The best move Omar Minaya made at the non-waiver trade deadline was no move. He refused to part with the Mets’ top prospects in return for players that may or may not have had an impact on the team’s short term future or long term future.
The Mets needed depth in the outfield, and, more desperately, needed help in the bullpen, which is the team’s weakest link. But, the Mets are only one game back of the Phillies with the pieces they have. If they get Ryan Church back, there’s your outfield solution. And, it is possible to make a trade until August 31st, as long as the players clear waivers, which is a strong possibility. So why sell what’s left of the farm system for a player that may or may not be the difference in 2008?
What the Mets have now, is a good balance. They are contenders in 2008, and, thanks to prospects like John Niese, Fernando Martinez, and Eddie Kunz, and current young stars like David Wright, Jose Reyes, John Maine, and Mike Pelfrey, they should remain contenders for years to come.
Like the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, and Yankees of the late nineties proved, the key to success is to grow and harvest your own talent. Trades and free agent signings should only enhance what you have already.
Now, the Mets should try to win with what they have, and build up their farm system for the future.
Gary, Keith, and Ron
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