"If Lannan's pitching well enough to be blocking Wheeler by midseason, this seems like a good thing, not a bad thing. This is what midseason trades are all about: you trade Niese, Lannan or Gee at the deadline to open up a spot for Wheeler.
Mets should have more problems like that" Yes indeed. Can NEVER have TOO MUCH pitching!!!
That's TODAY. If Mets sign Lannan that could change Mets trade talks dramatically in terms of Niese.>>>>
they seem intent on trading dickey. until thats resolved, niese is probably safe. lannan would be smart to wait. some team will sign him to start in majors. maybe one of the other teams interested in him that have rotation spots open.
Who's Mets insurance?? >>>>
mejia? familia if he doesnt win a bullpen spot out of ST.
Right, at it's only a 2 year difference.
If this team can get a huge impact bat (like Myers) for trading either Dickey or Niese they'd be stupid not to do it.
I like Niese, he's a great pitcher... But he isn't irreplaceable. Myers probably will be.
<Right, at it's only a 2 year difference.
I like Niese, he's a great pitcher... But he isn't irreplaceable. Myers probably will be.>
Sign Lannan, sign Pelfrey and let 'em duke it out with whoever's left after any trades. Loser(s) gets sent to the bullpen, traded, or slotted in the rotation by midseason.
Should be able to piece together a good rotation and some long relief out of Santana, Lannan, Harvey, Pelfrey, Niese, Familia, Mejia, Wheeler and Gee (assuming Dickey is traded). Pick the best of the bunch, turn 'em loose and re-evaluate at midseason. Aside from Wheeler and Harvey, any out of that crew could become additional trade bait at the deadline. On the other hand, if they flop or get injured, you have some insurance waiting in the wings.
Pelf won't sign here, I suspect.
Plus, the team doesn't have enough money to sign both. Personally, I'd feel much better about Lannan.
Okay, I'm convinced now. Make it so.
Would you have the nerve to trade both Dickey and Niese?
"Would you have the nerve to trade both Dickey and Niese?"
Sure... if we had another decent lefthander.
In my dreams, Santana returns to his career form in the first half, and Sandy gets a chance to trade him at the deadline as well (with some creative salary management, of course).
Look what Oakland did last year.