Mets Seek Overpriced, Underperforming Pitcher?

The Mets are quite concerned about their 2011 ticket sales, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  That concern could compel them to make a trade, but Sherman says their target is modest:

What I hear is the Mets are trying to locate a pitcher (probably a reliever) who is overpriced and not having a particularly strong season, but who their scouts like and pluck him for little to no prospect in return.

I can't speak for the Mets' scouts, but relievers Kerry Wood and Chad Qualls might fit the description.


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5 years 1 month ago

They should look on their own roster and make a trade with themselves.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Oliver Perez’s walks for Jeff Francoeur’s plate discipline.

*world explodes*

bbxxj
5 years 1 month ago

Concerned with image and therefore 2011 ticket sales, the Mets plan to remedy this by aquiring a reliever who is having a bad season and is earning too much. Makes sense to me.

5 years 1 month ago

Despite the humor in it, I would say most teams try to look for a good buy-low candidate. However, broadcasting that effort publicly is sort of silly.

5 years 1 month ago

Classic. I get that they’re doing it because they’re willing to give up the proverbial farm more than they are willing to give up the literal farm, but its still hilarious.

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

That’s just what the Mets need lmao. Overpriced pitchers who don’t perform. Did they not learn when signing Perez? Now you’re willing to take on another one. Sad. Miniya did bring in good talent before but now I’m wondering what he’s thinking. Thank God I’m not a Mets fan.

booyahtastic
5 years 1 month ago

How about Linebrink from the ChiSox! I am sure Kenny would be willing to let him go for a bag of peanuts, preferably one that is unopened but I am sure he would be flexible

klassic
5 years 1 month ago

That is the first player I thought of when I read this post.

14 Rocks
5 years 1 month ago

LOL at the title.

andrewyf
5 years 1 month ago

I thought this post was an Onion-style joke, but no, it’s actually true.

The story of the Mets is a joke that just keeps writing itself. What a sad franchise.

Russell Mania
5 years 1 month ago

I thought the same thing – the subject heading just sounds so wrong haha

5 years 1 month ago

Trust me, it sucks horribly to be a Mets fan. It truly is a joke of a franchise from the top down.

theydizneyboy
5 years 1 month ago

Eli Manning?

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

that’s why they should get Farnsworth and Meche from KC…

The_Silver_Stacker
5 years 1 month ago

Farnsoworth and Meche for Perez and Franceour LMAO if that trade ever went down no one wins

JPB705
5 years 1 month ago

Oh Mets. As a Phillies fan, thank you for being you.

5 years 1 month ago

And thank you Phillies for employing Ruben Amaro, who is easily becoming one of the worst GM’s in baseball. Gotta love that Howard extension, huh? Ahahah.

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

While his start hasn’t been great, he’s still an upgrade over Omar.

Just_MLB
5 years 1 month ago

hmmm…lets see…
there is no replacement for rollins anywhere in sight…
there are no 3b prospects anywhere in sight…
no LF prospects anywhere in sight…
the chances of re-signing Werth look slim if the Yanks/Sox get involved
u have Dom Brown…but his bat gives u a lineup of almost all lefties..

Trading Cliff Lee for a bag of balls when they could’ve had a 1-2-3 of Doc/Lee/Cole
Overpaying for Howard when the market for a 32 year old defensive liability would not have been that great.
Yeah it looks like Amaro is a splendid upgrade over Omar !

The Mets have around 10 guys under 30 who are contributing on the MLB level this year…

Pagan, Reyes, Wright, Niese, Pelfrey, Thole, Parnell, Davis, Mejia, Tejada…
not to mention they have flores, havens, f-mart, nieuwenhuis, and others in the minors coming up…

Muggi
5 years 1 month ago

You’re right, no replacement for Rollins or 3B in sight…luckily Rollins and Polanco are signed for another few years.

The Phils have most of their core signed until at least 2012, so they have time to find reps…with the ridiculous glut of talent they have in A-AA, the timing should work out well. As noted last week by Baseball America, “no organization has more talent at the A-level than the Phillies.”

Werth probably won’t be resigned…but it’s not the end of the world. The whole lefty-righty thing gets overblown at times…if you have a lefties that hit lefties well, it doesn’t really matter (and Utley does, as has Brown in the minors). I’d love to see them resign Werth though.

Comparing the young-player callups of the Mets and Phillies is just a question of timing really…Mets have been calling up their young guys over the last 2-3yrs, whre the Phillies will begin the callup process next year, with the majority of the talent coming in 2-3yrs.

Just_MLB
5 years 1 month ago

rollins is a free-agent after next year….thats not exactly a whole lot of
time…
the phillies have depth at OF and SP…not in the middle infield or 3B..
the next 2 years will be critical for them as Rollins will probably look for
a 3-4 deal…
do you give it to him ?

Just_MLB
5 years 1 month ago

rollins is a free-agent after next year….thats not exactly a whole lot of
time…
the phillies have depth at OF and SP…not in the middle infield or 3B..
the next 2 years will be critical for them as Rollins will probably look for
a 3-4 deal…
do you give it to him ?

