Monday, February 11, 2008

First Base....Gotay?

The Mets are going into the 2008 season with Carlos Delgado as their starting first baseman. As everyone knows, Delgado just came off his worst season yet and chances are he will not return and be the slugger he used to be. The backup for first base will be on Damien Easily and Marlon Anderson.

Ever since easily tied the game with 2 outs in extra innings against the Rockies I have loved him. He was injured for the second part of last season but played well for most of the first half. Hopefully his age will not get in the way of playing effectively but we will have to wait to the season starts to find out.

The biggest problem I have with Marlon Anderson playing first base is he is our best pinch hitter. He is always clutch and I would rather keep him on the bench for those key spots then put him in the order where he is less effective.

The Mets have almost no depth in the minors at first base. Mike Carp will spend most of season in either AA or AAA and hopefully he will stay healthy which he did not in 2007.

The Mets must teach Ruben Gotay to play first base. Earlier this off-season I have suggested that Gotay should also learn to play outfield because with the new 4 year contract of Luis Castillo when is Gotay going to start there. He needs to learn a new position and after 2008 he could potentially be there new first baseman…. Maybe

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