What to Discuss When There’s No Mets Stuff To Discuss

A lot of you might not be working today, but I am. I am not necessarily checking up on the Mets throughout my workday, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t noticed how ridiculously quiet the Metsosphere is as I currently type this. Of course, that could all change the second I press PUBLISH or right now as I type these words. More often than not lately, it’s been eerily quiet all around the league. Outside of the story that the Mets signed John Lannan, which dropped while many of us enjoyed the QBC, it’s basically as if the entire league is waiting for Stephen Drew to make up his freakin’ mind (or for the Red Sox and them to have final dialogue, whoever makes whatever decision that’s to be made.)

So, I’m just gonna think up random stuff that we can talk about while there’s nothing else (Metsian) to discuss.

1. The News

Did you know that China is sending “Web Junkies” to boot camps?! Listen, I’m not going to pretend like I have an opinion or can write properly on the subject, it’s just something I found and it’s interesting, so we should read it and talk about it. Right?

2. Shameless plug for the film company I work for.

Did you see the poster debut for BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY, starring Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde, in theaters and VOD March 14th?!

650470_lg3. The 1978 New York Mets

Oh, whom I kidding?! The Metsian conversation can go on forever! Even when there’s no new food dropping onto the Hot Stove. So, uh….I’ll get to the historical Mets conversation when I…echem…get home from work…which I should get back to now….

In the meantime, you should all petition SNY to release the Mets Video Yearbooks onto DVD so we can watch the 1978 one on cue.

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  • Bill

    Yes, it has been slow lately. I can’t wait for the Tanaka saga to clear. In the meantime, we could get some discussion going on what the Mets should do between now and Feb 15. Mind you, none of this is what they will do, but could be a seed for interesting dialogue.

    An idea without much stretch: Resurrect trade discussions with Arizona. As I have read that they are looking for ‘major-league’ ready pitching, try an even up trade of Dillon Gee for Didi Gregorius. Nobody would lose a player with the initials DG, and both teams would fill a hole. It would not create a huge hole on the Mets, as there is a lot of pitching nearly ready to break thru (Mejia, Montero, deGrom, Syndergaard in a while, etc.), but if you think that does leave a hole for 2014, Paul Maholm is still out there in the unsigned free agent ranks. Also, a flyer on Clayton Richard might not be a bad idea – if he is healthy after mid-year shoulder surgery, which apparently was minor – the statement I read was there was no structual damage. He was a serviceable pitcher for a while in San Diego. And I’d like to get another left hander in the rotation. It would be foolish to think that everybody on the staff is going to remain healthy enough for 32 starts.

    An idea that is more out of the box thinking: Move David Wright to shortstop and plug in Wilmer Flores at third base. Everybody seems to think that Flores has a major league bat. This is my second choice for filling the shortstop problem (see the previous paragraph for my first choice).

    A thought that I have had since the end of the year: Stay away from Stephen Drew. He is not worth the money nor the draft pick – he is not a long term answer, and one mediocre year from Drew would just generate the same discussion next year. We need to obtain a long-term solution as a young prospect. Several teams have a glut of young infielders – Arizona with Gregorius and Owings, perhaps Seattle with Nick Franklin or Brad Miller, or even Texas with Andrus (expensive), Profar, (probably not gonna get) or youngsters Sardinas or Odor (probably too far away and would cost too much as both are top 5 organizational prospects.) Cleveland, Oakland and Pittsburgh all have high level prospects coming up, although maybe not this year, and the incumbents they will replace are not the long term answer for the Mets (Lowrie and Cabrerra will be free agents after 2014 and are really in the same boat as Drew – placeholders for more stability.

    Worth discussion? Thoughts?

    Thanks