Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
2003-03-06 08:10
by Alex Belth


Will Carroll, over at Baseball Prospectus, has posted his team health report for the New York Mets. Carroll has concerns about the usual suspects---Mo Vaughn, Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza, and is skeptical about the Mets chances of winning the NL East:

The question going into this season is does removing a Bobby V-shaped tumor from the Mets and plugging in Howe's soothing salve fix things? Does adding two big signings--both with some questions--push the big-money Mets back into contention? A team with the cash the Mets have should never have an organizational depth problem if they do the necessary due diligence. At the very least, they should fill Norfolk with Quadruple-A players while they're developing young prospects. Yet somehow, the Mets have found ways to spend money without making themselves appreciably better.

...In the new-look NL East, the Mets once again feel they are contenders. Fueled by an involved owner and a GM trying to hang onto his job, they should be nothing if not interesting. But despite a roster that looks to be healthy, it's unlikely that the Mets can hang with the Phillies and Braves. One or two unexpected injuries could drop them behind the Expos and Marlins.

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