I thought I’d take a quick minute to check up on some players who might have been with the Mets this season had things worked out differently.
If I neglected to mention anybody of particular interest — and I sure must have — kindly throw the name in the comments section and we’ll happily ignore it.
As an aside, I should note that this long-time Mets fan is surprisingly upset and disgusted by the Mets benching of Juan Lagares, along with their continued commitment to Ruben Tejada. Last night I could not watch. I think I need time away from this team. I don’t want to go on a rant about the stupidity of benching Lagares, Sandy’s foolish promise to Chris Young, and all of that. I wrote from the day Chris Young was signed that it would be this way, with the Mets GM and manager — together, both — undermining Lagares’ development, gradually turning him into a platoon player, and once again just completely getting the evaluation all wrong. These things happen, but rarely this bad. Fire them all. I’m appalled. Worse, today I feel defeated. It will change, I’ll come back around, but for some reason I’m taking this one hard. It’s not a rant anymore; it’s a groan, the sound you make after getting hit in the stomach.
Stats do not include Friday’s games.
Ike Davis: 81 PA, .286/.383/.414 (1 HR, 6 2B, 7 RBI)
Traded to Pirates on April 18. These stats reflect his numbers only with the Pirates. If only I had a quarter for every sullen Mets fans who said to me, “Yeah, watch, now he’s going to hit 30 homers.” But those are not terrible stats.
Marlon Byrd: 156 PA, .295/.340/.479 (4 HR, 13 2B, 23 RBI)
Signed with Phillies after 2013 season for 2 years, $16 million. Marlon has not turned into a pumpkin yet, though it should be noted that he’s playing in a hitter’s park.
John Buck: 33 PA, .233/.303/.300 (2 2B, 5 singles)
Signed with Mariners after 2013 season for a cool million.
2013: 351 PA, .278/.331/.414 (8 HR, 38 RBI)
2014: 70 PA, .174/.186/.188 (11 singles, 1 BB, 20 K)
Debated here at “2 Guys” after 2012 season as a possible solution for the outfield-starved Mets, Ross eventually signed with the Diamondbacks through 2015, 3/$26. I was not a fan, but Mike contended that the Mets had to get somebody.
Dexter Fowler: 162 PA, .257/.358/.364 (2 HR, 10 RBI)
Traded by Rockies to Astros along with a PTBNL in exchange for Brandon Barnes and Jordan Lyles.
Jose Abreu: 181 PA, .271/.320/.620 (15 HR, 41 RBI)
Another much discussed free agent, Abreu ultimately signed with the White Sox, 6/$68.
Rafael Furcal: Injured, DNP
Signed with Marlins, 1/$3.5.
Nelson Cruz: 164 PA, .275/.341/.564 (12 HR, 35 RBI)
Signed with the Orioles for 1/$8.
2012: 659 PA, .288/.338/.440 (8 HR, 56 RBI, 29 SB)
2013: 305 PA, .282/.334/.414
2014: 164 PA, .327/.378/.447 (3 HR, 15 RBI, 9 SB)
Angel was traded by the Mets in one of Sandy Alderson’s first and only trades that were not salary dumps or involving players with pending free agency. In exchange the Mets received Ramon Ramirez and Andres Torres.
LaTroy Hawkins: 13.1 IP, 2.70 ERA, 9 SV, 1.35 WHIP
Following his 2013 season with the Mets, Hawkins signed with the Rockies for 1/$2.5.
Bronson Arroyo: 47.2 IP, 4-2, 4.15 ERA, 1.32 WHIP
Signed a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks at $23.5 million.
Scott Kazmir: 51.1 IP, 5-1, 2.28 ERA, 0.97 WHIP
Billy Beane allowed Bartolo Colon to walk and, instead, signed a deal with Kazmir for 2/$22.
Chris Capuano: 20.1 IP, 1-1, 2.21 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
Signed with the Red Sox, 1/$2.5. For this role, the Mets went after John Lannan.
Grant Balfour: 15.1 IP, 6.46 ERA, 7 SV, 1.63 WHIP
Reportedly Sandy Alderson made a big push for Balfour, formerly of the A’s (where else!) — expressing even more than the passing “interest” they seemingly show in all free agents — but the reliever instead signed with the Rays, 2/$12.
Chris Perez: 17 IP, 4.24 ERA, 1 SV, 1.176 WHIP
Signed one-year deal with the Dodgers for $2.3 million.
Joe Smith: 17 IP, 2.65 ERA, 5 SV, 1.00 WHIP
Three years with the Angels at $15.75 total.
Aaron Harang: 48.1 IP, 4-3, 2.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP
The former Met, who started four games for NY in 2013 with a 3.52 ERA, signed with the Braves on March 24, 2014, for 1/$1 million.
AND THEN THERE’S THIS . . .
Chris Young: 99 PA,.222/.286/.389 (3 HR, 11 RBI)
Signed with Mets for 1 year, $7.25 million.
Curtis Granderson: 160 PA, .194/.294/.338 (5 HR, 18 RBI)
Signed with Mets, 4/$60.
Bartolo Colon: 49.1 IP, 2-5, 5.84 ERA, 1.44 WHIP
Signed with Mets, 2/$20.