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Bob Klapisch is tweaking Mets fans

Dec 19, 2009, 9:52 AM EDT

2993.jpgHe thinks the Mets should let other GMs know that Johan Santana is available:

course, the Wilpon family will do no such thing. They invested $137.5
million in the great lefthander and aren’t about to admit failure. But
the current Mets core is beginning Year 5 of a golden era that wasn’t
and considering how poorly Omar Minaya has done this winter, the
drought isn’t about to end.

…Still, the Mets have to make peace with the idea that the Santana
experiment has failed, just as the Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez and
Billy Wagner gambles all turned to vapor. Yet, they continue to chase
The Next Great Star as if this was 2006 and they were one player away
from greatness.

Pretty rich stuff, huh? Want more?

Actually if the
Mets were capable of making a cold business decision, they’d even
dangle David Wright and Jose Reyes. Wright, in particular, could bring
a bundle of
prospects in return — and who knows, he might just welcome a trade
since he’s playing in a new ballpark he obviously hates.

Harsh. Coming off a 70-92 season, the Mets
are the big apple-shaped pinata this winter, so it’s no surprise to see
Klapisch take a swing, but the Wilpons might as well pack it in if they
were to deal Santana, Wright or Reyes. I’ll give Klapisch some credit
for emulating Wallace Matthews, though. Nice try.

  1. Stultus Magnus - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Oh man, I can’t think of a better holiday gift than to see to Mets sell off “the core”.

  2. Steve from Norfolk - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    I’ll guarantee you the last thing David Wright wants is a trade. He’s been a Mets fan his whole life and wearing that uniform is all he has ever wanted to do in baseball. He grew up watching the Tides (remember them – Mets AAA team for 38 years till Omar ruined the relationship with their management by ignoring them)at Met Park and later at Harbor Park, and watching the Mets on cable. Klapisch must never have talked to Wright about what being a Met means to him.

  3. planktondisciple - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Huh? Santana is 29-16 with a 2.78 era w/o much offensive support. He has pitched very well. If he pitched the exact same way for the Yankees he’d be like 44-16.
    Beltran was injured half of last season. With the Mets he has three gold gloves. In 677 games he hit .281 with 127 hrs and 477 rbis along with 167 doubles 12 triples and 94 sb.
    The Mets have made many bad acquisitions, but Santana and Beltran are NOT among them.

  4. Spice - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    I am not a Mets fan by any means. That said. Klap-trap is an idiot. The mets need to keep Santana (still young and highly effective, one of the 3 or 4 best pitchers in baseball) Wright and Reyes and put a team around them. Trading them is not an answer. Building around them is. The Mets have the money to go out and get the missing pieces.
    Nothing about Santana has failed. He has been year in and year out one of the best in baseball. The trade is still a steal. None of the players given up for Santana have proven anything on the MLB level.
    Beltran has been fine, not the “best center fielder in baseball” that the Met fans thought they were getting but damned good.
    Build around this core. Get a first baseman, get some bullpen and starting rotation help.
    Klap-trap know less about baseball than he does about writing and I thought that was impossible.

  5. jazzman - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    klapisch writes about the mets like any yankee fan/mets hater would…only he does it less articulately…he’s not worth reading…

  6. Fred - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Actually Spice Beltran is the best CF he has the best arm and tracks down balls in the gap better then any other CF going over the fence 4 a rare catch 2 rob a HR doesnt make u the best CF like Torri or Gomez. Beltran is consistant out there and catches everything thats what makes u great

  7. Spice - Dec 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Sorry, Klap-trap writes stupid stuff about the Yankees as well. Don’t make this a Yankee Fan Met’s hater thing. The guy is a hack.
    If you want to say Beltran is the best center fielder in baseball. Fine. As a fan of the team and given the extraordinary talent Beltran has, you have that right.
    The point is however, Klap-Trap is an idiot with no idea what he is talking about

  8. john pileggi - Dec 19, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Bob Klapisch, if I recall, has a bit of a history in terms of run ins with the players and team officials. If memory serves, he had unfettered access to the Mets in the early nineties, a used the info gained to write a tough book. He then came back the next year as was shocked when Bonilla and other players were not happy with him. A good journalist does not wake up looking for scores to settle. But, we did not say he is a good journalist.

  9. Paul - Dec 19, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    I love it when sports writers decide to be overly provocative with an article. This is one such example. Of course its designed to get the kind of response you are reading. Its just a shame you cant actually think of something useful to write.

  10. willmose - Dec 19, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    The Mets fans think they have most talent in the league. What they have is the most overpaid players in the league. The fish rots from the head. BTW, the Mets have NO money to make any major FA signing this year and even if they did they would simply overpay whoever they signed. If Beltran is the best CF in the league (or even his division) then Nats will win it all this year.

  11. TwinkeTown - Dec 19, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    I’d trade Deolis Guerra, J.J. Hardy, the Metrodome and cash to get Johan back. All that’s necessary is a miracle.

  12. CANDYMAN - Dec 19, 2009 at 8:28 PM


  13. chris - Dec 19, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Can we just refer to this hack writer as “The Klap?”

  14. john pileggi - Dec 20, 2009 at 2:58 AM

    Making this story a major post is what qualifies this as a “slow news” day. Why else would you do it?

  15. Mark X - Dec 20, 2009 at 4:47 AM

    I agree completely with Bob Klapisch. It’s funny reading these comments from deluded Mets fans who think their team is good, or nearly good. They are horrible, really horrible, and have been for a long time. Obviously they need huge, radical changes, and dealing a couple of players for a slew of top prospects could really turn the team around. To be honest though, as someone who doesn’t root for the Mets, I hope they keep their core, and maybe add a star or two. That way they’ll continue to have losing records for the next 5-10 years.

  16. - Dec 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Begs the old campaign question…
    Are the Mets better off now than they were before Johan Santana?
    Last season 70-92
    2008 89-73
    2007 88-74
    2006 97-65
    At what point do you decide to try something different?
    I don’t put the blame on Santana, a lot of it has been injuries.

  17. jazz3157 - Dec 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Aman, jazzman.

  18. planktondisciple - Dec 20, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    I’m not saying Beltran is the best or Santana is the best, but they both have performed well, and are not the reason for the decline. It would be foolish to move either Santana or Beltran, but everyone else should be available for the right trade.

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  20. Baie Acai - Jan 27, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Yeah, that is pretty harsh.

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