Sometimes I think that the Mets truly are snake bit. Take yesterday for instance, Adam Rubin – the Mets beat reporter for E.S.P.N. New York broke the story that the Mets are considering trading first baseman Ike Davis.
Needless to say the Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse came sweeping in on their fire breathing steeds, rendering the more sensitive members of this fan base catatonic.
First off this is just a report . It is quite possible Ike may be traded to make make life easier for Lucas Duda and his suspect defense in the outfield while trying to get a young, non defensive liability, power hitting, outfielder that is cheap of contract and under team control for the long term.
Look I don’t want to see Ike traded as much as the next guy but lets face the facts – with the exception of Harvey, Wright and Dickey – nobody on the major league roster should be considered untouchable. And I will go one step further – if the Mets can’t agree on a new contracts with either Wright or Dickey they should be dealt before the ’13 season concludes in order to import players that could help immediately .
Before you start burning my image in effigy let me give some examples:
In 1978 the Mets traded beloved pitcher Jerry Koosman to the Minnesota Twins for minor league reliever, Jesse Orosco – the man who recorded the final out in the ’86 World Series.
In 1982 Frank Cashen traded matinee idol, Lee Mazzilli to the Texas Rangers for pitchers Ron Darling and Walt Terrell. Both pitchers acquit themselves well on the major league level, but Cashen deals Terrell to the Tigers for reserve third baseman, Howard Johnson (who matured into a true power hitting bat).
In 1983 the Mets traded Carlos Diaz – a decent pitcher to the Dodgers for Sid Fernandez, who was a stalwart in the Mets rotation for almost a decade.
And for my final example back in 1972 the Mets traded three of their top rookie prospects ( Ken Singleton, Tim Foli and Mike Jorgenson) to the Montreal Expos for outfielder, Rusty Staub – one of the most beloved players the teams history.
The bottom line is that it seems that Mets General Manager, Sandy Alderson is looking to improve through the trade market this coming off season. And in order to import good players you will have to deal good players in return. The days of a team “fleecing” another team for it’s good players is a thing of the past, and if Ike or Lucas – or even David Wright is dealt – well then that’s the cross we all have to bear – from ownership to the fans in order for this team to return to greatness in the near future.
And with that said…..HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
The radio voice of the Mets for five decades, Bob Murphy would have been 88 today (1924).
Brooklyn Dodger great, and a Mets fan favorite, Duke Snider would have been 86 today (1926).
Relief pitcher from ’85-’89, Randy Myers is 50 (1962). One has to wonder how the Mets would have fared if they didn’t deal him to the Reds for John Franco.
Mo Vaughn will be on hand for Matt Harvey’s final start of the season. So note to the Mets – KEEP THE CONCESSION STANDS UP BY SECTION 437 OPEN !!!