If Mike Pelfrey doesn't make the Opening Day team in some form it will be a crime.
It doesn't matter if he makes the team or not, he'll get 20-25 starts anyway. Might as well have him start in AAA early in the season when the fifth starter doesn't traditionally pitch, then when Duque rolls out of bed the wrong way he'll go in the rotation.
memo to everyone else: halfshark was being sarcastic about Franco.
Looking into next off season - Perez is a FA, he will undoubtedly sign with another team.. Pedro Martinez will probably resign with the Mets if things go smoothly this year.. Maine's contract continues.. Duque will retire (good), and great young pitchers like Kunz, Pelfrey, and Niese will find bigger roles on this team.. Delgado is also a FA next year I believe, but so is Ryan Howard (i think) and Mark Texeira, maybe they Mets can land one of them. Castillo will be under contract for next year as well.. Reyes, Wright, Beltran also secured as far as I know.. So that leaves Alou, who will probably retire, but we have F-Mart or endy chavez or another prospect to take his spot
I dont see how this team's future is bad.. The biggest piece we will lose next off season will be Oliver Perez
Well the NL isn't going to be mediocre forever, we can't count on being the prohibitive favorite every year. The Mets have to cash in sooner or later. I don't think Perez is neccesarily a goner, although he is definitely going to the highest bidder whoever that is. Whether Pedro comes back (and to a lesser extent Perez) will depend on this year for sure, and if something goes awry with him well then you have to fill two spots in the rotation between him and Duque. Three if Perez walks.
In the bullpen I don't expect any major changes unless Wagner either gets hurt or whines his way off the team, which is possible. Then again Heilman's not going to be an indentured servant forever, I don't know when he's eligible to walk though.
As far as the offense, yes they have Reyes-Castillo-Wright-Beltran around for a while but Alou and Delgado are big losses off the offense and need to be replaced. They will try to pick up a big bat at first base and hope F-Mart can step in right away. It's also debatable what they get out of Church, and whether the Mets are looking for production from two outfield spots next year, not just one.
On the bright side if the Mets don't go anywhere this year, they'll almost surely fix their biggest weakness which is the manager.
Edited by Hasan4978, 01 March 2008 - 10:39 PM.