Surely such a player, admittedly on the fringe of usefulness, nevertheless has more offensive and defensive value than Marlon Anderson? Anderson, supposedly a "pinch-hitting specialist," often gets plenty of outfield time anyway, where he is quite out of place. And where does this idea come from that he is a great pinch-hitter? He has a career line of .265/.314/.392. He is 34 years old. Why do the Mets have needless loyalty to such terrible players?
Rodriguez, on the other hand, is probably in his peak. Even if he is a AAAA hitter, he will take his ability to take a walk (something unfamiliar to Anderson) to the big leagues. Why is there this idea that some players are just major leaguers and others are just minor leaguers?
JUST BECAUSE DAMION EASLEY, MARLON ANDERSON, FERNANDO TATIS, ET. AL. HAVE PLAYED IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES BEFORE, IT DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE CURRENTLY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE WHO HAS NOT PLAYED IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES EXTENSIVELY!The Mets are much worse than their competition at evaluating and properly deploying their players, and they will continue to make poor decisions until there is a change of leadership. If you are a Mets fan, you should not be anticipating any deadline deals with anything other than fear-- fear that the organization will do something terribly stupid.
By the way, Marlon Anderson received the biggest contract of his life last offseason, following two short, obviously fluky seasons with the Mets. Instead of just picking up someone similar from the scrap-heap and giving him the major league minimum, the Mets gave Marlon Anderson a major league contact for two years and $2.2 million. Of course I derided the deal, and people rolled their eyes. After all, Marlon was a great pinch-hitter for us! It's only a couple million! etc.
Guess what, though? The roster can only hold 25 people. The Mets lost the division by one game last year. They currently lead the division by one game.
Stop talking about Jose Reyes's celebrations or Carlos Beltran's supposed lack of clutch-hitting ability. It's the edges, people. You should be talking about the edges. That's where the Mets could improve themselves considerably RIGHT NOW for PRACTICALLY NOTHING:
-Make Ramon Castro the regular catcher
-Release Marlon Anderson
-DFA Robinson Cancel
-Call up Valentino Pascucci
-Call up John Rodriguez