What exactly is the state of the New York Mets organization? The Mets have missed the playoffs for the past four seasons with a consistently high payroll. After the firing of Omar Minaya as General Manager, management has promised they are looking for a new face with a new direction. While the Wilpons begin interviewing candidates for the role of GM this week, I will express what moves I would make if given the opportunity.

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Before I select a manager and put together a playoff-caliber squad, let me convey my vision for how I see the New York Mets.

Recently, management has been known for investing money in the wrong places (i.e. Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo, etc.), but my goal is too avoid these messy contracts. I will spend money wisely, and always weigh out the alternatives. At this point, the Mets are embracing a youth movement. Personally, I feel it is always nice to mix veterans and youngsters on the offense, but the pitching rotation must be experienced (at least 4 of the 5 starters have pitched 3+ seasons). Since CitiField is a large ballpark, the overall team should center on speed, defense, and pitching.

My 2011 Manager:

Although most fans would prefer a more experienced choice as manager, I’ve ultimately decided onĀ Wally Backman. He has a history with the club as a player (won a world series ring with the 1986 championship team), and has previous experience within the organization. Last season, Backman managed the Brooklyn Cyclones to a 51-24 record, and many insiders believed he was next in line if Jerry Manuel was fired mid-season. The team played very well offensively under him, which is something the Mets generally struggle with. He even acted as his own third base coach. If that doesn’t show spirit and fire, I don’t know what does.

My 2011 Trades:

Finding another home for Carlos Beltran is my top priority. He does have value, but his price tag may discourage other GM’s. I am willing to eat a portion of his contract if it means getting some decent talent in return. The knee is of concern, but in the final year of his deal, other teams might take a chance on the five-tool player.

Next on the list is Luis Castillo. The age and physical health doesn’t look good; however, if other teams are willing to bite, a deal will get done. The slew of young second basemen within the organization can battle for the starting spot.

In the right trade, I would dealĀ Jose Reyes (after picking up his $11 million club option) for a young ace (i.e. Matt Cain).

Acquire B.J. Upton from the Tampa Bay Rays.

My 2011 Signings:

The most obvious signing is R.A. Dickey, who pitched like a top of the rotation arm in 2010. He certainly deserves a generous one-year deal at around $4 million, with an option for 2012.

Sign Henry Blanco, who I see as a backup for Josh Thole behind the dish, on a one-year $750,000 deal.

If Jon Garland tests the free agent market (which he should), I would offer him a two-year $15 million deal. The middle of the rotation could use a workhorse like Garland, and his durability is something the Mets have lacked from their starting rotation in recent years. It is worth mentioning his 3.00 ERA pitching at PETCO Park (a pitcher’s park like CitiField) last season with the San Diego Padres.

If Orlando Hudson can be had on a one-year $4 million deal, I would negotiate a contract. His speed and contact would serve well at the top of the lineup.

Resign Pedro Feliciano while also signing Joe Beimel on short-term deals for lefties out of the bullpen.

Resign Raul Valdes and Manny Acosta on one-year deals.

My 2011 Losers:

The main agenda is eating the contract of Oliver Perez. There are no takers in the market, and thus, we have to admit our losses.

Follow that move by not bringing back John Maine, Hisanori Takahashi, and Ryota Igarashi.

Ideal 2011 Lineup:

Pagan RF, Hudson 2B, Wright 3B, Bay LF, Davis 1B, Upton CF, Thole C, Tejada SS

Ideal 2011 Bench:

Daniel Murphy, Henry Blanco, Chris Carter, Luis Hernandez

Ideal 2011 Starting Rotation:

Johan Santana, Matt Cain/Jon Garland, R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey, Jonathon Niese

Ideal 2011 Bullpen:

Francisco Rodriguez (CL), Bobby Parnell (SU), Pedro Feliciano (LHP), Joe Beimel (LHP), Manny Acosta (RHP), Raul Valdes (MR)

I think I just about covered all my plans as GM for the New York Mets. Would you hire me?