Author: Greg Pomes
Thankfully the World Series is finally over, meaning that the 2009 baseball season is over and the Hot Stove season is upon us now.
There is going to be a lot of pressure on the Mets now to improve the team and not just for the way the 2009 season played out but the fact that the Phillies who are our biggest division rivals made it to the World Series for the 2nd time in 2 years and there is the added bonus that the Yankees who are our cross town rivals have won their second World Series this decade.
The World Series MVP for 2009 is soon to be free agent Hideki Matsui. Matsui had a great World Series, especially Game 6 where he almost hit for the cycle. Matsui will be a free agent this winter and there are reports that he wants to play the outfield next year. Matsui is 35 years old, he's had surgery on his knees and did not play the outfield this year for the Yankees and the Yankees don't have any plans to let him play the outfield, at least that was the word going around before Game 6 of the World Series. The truth be told I believe Matsui cannot play the outfield anymore with his age and bad knees even though when 2010 starts his knees would have almost 2 years of rest from patrolling the outfield.
With Matsui wanting to play in the outfield and coming off of a good season and good post season will Omar Minaya bite and give the 35 year old slugger a big contract? Unfortunately with Omar's pattern that could happen. Omar in the past has signed an aging outfielder who is injury prone, remember Moises Alou? I fear that Omar might have seen all he needed to see this post season and will decide to fill the hole in left field with Matsui who is a power hitter, something that the Mets lacked in 2009 and obviously he can play in New York. I am hoping that this will not be the case and Omar will prove me wrong.
Matsui can still hit, he still has power which we all know the Mets need next year. Matsui in the World Series started 3 games in which he hit .727 with 3 home rums and 8 RBI's, helping the Yankees capture their 27th World Series. David Wright for the whole season hit just 10 home runs, so obviously Matsui would be welcomed. Unfortunately he would be a liability on the field. Carlos Beltran can only do so much in helping him, in fact I believe that Beltran's knee injury could have been in trying to patrol part of left field as well as center field due to the inability of Daniel Murphy and we cannot afford to lose Carlos Beltran again.
A few years ago I would have loved Matsui on the Mets. If the National League had the DH rule and Matsui wanted to be a DH then I would welcome the signing but that is not the case. If Matsui could not patrol the left field in Yankee Stadium then there is no way that he will be able to patrol left at Citi Field which is more spacious. It is very likely that Matsui will hurt his knees again being an everyday outfielder; do the Mets really need to pay a lot of money for an aging outfielder with bad knees after the disaster that was 2009?
I hope Omar doesn't continue his pattern of making bad choices because Matsui on the Mets is a recipe for disaster, just say NO Omar, please.