UtleyPhan
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, .302, 24hr, 81rbi(leading the league, again). horrible. I hate having a great core locked up long term.

5 years 1 month ago

LOL at using HRs and RBIs to justify his contract. He’s fat, a terrible fielder, his OBP is declining as is his power. There is absolutely no way he’ll come close to being worth his contract.

UtleyPhan
5 years 1 month ago

You must be thinking of Prince Fielder because Howard has slimmed down and improved his defense to be at worst average defensively. His OBP has gone up 2 consecutive seasons, cut down on strikeouts, and the last time I checked the object of the game was to score runs which he produces plenty of.

5 years 1 month ago

Fangraphs disagrees with your “average defensively” statement.

Again, his BB% has declined sharply this year and his ISO has decreased as well.

I don’t even know why I’m arguing this with you. Any objective person knows that the Howard contract is an abomination.

5 years 1 month ago

Fangraphs disagrees with your “average defensively” statement.

Again, his BB% has declined sharply this year and his ISO has decreased as well.

I don’t even know why I’m arguing this with you. Any objective person knows that the Howard contract is an abomination.

UtleyPhan
5 years 1 month ago

You must be thinking of Prince Fielder because Howard has slimmed down and improved his defense to be at worst average defensively. His OBP has gone up 2 consecutive seasons, cut down on strikeouts, and the last time I checked the object of the game was to score runs which he produces plenty of.

theydizneyboy
5 years 1 month ago

Do you even know who your GM is? How can a Mets fan criticize any other General Manager?

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

Enjoy the mediocrity that is Ike Davis for the next 5 years.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

LOL YOU FUNNY. Ryan Howard can’t a hit a ball like Ike Davis can.

5 years 1 month ago

are you serious? have you seen Howard hit?

davidwright1234
5 years 1 month ago

Howard may hit more home-runs but when Davis gets a hold of one there always 400+ ft

davidwright1234
5 years 1 month ago

Howard may hit more home-runs but when Davis gets a hold of one there always 400+ ft

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

hahaha

5 years 1 month ago

This has to be one of the dumbest posts ever. I’m a life-long Mets fan and I can’t believe someone wrote that.

5 years 1 month ago

This has to be one of the dumbest posts ever. I’m a life-long Mets fan and I can’t believe someone wrote that.

5 years 1 month ago

even as a mets fan, i gotta say thats a dumb comment. When Howard connects… lets just say it doesnt matter how small Citizens Bank Park is, Its gone.
But to think in this age, that a rival team would try to steal any 1st baseman not named Pujols for $25 million a year is ridiculous.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

I guess we’ll see when AGonz and Fielder hit the market

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

I guess we’ll see when AGonz and Fielder hit the market

Jason Klinger
5 years 1 month ago

You mean the extension for the guy hitting over .300, with 23 HR and 83 RBI?

That’s what I thought.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

So fan meaning becoming a die hard since 2008?

JPB705
5 years 1 month ago

That’s funny, especially coming from someone using a rookie as their username. Sorry, bud, but I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. I sat through miserable years with the likes of Desi Relaford and Robert Person. I fully admit there are too many bandwagoners in this town, but I’m not one of them. Also, it’s hard to take a comment from you seriously after you stated Ike Davis can hit a ball better than Howard.

iHeartMets
5 years 1 month ago

I love Mets, but I’d take Howard over Davis any day… Howard is one of the best power hitters!

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Ryan Howards “Citizen” home runs don’t compare to real home runs like Ike’s “Citi” home runs.

darkdonnie
5 years 1 month ago

Majority of Howard’s HR’s are HR’s at any stadium…look it up on Hit Tracker.

Muggi
5 years 1 month ago

Don’t confuse him with facts.

JPB705
5 years 1 month ago

This is hilarious. Your fellow fans are even trying to tell you how off point you are. You do realize that half of Howard’s games are played elsewhere, correct?

Davis has hit a HR every 23.21 ABs
Howard has hit a HR ever 12.58 ABs over a longer stretch of time.

You’re right in saying those Citizen’s home runs are cheap. The one 500+ ft. bomb onto Ashburn Alley I saw Howard smash is a particularly cheap, bandbox HR.

nm344
5 years 1 month ago

I have to believe you’re just trolling. If you’re not, seek help!

5 years 1 month ago

Comparing howard to davis doesn’t make sense. Ike is a 22 year old rookie, howard is a veteran. yes the contract is bad because of his age. Davis will be in his prime when howard is on his decline, but right now he is one of the best hitters in the game.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Ike Davis is better than Howard and Pujols.

I can’t believe you morons haven’t picked up on this yet.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

Ike Davis is better than Howard and Pujols.

I can’t believe you morons haven’t picked up on this yet.

