GROW A PAIR ALREADY.
I hate this going tit-for-tat for pitching, for free agents, for just about everyone and everything the Mets are linked with.
I've said it once, and I've probably said it a million and one times, the Wilpons won't look to improve the team because they are "competitive." Think about Wilpons business model, the Brooklyn Dodgers. While I admit, for his time, Walter O'Malley was a misunderstood genius about making a baseball team into a successful business venture, that recipe does not work for today's game, especially in "We want it yesterday" NY Media.
Now, I just want to go on record and say even though the Yankees have added a lot of talent and a lot of payroll with splashy FA signings, we all know that recipe has not worked for, like, ever for the Yankees or any other team. They also lost a lot of payroll off the books, so believe me, this throwing money around at all the high profiles on the market is not only the Yankee way, but if this were last season, signing of all three crown jewels would not be happening.
As for losing Derek Lowe, look, I am just as disappointed in the next person, but there are two things that comfort me. One is that - in the past, Omar Minaya's deals not being made are often the deals that make us laugh last (Barry Zito, for one). So perhaps we see Derek Lowe become a Pedro II case for the Braves (hey, I can dream, right?). Two is - the Braves are hardly dominant even with some of the more visible moves they've made. Derek Lowe, sure, it hurts to see him go to a division rival, but I'm hardly scared of an aging Larry, an Ondroo in the minors and a diminishing Frenchy.
But there comes a time in every man's life to man-up and grow a sack. And it's time for Omar Minaya to tell the Wilpons exactly what this team needs.
We need Ben Sheets. And we need to give a LEGITIMATE offer to Ollie, not just a low-ball effort and hope he decides to negotiate.
Even if Ollie declines and goes to another team, as Metsmerized pointed out today, at least we get two draft picks. Not to shabby, as we lost them with the K-Rod signing. I believe we might lose another pick if we sign Sheets, but if there is a guy you make a run at, it's him. I have truly believed in my heart of hearts that Ben Sheets should have been a Met YEARS ago.
As I pointed out on several sites today, since I was pretty fired up, Omar Minaya has made some stupid-ass moves regarding his loyalty. Now, you all know, I am as prOmar as they come, but his loyalty has really fucked the Mets over and not in a good way (as if there is a good way of being fucked over...I digress). His loyalty to Julio Franco really bit the team in the ass in 2007. Exercising Moises Alou's option in 2008 was an accident waiting to happen and everyone knew it BUT Omar (perhaps his golfing relationship with Felipe wasn't affected by it). Overstepping his reach with free agents simply because he knew the Wilpons would open their wallets ended up screwing the team too - offering four years to Pedro knowing he was an injury-risk, offering four-years to Wagner when we knew his injury history, even outbidding himself for Luis Castillo in 2007 offseason (after he was coming off surgery, no less) left a black hole in the line up. We saw for ourselves just how much loyalty has done Omar in and for what? So we can be without a back-up plan AGAIN?
So what's the big deal if we offer a two-year contract to Ben Sheets guaranteed? Load it with incentives and be done with it (like if he hits 200+ innings, meeting goals like making playoffs, etc). I GUARANTEE YOU we will see Sheets like none other year. Why is that? Very simple - if he has to sing for his supper, he'll perform. See, injury-prone players tend NOT to be injured in years they have to perform to earn something.
And how is overbidding for Sheets, a dude who actually IS proven and still quite young, any different from overbidding for Pedro, Castillo or Alou? It shouldn't be, and this is a guy Omar should DEFINITELY be overbidding for. Especially at this point. Who the hell is in our pitching rotation anyway? Johan. Big Pelf. Maine. Um...that's it, unless Oh Pea comes back and even then, who are we gonna put in there? Niese? I thought the dude was gonna shit his pants his very first start. I want Niese in AAA till someone needs to rest. I don't want to see Pedro anywhere NEAR this team next season. Please, no more signing of overaged hacks to overextending contracts when clearly no one else wants them.
This is what kills me - even in this economy, PEOPLE WILL WANT SHEETS. To me, THIS IS A NO-BRAINER. I could see him EASILY going to the Phillies if the Mets give him a shitty offer. And I think we can collectively agree, we do NOT want something like that to happen. So what's it gonna be Omar, Fred, and Jeffy? Are we going to see Sheets go to a competitor and watch him dominate...or watch him dominate in Blue and Orange? That would suck. Give the man what he wants, and have a nice little press conference with Sheets in his blue and orange jersey.
And while you're at it, give an offer to Jon Garland, k? I have loved him for a long time and he will give similar production to Derek Lowe, if not at a discount.