Latest Move Shows How Much Minaya Has Grown

January 23, 2010

“A lot of it is going to depend on how he recuperates,” Mets GM Omar Minaya said. “I don’t want to put a specific time on when he’ll be back.”

Minaya’s comments regarding Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran’s return from arthroscopic knee surgery came after he had just acquired 35-year-old outfielder Gary Matthews, Jr. in a trade from the Los Angeles Angels.

Matthews, Jr. will join Angel Pagan as the most likely candidates for the Mets centerfielder position, barring any further setbacks, of course. The former LA Angel was sent to New York along with the majority of his contract paid in full for right-handed reliever Brain Stokes.

The underachieving veteran could very well become potential trade bait if he makes the most of his opportunities spelling Beltran who is undergoing rehabilitation. With the highly-touted Fernando Martinez waiting in the wings down in Triple-A, I find it hard to believe Matthews, Jr. will be around longer than necessary.

“He’s a very versatile player,” Minaya said of Matthews. “I think it’s going to be an open competition. That’s the same thing that I told Gary [Matthews, Jr.] when he asked that. Nobody’s going to be given a job. Whoever performs is going to be given the opportunity.”

2 Responses to “Latest Move Shows How Much Minaya Has Grown”

  1. Dave Doyle Says:

    I have to say that I like the Matthews trade. He’s a low-risk guy that should get a shot at center until Beltran comes back. If he can’t play anymore they can just release him. No big loss. Overall, I like the move.

  2. MetsPubRec Says:

    Financially, he’s low-risk. However, he could become a cancer in the locker room if he’s not happy with the amount of playing time he gets. Matthews was one of several ball players involved in having HGH mailed to his house and history shows that he has never played up to his potential. Plus, the deal he struck w/Anaheim has been coined as one of the worst of late. The key to this upcoming season is health. With this latest move, Minaya traded away one of the few Mets players who were healthy last season in Brian Stokes. Not to mention, he brought back Sean Green and had no qualms in shipping out Stokes for Cry Baby Matthews. Matthews may be a breath of fresh air for Manuel but overall he’s a ticking time bomb.

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