If you are a Mets fan, you have to be excited. They have completely done a 180 this last month and now are sitting pretty atop the NL East. But the Phillies and Marlins are lurking. Mets fans still are leery about a collapse because last year is still in the back of their minds. If Omar Minaya really wants the Mets to put last year behind them there's only one thing to do...pick up the phone, call Theo Epstein, and pry Manny Ramirez away from the Red Sox.
I know, I know...there are a bunch of factors that makes this move unlikely. The first is that the Mets depleted an already lacking farm system in the Johan Santana trade. Honestly, I don't think it'll take that much to get Manny from the Sox at this point. The situation is ugly. Manny choking out PR guys, calling out the owner, illegedly throwing at-bats. Epstein has gone on the record saying he would trade Manny if he would waive his no trade clause. Manny came back on Sunday saying he would welcome a trade if the Red Sox had the stones to do it. Manny's from NY. I'm sure he would waive his no trade clause to come back home.
With that volatile a situation I't would behoove Omar Minaya to at least try. If Ryan Church doesn't come back then you have Manny patrolling left field and you are able to platoon Fernando Tatis and Endy Chavez and keep both players fresh. The Mets have the money to do this, and if they want they can even pick up Manny's option and keep him next year as well. But they need to strike fast before either Boston, Manny, or both change their minds. I don't know what Minaya can piece together that would be appealing to the Red Sox, but like I've said at least 8 million times already, he has to at least try.
And if you're worried about Manny's attitude? I'm one who believes a bad attitude can be handled by a strong manager and a good environment. I think Jerry Manuel is that strong manager and think the Mets clubhouse, with that spicy latin flavor, is an environment that Manny will at least find tolerrible. And if he doesn't change his tune? Well I'm one fan who would deal with it in return for some big numbers and some playoff wins.
Now I'm not one of those unrealistic fans who thinks his team can grab a superstar just because they need one. But this is one situation where all the cards seem to be falling into the right place. I think with what happened last year, not making the playoffs isn't an option for this team. So with the trade deadline coming up fast Omar Minaya needs to do whatever it takes to get this team into the playoffs. Manny Ramirez at a corner outfield spot would do the trick.