Sunday, January 6, 2008

Mets gave to much for Angel Pagan

I'm a day late on this one but the Mets re-acquired OF Angel Pagan in exchange for OF Corey Coles and RP Ryan Meyers. Over at MetsMerized, Joe D examines the trade for Pagan, and from his findings, I think the Mets may have made a mistake. Joe D took the time to take an in-depth look at both of the player that we traded...

Joe D on Corey Coles...

"Last season the 25-year old Corey Coles had a solid season in Triple-A batting .286 in 388 at-bats, with 11 stolen bases for New Orleans. In 2006, he led the Florida State League in batting with a .341 average and swiped 21 bases. He is a top of the order hitter with a solid batting eye, great speed and gap power. He is one of those rare kids who actually walks as much as he strikes out, and his career on-base percentage is .367. The left-handed hitter put together a 13-game hitting streak from Aug. 5-18, and also hit safely in 12 straight games from April 19-30, while recording 47 multi-hit games. Although he zipped through three levels from Port St. Lucie to New Orleans in 12 months, and made two All Star teams in the process, the Mets said he was not ready to contribute any time soon."

Joe D on Ryan Meyers...

"The other minor leaguer was 22-year old starter turned reliever Ryan Meyers. Meyers is a tall lanky right hander who turned in a spectacular season after being converted to a reliever. Last season he pitched in 33 games for Class-A Savannah and saved 13 games while posting an ERA of 2.14. He was absolutely dominating after allowing only 28 hits in 42 innings while striking out an impressive 48 batters. He only dished out 14 walks all season and batters hit only .185 against him. Prior to last season, Meyers had been very unimpressive as a starter for three years."

From looking at his post, I got very nervous that we gave up an above average outfielder with patience and speed and a young developing pitching prospect for a player who will most likely not be on the Mets after this next season. I also question why we needed Pagan. We have many backup outfielders and if we were in dire need we could have just as easily called up the now traded Corey Coles. Some of Omar's trades just dont makes sense to me. So far this off-season, i approve of 0/2 of the trades that the Mets have made.