The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings have been an action packed couple of days thus far. The Miami Marlins have been aggressive reeling in a bunch of star free agents, such as All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and veteran lefty Mark Buehrle.
Then there is, of course, the Albert Pujols’ sweepstakes. With so many teams in the hunt, it can’t get anymore exciting than this!
That’s not all; Marlins are looking to trade their best player in Hanley Ramirez. Brewers own Prince Fielder is also being shopped around. The list goes on and on and more trades and acquisitions will occur. It’s one of the best times for MLB fans to see where their favorite team is heading.
I know what you’re thinking, so what about Jimmy Rollins? Well… just to be perfectly clear, Jimmy Rollins is not a New York Met. Rollins has also not spoken to New York at all. I can hear the sports fans now, “Cmon’ Mannnnn!” Sorry Mets fans.
With all these transactions happening simultaneously, I couldn’t help myself, but I had to ask the question, “What if the New York Mets went after Phillies’ shortstop, Jimmy Rollins?”
The New York Mets have suffered a severe loss by cutting ties with their shortstop, Jose Reyes. Reyes for so many years has been the catalyst for the team and now with the trade of Angel Pagan to the San Francisco Giants, it’s official. The Mets have no speed at all on the bases.
At this current time, while all directions point to Rollins returning to Philadelphia, the fact of the matter is that Rollins has not yet signed with the Phillies. Rollins is a savvy veteran, a leader and would certainly be a perfect fit as shortstop for the Mets. The deal is not yet final and it’s important to know that Rollins is still there for the Mets to sneak up and steal.
Now, trust me. I understand the whole Mets situation in terms of financial problems. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. With the loss of Jose Reyes, the Mets managed to shrink their payroll from $140 million to $100 million.
The attendance has been devastating to say the least, the Madoff Ponzi Scheme didn’t help the franchise, and everything points to the direction of another bad season.
While this might be the case, in a big market, such as New York, GM Sandy Alderson really needs to evaluate the plan. New York is a city where victory must be given and if the Mets start the season with the players they currently have now, on an everyday basis, the Mets would be in front of every newspaper in the city.
Not for the good, but for the bad.
It’s time to feed the New York fans with a talented player; Jimmy Rollins just might be the medicine the Mets need to get better.
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