Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Save Our Starters

If you fire up a hot stove when the weather is warm, do you risk blowing a fuse?

It was a quiet hot stove until Messrs Bannister, Maine, and Zambrano went down. Now, noone can get enough of playing amateur GM to try and fix the starting rotation, and I'm no different. Now, everybody is concentrating on which starting pitcher will be the next to appear at Shea in his "welcome to the club" news conference. Let's look into the crystal ball then, shall we?

Dontrelle Willis, Marlins: Dontrelle Willis' value will never be as high as it is right now. If Omar Minaya really wanted Willis, and really wanted to pull the trigger at this very moment, the Marlins would be crazy not to ask the Mets for the entire farm. This is why Omar should pass on this one...for now. The way the bullpen is set up, all the Mets need right now is a guy who is going to get you five innings, and give up three runs. The 'pen was built to pick up for starters like that, and the Mets have enough of them between Lima and Jeremi Gonzalez. If Omar wants to go after Willis during the trade deadline, or even in the off season, the price shouldn't be quite as high.

Barry Zito, Athletics: The problem with trading here is that there's perceived to be a wide gap between the top prospects in the Mets' minor league organization and the next level of prospects, making flexibility in terms of a trade next to nil. Sure, Lastings Milledge may be too much to give up for a Barry Zito, but are there other prospects the Mets have that are enough to get Zito (considering the A's dealt Tim Hudson for nothing, there's always a chance).

Zito, who's having yet another mediocre season, might not be the best fit right now if only because a lot will be expected of a Zito/Rick Peterson combination in the last two months of the season, especially if the price for him is high. This has severe booing situation written all over it.

Jason Schmidt, Giants: This is a guy who is going to eat innings...and that would be big in August and September if the Mets' bullpen is taxed down the stretch. Schmidt has gone six innings only once this season so far...in all of his other starts he has either gone 7 or 9. The key will be how the Giants are faring in the standings. I believe there is every chance that the bottom will fall out on San Francisco, and that they will look to deal the man with the highest trade value, and that's Schmidt. Will the Giants ask for too much?

Oliver Perez, Pirates: There's actually a rumor that Perez, the former centerpiece of the Brian Giles deal (of which Jason Bay turned out to be the prized prospect coming back), is in the radar of the Philadelphia Phillies. But as the article says, the Phillies have enough pitching prospects that there may not be any room for Perez. Queens, meanwhile, doesn't quite have that problem...and Oliver Perez might be at his cheapest in terms of trade value as his stats have taken a nose dive since 2004.

Greg Maddux, Cubs: This one is interesting. What could be more evil than knocking the Braves off their perch with Tom Glavine on the Mets? Why knocking them off with Glavine and Greg Maddux wearing orange. Scrumptious. But would the price for Maddux be too high for yet another 40 year old pitcher who may not want to be a hired gun for somebody? Probably...and the Cubbies are actually still in the hunt, so this isn't going to happen either. But wouldn't it be worth it for the reprise of the "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" commercial?

Brad Radke, Twins: Speaking of commercials, one of the coolest I ever saw was for some video game (I think) where Brad Radke is looking all serious on the mound, and some chilling voice over is reciting all of his stats...then as he delivers a pitch, the voice-over notes how many home runs he gave up that particular season. Then as he watches his pitch sail over the wall, a conga line that included clowns, jugglers, and Royals, performs a conga line around the bases. Is this really a guy the Mets want to trade for (at an eleven million dollar salary no less)?

Jake Westbrook, Indians: I know, I don't see why the Indians would want to trade this guy either. The contending Indians should want to add pitching rather than subtract. But there have been whispers about a Westbrook for Austin Kearns deal in the past. This is where Victor Diaz may or may not become handy. After all, Diaz is a step down from Kearns...all right, maybe a whole flight of stairs...but he's in the same building, so Diaz and a minor leaguer?

Anybody, Royals: As if it wasn't already tricky, trading with the Kansas City Royals is going to be dicier than ever before. David Glass has promised changes, which means a new GM, which means no guarantees as to how he's going to work in terms of trading guys like Jeremy Affeldt, or Scott Elarton who has a relatively low 3.86 ERA while going 0-4 so far this season. Of course with the Mets' luck of late, Glass' choice for new Royals GM will be Chuck Lamar, who'll subsequently ask for Lastings Milledge, Mike Pelfrey, and David Wright for Elarton before trading him to the Braves for the alley cats that live under Turner Field.

Roger Clemens, Free Agent: That's funny Metstradamus, I get it.

Joel Pineiro, Mariners: Pineiro seems to have found his touch this season with the Mariners, but that's not keeping Seattle from slowly sinking to the bottom of the division. The Mariners offered him to the Phillies during the off season for Jason Michaels, so expect Pineiro to be shopped closer to the deadline. Salary wise, he's making slightly less than Kris Benson money, which would be a bargain compared to...

