Steve Phillips 1997-2003 tumultuous tenure as the Mets General Manager had two positive legacies: (a) two post-season teams that included a trip to the World Series; and (b) a farm system is in better shape June 2003 than he found it June 1997. Nonetheless, I began to criticize his win-now approach* as strategically flawed as early as August 1999. Here's the top 60 list.
September 9, 2003
The Mets lack a sure-fire closer prospect in the system. Tyler Yates (RHP) and Franklin Nunez (RHP) represent the best candidates among minor league relievers. Yates had TJ surgery in July. Nunez was claimed off waivers after an injury-plagued season and at age 26 has to be considered questionable. The best bet for a closer from the system remains converting a starting pitching prospect.
February 27, 2003