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Memo to the Mets: Let Heilman Start



By Howard Megdal ~ November 26th, 2008. Filed under: Digest Contributors, Howard Megdal.

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Mets are still two reliable starters short, with only Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine assured of spots in next season’s rotation. Oliver Perez remains unsigned, and if the season opened today, Jonathon Niese (total career starts: 3) would likely be the number four man.

Meanwhile, embattled reliever Aaron Heilman has reiterated his desire to start for the Mets or be traded to a team that will use him as a starter. Despite the fact that Heilman suffered through the worst season of his career in 2008, New York General Manager Omar Minaya has reiterated that the team sees him as a reliever, and most observers believe Heilman will be traded at a time when his value is at a low ebb.

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Howard Megdal is the Editor-in-Chief of The Perpetual Post. He covers baseball, basketball and soccer for Capital New York, MLBTradeRumors.com, New York Baseball Digest and has written for ESPN.com as well as numerous other publications. He is the Poet Laureate for SBNation New York. His book about Jewish baseball players, “The Baseball Talmud,” is available for purchase on Amazon.com and wherever books are sold. His next book, "Taking The Field", is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and will publish in May 2011.

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2 Responses to Memo to the Mets: Let Heilman Start

  1. Frank M

    No disrespect, but I feel that Heilman is such a mechanical type of pitcher, no matter where he goes it will not make a difference. He needs to learn to pitch again. He lost something in his form which if he does not get back will not help him wherever he goes.

  2. Dave (NYSportsDog)

    Howard nailed it (as usual)…it’s a matter of risk-reward, and the rewards here highly outweigh the risks.

    Great piece Howard…see you around and chat with you soon in our other haunts.

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