Saturday, July 31, 2004

The trade winds sure do blow....

If you don't care about the Mets, or don't like profanity, I'll urge you to stop reading right now.

If you haven't heard about the trades the Mets pulled today, you can get a synopsis by clicking here.

I hate the Benson deal. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Here's why: you gave up a lot for him, and you're now going to get absolutely raped if you want to re-sign him. He's not that good, he's just the best non-Randy Johnson arm available during a down year. And it's not like he's going to be the final piece of the puzzle to get you into the World Series. This team has shitty hitting and an atrocious bullpen, too.

But that Benson deal looks like they got fucking Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio compared to the other abortion that Jim Duquette shoved up everyone's ass.

You trade away Scott Kazmir, who's your top pitching prospect (with 259 K's in 203 career innings) for Victor Zambrano.

Zambrano is not awful. He was the Devil Rays' ace, but in reality, he's a decent no. 3 starter on a playoff team. But you don't give up your best arm for a middle of the rotation pitcher. And you sure as hell don't do it when you're seven fucking games out of first with no chance at the wild card.

Look, maybe Zambrano and Benson will turn the whole season around, the Mets will run off 18 wins in 22 games or something, and they'll win the division and make it back to the World Series. Maybe I'm the moron here. But I doubt it.

I see the slow fade continuing, the Mets missing the playoffs, then blowing too much money re-signing the overrated Benson and regressing to a fourth place team next year.

Meanwhile, Kazmir will be an all-star in the next three seasons and Justin Huber (a minor league catcher they traded to the Royals in the Benson deal) will emerge as a servicable major leaguer at worst, and the Mets won't make it back to the World Series in the next five years at LEAST.

Pictured below: Scott Kazmir poses for his Hall of Fame plaque. Jim Duquette is just out of view, bending over as all the other major league GMs run a train on him.


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