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The MLBTR Mets

By Howard Megdal ~ January 4th, 2010. Filed under: Howard Megdal.

Tim Dierkes has a fresh post up on MLBTradeRumors.com that is worth pondering (full disclosure- I also write at MLBTR). He predicts where the remaining 25 free agents on his lost of 50 Top Free Agents will end up- and no fewer than four of the 25 end up in Queens- John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado, Joel Pineiro and Bengie Molina-according to Tim’s crystal ball.

Let’s consider what such a team would look like on Opening Day 2010.

Your lineup would be something akin to:

Reyes SS

Castillo 2B

Wright 3B

Beltran CF

Bay LF

Delgado 1B

Francoeur RF

Molina C

A pretty solid lineup there, with strong backup plans in the outfield like Angel Pagan and Nick Evans, a solid lefty bat off the bench in Daniel Murphy, and Alex Cora, who isn’t the worst player to have at the end of your bench.

The rotation would likely be:






You’d have Smoltz waiting in the wings, should any of those five falter or get injured. With plans 6-9 as John Smoltz, Jon Niese, Fernando Nieve, Nelson Figueroa, the Mets would have depth at the position.

The bullpen shapes up like:











There are quite a few options there, too. Like the rotation, there are upside candidates and a breadth of alternatives should some of these plans fail.

Dierkes also passes along encouraging tidbits, such as surmising that with a lack of alternatives, Pineiro might be available on a two-year deal. He still wouldn’t be my choice- I’d go with Ben Sheets and his potential ability to be a legit frontline starter- but Pineiro at two years is clearly a far better choice than Pineiro at four years.

In all, the team, as completed by MLBTR, shapes up pretty nicely. And it certainly flies in the face of some columnists who argue the Mets, by delaying, have missed their chance to make the 2010 team a contender.

Now it is up to the Mets to finish the same way.

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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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3 Responses to The MLBTR Mets

  1. striker

    I built a system that will track your predictions and score your accuracy. Here were my predictions and my accuracy.


    You should sign up :)

  2. Craig

    Weren’t those based on Rosenthal’s predictions? I thought MLBTradeRumors were citing that.

    I think one way or another Nieve will be a part of the bullpen. I think the Mets are going to have a strong pen with power arms: K-Rod, Escobar, Parnell, Nieve, Iggy, Feliciano, and either Stokes or Green, or they trade them for a lefty, who knows. But that’s a nice pen, IMO.

  3. hdarvick

    Nelson Figueroa will be signed to a 2010 contract with performance incentives (e.g. 200 innings) and an option for 2011. He will have a great Spring and win a spot in the starting rotation. Santana and Figueroa and healthy Reyes, Wright, and Beltran, will lead the 2010 Mets to the World Championship. I hope Jeff Wilpon is reading this.

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