1. Daniel Murphy is just too valuable to the 2012 Mets to consider trading. Look, no one is expecting much from this team next season; however, if they are going to compete at all, they need bats like Murph. The long range plan for second base doesn’t include him. Reese Havens will be next up, followed by Danny Muno and Phillip Evans. What exactly is wrong with Murphy until that? And, by the way… no team trades for a DH. Designated hitters are ex-field players with bad legs. Murphy doesn’t have bad legs. He has a bad glove and the only way to improve it is to use it.
2. MetsBlog broke a story this morning that Alex Gonzalez turned down an offer from the Mets before he signed a one-year deal with Milwaukee (In 149 games with the Braves in 2011, Gonzalez hit .241 with a .270 on-base percentage, 15 home runs and 46 RBI in 564 at-bats. He’s a career .247 hitter with 152 home runs and 665 RBI in his 13-year major league career). You have to understand that veteran players only sign one-year contracts either with the team they just played for or someone that can get them to the World Series. The Mets are way behind the eight-ball when it comes to any WS quest and they simply are going to have to first build a potential championship team from within first.
3. Ben Berkon, over at http://risingapple.com/2011/12/10/why-the-mets-should-go-matt-moore-all-over-their-own-young-players, wrote a fascinating article on why the Mets ought to follow the same path Tampa Bay went down with Matt Moore, and sign both Jon Niese and Ike Davis to a similar contract. His contention is obviously, in the long run, an economical way of retaining players like Jose Reyes and David Wright. It’s a cute idea and only works when the player doesn’t come down with a long-term injury. I remember when both Reyes and Wright were signed to their Mets deal and they seemed endless. I would consider doing this with Davis, though I’m still in shock how long he had to sit down after that marshmallow bump into Wright. I would give my mother-in-law eight years before I’d sign a pitcher.
4. Ryan Braun? You gotta be fucking kidding me. Ryan Braun? So, there really isn’t a Santa Claus. You know, fuck it. Just throw out the drug rules and let everybody do whatever the hell they want to. I mean, if I’m going to pay $11 for a hot dog, you better play that game a lot better than I do. We can make Steve Howe the Commissioner. Don’t worry about chewing tobacco, we’ll even let Jim Leyland light up his Marlboro Reds in the dugout. I mean, you’re paying some of these guys over a million dollars a month. They can afford health insurance and bail when they’re busted. Oh yeah, this happened the same day Manny Ramirez was reinstated. Really?