Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Trachsel Is A Dirtbag, Seriously

The whole Trachsel thing is extremely unfortunate, particularly now that he looks like he is out for the season. Bernard is right, since 2002 he has been pretty fantastic with an ERA of 3.73. For comparisons sake, Mike Mussina's is 3.96 during that time. I know the AL has the DH, which hurts your ERA, but the two have been quite similar and at $5 million a year, Trachsel has been a bargain. It is somewhat amazing that he is able to have done this due to unimpressive strikeout (5.16 K/9) and walk (3.36 BB/9) rates. We can wax poetically about the glory years of our favorite Dirtbag (he went to Long Beach St., "The Dirtbags"), or we can figure out an alternative.

After this season, Trachsel's contract is up. If he is out for the season, his days at Shea may be over. Matt Ginter is a marginal alternative, so if the Mets think they are contenders, a trade is in order. As far as minor league depth, the Mets have little to offer and it is not worth trading one of their big four (Petit, Milledge, Humber and Hernandez) for a mediocre starter. As I see it, they have two options. One is squeezing as much as they can out of Ginter and hope that Petit dominates Double-A and bringing him up. The logic here is that Petit will probably see the majors at some point this season (most likely September), so a couple of months earlier won't be too bad. Heck, it worked for David Wright. I just don't like the idea of relying on Petit at this point and the Mets should bring him along slowly.

There has been a lot of talk about the Mets trading Mike Cameron because he was unhappy but now he says he wants to stay. As I see it, he may know be the Mets most valuable commodity in a trade. Here is what I propose. Let Ginter start the season in the rotation and see how he does with Cameron in right and Diaz in Norfolk playing every day. If Ginter is fine, roll with it. If not, put Cammy on the block and plan to slot Diaz into right upon trading Cammy. Cameron is reasonably priced and could net a solid starter. There has been talk about the Mets reuniting Barry Zito with Rick Peterson and the A's were interested in Killer Cam, with Zito a free agent after 2005 and the A's guaranteed not to re-sign him, doesn't this make sense? The Mets could then ride Zito for a season, see how he does and then re-sign him or net a first round pick when he leaves as an FA. I hate to get into the habit of hypothetical trades, but this makes too much sense. No?
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