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That Zambrano idea is ridiculous. Only someone who is only looking at names would make that suggestion. Use your eyes, Z is a mess and a bad clubhouse presence. Also his contract makes him an albatross. BTW, Ollie's contract is up after next year. As bad as it was, it was only 3 years. I can live with it. Z's is another 2 years after this and is still owed about 45 million. No thank you.
One last thing, I was talking to an old Mets fan from home in NY, someone who works too much to really follow the Mets like he and I used to, and when I told him Wright was leading the NL in RBI his response was "how is that possible?" The NY media is brainwashing NYers into hating DWright and Reyes it seems. Please promote Wright and Reyes to everyone you know as the great, possible Hall of Fame players they are on track to be.
At this point I think we know who Hisanori Takahashi is. He is a capable pitcher, but he will get shelled some starts, and dominate in others. Reminds me of Glavine when he was a Met, in that way, but clearlynot nearly as good.
As for Wright's torrid June... how do you like him now? Homeboy is an All-Star, possible RBI champion, MVP candidate, and a gold glove fielder. Oh and he will be a 25 HR/25 SB player this year, probably he and Hanley Ramirez are the only ones (feel like I am forgetting someone). Rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated.
BTW speaking of All-Stars, who are the Mets All-Stars? I think we all agree on Wright and Pelfrey. Would anyone else suggest Jose Reyes? I think I have to. The question is about Pagan and RA Dickey. If Dickey wins his next three starts and is 9-0 with his sub 3 ERA, how in the world is he not an All-Star? Big if there, I know. And Pagan is this team's first half MVP, so how can he not be considered amongst fans? Charlie Manuel, however, is a different story. He'll probably take an undeserving Shane Victorino instead.
From July of last year, FYI. It seems that deal was never really considered. Also it claims Tejada was 17 years old at the time, which is amazing since about a year later he is 20. If Tejada ages this quickly I think I'm on Joe's side that he is a bust :P
I think I get your argument now, Joe, it's not that you are attacking Tejada or any other prospect for not being good enough, you are attacking the Mets for hyping them up. I agree. I see Tejada for what he is: a nice player with a winning skillset but no more than a role player. The Mets seem to want people to believe he is a star. It's just not gonna happen. I just never buy into the hype machines thrown out by clubs so I seem to forget about that part. I don't want you to think I believe the Mets system is amazingly good with stars all around. I just think it is consistently underrated by many, and I've read about scouts who say the same. I guess I'm choosing to believe them and not the nay-sayers.
Yes, lets wait to judge him in 3 years, but can we really wait that long?
But really Joe what are we arguing? That Jason Vargas was traded for JJ Putz? What about Brian Bannister for Ambiorix Burgos? Another pitcher who could have helped this team win. What about Kazmir (reopens wound). My point is the Mets seem to be bad at trading for talent. So my argument will continue to be that they need to hold tight to whatever they have (which I hold you are underrating) and make their move this offseason for FA pitching. See I believe having role players like Tejada, Thole, Carter, Parnell is exactly what a winning organization has in the minor leagues, and every once in a while produces a big star. Wright, Reyes, Pelfrey, (maybe) Davis are not typical for most teams to just have sitting around in the minor leagues. Another point is that with Tony B gone we have seen great improvement already in the minor leagues with teams that are actually winning because players are not aggressively promoted for no good reason. I see potential. And I don't want it ruined for a rent-a-player or another big contract plus prospects. Maybe I have rose colored glasses on, but I like what I see regardless.
Okay so Tejada = AHern is getting to me. AHern is a terrible offensive player who can't hit, move runners over, take a walk, or anything productive. Tejada has shown he can do these things. Tejada is 20 whereas AHern was 22 when he came up. Tejada has way more of chance to be a decent major leaguer than Hernandez ever did. Please come up with a better comparison.