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Homegrown Team: New York Mets

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:55 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 2:01 pm

By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule of this feature, click here.

Another day, another entry in our series. For this one, we'll stop over in Queens and meet the Mets. We know about Wright and Reyes, but what else is there? For one, a guy who just tied the postseason home run record. Knowing that the Mets traded him for Jorge Velandia has to be a bit painful for Mets fans (don't feel too bad, though, because the A's and Brewers gave up on Cruz, too). Anyway, let's dive in.


1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Nelson Cruz, RF
5. Ike Davis, 1B
6. Mike Carp, LF
7. Angel Pagan, CF
8. Josh Thole, C

Starting Rotation

1. Dillon Gee
2. Jonathon Niese
3. Philip Humber
4. Mike Pelfrey
5. A.J. Burnett


Closer - Heath Bell
Set up - Octavio Dotel, Jason Isringhausen, Matt Lindstrom, Bobby Parnell, Joe Smith, Guillermo Mota
Long - Aaron Heilman

Notable Bench Players

Drew Butera, Josh Satin, Ruben Tejada, Ty Wigginton, Lucas Duda, Fernando Martinez, Carlos Gomez and the imcomparable Wily Mo Pena. Also, Scott Kazmir is on this team. If he never left, would it have been possible that he was an upper-tier starter for years? We'll never know.

What's Good?

I like the bullpen. The bench is good, too. As a whole, one thing that stuck out to me is there aren't any really glaring holes. And assuming everyone is healthy, that's a pretty stout top four to five in the batting order. Reyes setting up for Wright and Cruz would be scary for opposing pitchers.

What's Not?

The starting rotation is a bunch of threes and fours. There's potential to better sure -- like if Burnett gets locked in for stretches -- but if we're looking at just the present, the lack of an ace would hurt as the season progressed, especially in terms of stopping modest losing streaks. The catcher and center field spots could be better as well, but, as I mentioned above, it's not like those are glaring holes. On the whole, while there aren't any real glaring holes, there's nothing that stands out as spectacular other than a healthy Reyes while Wright, Cruz and Bell are very good.

Comparison to real 2011

The real-life Mets were 77-85, and I think this bunch is a bit better than that. It's a team that would put up a winning record and maybe contend for a wild card. It's definitely not great, as the lack of an ace shows, but the weaknesses here are all pretty minor. I'm thinking mid-80s in wins with a ceiling of 90 and floor of high-70s? That sounds about right.

Next: Cincinnati Reds

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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:01 pm

Homegrown Team: New York Mets

I'm going to be enjoying the AA Mets next year since everyone wants out!

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:17 pm

pointless list

these lists are flawed because some players, like david wright would never even be a met, because he was a first round supplemental pick in 2001, for the mets losing mike hampton to colorado. If the mets never had mike hampton, or resigned him they would have never had a supplemental pick to pick david wright. And then in next years draft the mets, (thinking they dont have a third baseman), might have chosen Mark teahan, (the next third baseman taken), instead of scott kazmir.  but then again the mets would have never had mike hampton to begin with!  To try and make a list like this is ridiculous. After reading this article i feel dumber then before i read it.

Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:44 am
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Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:28 pm

Homegrown Team: New York Mets

Whatever. The Mets are headed in the right direction and will be back in the postseason shortly. We will do it without any expectations.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:48 pm

Homegrown Team: New York Mets

They were 55-51 when they traded Beltran and the bullpen here is better than the real life one. And I was counting a healthy Ike Davis all season.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:32 pm

Homegrown Team: New York Mets

If you look at this team, most of the lineup IS there right now. Nelson Cruz and Mike Carp are the only guys that take the place of Beltran and Jason Bay. The pitching staff likewise is almost the same (atleast starters). Johan Santana for Humber and Chris Capuano for Burnett. This team wouldn't be all that different. Hopefully the new dimensions at Citi Field will help some of the power numbers and a healthy Ike Davis will be huge in 12'. 

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:49 pm

Homegrown Team: New York Mets

The mets were 12th in runs last year i guess cruz could have made them 10th but he is overrated cant stay healthy and has terrible home/road splits He'd go from the best hitters park in baseballin 2011  to one of the worst.

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:29 pm

Homegrown Team: New York Mets

Aaron Heilman ??  What the .... ! say the imaginary Met fans of this imaginary home grown team... 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:06 pm

Homegrown Team: New York Mets

Good thing the METS ownership is an utter failure and we'll continue to lose more of thse players.  (Please turn sarcasm filter on)

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