Dear every Mets blogger out there,
How nice is it not to have to write about the Manger situation anymore? Talk about the most dreadful 2-3 week blogging period. Time to move on to bigger problems, like oh say the players who actually play on the field.
Terry Collins was officially named the manager of the Mets tuesday morning. It’s over, done with, and you know what, I’m happy. I like the Collins hiring.
One thing I overheard in his interview yesterday was that he expects to go into Spring Training with a Daniel Murphy/Luis Castillo 2B tandem. I took 2 things away from that statement. One, I pray to god Luis Castillo is not anywhere near the Mets roster come March. Two, the team thinks highly of the second base/Murphy idea us fans have been wanting to try for 2 years.
I personally think/hope/pray that Sandy Alderson moves Castillo off the Mets roster as soon as possible. And I have faith he will. I expect Alderson to move him. Collins could be very well be making the Castillo statement since Castillo is technically still a Met. Alderson and Mets management both know they can’t waste roster spots with the likes of Castillo anymore.
I expect him and Ollie to be moved at some point this off-season. Ollie may have to be cut more than likely. Castillo however has a slight chance to be traded. 2 teams to keep an eye on for a Castillo trade are the Cubs & Rockies.
I would guess the Mets have 5-10 million dollars they can spend this offseason. This means they have to budget their money smartly. Part 1 is praying Feliciano doesn’t accept arbitration. Sandy Alderson has always worked for small market teams. Working with a small budget is something he’s very used to. My guess is they spend 3-4 million on a Starting Pitcher, 2-3 million dollars on a reliever or 2, and 1-2 million on a backup catcher.
Theres your offseason Mets fans. StLucieToFlushing Writer Joe DeMayo threw the name Chris Young out to me yesterday. I’m talking about the former Padres pitcher not the Arizona CF. Sandy Alderson has obvious Padres connections and a possible Young deal could be worked out. Expect 1 year 3-4 mil plus incentives. Young’s trying to come back and prove he’s healthy and where better to do it then in Citi Field.
If you were paying attention you can see I left out signing a 2B. That because I truthfully have a ton of faith in Daniel Murphy. His bat is more than adequate to be a 2B and hit 7th/8th for the Mets in 2011. Also according to an interview ESPNNewYork’s Adam Rubin did with a scout in the DR, Murphy was “serviceable.” He made all the plays but one. The scout went on to say he needs to work on his arm action a bit and tighten up to avoid throwing errors. Not that he’s made any yet but it’s something he needs work on.
Also Murphy is said to be working hard at learning the position so that encouraging. I’m all for a Murphy/2B experiment. I have been for awhile. You have to remember that way back when before the god awful LF experience and before his more than satisfying 1B campaign, Murphy is a 3B at heart. He has some range and he can handle going to his left and his right. The scout did say he’s better going to his left which is expected since most 3B go to their left better than their right. He’s a work in progress and a work I’m intrigued about. I like the idea of Daniel Murphy as my 2011 2B.