This is a first in a series of videos that I did with Kerel Cooper of On The Black and Joe Janish of Mets Today. We met at McFadden’s in NYC to talk Mets, which is what we all love to do. The subject of this video is grading the offseason moves by the Mets.
As you’ll see, and I’ve written before, the Mets filled their biggest need with Jason Bay. They had a big mess in left field last year with Daniel Murphy and Gary Sheffield, not to mention they had no power. The Mets finished dead last in baseball with 95 home runs. Some may argue that you don’t need a lot of power to win, the Cardinals did it in the 80’s. But the Mets were tied for the league lead in average and led the league in steals. So they had average and speed, even without Jose Reyes, and the Mets’ offense was still awful. They need some power and someone that can play left field. Bay isn’t a great fielder, but he’s a heck of a lot more stable out there than Murphy and Sheffield were.
I’ve also talked to some fans that thought starting pitching was the Mets biggest offseason need. That may be true, but they’re pretty much locked into Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez contractually. The only flexibility they had was to non-tender John Maine and go in another direction. I wouldn’t have minded that move, but he’s still a young guy with decent potential. It’s time to show that potential in 2010 or find another team to ride the disabled list for next season.
See the video below for our offseason grades.