Friday, May 20, 2011

Krivsky should get some credit...

Photo by Michael Baron
Sandy Alderson, J.P. Ricciardi and Paul Depodesta have been highly touted as possibly the best front office in the league.  They should get credit for what they have done, with little more then 10M dollars they were able to fill multiple holes and the players they cut have not produced elsewhere. 

Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Taylor Buchholz, Pedro Beato, Tim Brydak, and Jason Isringhausen all have contributed. And while Willie Harris, Scott Hairston, Chin Lung Hu and D.J. Carrasco haven't worked out, their contracts aren't the type of deals that will prohibit the organization from making moves.

Of all the players from the 2010 Mets roster Jeff Francoeur is the most successful with Alex Cora and Rod Barajas getting regular time in majors as well. Of course; all three were gone by the time Alderson and company took over.

Henry Blanco has appeared in 6 games with the Dbacks and Hisanori Takahashi is pitching to a 4.82 ERA with the Angels, but they are the only players in the majors that this regime chose not to bring back. Luis Castillo, Joaquín Árias, Pedro Feliciano, John Maine, Oliver Perez, Elmer Dessens, Chris Carter, Sean Green, Fernando Nieve, Raul Valdes and Blaine Boyer were all cut or not re-signed and are not in the majors.

Then there are the marginal players they decided to retain who have contributed like Josh Thole, Dan Murphy, Nick Evans, Jason Pridie, Pat Misch, Manny Acosta, and Ryota Igarashi.

But of all the contributors the biggest surprise so far this season has to be Justin Turner and while it's true Alderson and Co. decided to keep Turner during their evaluation process, they were not the ones who found him.  In fact with Turner making minimum and having options there probably wasn't even consideration given, he was probably seen more as infield depth. 

Turner was found by former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky when he drafted him in the 6th round of the 2006 draft.  After being fired by the Reds, Krivsky as a consultant in Baltimore was instrumental in Turner being brought to the Orioles in the Ramon Hernandez trade.  Then when Turner was placed on waivers Krivsky had become an assistant to the GM here in NY under Omar Minaya. 

While Krivsky still holds the same title with the Mets that he did under Omar, I've heard he's now used in a lesser role more as a senior scout.  The guy who picked Josh Hamilton in the rule five draft, stole Branson Arroyo for Wily Mo Pena, traded for Brandon Phillips and Eddie Guardado for next to nothing and brought Turner to three different teams, might need to have a bigger voice in the organization. 

If nothing else he needs to receive some of  the accolades for Justin Turner...