I was looking at the MLB.com fan forum, mostly because somebody posted one of my blogs there and wanted to see what people were saying about it. Hahaha! I’m allowed.
Anyway, there was a topic there about giving Omar Minaya credit for Ike David and Jonathon Niese. This piqued my interest because I have been talk about that for the last two years. So one fan decided to voice his opinion and say that he refuses to give any credit to Minaya on the sole reason that he hates the man. He stated that it is the Wilpons that get all the credit as far as he is concerned.
I was actually surprised to see so many Mets fans stand by their GM, the one man most Mets fans love to hate outside of Luis Castillo.
Mets fans on the forum said that no matter how much you hate a person, you must give credit where credit is due. Of course I am in full agreement of this.
Look, has Minaya goofed. Of course. Just like every other GM in baseball. Yet Minaya gets treated like he is the only one who has made awful calls. Would you like Steve Phillips back?
Yet here is the bottom line. Minaya understands that you have to have homegrown boys on your team. They are the ones who will help to bring home a championship. This is what helped the New York Yankees during their little run in the late ’90s.
I was talking to a baseball fan about this and he reminded me that at the time, George Steinbrenner was suspended by MLB. During that time, Brian Cashman started to bring up Derek Jeter and company. Now keep in mind, Steinbrenner always believed in making trades and did not care if it was the farm that was being traded away. Well, as they say, the rest is history.
I brought this topic up on the CFoD fan page and Tony of the Die-Hard Mets Fans on myspace said that if he had a chance to trade Ike Davis and Jenrry Mejia away to bring in Roy Halladay, he would have made that trade in a heartbeat. Why? Then you are stuck with Daniel Murphy at first base. Without Mejia, you have just shortened your future by giving up what could be a great starter.
Here is his full comment:
If I had the choice to trade Davis and Mejia for Halladay, I would have made that trade in a heartbeat. An established major league pitcher on the level of Halladay, who gives you plenty of innings, which the Mets pitching staff is in dire need of, has to be made. As much as I like Ike and Mejia, we can’t get ahead of ourselves. Pitchers will eventually learn how to pitch to Davis and batters will learn how Mejia pitches and adjust accordingly. Remeber, We traded a lot of minor leaguers with potential, for Johan Santana.
Yes the Mets gave up prospects in Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Deolis Guerra. My question is, do we have to keep draining the farm system to get one player? Think about it.
Minaya knows how important prospects are. People were pissed off when I said Minaya was right in keeping Davis, Mejia, Brad Holt, and Wilmer Flores.
Maybe some of the fans do not understand the value of a prospect. Without prospects, you Mets fans would not have had a 1986 championship. You would still be waiting for a second one had it not been for Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden.
Do you make trades? Yes. You have to. But not at the cost of all of your prospects. That is illogical. Then what do you have to look forward to? Bringing in one player is not going to solve all of the problems. It only solves one. The prospects fill most of them. You bring up your best ones. They are your future and your problem solvers.