METS WINTER MEETINGS “BLOG-TACULAR!”: Day One (Less Than You Need to Know)

winter-meetings-picMike:

Well, the meetings are up and running. Sandy Alderson had some immediate comments for the press Sunday night, including this one:

“For example, we can come out of these meetings with Tejada as our regular shortstop. Worse things could happen to us certainly.”

One marketing slogan down, nine to go.

Jimmy:

Right, I’m seeing huge banners waving over Citi Field: COME SEE THE METS! THERE ARE WORSE WAYS TO SPEND FOUR HOURS!

Tejada, sigh. I’m almost resigned to it. I expect Sandy feels the same way. Tejeda doesn’t do any one thing particularly well, except for taking pitches. He’s tough on a lineup and the defense is only average.

Mike:

Sandy also commented that he does not view Eric Young Jr. as a backup, which has generated rumors of a looming Daniel Murphy trade. You have long felt it would come to this as Murphy’s salary increased.

Jimmy:

Yeah, when I put on my small market thinking cap, Murphy was always a guy who would eventually make too much money for this type of team. That’s not my personal point of view — we’re talking less than $6 million a year for the only player on the Mets who I could have legitimately imagined wearing a beard this past October.

In a January entry titled, “Will Daniel Murphy Price Himself Out of a Job,” I wrote:

On Murphy, I believe the club is going to look up one day — maybe a year from now — and realize they have cheaper options. So they likely trade him. But I don’t agree that it’s been a mistake to hold him for 2013 — even with the raise, his trade value might increase quite a bit with a strong showing. And, hey, they’ve got to put somebody on the field. It didn’t sound like Alderson liked what he could get for Murphy in last season’s market. Waiting makes sense to me.

Mike:

If Murphy gets traded in a deal that brings back actual value I can handle it. If he is given away to save money then I’m going to wonder long and hard why we signed Chris Young.

Jimmy:

Young is signed to a one-year deal. If he’s good, we likely can’t afford to retain him. He’s not the kind of guy who should get in the way of any long-term plans. Yet there have been reports that Sandy promised he’d be able to compete for a CF spot. My worry is that if Lagares struggles a bit, Terry Collins will go all “mix-and-matchy” and undermine the kid before he gets a legitimate spot.

Mike:

Roy Halladay signed with the Blue Jays. Relax, everyone, he retired ten minutes later. So ends a fantastic career.

Jimmy:

Yeah, the one-day contract thing. I never figured Roy to be so sentimental.

Mike:

I think the next substantial move we see is a trade of either Duda or Davis. Sandy likes to move one step at a time.

Jimmy:

Good luck, Sandy. My advice: The creme-filled ones are overrated. Get some glazed and move on. Or, okay, I’ll take a live arm.

 

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Wait, that was too glib. I actually think this is an area where Sandy Alderson has proved himself to be extremely capable. He knows how to work these deals, so I have confidence that he’ll squeeze the most he can out of the marketplace — maybe he’ll surprise us with the haul. I believe that he came to the meetings with a very clear idea of moves he could make immediately. I think he could have flipped Davis three weeks ago. But would that have been wise? Anyway, in this area, flipping veterans: In Sandy I trust.

Mike:

Confederate moneyThere is a lot of conjecture right now where the payroll will end up. $87 million. $85 million. A little more, a little less. If we stick to the big picture we already have all our answers on this. It’s going to be one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.

Jimmy:

Wait, that’s Confederate money! Yes, the blogs are a little goofy on this issue. Is it a hard cap, a soft cap, a dunce cap? Also, I saw a few recent pieces on the June, 2014 Draft. I guess there’s something for everyone in this world, but it’s December, folks.

Mike:

We posted all the draft analysis you need on June 6, 2013. I wanted everyone to have time to do their Holiday shopping.

You’re welcome.

Jimmy:

Phils are supposedly zeroing in on Nelson Cruz, which sounds like a fit to me. He’ll hit a lot of HRs in that park. That said, they are a strange organization right now, everything feels random. Meanwhile, the Marlins, with better talent in the system, are gearing up to pass the Mets. That organization has a knack for rising from the ashes.

Mike:

For years the argument regarding the Marlins is that it didn’t matter what they did, Loria would tear it apart anyway. It’s hard, of course, to win with bad ownership.

Or so I’ve heard.

Jimmy:

Hey, Cox, Torre, and LaRussa got invited to the Hall of Fame. Sure, why not? I think everybody should get in at this point. The line in the sand got swept away long ago. It’s just gotten absurd. My take is that the entire concept of Cooperstown needs to be re-imagined. It’s one of the dullest museums on this planet — and I actually fell asleep under Tom Seaver’s plaque!

Mike:

LaRussaJoe Torre is a living example of how unimportant managers are. He won when his teams were loaded with the Yankees and lost when he managed dreadful Mets teams in the late 70′s and early 80′s. Tony LaRussa, on the other hand, is a living example of how important managers are.

Just ask him.

 

 

 

 

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5 comments

  1. RAFF says:

    Tony LaRussa Changed The Game. He didn’t invent bullpen specialization, but he drastically refined the roles in the bullpen. Specialization of relievers- defined roles, Pre-ordained FINISH- 7th , 8th and 9th (closer), A CLEAN 9th Inning for closers, and no wasted “Dry Humps: for bullpen guys- Saving arms and roster spots for positional players.

    • Michael Geus says:

      One thing LaRussa did not do was save roster spots for positional players. He gave them all to guys who can pitch to one batter.

      When I think of LaRussa’s legacy I come up with the following:

      The 13 man pitching staff
      The corresponding 4 hour games
      An enabler for steroid users

      • Yes, that was my take. He developed the relief specialist and ruined things for bench players. I often think that a future team would be wise to revert back to the roles of the 70′s, getting more innings out of fewer relievers, while adding a platoon bat or two to the bench. I actually think it’s time for MLB to adopt the DH and go to a 26-man roster. LaRussa is hard to love, but all he ever did was win. He belongs in the Hall.

  2. Eric says:

    I don’t understand the Mets Payroll Projections. Whenever Alderson talks, it’s almost like I’m reading Bonus Chapters from Animal Farm.

  3. Patrick Boegel says:

    It all depends on what your definition of payroll, projections, Mets are. It is really your fault, or that is what at least one prominent Mets blogger wrote recently. If you believe what he says, it is your fault.

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