For most of you outside of the NY and immune to the hysteria of NY sports radio with callers who suggest the Mets "Package Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy and a prospect for Joe Mauer or Miguel Cabrera" ---I envy you. It's at that point that I turn on the Ipod and turn off the radio.
So in reaction to my frustration with these illogical individuals that have become the laughing stock of most baseball fans, I give you my *perhaps* sensible wish for the Mets front office this offseason.
1) Make a push for Matt Holliday= Going by some calculations over at Drivelinemechanics, I think a contract in the range of 5 yrs, 90-100mil is fair (Holiday is not Teixeira and 18mil+/yr is what Carlos Beltran is making). I wouldn't go above 20 mil/yr
2) Sign 2 SP's---preferably Rich Harden and Justin Duchsherer. I pick these 2 because I believe that Harden's injury woes are behind him and is undervalued in the market and Duchsherer for the same reason. I sign them both for incentive laden contracts worth about 3-4 years. Harden's with a floor of 6 mil/yr and ceiling of 12mil/yr, Duke's with a floor of 4 mil/yr, and ceiling of 10 mil/yr.--------------Ideally the contracts would be a 3 year deal for both. Harden's worth about 32 mil. Duke's- 20 mil.
4) Sign good fielding backup catcher that is not an A or B free agent--Ideally Henry Blanco
5) Move Oliver Perez to the Bullpen
With these moves in mind the lineup would look like this:
Position/Name/Salary/wOBA/UZR above average/WAR for 2009 (or 2008 if significantly injured in 09')...Also Catching stats are taken from calculations over at Driveline Mechanics (http://www.drivelinemechanics.com/2009/10/13/1082419/2009-catcher-defense-filling-in)
(WAR, Fielding Numbers and wOBA is taken from Fangraphs.com, Salaries from Cot's baseball contracts and/or anticipated values)
C) Omir Santos 400k/298/ 2.4/1.0
1B) Daniel Murphy 400k/318/2.2/.6
2B) Luis Castillo 6mil/337/-10.4/1.6
SS) Jose Reyes 9mil/366/0/5.9 (08)
3B) David Wright 10mil/368/-10.4/3.4
LF) Matt Holiday 19mil/390/5.7/5.7
CF) Carlos Beltran 18.5mil/380/8.8/6.7 (08)
RF) Angel Pagan 400k/358/5.8/2.8
B) Jeff Francoeur ~4mil/313/-6.1/0
B) Jason Giambi (minor league contract) 400k/327/-5.5/-.2
B) Scott Podsednik 600k/338/-1.4/1.7
B) Jamey Carroll 800k/317/5.0/1.5
B) Henry Blanco 400k/310/5.7/1.2
B) Nick Evans 400k/287/-3.1/-.5
Pitching stats are taken from Fangraphs.
SP) Johan Santana 21mil/3.79/2.8
SP) Rich Harden 6mil/4.35/1.7
SP) Justin Duchsherer 4mil/3.69/3 (08)
SP) Mike Pelfrey 500k/4.39/1.8
SP) John Maine 3mil/4.57/.6
LR/Spot Starter) Jon Niese 400k/3.25/.6
MR) Sean Green 400k/4.42/-.1
MR) Bobby Parnell 400k/4.3/.5
MR) Pedro Feliciano ~1.8/3.55/.6
SU) Oliver Perez 12mil/6.40/-.8
CL) Francisco Rodriguez 11.5mil/4.01/.3
Thoughts? Too ambitious?