Odalis Perez, Dodgers: Odalis Perez's middle name is Amadol. If Perez comes to the Mets with his 6.90 ERA, his 1.70 WHIP, and his contract that has $19 million dollars remaining on it, Mets fans will be ordering truckloads of Amadol to cure tension headaches caused by watching Perez's meatballs fly out of the park. Besides, the name Odalis, when translated to Japanese, means Kazuhisa. I'd rather take the guy who's making Kris Benson money. Hey, how about...

Kris Benson, Orioles: In a league where a man was once traded for himself...twice, why isn't this possible...especially when you know the Orioles are falling fast in the standings? Of course, the Mets would have to envoke their re-marriage rule to make this work, where Benson would have to agree to find another wife before this deal could happen...heck it could even be one of those convenience marriages that only has to last for a few days. I have two available sisters I could offer up...then Kris Benson would be my brother in law. Kris Benson and Metstradamus playing catch in the yard of the apartment complex...Kris Benson hooking his brother in law up with tickets...

Ah, the American Dream.

15 comments:

jabair said...

KAZ ISHII has his own freakin website??

jabair said...

another thing.. the mets were running away with the division and they got absolutely no love from the local, nor the national media..

now that zambrano blew up his elbow, everyone is doing their best to try to kick the mets while theyre down.. the truth of the matter is that we are talking about Zambrano going down.. not pedro or glavine...

as long as zambrano was healthy, all he ever did was guarantee that we were not gonna have a winning streak longer than 4 games, and all he did was pass that guarantee on to jose lima.. these god damn pundits dont realize that this is an opportunity to replace zambrano with someone with a bigger upside... because as long as he was healthy, jeff wilpon, who probably had his grubby little paws all over the kazmir deal wouldnt allow zambrano to be benched or released.. guess zambrano released himself..

they love to piss in our wheaties.. choke it off buster before you get your pee pee caught in the zipper...

Fred said...

Metstra, how much weight do you think coming in from the AL carries? I mean, NL hitters will likely be unfamiliar with someone from another league -- in terms of first-hand experience -- and would likely perform better, no?

Just brain-pickin'.

elliot said...

What about giving 26 year old Alay Soler a shot? There are two things to consider. Will it hurt his development? Will he be effective?

As for hurting his development - Soler has his Cuban professional experience. I don't think that a trip to the bigs will hurt Soler - and it has the potential of being really helpful.

Will he be effective? Well, he only has to be better than Jose Lima for this to be a success. Case closed.

Freak Of Nature said...

Throw the young guys out there. No trades please, that why we're in this mess.

Jaap said...

how about scott kazmir for victor zambrano? oh wait, nobody would be THAT stupid...

Matt said...

Jabair - you're totally right. I've been sitting in my room for almost two weeks straight, trying to get term papers done, and I've had sports radio or Espn on constantly.

The Mets got some love for their 10-2 start, but then next to nothing on Espn, until Z went down, and since then they've been flogging the Zito for Milledge trade constantly.

Metstra - normally I don't kiss ass in blog comments, but your last few posts have been top notch. I guess the time off really worked wonders.

Maybe instead of "Amazin" the slogan should be: "Inexplicable."

Classic.

mistermarr said...

i'd like to see brad radke... just to have the chance to hear keith hernandez try to tell us that chad bradford is coming in for brad radke... i can dream, can't i?

mistermarr said...

oops-- don't click my name on the last post-- wrong url

Kyle in Newport News said...

THE THROWING ERROR GIVETH AND THE THROWING ERROR TAKETH AWAY.

wouldn't it have been something if willie had brought in wags with two outs and the bases jammed AND THEN let him bat for himself to start the top of the 10th? i would have liked to have heard that!

but no. there is no joy in metsville, aaron heilman has thrown the damn ball away. oh well, i still like em.

Anonymous said...

You think the Mets will consider Livan Hernandez?

elliot said...

Metstra - I have some pix that I took from tonight's Binghamton Mets game - Pelfrey's first start in Binghamton. Interested? If so, how can I get them to you?

Metstradamus said...

Housecleaning:

Fred, Red Sox castoffs Bob Ojeda and John Tudor prove your theory correct (One a world series hero, the other a Cardinal curmudgeon).

Matt, compliments are always welcome and I will not hold it against you. I need compliments to feed my fragile ego.

Marr, Keith has enough problems with Lo Duca's name (De Luca)...do you want to put the man in a mental institution?

Livan Hernandez? Interesting. But I don't see the Nats trading in the division. The Marlins will trade in the division because when they move to Las Vegas or San Antonio they'll be in a different division anyway. Livan is a good idea though.

Elliott, that is mighty nice of you. Do you have a flickr account? If so you can put it there, it's probably the easiest way to go.

elliot said...

Hey there, Metstra. I uploaded a couple of pictures to my "ELLIOTNIMAN" flickr account. I will try and get more out there over the next couple of days. Sorry to clog up the comments.

I have one word to say: The Tongue.

Check the pictures - you'll know what I mean.

Metstradamus said...

Elliott, I love it!!! You can bet I'll do something with that, with full props to you. Was that the work of great seats or a great camera?