Hello one and all! Welcome back to a hurricane-free edition of Stir-Up Sunday! Now listen, it’s word association time! Honestly speaking, when you hear New York Mets, what comes to your mind? While I don’t speak for everyone, I think the common baseball fan out of state without a ton of knowledge or passion for the Mets would probably spit something on the negative side, words like disorganized and mess. And that was what we all thought the story was going to be when the Mets originally decided to sell a minority share of the ballclub. Then came David Einhorn and all looked as if it was going to progress swimmingly. And then of course, it all came crashing to an end this past week. Let’s go to the tape…oh come on, you know what I mean.
This past Thursday, it was announced that the Mets’ deal with Einhorn – believed to be a slam dunk – was declared dead. Reasoning? The abbreviated version states that the deal died over the trail Einhorn would take to becoming the Mets majority owner. The Wilpons basically want to keep the Mets family-owned, and so the deal passed away. Personally, I can’t really blame Einhorn. Shelling out ungodly sums of money just to own a minority share in the Mets never really seemed terribly wise in the first place. Decision making likely never would have been a privilege, and there just seemed like there wasn’t too much in it for Einhorn aside from a few perks your run-of-the-mill fan cannot access. And so, Einhorn gets to pocket his 200 million, while the Wilpons head back to the drawing board. And allegedly, they’ve already come up with a solution to their 9 figure problem. Realizing not many people can drop that type of dough for a minority slice of a Major League Baseball team, they’ve decided they’ll split that chunk into multiple pieces and sell them for roughly 20, 30 million dollars each. I don’t know if it’s easy to compile these types of investors together or not, but isn’t there something better you can do with your 20 million dollars aside from buying a miniscule share of the ballclub in order to tell your friends that you do? Doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot in it for these potential minority shareowners, am I right?
In other news, a Daily News column this week reported that the Mets are debating as to whether or not they should shift Jason Bay over to centerfield next season. The end result of that move would be the opening up of leftfield, a place where the Mets can insert Daniel Murphy in 2012. Poor idea all around to me. For starters, Bay’s played only 40 career games in centerfield over his 1123 game (entering today) career. And while Bay is a fair fielder, he does not have the wheels to cover the extensive amount of ground Citi Field’s centerfield has, regardless as to whether the walls are moved in or not. And why does Murphy have to play the outfield? He was an absolute disaster there in 2009, costing us numerous games in the process. You want to relive that? He seriously wasn’t too bad at second base this year; prior to his ugly injury he posted a 13.0 UZR/150 while playing there. If he can only work this winter on his positioning around the bag in certain situations to avoid harm, then I think second base is a potential destination. But Bay to center, Murphy to left? Not to mention Lucas Duda in rightfield? That’s way too poor a defensive outfield for commodious Citi Field.
And finally for the longest time, the Mets never received their part of the July trade that sent closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers. Well, that problem was rectified this past week, and the Mets got relievers Adrian Rosario and Daniel Ray Herrera from the Brew Crew. Rosario is only going to be 22 years of age this year, so he’s got a shot at blossoming into something useful. As for Herrera, he’s looked sharp in 46 minor league games this season (2.20 ERA and .225 batting average against) and so far has two scoreless relief outings out of the Met bullpen since arriving. While neither guy is a ridiculously noteworthy pitcher, this trade was never intended to be a blockbuster. Instead, it was all about dumping K-Rod’s contract, with that frightening option that could have really hampered the Mets payroll for 2012. In the end, Frankie wound up restructuring his contract so that option wasn’t a factor at all, but that’s neither here nor there. The deal is done, the book is closed, let’s just focus on the future now.
Well that’s my spiel, now it’s your turn to do the talking! Opinions regarding the death of the Mets business deal with Einhorn? Do you like the Jason Bay to centerfield, Daniel Murphy to leftfield idea, or does it have disaster written all over it for the Amazin’s? And are you content with the Mets haul from the Francisco Rodriguez deal? Comment below, and as always my fellow Mets fans, thank you for stopping on by!