Friday, November 30, 2007

The New York Mets Say Goodbye To Milledge

Raised in the New Mets farm system, Lastings Milledge is ripe and ready for the picking. The Nationals traded catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church to the New York Mets for outfielder Lastings Milledge.

Other than saying goodbye to Tom Glavine, this essentially was the Mets first big move for the offseason and it was a terrible transaction. Let's analyze this trade:

Lastings Milledge only played in 59 games last year, but he batted .272 with 7 HR and 29 RBI; he wasn't even their starting outfielder.

Ryan Church was one of the nationals regulars. However, he too batted .272 with 15 HR and 70 RBI, but it took him 144 games to do that.

Brian Schneider played in 129 games and in that span batted a terrible .235 with 6 HR and 54 RBI.

What I'm saying is the Mets made an awful deal. No wonder it took the nationals 2 players to trade for Milledge. The Mets gave away a potential future star. Look at the numbers Milledge put up in just playing roughly 1/3 of the season. Now if you multiply those numbers by 3, his numbers would be better than Church and Schneider.

Perhaps it was best for the Mets to let Milledge go because of the poor team chemistry he created. Still just 22, he was the Mets' top prospect when he made his major league debut in May 2006. Right away, he showed why he was so highly rated on the field -- but also drew the ire of his team and teammates.

One of the most publicized episodes came in the town that will be his new home. In September 2006, a sign was posted in Milledge's locker in the visiting clubhouse at RFK Stadium that read: "Know your place, Rook. Your teammates."

Milledge earlier had been reprimanded for not running hard on the bases and had arrived late to the clubhouse for a game. He also rankled Mets management by making a rap CD that used offensive language.

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