Sunday, July 20, 2008

J-Rod should replace Anderson.....

I think Marlon Anderson has run his course with the Mets and should be waived over the day off. This isn't a rash or hasty thought on my part, in fact I think I've been very patient, hoping he would finally get hot but that doesn't appear to be happening. For Marlon to be a useful bench player he needs to be an effective left handed pinch hitter but in over 100 AB he's hitting a mere .205 which makes his atrocious defense stand out even more. Plain and simple Anderson is bringing nothing to the table and with a team missing three starters and two bench players (Alou, Church, Castillo, Pagan, Nixon) that simply can't happen, every player needs to contribute to make up for the lost production.

So why now .........

The trading deadline is looming just over a week away and the Mets might want to take a look at an in-house option before they decide to make a trade. Specifically John Rodriguez might provide just as much as the players who the Mets are rumored to be interested in. Rodriguez is a 30 y/o left handed corner outfielder who isn't much of a defender but an incredible hitter. J-Rod made it to the majors in 2005 with the Cardinals and contributed enough to earn a contract for the next year, in 2006 preformed well enough to make playoff roster and win a ring. From 2005-2006 he hit .298 for the Cardinals in 350 ABs, which should be a big enough pool to judge that he can hit on the major league level. This spring he was the last cut for what turned out to be a very talented Rays outfield. In New Orleans he's hitting .320 with a Slg. pct. of .495 and against righties he's hitting .351. Not sure if he needs it, but the native New Yorker who came up through the Yankees organization (never made it to the bigs ) might have some incentive to prove he's a major leaguer here. In 2006 John Sickel's of Minor League Ball saw him as a .250-.280 BA with power over a several year career. I'm not sure if Rodriguez is the answer but he might be and I'd like to see what he has before we make a trade and lose some prospects, all it will cost is a guy hitting .200 with awful defensive skills.......

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