It looked like the New York Mets fleeced the San Francisco Giants when they got righty hurler Ramon Ramirez and 2010 World Series champion outfielder Andres Torres in an offseason trade for Angel Pagan.
Six months later, it appears that the Mets were the team that came away on the wrong side of the bargain.
Angels In The Outfield
Pagan, a 30-year-old center fielder, is having a career-defining year for the San Francisco Giants, hitting a career-high .309 with 22 RBIs and 32 runs scored in 62 games.
Torres, on the other hand, has been mired in a season-long slump. He has struggled to keep his batting average north of the Mendoza Line, and he scored just 19 runs in 44 games played.
Mets fans love Torres' team-first attitude, but that doesn't help much if he's watching helplessly from the sidelines while nursing leg injuries. Torres missed the entire month of April with a calf strain, and he missed two games in June in an attempt to keep his 34-year-old frame healthy for the stretch run.
At 34, Torres may be on the downside of his career, and he hasn't done much to give Mets fans reason to believe otherwise.
Of course, the crowd jewel of the trade was supposed to be 30-year-old Dominican pitching phenom Ramon Ramirez, who was a very serviceable weapon out of the bullpen in recent years for the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.
Anyone who plays fantasy baseball knows that Ramirez is a perennial contender for the top spot when it comes to stats like WHIP, ERA and strikeouts. During his stint with the Giants in 2010, he tallied a ridiculously good 0.89 WHIP with a 0.67 ERA in 25 appearances.
That's the player the Mets thought they were getting. Instead, he's on pace for his second-worst season of his six-year career. His 1.52 WHIP and 4.78 ERA are the worst stats he's tallied since 2007, when he appeared in 22 games for the Colorado Rockies.
Even more alarming is the fact that he can't seem to stay healthy, having suffered a fluke hamstring injury during Johan Santana's no-hitter celebration.
Evaluating The Deal
In my view, it's hard to second-guess Mets GM Sandy Alderson after the fact, as I thought this deal looked good back in Dec. of 2011.
Bullpens are historically hard to predict from year-to-year, so it was tough to foresee Ramirez falling off as dramatically as he did.
As a New York Mets fan, I would expect that Ramirez has enough gas in the tank to turn his woeful season around.
I'm not sure I can say the same about Torres, who looks washed up at the tender age of 34. Torres is 0-for-5 dating back to June 13, and it seems that his role is diminishing by the day with so many young outfield prospects stepping up for the Mets.
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