All I Want for the Holidays is…November 17, 2008
Forget Santa, this year I am writing my Christmas wish list to the General Manager of the New York Mets Omar Minaya. Omar if your listening, all I want for Christmas is Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe and Brian Fuentes. For the past four years as the Mets GM Omar, you have always seem to come through and put a present under my tree.
Whether its been Pedro Martinez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Billy Wagner or Johan Santana you have always given me reason for hope in the new year. But this year I am not only asking for a present under the tree, I need a ribbon on top of the present and a little stocking stuffer as well.
For the last two years, Mets fans have watched the offense disappear in September. Solution – Manny Ramirez. I know there is the baggage that comes along with Manny but after being put through complete agony the last two years, I don’t care. Go to Manny with a 4 year, $18 million per year deal, put him in left field and let Manny be Manny.
With Pedro gone and Oliver Perez up in the air, the Mets are in desperate need of a starting pitcher that eats up innings. Forget about CC Sabathia (let the Yankees overpay) and AJ Burnett. Go get me Derek Lowe. Lowe is a good steady winning pitcher who will eat up 200+ IP.
The Mets are also in need of a closer. The obvious choice would be Francisco Rodriguez. With all due respect for to the 62 saves he had last year, I don’t want him. I can’t shake the image of him blowing playoff games to the RedSox’s the last two seasons. We need a stop gap, steady type of closer until we figure out what to do long term. I’d spend my money on Brian Fuentes. A professional closer who can come in without a lot of media stir and do the job.
What say you Mets fans? Am I asking for too much?