Thursday, January 13, 2005

When will the free-spending madness of the Mets cease?

This guy is starting to get on my nerves. According to today’s edition of the New York Post, since current Mets center fielder Mike Cameron is apparently now backpedaling from his earlier agreement to move from center field to right field to accommodate Carlo$ Beltran, the Mets might trade Cameron – which then, of course, leaves them with a hole in right field. Who then would play right for the Mets? Unbelievably, the Mets might consider making a run at Magglio Ordonez as well:

Houston is a team that could be at the top of the Cameron list, and Pittsburgh could be interested, according to a National League GM. Arizona could be involved if the Diamondbacks can't complete a trade with Oakland for Eric Byrnes, and other possible destinations include the Cubs, Tigers or even the Yankees.

If the Mets trade Cameron, who would play right field? The team could pursue free agent Magglio Ordonez or trade for Sammy Sosa. Another option would be to inject a righty-lefty platoon of Victor Diaz and Eric Valent, an idea that would become more viable if Delgado signs and alleviates the need for a big-hitting right fielder.

So let me get this straight - not only have the Mets massively overpaid for the services of Pedro Martinez and Carlo$ Beltran - not only are the Mets in hot pursuit of Carlo$ Delgado - now they might even make a run for Magglio Ordonez?!

Now either this is just the idle speculation of the author (I hope), or the Mets are actually considering trading Cameron and making a play for Magg$ (and given their recent history and the city they play in - this is entirely possible).

So if it is the latter, the Cubs might have to get into a bidding war with the Mets – this time for a player with questionable health?! The question I have is - Has Fred Wilpon completely lost all restraint with regard to spending? What sort of voodoo magic has Omar Minaya been working? It’s obvious (to me at least) that Minaya has cast some powerful spell over his boss in order to get him to open the coffers this wide and this long.

Do you think he'd be willing to cast a spell on the Tribune execs for us?

On a more serious note, the Cubs need to pursue Magg$. This offense struggled mightily last year (!) and they have lost a player (Alou) who was one of the top offensive producers on the team. I am very concerned that we will continue to be frustrated by a lack of offensive production unless something is done to replace last years RBI, HR, and run leader. Magg$ is the only person on the free market who fits that bill.