* Tip of the hat to my blogging partner, Mike, for identifying Shaun Marcum as his primary target for #5 starter back on December 24th. I see Marcum as a major injury risk with high upside. For a one-year deal, a nice move. And a guy we can potentially flip in July. However, he’s not nearly as tall as Chris Young, so Jeff might be upset.
* One thing about Michael Bourn: color us confused. Sandy is petitioning for a waiver of the CBA rule that requires the Mets, as holders of the #11 draft pick, to forfeit their pick in the event they sign Bourn. Our question: they thought of this now? Why wasn’t this petition put forward two months ago? Seems like it’s kind of a big deal, losing a first-round draft pick or not. Was this an organizational screw up?
If the pick is not protected we must pass. With the new CBA, you lose the pick AND the overall signing dollars attached to that pick. In other words, it is not like the old days, you can’t make that up with money later in the draft by going “over slot.”
He names the 1999 infield as best (Olerud, Alfonzo, Ordonez, Ventura) and the best 1988 outfield as tops (Strawberry, Dykstra/Wilson, McReynolds). Apparently, the 2013 Mets outfield is was not yet eligible for such an honor, so this list might have to be revised. Amazingly, Simon calls the series “the best units in Mets history,” but I’m above that kind of humor.
* Terrific piece by Joe at Metsmerized, “Projected 2013 Mets Minor League Rotations.”
The projected rotation at High-A looks crazy talented. Just a crucial year for the team over all. The failure of the farm system can’t be overstated. Right now, there’s no feeder program. With some luck, that should change within two years. And just as importantly, these assets will ripen into tradeable chips with value on the marketplace.
* Joe Vasile at Mets360 analyzed the projected 2013 Mets outfield and concluded, “they are on the right track.”
Well, I myself lack faith in tallying up “Approximate fWAR*.” But if by “right track” Joe means something like this . . .
. . . then, toot-toot, I’m all aboard. I’d be happy to see our current outfield on that track.
* Credit to Sandy Alderson for correctly reading the mood of the fans and removing from our sight many of the most hard-to-watch Mets: Jason Bay, Andres Torres, Mike Nickeas. Each of them became sources of frustration and symbols of ineptitude. In other words, depressing. In this climate, how long can our pie-throwing redhead last, I wonder? Who will be the most complained about Met in 2013? I guess Frank Francisco wants a piece of this, too.
* The Collin Cowgill Era doesn’t quite have a ring to it. I know we’re supposed to be sold on this guy’s intangibles — he plays the game the right way! — but I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid. 3 XBH in 116 PA’s last season is not my kind of player. Career SLG: .311.
* And in case you missed it, we found “The Plan.”