**GUEST BLOGGER - BLONDIES JAKE**
In his latest article, ESPN’s Jayson Stark writes that it’s likely Mark Buehrle and Roy Oswalt will be free agents this offseason. I know this has been brought up before and I know the Mets “don’t” have the money. But I would gamble on offering both big money for a one-year or two-year deal and try to compete for the Wild Card next year for multiple reasons.
Short term signings won’t block any youngsters from getting a crack at the rotation (especially since there should be at least two if not three rotation spots open, even if Santana can come back). And it’s not like the next generation of pitchers the Mets hope will have an impact (Mejia, Wheeler, Harvey) are on the cusp of reaching the majors right now. Plus, even for big money, there’s no albatross if it’s at most a two-year deal.
Beuhrle is an innings eater (at least 200 every year since his first full season, 2001) who pitches to contact which will be just fine in Shea2. Oswalt is a power pitcher who could throw anywhere. Separately, neither might be interested in coming to the Mets, but together, they would have to see the team as a legitimate playoff contender. A rotation of Santana, Oswalt, Buehrle, Niese and Gee would be a formidable group.
What the signings would do is give the Mets a real shot to compete, because the lineup is solid and has a chance to be good if Ike returns and the youngsters keep progressing. Without top of the rotation arms, it’s going to be the same as this year, where realistically the team has no chance. If that happens, Shea2 will fill up, especially as the summer wears on and fans realize the team is actually a contender. The moves will essentially pay for themselves so it will be a win-win.
Do I think there’s any shot of this happening? NO! But do I think it’s the right move? HELL YES!