I May Be Wrong, But… Jose Reyes, Luis Castillo, Jason Bay, Kyle Allen, Yohan Almonte, Robert Carson,Mark Cohoon, Jeurys Familia, Ryan Fraser, Matt Harvey, Brandon Moore, Greg Peavey, Aderlin Rodriguez, Wilfredo Tovar, Albert Cordero, Blake Forsythe, Darrell Ceciliani, Matt den Dekker, Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn, Eric Campbell. Robert Carson, Reese Havens, Brad Holt, Jefry Marte, Eric Niesen, Francisco Pena, Sean Ratliff

1. www.deepleagues.com listed the top 100 fantasy prospects for 2011 and the Mets landed five on the list… #33 SP Jenrry Mejia, #62 C Josh Thloe, #66 OF Fernando Martinez, #75 OF Lucas Duda, and #90 2B Brad Emaus. Five is well above the average which is a great thing, and it’s kewl to finally see Thole getting some prospect props. This list is based on players that could make a difference in the organization in 2011 so Mets officials should be thrilled to see that 5% of the players listed out of the entire league were Mets.

 

2. It really doesn’t matter if you buy into all this rah-rah shit, like bowling… but, what matters is you go along with the program. Jose Reyes not showing up at the lanes saying he overslept, and Luis Castillo saying he’s going home from practice “on time to sleep and eat” on Monday… well, you’re just not sending the right signs to new management. I was a new manager eleven times in my career and I could tell you with 90% accuracy who wasn’t gonna make it by the first day I aboard. Herb Cohen, author of “How To Negotiate Anything” called this person “the guru”. Say something in your first meeting that outlines something is going to be done differently and most of the people in the room will look in the direction of this person to see his or her facial reaction. This is your “guru” and, according to Cohen, you should get rid of this person right then and there. You’ll never turn this troublemaker. Never.

 

3. What’s the opposite of this? Well, what about Jason Bay coming to camp and vowing to turn around his bad stats of 2010. THAT’s what you want to hear in ST, not Jose snoring.

 

4. I’ve got to spend a few more minutes on Reyes. I loved the kid and no one created more runs when he led off an inning. Singles turned into doubles, doubles into triples and walks into stolen bases. You were almost guaranteed a 1-0 lead after one inning. Then came three Septembers ago when he demanded that his goombah, Carlos Gomez start in the pennant race. Willie said no, Jose hit .211 in September, and the rest was history. This was followed by two years of ticky injuries that seem to take a year to heal. I’ll give him this… when he did play, the magic was back and he gave it 110%, but he just didn’t seem to care to play enough anymore. Reyes has had his back patted since the day he arrived in camp and you can easily understand why his head Figuratively grew larger than Barry, but, IMO, he’s not a Met anymore and it’s time to get two prospects from a team that needs a former all-star that still is under 30.

 

General Opinion:  here’s your top 25 fantasy shortstops:

 Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins

Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies

Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Jose Reyes, New York Mets

Stephen Drew, Arizona Diamondbacks

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

Miguel Tejada, San Francisco Giants

Rafael Furcal, Los Angeles Dodgers

Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

Yunel Escobar, Toronto Blue Jays

Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Rays

Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers

Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians

Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

Jed Lowrie, Boston Red Sox

J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles

Juan Uribe, Los Angeles Dodgers

Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels

Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals

Yuniesky Betancourt, Kansas City Royals

Clint Barmes, Houston Astros

Marco Scutaro, Boston Red Sox

Reid Brignac, Tampa Bay Rays

 

Because of multiple players on the same team listed, that leaves eight teams (Minnesota,Oakland, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and San Diego) witout a top shortstop.

 

I’m not trading Reyes to Atlanta, so the list drops to seven teams.

 

You can’t justify trading Reyes for either:

 

Minnesota: RHP Adrian Salcedo and RHP Kyle Gibson

Oakland: 2B Jamile Weeks and C Max Stassi

Seattle:  RHP  Michael Pineda and OF Johnemyn Chavez

Cincinnati:  C Deven Mesorasco and 1B Yonder Alonzo

St. Louis:   RHP Shelby Miller and 2B Dustin Ackley

Milwaukee: RHP Mark Rogers and RHP Cody Scapetta

San Diego:  CF Blake Tekotte and LHP Josh Spence

Come on…

 

5. Getting an invite to the STEP workout is a big deal in the Mets camp. This is when the top minor leaguers, considered the crème of the prospects in the organization, go their first organized practice and workout with each other up to March 5th.

The list this year is Kyle Allen, Yohan Almonte, Robert Carson,Mark Cohoon, Jeurys Familia, Ryan Fraser, Matt Harvey, Brandon Moore, Greg Peavey, Aderlin Rodriguez, Wilfredo Tovar, Albert Cordero, Blake Forsythe, Darrell Ceciliani, Matt den Dekker, Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn, Eric Campbell. Robert Carson, Reese Havens, Brad Holt, Jefry Marte, Eric Niesen, Francisco Pena, Sean Ratliff, and Josh Satin
These are the Mets minor leaguers that turn on… the Mets.

 

 

6. I’m starting to think we have too much media at spring training now. The latest is that Daniel Murphy is already losing the second base job. How the hell did he do that before a single pitch in ST. One of the beat guys reported that his “Met source” told him that the Mets are concerned with Murphy’s ability to play defense. Hey, I’M concerned about Murphy’s defense, but I’m willing to give him a shot in ST. What if he hits .400/.450/.750/1.100 in ST, but makes three more errors than anyone else that played the position?

 

 

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