Yu Darvish Derby Sure Would be Fun

Remember the good old days when the Mets participated in the free agent market? 

More often than not our off-season acquisitions would be complete busts once baseball season rolled around but at least it was something to keep us warm over the winter.

Of course names like Reyes, Pujols, and Fielder will be free-agents but there’s another Japanese Gem ready to “post” and test his talent in the Major Leagues. 

Yu Darvish sure sounds great, the 25-year-old was 18-6 in 28 starts with a 1.44 ERA and 276 strikeouts in 232 innings pitched this year, which is obtw his FIFTH straight year with an ERA south of 2.00.

Don’t get me wrong I think the Japanese posting system is the biggest gamble in sports. Plus we never seem to land good Japanese players - my man Shinjo not withstanding.

So while I wouldn’t necessarily recommend sinking a ton of money into Yu Darvish it sure would be fun to at least entertain the thought of him.

Alas it ain’t happening with these Wilponzi owners of ours.

20 Responses to “Yu Darvish Derby Sure Would be Fun”

  1. Luis Says:

    No to Yu!! use the $$ to invest in the farm system and scouting(or signing Reyes to a 4 year deal that overpays briefly)

  2. Patrick Says:

    Don’t we have to start saving money for David Wright? Aren’t we going to be dealing with the same thing as Reyes? I think Wright’s contract was one year longer than Reyes’s.

  3. Lord Charles Says:

    ^The Mets control Wright for the next 2 seasons. Wright is signed through next season, but there is also a (team?) option through 2013. However, that option voids if he is traded, which would drop his value significantly if the Mets wanted to make a deadline deal next July.

  4. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Ain’t gonna happen! Just face it we are not going to be players in the free agent market this year.

    Now if your talking about the “Scrap Heap Pile” or “Dumpster Diving” we will be in the thick of things.

    It is going to be a long cold winter this year. Expect more of the same as last year, we get the the scraps that nobody else wants.

    Why do you think they are pushing so hard for “Early Season ticket renewals? Because if you knew what they were going to do this winter, you would not want to but season tickets!

    We are just going to have to “Sit on the Sidelines” for another year!

    I honestly believe they have no intention of fielding a competitive team for 2012!

  5. Lord Charles Says:

    “I honestly believe they have no intention of fielding a competitive team for 2012!”

    It’s not about intention, it is about reality: there are too many things that would need to go right for the Mets to have a competitive team next year.

    1. Reyes resigning for a reasonable offer and staying healthy.

    2. Santana bouncing back.

    3. Wright bouncing back.

    4. Ike being bouncing back.

    5. Bay bouncing back.

    6. Niese and Gee not being flashes in the pan.

    7. Pelfrey to be, eh… nevermind…

    8. Wheeler or Harvey to be legit by June.

    9. Tejada to have a legit bat.

    10. Murphy to be “Mark DeRosa”

    Unless at least 8 of those things happen, it make zero difference what the Mets do this offseason, and honestly, if 8 of those things do happen, then the Mets will compete regardless of what they do this offseason.

  6. Lord Charles Says:

    BTW, in case anyone missed it, this is an interesting look at the riskiness of signing starting pitchers:

    http://www.patrickfloodblog.com/2011/10/17/signing-free-agent-pitchers/

    In summary, it appears that the best organizational plan is to sign position players, and develop pitchers. Hopefully Wheeler, Harvey, Mejia and Familia are the start of that…

  7. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    ^ Lord Charles- I took the test and the best score I could see out of that is a 5 out of ten, and that was stretching it!

    I hope I feel differently when Spring Training comes around. They will be tied for first at least through the month of March :)

  8. USMF Says:

    wow, I only got 3, maybe 4…

  9. USMF Says:

    LC-you left off…

    11. Having Pagan play like 2010…or his replacement at least needs be productive.

    12. Is Duda for real? and can he play the OF full time?

    13. Who the hell is gonna be the Closer?

    14. Who’s gonna pitch the 6th, 7th and 8th inning (because we don’t have a pitcher who seems to wanna pitch more than 5 innings)

    15. Who’s gonna catch? I like Thole, but he doesn’t hit good enough to be a weak fielding catcher and he doesn’t catch good enough to be a weak hitting catcher.

    In reality, we could put a big question make over every person on the 25man roster next year and every spot on the diamond.

  10. BlondiesJake Says:

    FMFR, just because you didn’t receive an exact response to your comment doesn’t mean we didn’t see it or read it and you need to repost it multiple times. You have mentioned “Dumpster Diving” and “They won’t be competitive in 2012″ at least 3-4 times recently. WE GET IT. Move on to a new point if you have one, please.

    BMF, I suggest renaming this blog “Irrational Ideas for Ridiculous Fans that if Enacted Will Continue to Cripple the Franchise for Years”. I still love you, but please stop the heavy drinking before breakfast.

  11. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Before breakfast is a no-no. But what’s wrong with floating your Cap’n Crunch in Maker’s Mark for a nice start to the day!

    Hey, anybody watch the game last night? I thought it was pretty exciting. I think La Russa outsmarted himself pulling Motte there, but it probably was game over by that point anyway. Loved the speed on the base paths by the Rangers there, manufacturing runs. Don’t really agree with McCarver that Pujols nicking that throw should have been an error.

  12. the kettle... Says:

    Hey Blondies-Pot, nice to hear from you…

  13. BlondiesJake Says:

    Hi the kettle

  14. the kettle... Says:

    How’s the family?

  15. BlondiesJake Says:

    Good. They’re out dumpster diving!

  16. the kettle... Says:

    I guess you aren’t committed to having a competitive family next year.

  17. BlondiesJake Says:

    But my family will be tied for 1st place in March

  18. the kettle Says:

    Let’s be honest. You have no care to have a successful family. Your children will never win anything as long as you’re their father.

    You should spend all your money on your wife, more money than everyone else. Then your family might be happy.

  19. BrooklynBill Says:

    LC, USMF - Hope springs eternal…we are dejected now for good reason but, a signing here, a trade there, a non-signing here & we’ll all be a bunch of optimistic fans again b/c let’s face it, we’re Mets fans. It’s like a disease, whattaya gonna do?

    I’m confident in the new FO. I’m pretty sure Pelf won’t be in the rotation if he is even on the team. Besides being ineffective, he always seemed to have his pitch count up to 100 by the 5th inning which kills the bullpen. Get rid of him, and it’s like a rotation and bullpen upgrade in one move. Enough of Pelf already.

    Reyes - I think its a forgone conclusion he won’t be a Met in 2012…frees up cash to address the other ‘issues’ which, as you know we have many. And since its pretty certain Sandy won’t overspend for a closer, there should be enough $$ to upgrade in a few of those places.

    Change the ridiculous dimensions & maybe someone will actually want to come here. I’m willing to live with a steady JJ Hardy & his 20 HR/80 RBIs @ SS over Reyes. I’m willing to part with Wright for prospects, bench strength, or bullpen help…I can see Murph being serviceable @ 3B while hitting .300…at least we know a majority of his throws should make it to 1B.

    On another note, Darelle Revis just gave another reason to be my favorite NY Jet.

  20. Common Sense Says:

    “Remember the good old days when the Mets participated in the free agent market?”

    You mean when Phillips and Minaya destroyed the franchise?

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