December 07, 2007

Will The Milledge Trade Come Back to Haunt Us?

The first post at my brand new blog: which is going to be a Shea Nation Network blog.

When Omar Minaya came to the New York Mets, I wiped the sweat off my forehead, and told myself: thank god, hopefully we will never have the Scott Kazmir trade anymore. Well, I might have gone too far ahead of myself. Omar Minaya may have just made a mistake that will come back to haunt the New York Mets.

When I first saw that Lastings Milledge, who was one of the top prospects in baseball last year, was traded to the Washington Nationals, for 2 mediocre players, two players popped up in my head: Scott Kazmir and Victor Zambrano. Obviously, this was not a good sign, as many Mets fans have feared that the already 1 time all-star, Scott Kazmir, who was traded to the Devil Rays a few gloomy years ago, may be a curse to the Mets in the future.

The trade was wrong. Getting Brian Schneider and Ryan Chuch in exchange for arguably the most exciting prospect the Mets have had since Scott Kazmir, was just idiotic. Why? Well, we had 2 catchers already, 2 that I was very pleased with. Milledge was set to start in right field most likely to begin the 2008 season, so replacing him with Church really gave absolutely no improvement to the team. So why in the world would Omar make this move?

Hopefully, this trade is setting up for a new one. Why do I think this? I don’t think Omar is this idiotic. Yes, he has made some stupid moves in the past year, trading Bannister to the Royals, trading Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens to the Marlins, but, those trades did not seem absolutely pathetic at the time. This trade does. Which brings me to believe teams were more interested in Ryan Church than Lastings Milledge, which may make sense, as some teams would not like to take in a player with such an attitude and strange and controversial background as Milledge.

My second conclusion to this trade is that Minaya wanted to dump Milledge, because of what I said above- his attitude, and all the controversial things he has already brought to the Mets in his very young career. Personally, even though he had a bad attitude, I really had no problem with it, because, to me, all that matters is how the player performs. However, a GM such as Minaya, who I see as a very tough guy, who doesn’t take any bull, may not want the future of the Mets to be a bunch of thugs like Lastings Milledge. I can see why he would do that, but I still don’t agree with it.

So, yes, in my opinion, Lastings Milledge will be a very special player some day, as I saw during the 2007 season, and this trade will come back to haunt the Mets. Lastings Milledge is a special player. And I really looked forward to him playing for the Mets. But what is done is done, and hopefully this will not come back to haunt the Mets.


Anonymous said...

well it will but it was worth at least a year of work from church and schnider

Anonymous said...

no way bad trade all the way

rmeli said...

yea definitely bad trade all the way. Milledge is better than Church and Estrada is better than Schneider. Schneider is horrible, Church is ok. Milledge is ok going on great. Bad trade!!

kaka said...

absolutely retarded trade that will really piss off mets fans for years to come. anyone who doesnt see that really has no clue about baseball, should switch to another sport. church is a fourth outfielder or a platoon guy at best, schneider is a second pitcher in the lineup. milledge is fearless at the plate even now, tore the cover off the ball in clutch situations even at 22 in an injury plagued year, with sporadic playing time. hit .340 in the twelve games he started as a center-fielder. just watch him as he plays everyday and develops.

but in a sense it was a good trade, because he was into that h-i-p-h-o-p music that we've heard so much about, so you know it's only a matter of time before he shoots up the whole clubhouse.

Ralph Kiner said...

of course the trade will come back to haunt us. what kind of question is that. omar is a turd. the wilpons are worse.

Steve from Norfolk said...

Don't blame Omar for this trade. I would bet my left *** that this trade came from the Wilpons. They would rather trade a young player with great tools than take a chance on a little controversy in the future. Milledge will grow up shortly - he already has grown up a lot - but this trade will still look stupid long into the future.