Sunday, February 3, 2008

Omar Calls Out The Players, & Sosa Signs.

Mets GM Omar Minaya, on what’s next…

“We’ve been good on paper, but we haven’t won. This shows our fan base and our players that we care about winning. Our goal is to win a championship. We put in our part to get this done. This is a commitment to our players. Now, what we need now is a commitment on their part to get it done.”

It's time for the Mets to respond. Willie's job may just depends on it. He's going to be under the microscope this year more than any other year.

Marty Noble of reports Jorge Sosa signed a one-year, $2 million contract. Sosa has a 9-8 record and 4.47 ERA in 42 appearances -- 14 as a starter -- and 112 2/3 innings in 2007.

I like Sosa if used correctly. He is also someone who may be able to jump in and start if a pitcher or two go down at the same time.

As for relief, Willie needs to use him at 1-2 innings an appearance but not on consecutive days. He was much better when he wasn't being used so much.

Two Pending Arbitration Cases:
The Mets have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 1992. In 1992, the Mets won their case against reliever Jeff Innis.

Oliver Perez submitted a 2008 salary of $6.5m - Mets countered with a proposal of $4.725m
Ryan Church submitted a 2008 salary of $2.45m - Mets countered with a proposal of $1.75m

Also in Baseball America Prospect Handbook, the Mets farm system as a whole was ranked at #17 before the trade for Johan Santana. John Manuel had this to say "GM Omar Minaya's international emphasis has paid dividends, but the Mets seem to realize they can't relay on Latin America alone for young talent and hint that they will draft more aggressively in 2008." The Mets were ranked 13th in 2007 and 26th in 2006.

This years top 5 are:
1- Tampa Bay
2- Boston
3- Cincinnati
4- Texas
5- New York (AL)