Joel Sherman of the New York Post has reported on his Twitter Page that Carlos Beltran had osteoarthritis in right knee and had surgery on that knee today. According to Sherman, Beltran had this surgery with out the permission of the team. Although, he does mention that there are conflicting reports. According to SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, it will take 12 weeks before Beltran can return to baseball activities. It was reported last year that Beltran may require surgery, but now, as he began pre-season training, the pain began to show up again. According to Burkhardt, Beltran had this surgery done in Colorado by Dr. Richard Stedman, not Dr. David Alchuck, the Mets team doctor.
If it is true that Beltran went without Met permission, then this could cause a HUGE disaster internally.
This leads to the question: does Pagan or F-Mart get the right to play center field?
I think that will go all go down to Spring Training. Martinez will have to prove what he can do, but I think Pagan will win the job. He showed what he can do last year and I think he could really be a good player if he gets his head straight.
I believe Martinez is still trade bait for the Mets and they don’t want to play him at the major league level, at the risk of losing value.
Chances are Beltran won’t be back until May or June and until then, do you see an Angel in the Outfield or will you be seeing F-Mart drop F-Bombs in Citi Field?
Posted by Matt Grasso
Unfortunately, I am probably the most pessimistic contributor to Defensive Indifference. I do think it’s more realism than pessimism, but I love this team nonetheless. This offseason has really bothered me.
Since 1966 (and winning the Tom Seaver Lottery), the Mets have built their team around pitching. The 1969 team won the World Series not because of hitting; they won it because they could pitch. Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, Nolan Ryan, Don Cardwell would go out there and win. When every team was bad, they always had good pitching.
The 1986 team was missing one last piece from 1985. What was that piece? Bob Ojeda. A Pitcher. Now, yes, the team could hit the ball too, but they had a rotation that some could compare to 1969.
But in recent years, the Mets have turned away from that. They have been more concerned with getting hitters than pitchers. They go out and build a stadium that caused the leading home run hitter on the team to be Daniel Murphy with TWELVE. That’s the perfect place for a pitcher right? They should go out and get a pitcher? No, they get Jason Bay.
I like the Bay signing, but, is he fit for the stadium? I think Angel Pagan was a perfect fit for Citi Field. Instead, pitchers are getting signed left and right now. And where are the Mets? I think this goes back to Omar Minaya. He has to focus on one thing at a time. That’s fine, but there’s a reason why he has assistants. Let John Ricco find a pitcher, be it through trade or free agency. Ricco did a great job orchestrating the Francoeur trade.
It will be tough for this team to go into the season with just Johan and then Pelfrey, Perez, Maine, and Jon Niese. FOUR question marks.
For a team with a history of pitching, how can you even compare this staff to that of ’69, ’73, and even ’86?
Written By-Matt Grasso