First, do no harm

In my column on Monday for, I outlined an offseason plan for Omar Minaya hinging on the Hippocratic mantra, “First, do no harm.”

What I mean by that is, since the Mets — regardless of who they bring in this offseason — will need a whole lot to fall their way to compete in 2010, they shouldn’t trade young players with the upcoming season in mind.

The column has sparked an interesting thread at Baseball Think Factory. Comments on that site frequently prompt me to adjust or rethink my position, but that’s not the case here.

If the events of 2009 exposed something about the Omar Minaya Mets, it’s the lack of organizational depth that I’ve been harping on for years.

Commenters there argue that Minaya has not dealt any of his top prospects, but that’s not really my issue. The problem with Minaya is that he trades so many of his mid-level prospects that the organization was left this season with Chip Ambres and Jesus Feliciano as its best hitters in Triple-A, both with sub-.750 OPSes.