Monday, October 5, 2009

Minaya and Manuel Staying With Mets

It looks like GM Omar Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel will be staying with the Mets to start the 2010 season.  Jeff Wilpon stated in a press conference today that although this season was very disappointing, both Minaya and Manuel deserve another chance.

Who knows what the answer really is.  Both men are under contract for next year and for Minaya two years beyond.  What a waste of money to fire them both now.  Figure, if by Memorial Day 2010, if things haven't improved, they will both be out.

Wilpon also stated that the Mets will maintain one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

I say get a left fielder and a pitcher.  But please, give Daniel Murphy the first base job next year.  It was a very trying year for Daniel.  He failed in left field, then moved to 1st base where he had never played before.  How could his hitting not have been affected by the situation in the field. And don't forget - he was just 24 and in his first full major league season.  Despite these issues, he hit .266 with 12 home runs and 60 runs scored and 63 RBI.  There is no reason to think that Murphy won't improve next year in all areas including defensively at 1st base.

Other than the core of Beltran, Reyes and Santana needing to stay healthy, David Wright has to prove himself again.  Could it have just been an off year for Wright.  Or are his skills already in decline.

More later on and all winter long.


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