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Pete Abraham Takes Some Shots

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I have no problem ripping on the Mets, but he was just factually incorrect here. He starts by ripping Francessa ( a plus), but then this: -The Mets have an injury-riddled, top-heavy roster, no prospects, an inefficient GM and a manager better suited for open-mic night at The Improv. Gosh, what’s not for Roy to love? I’m sure Johan Santana would give his New York experience high marks. I mean, really? I won't get into the Omar and Jerry stuff, but to say they have no prospects is absurd. You don't have to go very far to see some big bright spots in the Mets farm system which we have covered extensively . Even if you ignore MLB-ready players like F!, Niese, Parnell, and Evans, you still have Ike Davis, Jenrry Mejia, Brad Holt, Wilmer Flores, Jeurys Familia, and Josh Thole in your upper tier, and some quality guys like Havens, Marte, Tejada, and Carson below them. -Haven’t the Mets learned that getting rid of all their prospects and building a team based around a few stars isn’t a sound plan? Their organization is so bereft of talent that they signed Angel Berroa and rushed him to the majors. This fake deal wouldn't have rid them of all their prospects. They'd still have Flores, Davis, Holt, and Mejia. Those are some damn good guys to hold on to. The Mets have Berroa on the team because their starting shortstop (Reyes), backup shortstop (Cora), and backup-backup shortstop (Martinez) have all spent time on the DL. And all this coming from a Yankee beat writer. Not only was Berroa on the Yankees a few weeks ago, but they have made their living keeping a few stars (Jeter, Rivera, Posada, Pettite) and just having different high-priced guys compliment them over the years. Look at how one person described it: In the spring of 1999, the Yanks traded for pitcher Roger Clemens and signed him to a big contract. From there the Yanks began to transition into a roster that looked more like their worst stereotype, a filthy rich team intent on buying all the best talent. After Clemens, a parade of all stars or former all stars joined the fold: Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi, Raul Mondesi, Hideki Matsui, Gary Sheffield, Johnny Damon, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Bobby Abreu. The Yanks no longer looked like a baseball team but rather a fantasy league team in real life. Besides that, the Mets found their success in 2006 (and high win totals in 05,07, and 08) by supporting their "core" with "stars" like Wagner, Delgado, LoDuca, Alou, Pedro, Glavine, etc. I usually love Peter's stuff, but this one bugged me. I'm all for objective critiquing, but not undeserved bashing.

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