Joe Janish at Mets Today, however, has a FABULOUS suggestion to amp things up for this offseason and get us excited for spring training and Opening Day. Cause quite frankly, if the Mets go into the 2009 season with the team as is...well, forgive me for thinking that stabbing myself in the eyes with a butter knife would be far less painful than watching the built-for-the-regular-season-but-fail-to-make-the-postseason-again-with-a-bunch-of-fucking-pussies team again.
Anyway, Joe suggests not only making a legit play for Lowe, but throw money at Oh Pea AND Manny. Um, yeah. That got my attention.
Look, mostly everyone on this blog and the blogosphere knows my affection for Oh Pea (I think even Oh Pea and SNY definitely know this). My opinion changed quite dramatically with his million-dollar-arm/ten-cent-head affliction. AND the fact that he treated us like a hot but abusive girlfriend (reference credit to Dykstraw) with his up-and-down-ness and his disrespectful arbitration process last year. Boras, of course, isn't looking for the best interests of his clients but rather, where they can make the most MONEY, period. Rumor had it Pea wanted to be back on the West Coast or closer to home (Mexico, for those of you keeping track at home). The market the way it is, however, the smaller market teams are going to be more cost conscious and well, I believe San Diego was his first choice - and that owner had to rescind an offer to career man Trevor Hoffman and is still shopping one of the best NL pitchers in the game, Jake Peavy.
That said, if Pea came back to the Mets, I don't think I would complain. In fact, a rotation of Johan, Lowe, Maine, Pea and Pelf is enough to make me stand up at attention. And not sleep during the hot stove reports.
But Manny...OK. My take is - maybe three years ago when Omar almost pulled off a coup for Manny, I wanted Manny for sure. After that, not so much. But I think honestly, there's nothing left to lose. I have been SCREAMING about this basically Moises Alou went down for good in 2008, but after Delgado in the line up, there is no one and I mean NO ONE who is a legit threat from batters #5-9.
I was certainly thinking that Manny would not be a good fit at Shea Stadium because we need a good defensive outfielder (something Manny has gotten a lot of flak on over the years, his lack of agility), and not to mention someone who is more of an on-base threat. A friend of mine who is a big Red Sox fan who followed Manny after he was traded to the Dodgers said that Dodger Stadium is WAY more of a pitcher's park than Fenway is, and Manny still managed to hit the shit out of the ball once he moved leagues. So anyone whose fears of Manny's home runs becoming long fly-ball outs in CitiField can be put to rest.
Joe makes a very good point that these three would basically gain the respect of the fans, but would give Niese enough time season himself in the minors (let's face it, he needs a lot of it -- but he can be another #3-#4 in the rotation if he has enough time). We have the bullpen help, we need to solidify the rotation and get that big bat to instill fear in the division AND get the fans who have been put through the meat grinder the last two seasons back on track.
Not to mention I need to start selling my CitiField tickets on Coopslist and won't be doing that with ease with the line up the way it is, heh heh.
I have no problem with Lowe and Pea signing. In fact, the Mets are kind of in a position of being damned if they do, damned if they don't. If they spend money, they're too much like the Yankees. If they don't spend money, they're cheap and don't care about winning. If they get all high-priced free agents, Omar is a hack who spends the Wilpon's money. If he doesn't get at least one of these guys, Omar is still a hack who can't get the big deal done. But Manny - I remember telling a fan friend of mine, "Well, WHEN we get Manny, no matter what our take on Manny was before, we'll all be excited for 2009."
So Coop gives her ringing endorsement to Mets Today's suggestion of getting all three Boras clients. Hopefully, he remembers this when Pelf's contract is back up for debate. That we hooked him up when the economy was shitty and not one team was outbidding themselves for shit that he was marketing.