Everyone once in a while I do a post in which I make a suggestion to a team. Well next up in the series is a group of suggestions to the New York Mets.
Here is how to fix the Mets.
-Fire Jerry Manuel
-Fire Omar Minaya
-Fire entire medical staff
-Fire Hitting and Pitching Coaches
-Trade Jose Reyes to the Boston Redsox for Jacoby Ellsbury and Lars Anderson (at least.)
-Sign John Lackey
-Sign Chone Figgins
Jerry Manuel should be fired because his team (the Mets) do not even know the fundamentals of baseball. If a team isn’t playing well, thats one thing, but if a team drops pop ups, doesn’t touch third base, and throws to first when no one is covering….that is a problem. Also, Jerry, not every player can play every position.
Omar Minaya is a trainwreck. Enough said.
The Mets have been one of the most injured teams in baseball and that can’t just be because the players are fragile. The staff must have something to do with it.
The Mets have not hit or pitched well this year. Even when the team was healthy, they struggled.
The Reyes trade would really shake up the Mets. Ellsbury helps out in the outfield, with Gary Sheffield gone. Lars Anderson can be the future 1st baseman of the Mets.
Lackey and Figgins are both free agents in 2010 and are both members of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim now. Lackey can be a top 2 starter, while Figgins can play nearly every position.
The Royals Designated Ron Mahay for assignment today. I have wanted Mahay on the Yankees for about 3 years now and I haven’t stopped saying that. He has had an off year this year with his 4.79 ERA and 55 hits in 41 innings. Still, he can help the Yankees. Sure the Yankees would have 3 lefty relievers, but he can be a one-year rental for the Yankees. He can help them for the playoff chase and allow the Yankees to keep Zach Kroenke and Mike Dunn in AAA and maybe send them to the Arizona Fall League.
Also, why hasn’t Damaso Marte been placed on waivers yet? He must be healthy to be placed and he is healthy. If someone claimed Marte he could be gone (with his 4 year contract) for nothing OR one small prospect. Then the Yankees could use a combination of Phil Coke, Kroenke, and/or Dunn as their lefty relievers.
Every year in September the MLB rosters expand to 40 players, rather than 25. Here’s who I believe the Yankees should call-up for the pennant race.
*Most teams call up 3 or 4 players before the AAA and AA playoffs end, then call up more*
1. Zach Kroenke, LHP, AAA Scranton. Kroenke has been lights out in AAA this year, with a sub-2.00 ERA. Kroenke would help the bullpen by giving them another lefty reliever and by giving them length.
2. Ramiro Pena, INF, AAA Scranton. Pena has seen a lot of time in the MLB this year and could help with the infield depth. We don’t want Jose Molina being the backup third baseman, do we?
3. Mark Melancon, RHP, AAA Scranton. Melancon has had limited time in the MLB this year, but has had pretty good results in his time there. Melancon can help out with depth.
4. Shelley Duncan, OF, AAA Scranton. Duncan had one day in the majors this year before being sent down in favor of Jerry Hairston Jr. Duncan has been stellar in AAA.
AFTER THE AAA PLAYOFFS:
5. Josh Towers, RHP, AAA Scranton. Not on the 40-man but could be a spot-starter or a long reliever if needed.
6. Jon Albaladejo, RHP, AAA Scranton. Closing in AAA, has seen time in the MLB.
7. Juan Miranda, 1b, AAA Scranton. One and done this year in the MLB.
8. Kevin Russo, INF, AAA Scranton. One of the most consistent players in AAA this year, needs a spot on 40-man.
9. Austin Jackson?!?!?! OF, AAA Scranton. This is one I am uncertain about. He could use the experience, but they don’t want to rush him.
10. Francisco Cervelli, C, AAA Scranton. Was great in his time in the MLB. Currently on the 7-day DL in AAA.
This would give the Yankees 35 players, 36 with Brett Gardner returning. That is more than enough.
PROBLEM: 4 of these players (Kroenke, Towers, Russo, Jackson) do not have spots on the 40-man roster.
WHO WOULD LEAVE THE 40-MAN:
1. DFA Kevin Cash. With Cervelli, Molina, and Posada all healthy, and Cash on the DL in AAA, he is completely not needed.
2. DFA Sergio Mitre.
That still leaves 2 extra spots needed, so two of those (I suspect Towers and Russo) wouldn’t be called up.
*This is pure speculation*
WARNING: Another plea to the Yankees to get rid of Sergio Mitre.
Sergio Mitre was not exactly rocked on Monday night, but he still did not get the job done. Mitre was mostly damaged because of his own throwing error.
Still, Mitre has been everything but lights out in the MLB. There is someone in AAA who has been lights out, however: Russ Ortiz. Ortiz has been stellar in 2 starts for Scranton pitching 13 scoreless innings with only 5 hits allowed and 9 k’s.
Ortiz was not great for the Houston Astros this year, but has been good in the past- long long past.
So my idea is for the Yankees to DFA Mitre, call-up Ortiz, put Ortiz in the bullpen, and insert Chad Gaudin into the rotation.
If Ortiz is able to pitch well enough he can keep his job as a long-man and if Gaudin struggles they flip-flop the roles.
If Ortiz struggles, they can just get rid of him, too. No harm no foul.
It really is a win-win situation.
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In the first-part of my suggestion series I have a suggestion to the Redsox.
The Redsox need a capable MLB shortstop that can play every day. Sure, Nick Green has been pretty good, but they need a starting shortstop. The Redsox did claim Christian Guzman off waivers, but we do not know what will become of that. Guzman, 31, has 2 years (including this year) left on his contract. I do not believe he is the answer.
What I do believe is that the Redsox need to trade a top prospect, such as a Michael Bowden, Lars Anderson, or even Jacoby Ellsbury for Yunel Escobar of the Braves.
While I do not know if the Ellsbury-Escobar trade would work salary and teams agreeing wise, I do believe this fits the needs of both teams. The Braves need an MLB Outfielder that is young and lively, while the Redsox need a shortstop of the same kind. I would do it if I was either team, personally.