January 09, 2007

The question the Mets have to answer

The Mets are in quite the conundrum right now. They have 7 outfielders and only 3 starting pitchers.

There is however some options they have in front of them. They can send Ben Johnson and Lastings Milledge down to the Minors and would be left with the 3 starting outfielders and 2 reserve and let the prospects come up and try for the 4th and 5th starter's jobs. The second choice in this would be to trade either Milledge or Johnson in a package for a pitcher and then let the prospects try out for the 5th and final vacant spot in the rotation.

This is a hard question to answer, because not many teams know Johnson and Milledge's value has taken a ride on a bunge jump because of his attitude and play last season. And on the other side of the spectrum, the Mets aren't sure if they can trust next season to a couple of first round draft picks and former ace.

I say, just let the kids pitch and send Milledge and Johnson to New Orleans for the season. If there's a need for them later than bring them up, but until then let them further hone their skills for when the Mets need them full time.

So go on Pelfrey, Humber and Perez. Show the Mets why they shouldn't trade for a pitcher who is going to put them in handcuffs for seasons to come. Show them why they drafted you and traded for you. The Mets fan believe in you.

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