Sign or Dump
There are still 30 games left in the regular season, and as a fan the second half has been immensely frustrating. I feel a need to look toward the future, and a question for the front office is which players should the Mets re-sign this off-season? Jon Rauch, rhp: re-sign; Rauch has had a very up and down year. He started the season with a 10 inning scoreless streak and then saw his ERA rise as high as 4.88 before it dropped to its current 3.04. He has been the best relief pitcher in the Mets bullpen as of late . Relief pitching success fluctuates a lot from year-to-year so the Mets should be hesitant to give anything more than a one year deal. Ramon Ramirez, rhp: re-sign; this is a tough call. Ramirez has historically been a consistently good pitcher up until this season. Coming off a poor season the, Mets should be able to sign him to an affordable contract. It would be worth a flyer to see if Ramirez can rebound next year. Kelly Shoppach, c: don’t re-sign; I have always liked Shoppach, however the Mets need a significant upgrade at catcher. The Mets need to completely revamp their catcher position. If all else fails he could be a suitable back-up. Tim Byrdak, lhp: don’t re-sign; he has been a serviceable left-handed specialist, but a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder will keep him out until the middle of next year. Ronny Cedeno, ss: re-sign; I was initially skeptical about this pick-up, but Cedeno has filled in at shortstop and second base and he deserves another one-year contract to return as the teams utility infielder. Scott Hariston, of: re-sign; of all of these players he is the most critical, because in a lineup devoid of power, Scott Hariston is one of the few who has provided it. The Mets need to find a place for a player who has performed as the team’s best outfielder and pinch-hitter. Chris Young, rhp: don’t resign; Young has struggled coming off another injury and has been nothing more than a stopgap player. He has given up more hits than innings, and has failed to average six innings a start. Which players should the Mets offer arbitration to this off-season? Mike Pelfrey, rhp: don’t offer arb; Mike Pelfrey has been one of the most maddening players to watch on the Mets in recent years. Ever since his great half-season a couple seasons back he has been a below average pitcher, and he will also be coming off a season-long injury. It is finally time to let go of the former first-round pick. Andres Torres, of: don’t offer arb; Torres plays solid defense, has some speed, but his inability to produce offensively makes the price tag too steep to tender him a contract for next year. Rob Johnson, c: don’t ofer arb; simply put, his weak bat is only worsened by his below-average defense. Manny Acosta, rhp: don’t offer arb; 8.23 ERA and 1.80 WHIP, need I say more? Daniel Murphy, if: offer arb; a no-brainer, he continues to be a solid doubles hitter. Ike Davis, 1b: offer arb; even with a poor average, he has produced runs and played solid defense. The hope is he can get on base more consistently next year. Josh Thole, c: don’t offer arb; biggest surprise on this list. Thole’s best tool (hitting for average) has been unable to translate from the minors to majors. Without this hit tool he offers little value to the big-league team even though his defense has improved. Only possible use is as a back-up player. Bobby Parnell, rhp: offer arb; his best season to date, the hope is that he can continue to develop into a reliable late-inning reliever.