Friday, February 05, 2010

And The Real Estate Is Cheaper

So I guess the question now is this: When does that Fernando Martinez for Yorvit Torrealba trade happen?
"When [Carlos] Beltran had surgery, I thought I had a chance, and maybe they would give me a chance at center. But they get Matthews Jr., and now I'm not sure where I am. I just can't give up. I know I'm a big league player, and I can perform at a high level. It's in my hands, so I have to keep working hard and maybe earn a spot. Maybe I make it to the big leagues with the Mets or maybe another team, but I know I can do it. I just have to keep working and waiting for my opportunity." -Fernando Martinez
Dude ... May I call you dude? You're only 21 years young, you were on the interstate in your time up here, and you haven't proven you can put a full season together without pulling ... anything. So dude, calm down a tad.

But once again, the Mets have seen a super-duper prospect's trade value dip before he could be traded for a guy like Matt Holliday or the like (see: Milledge, L.) The problem is: With Bay, Beltran and Frenchy (not to mention Corporal Matthews) blocking the entrance, the only way Martinez's value rises is if he hits .450 in Buffalo (good luck with that), or depend on another injury to vault back in the majors and hit a couple of moon shots into the Pepsi Porch. Part of it is the general practice of rushing their prospects through the lower levels. Part of it ... plain bad luck with injuries forcing him up to the majors before his time. But it lends itself to that whole "least efficient team in baseball" reputation in a new and different way.

So who are the Mets going to get for the guy they wouldn't trade for Johan Santana, Matt Holliday, or anybody else?

And when will Martinez become a mere Mets trivia question?

12 comments:

paulsrandomstuff said...

I think Fernando Martinez can build value -- at least enough to put himself back in the Mets' plans for 2011 -- if he can play a full season in AAA and be productive this year.

Right now, he's at the point where talent doesn't matter -- no one seems to believe he can stay healthy.

There's no long-term commitment to Frenchy, so Martinez could still become the Mets' right fielder -- just not this year.

Anonymous said...

the mets touted fm as a five tool ballplayer.than he was brought up and showed completely average skills at running, hitting, fielding, etc and a zero in hustle.He no longer seems to have trade value and is always hurt and this is our 'CROWN JEWEL".And now he does not understand why he can't play center in 2010.the hits keep comin, met fans.

Eric said...

He is 21 years old. He had a solid year in AAA before being called up last year. I think people need to settle down in passing judgement on this guy just yet. I realize it is easy to be a negative Mets fan these days but trashing this guy at this point is a joke.

Also, remember Reyes had injury problems in his younger days too.

Anonymous said...

fmart hasnt been our "crown jewel" for a while.

and btw...there are guys his age that wont be drafted until next year...and will wind up in rookie ball.

give the KID (because thats exactly what he STILL is...and will be for another 2 years) a break.

Anonymous said...

If you take a look at Jesus Montero, who wont stick at catcher, he hit a HR about every 20ABs between A and AA ball, at the same age F-Mart is hitting a HR about every 20 ABs in AAA

Lets be fair here, he was asked to step into a huge role last year, at 20, people have done it in the past but give him a chance.

Anonymous said...

Looks like another over rated Mets outfield prospect. Trade him while he still has some value.

Anonymous said...

My fondest dream is that the team actually does know when they have a bona fide prospect and Fernando is the real deal, we keep him and he's terrific. What's wrong with that?! Haven't we Mets fans had enough bad news?

Let's think positively about this guy. The Mets are such an easy target for media guys like Peter Gammons and others. That's why we read so much spin and negative hype about this 21 year old being a bust.

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha yeah Eric, Reyes had injury problems in his younger days. Good thing those injury problems didn't follow him into the prime of his... wait, oops.

I don't doubt the kid's got ability, but his inability to stay on the field is a legitimate cause for concern.

theBrooklynTrolleyBlogger said...

I've been watching F-Mart have a pretty decent Winter League. I wouldn't count on Matthews Jr. to mail a letter for me. If I'm
F-Mart I'm keeping my mouth shut and planning on being ready. He's going to get more time than anyone is currently envisioning. But you know as well as me, we're turning into the Iceberg. Oh...and Lastings L-Millz...I betcha he has a nice break-out year in no pressure PITT. Why? Because.

bottleandcellar said...

At the end of the day, Martinez was only a super prospect the year he signed and when he played in his very first season, from that point on he has a giant question mark with very little proof points worth considering him anything other than just a baseball player.

Vito said...

To Mets Players: Start out terrible....

To Wilpons: fire Manuel and Minaya....Then sell the team....

New owners: Hire someone for the GM position who has a clue...Bring in a good young manager...

At mid season: Trade Beltran, Reyes, Francouer, Maine, Pelfrey, F. Mart, Castillo, D. Murphy, Ike Davis....

Trade and sign Pena and Crawford to long term deals....and if Mauer is still unsigned, throw players at Minny and give him what he wants to sign....
Next season sign Cain and Cliff Lee....Should be a team headed in the right direction coming into 2011...

Anonymous said...

ok seriously, Met fans are as big a problem as anything. Patience. Why does every young inexpensive talent we have need to be traded? Haven't we done this enough? Milledge is improving each year and certainly turning out as good if not better than Schneider and Church. Kazmir? Need i repeat it? Please give these guys a chance before we trade them for mediocre, aging, on the down-side veterans.

And no, while i don't agree with acquiring Matthews Jr, i also don't think it meansa anything about Martinez other than that he is twenty-one and the Mets would like to see him play a full season in AAA if possible. As for right this second, i am more concerned about why management wouldn't have rather had Pagan in CF for a month than Matthews.