take notice.
My other concern is Pagan’s psyche. He seems comfortable at playing all three outfield positions, but he has made it known that he longs to be a everyday center-fielder. It will be hard to get Angel those starts in center, especially if Carlos Beltran either refuses to move, or shows that his knees can stand up to the daily rigors of patrolling that position. I am not saying that Pagan would let either his anger or disappointment get in the way of his offense or his fielding. but there might be a problem if either he or Beltran are unhappy with the position assignments.
I still think that Angel Pagan projects to be a fourth outfielder. This is my opinion – I am not stating it as a fact. I must stress that I am not a sabermetrics guy but I feel that if Angel plays more than 140 games he will be exposed. So why not take the gamble and see if we can flip him for some thing more of a sure thing.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Sadly on this day in 1992, long time Mets pitching coach, Rube Walker passed away. He is generally cited as the man who helped pitchers such as Nolan Ryan and Tug McGraw mature into major league ready pitchers.
New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Jim Gosger and back up third baseman, Bob Heise to the San Francisco Giants for pitcher, Ray Sadecki and outfielder, Dave Marshall on December 12, 1969.
In one of the most hated trades in Mets history – The New York Mets traded Rusty Staub and minor league pitcher, Bill Laxton to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher, Mickey Lolich and outfielder, Billy Baldwin on December 12, 1975. This trade heralded in the M. Donald Grant salary dump era !
New York Mets traded back up outfielder, Gene Clines to the Texas Rangers for Joe Lovitto on December 12, 1975.
New York Mets traded pitcher, Roy Lee Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays for utility infielder, Bob Bailor on December 12, 1980.
New York Mets signed free agent catcher, Orlando Mercado of the Minnesota Twins on December 12, 1989.
New York Mets traded one time “5 tool outfielder“, Alex Ochoa to the Minnesota Twins for ” no tool” outfielder, Rich Becker on December 12, 1997.
New York Mets signed free agent second baseman, José Valentin of the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 12, 2005. After the season ending injury to Kaz Matsui, the Mets certainly caught lightening in a jar with the clutch hitting of the second coming of the ‘stache .
New York Mets traded reliever, Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitching prospect, Connor Robertson on December 12, 2008.I still feel bad for Schoeneweiss. I felt that he was misused by both Willie and Jerry.
The man who will always be known as Omar’s folly, Ambiorix Burgos granted free agency on December 12, 2008. Yeah I would release a man who was arrested for beating his girlfriend and later on was accused of murdering two women.
And while you are cursing at Mother Nature for delaying the Giants game, just remember YOU SHOULD BE A JETS FAN !! And there are just 110 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and
117 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is wondering what a turtle dove is – and if they are edible !!