5 years 1 month ago

Comparing howard to davis doesn’t make sense. Ike is a 22 year old rookie, howard is a veteran. yes the contract is bad because of his age. Davis will be in his prime when howard is on his decline, but right now he is one of the best hitters in the game.

bbxxj
5 years 1 month ago

The Mets already did this with a position player in GMJ. Seeing how they successfully lost a marginally valuable reliever a few million dollars they want to see if they can repeat the process with a pitcher.

5 years 1 month ago

Looking for pitchers with great peripherals but bad luck (Qualls is an example of this) is exactly what you should do.

malcolmec
5 years 1 month ago

Really? I saw Qualls pitch last night at CBP, and I saw his 8.49 ERA and thought the same thing… he can’t really be that bad, right? Then he gave up a home run to Cody Ransom.

UtleyPhan
5 years 1 month ago

how about lidge at $12mil/year

Tom R
5 years 1 month ago

Please add Brian Fuentes to this list.

John Gyna
5 years 1 month ago

Why is it that you always read “such and such team looking to add a power hitter or ace pitcher” but then with the Mets it’s always some absurd situation?

I understand trying to find a diamond in the rough, or someone that can find himself like Valentin or Tatis have done in the past or whatever.

I also understand that they’ve emptied their farm system the last several years and now want to hold on to as many prospects as possible, but part of the reason that CitiField is empty is because the fans see through the politics that surround the front office.

5 years 1 month ago

Because Omar Minaya is the Isiah Thomas of baseball GM’s. Wilpon’s are like Dolan without the $$$$$$$$$.

Just_MLB
5 years 1 month ago

“part of the reason that CitiField is empty is because the fans see through the politics that surround the front office. ”

my friend u nailed it right on the head…

mkorpal
5 years 1 month ago

You can have Cook if you want.

5 years 1 month ago

Mets seeking overpaid, underperforming pitcher… Cubs make Carlos Zambrano available… Make it happen? If nothing else, at least it makes the lineup stronger when he pitches.

PujolsHollidayWestbrook
5 years 1 month ago

I guess Ollie Perez, John Maine, and even Johan and K-Rod (very few are good enough for those contracts) weren’t enough. We better go find another…Granted, this is the same team that will pay Bobby Bonilla $1.19 million a year from 2011-2035 to buy out a contract of $5.9 million from 2000 and Bret Saberhagen $250K (started in 2004) until 2029 for 1995 contract buyout. Why am I not surprised?

hawkny1
5 years 1 month ago

Hmmmm. Mets continue to feel the pressure from their uptown rivals to find quick solutions to long term problems. Will it ever end?

iHeartMets
5 years 1 month ago

No. Never

hawkny1
5 years 1 month ago

Too bad… I go back to the days of Eddie Kranepool, Le Grande Orange, etc…with that club.  They need a new owner, general manager ( with smarts) and a desire to develop a productive farm system.  They could start by moving their AAA team in Buffalo closer to home, like TEE has done.  In this era of 6-inning pitching, etc… clubs really have to rely on a 40-man roster to succeed year in and year out.  IMHO, playing in Buffalo is like being in Alaska, as far as player connectivity goes…

5 years 1 month ago

Can anyone convince me that Ollie Perez and Luis Castillo for Carlos Zambrano is not a win-win for both organizations? Mets dump two guys who are counter-productive for one who is more expensive, and a major league knucklehead, but has a chance of being productive.

Cubs save move cause Ollie & Castillo cost less than Zambrano, and they want him to just go away..

dc21892
5 years 1 month ago

I like the idea, but unless the Cubs trade Theroit there is no spot for Castillo. The Cubs wont pay him to ride the bench.

5 years 1 month ago

Honestly as a mets fan I don’t think its fair value for the cubs. I guess the money is similar though no? Ollie and Castillo are like 30 million before buyouts.

schellis
5 years 1 month ago

How about Aaron Harang, he’s more a flyball pitcher which doesn’t work well in the GABP. Move him to Citi-field and he would actually be a fairly solid arm.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 1 month ago

He would be a good fit for Citi. I think they also should look into Ted Lilly. His stuff would play well at Citi too.

iHeartMets
5 years 1 month ago

Aaron isn’t going anywhere the Red are doing too good right now

schellis
5 years 1 month ago

Yes the Reds are playing well but they also have a surplus of starting pitching, and moving Harang could free up some money for them to get something that is a greater need. Right now they have the following starters

Cueto, Arroyo, Leake, Wood, Volquez, Bailey, Harang, LeClure, Maloney and Chapman. Now of course Volquez hasn’t looked good his last two starts and Leake and Wood will likely have inning caps, but that is still a lot of pitching talent.

schellis
5 years 1 month ago

Yes the Reds are playing well but they also have a surplus of starting pitching, and moving Harang could free up some money for them to get something that is a greater need. Right now they have the following starters

Cueto, Arroyo, Leake, Wood, Volquez, Bailey, Harang, LeClure, Maloney and Chapman. Now of course Volquez hasn’t looked good his last two starts and Leake and Wood will likely have inning caps, but that is still a lot of pitching talent.