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

    • Guest 5 years ago

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

      *world explodes*

  2. bbxxj 5 years 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  3. dc21892 5 years 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.

  4. booyahtastic 5 years 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 ago

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

  5. 14 Rocks 5 years ago

    LOL at the title.

  6. andrewyf 5 years 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 ago

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

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

  7. theydizneyboy 5 years ago

    Eli Manning?

  8. Guest 5 years ago

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

    • The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

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

  9. JPB705 5 years ago

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

    • 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 ago

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

        • Just_MLB 5 years 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 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 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 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 ago

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

        • 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 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.

          • 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.

          • 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 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 ago

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

      • nm344 5 years ago

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

        • Guest 5 years ago

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

          • are you serious? have you seen Howard hit?

          • davidwright1234 5 years ago

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

          • davidwright1234 5 years ago

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

          • darkdonnie 5 years ago

            hahaha

          • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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 ago

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

          • nm344 5 years ago

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

      • Jason Klinger 5 years 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 ago

      So fan meaning becoming a die hard since 2008?

      • JPB705 5 years 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 ago

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

        • Guest 5 years ago

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

          • darkdonnie 5 years ago

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

          • Muggi 5 years ago

            Don’t confuse him with facts.

          • JPB705 5 years 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 ago

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

          • 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 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 ago

            Ike Davis is better than Howard and Pujols.

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

          • 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.

  10. bbxxj 5 years 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.

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

    • malcolmec 5 years 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.

  12. UtleyPhan 5 years ago

    how about lidge at $12mil/year

  13. Tom R 5 years ago

    Please add Brian Fuentes to this list.

  14. John Gyna 5 years 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.

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

    • Just_MLB 5 years 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…

  15. mkorpal 5 years ago

    You can have Cook if you want.

  16. 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.

  17. PujolsHollidayWestbrook 5 years 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?

  18. hawkny1 5 years 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 ago

      No. Never

      • hawkny1 5 years 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…

  19. 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 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.

    • 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.

  20. schellis 5 years 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 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 ago

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

      • schellis 5 years 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 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.

  21. Guest 5 years ago

    I’m all over Zambrano for the Mets. I can’t think of a better candidate and sadly, Carlos would probably do well in queens.

    • Yea plus once he starts carrying the Mets offense when he pitches and Jerry’s first RH bat off the bench to pinch hit he’ll be an allstar again. I can see it now Santana pitches a complete game shutout for 12 innings and the met horrid offense can’t scratch out a run and zambrano comes in a pops a dinger his first day as a met.

  22. icedrake523 5 years ago

    So they balk at the contracts of Oswalt, Haren, and Lilly but want a guy who is overpaid AND underperforming? No wonder everything has gone down hill sine 2006.

  23. At this point the Mets need to roll the dice with Harang/Zambrano. If those two are gonna regain their ace/staff workhouse status, they are gonna turn it around its in Citi’s flyball par with some NY fan backing them. There is no reason Maine/Perez were given every opportunity to start if healthy even know they sucked and sucked consistently these last couple of seasons. With the Mets payroll, and having an ace still in his prime you gotta at least bring in different guys who can at least eat innings which maine and perez couldn’t even do and as a result always killed the bullpen when they were notorious for sucking the last couple of years. Die Omar its not that the Wilpons won’t give you cash they just see how you spend it on trash most of the time. Unless its a no brainer for the elite players in FA which can GM with your payroll can do, you suck giving out contracts to players just like Isiah Thomas did, your both scouts. Rant over.

  24. downeasterjc 5 years ago

    As a division rival Braves fan, you guys can have Lowe. Don’t even worry about sending a prospect, just pick up his tab and he’s yours.

    • icedrake523 5 years ago

      Only if you take Oliver Perez. You can have Francoeur back, too.

    • Just_MLB 5 years ago

      im sure all the met fans that were bashing Omar for not signing lowe would run for cover !

  25. crunchy1 5 years ago

    Carlos Zambrano!!

  26. progmatinee 5 years ago

    Looking for over paid and under performing? I can do that. Please call 555-CASH.

  27. Take Wood for a marginal prospect and I’ll be sure the Indians throw Peralta in for free! Two overpriced stiffs for the price of one…I can only wish. I agree with many others however in saying that Zambrano might fit well in Queens.

  28. Did I read this right, they want an OVERPRICED and UNDER-PERFORMING player. Now that’s the way to get in a pennant race. WOW.

  29. billmelton 5 years ago

    Omar, have you met Scott Linebrink?

  30. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    This is perhaps the dumbest team philosophy I have heard in quite some time, no wonder they are looked down upon

  31. Chan ho Park?

  32. Isn’t the idea to find a cheap, underperforming player???? I mean, we already have Oliver Perez on the roster to fill “overpriced” and “underperforming” (he sucks)

  33. ThePaulCrew 5 years ago

    They could probably pry Hoffman/Coffey/Riske from the Brewers for a low level prospect (each).

  34. Hello Omar, welcome to the Red Sox relief store. I trust we can find something to your liking.

  35. Hello Omar, welcome to the Red Sox relief store. I trust we can find something to your liking.

  36. iRipper89 5 years ago

    well that title just takes all the fun out of making fun of the mets.

  37. iRipper89 5 years ago

    well that title just takes all the fun out of making fun of the mets.

  38. Typical of the dumb way they do things. Rather than find fresh talent that can win them games that will bring fans to the stadium, they go out and sign “names” that they think will trick fans into attending.

  39. Typical of the dumb way they do things. Rather than find fresh talent that can win them games that will bring fans to the stadium, they go out and sign “names” that they think will trick fans into attending.

  40. studio179 5 years ago

    Carlos Zambrano in New York would not be fair to Z. I can’t even imagine how that situation would play out. Chicago is far from the days when the media was soft for a big city. The media is still not New York intensive. I guess if Minaya would want to roll dice…

  41. Linebrink might still be useful in the National League…

  42. wright1970 5 years ago

    The Mets wont be a yearly contender until the Wilpons sell this team. Being concerned about 2011 ticket sales when it is 2010 tells it all. This isnt KC or Florida, start acting like owners of a big market New York team should. pathetic

  43. subwayseries 5 years ago

    Howard and Davis are two dif hitters, and Jeez, one’s a rook. Howard has bat speed & power and gets a long look at the ball. Ike has a sweet swing, but commits much earlier. When he connects it’s with full extension so the ball becomes a projectile. He could develop into a big-time 1B cleanup hitter, or not, but without comparing him to a poss future HOF vet, he is the best 1B we had in years, for a reg 1B.

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