July 14, 2010 by staff
Yunel Escobar:(New York Daily News (blog)) — Remember about a year ago or so when it was said that Jose Reyes was the fourth best shorstop in the NFC East, behind Rollins and Ramirez and Yunel Escobar in Atlanta?
Well, that theory – which was put to rest long ago – was officially flown out of the water on Wednesday when the Braves’ Escobar sent to Toronto for Alex Gonzalez.
It is a clear signal to the Braves not only thought Escobar Jeff Francoeur had gone down with the disease, but also a sign that they are going for the crown of the division this year, trading away potential change for the resurgence of Escobar Gonzalez.
Now the question is what do the Mets do? I do not think that the addition of Gonzalez makes a blockade of the Braves to run and hide in the East, but it makes them better for the coming months, and that’s what really matters now.
The addition of Carlos Beltran is obviously a big boost for the Mets, who need it, especially with Jason Bay in the hitless protection program and Francoeur - most of which lose more playing time – fighting back.
What we really need now is a pitcher, especially with Pelfrey Dickey fighting and perhaps living on borrowed time.
I’m still marking the Mets did not get Cliff Lee, but we go ahead and get another great arm from here (Oswalt, Haren). Since the Yankees went after Lee, it is clear they want to add another arm, so we have to achieve quickly. Like Lee, I wonder if the Wilpons have the guts to trade away young talent for a side arm, as Oswalt.
I was thinking of the Wilpons today following the death of George Steinbrenner. No matter what you say – good or bad – about the Boss, one thing is absolutely clear: he wanted to win and who understood that winning does not cost money, but also makes money. While it may be unfair to feel this way, sometimes I wonder if Fred Wilpon agrees.
Yes, he has spent a lot of money on players and – unlike Steinbrenner – has shown tremendous patience (which has borne fruit at the time and burned the Mets of the past). But I wonder if the title after winning the title is your main goal with the Mets. I honestly who likes to have a competitive team, maybe a playoff team occasionally, but not beyond their means to give the team the best chance they possibly can to win a World Series.
Once again, the boss was not perfect when it comes to baseball decisions. He wondered if the property manager of the Mets David Wright or Reyes or Ike Davis would still be around. We all know Jerry Manuel would have been gone a few months ago, but we also know Ollie Perez would not be around either.
Anyway, the world talking about how Steinbrenner was driven to win, you’ll probably know within the next 2-3 weeks to what extent they promoted the Wilpons. The Braves took the first step Wednesday, it is time for the Mets to respond, if they answer at all.
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