NEWS & VIEWS: Mets Yard Sale, The Trouble with Marlons, Tejeda, Lamenting the McEwingization of Modern Baseball, Strange Doublespeak from the Mets GM, and the End for Johan Santana

Jimmy:

Stop the car, Mike! The Mets are having a yard sale! Elvin Ramirez to Angels for cash! We need to make room on the 40-man for Anthony Recker and Marlon Byrd.

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Mike:

Not saying this is a big deal but the sudden urgency is troubling again. You sign a slew of minor league free agents in the off-season, you institute a policy that your top prospects (who need to be on the 40-man) stay in the minors no matter what, a 40-man crunch is inevitable.

As for Elvin, he has a live arm but never showed us much. We’ll see if the Angels can get anything out of him.

Jimmy:

I thought Joe Janish at Mets Today had a good take on it, realistic but mildly perplexed about the meaning of it all. Anyway, I’ve got to hand it to Lucas Duda, he’s been hitting the crap out of the ball. Boy, I would love to be wrong about him, because a positive answer from Duda would change so much about this team.

Mike:

I’ve been firm on this all along. Duda needs to play. Duda actually has the potential to be an impact bat, there is zero reason not to give him a shot this year. As for him hitting right now, I don’t care. I also didn’t care when he didn’t hit the first week of spring training.

Jimmy:

punkd-kutcher-insideI saw on Wednesday that Marlon Byrd was in the cleanup spot. He must read the lineup and look around for Ashton Kutcher. “I’m being punked, right?”

 

Mike:

It’s a great country.

Jimmy:

Are you worried about Ruben Tejada? He’s hitting .085. But at least it’s been a reliable, steady, consistent .085.

Mike:

To use a term sometimes associated with our owners, I am being willfully blind when it comes to Ruben. Full head in the sand, refuse to even think about it. We have enough problems.

Jimmy:

I like Hoffman much more than Mike Baxter. Way more. He’s a RH bat, he can field okay, and he’s got a little pop. Baxter gives us . . . less than that.

Mike:

Way more? In that case he should be playing every day and batting cleanup.

Jimmy:

Yes, I like him more than Byrd, possibly because I had a bad experience with a Met named Marlon in the past.

Marlon Anderson, Marlon Byrd: a name to avoid in future signings.

Marlon Anderson, Marlon Byrd: a name to avoid in future signings.

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Lutz has quietly hit.

Mike:

I have a soft spot for Lutz, I feel bad for him. He is a casualty of today’s rosters filled with legions of pitchers.

Jimmy:

Yes, the 12-man staff has ruined it for guys like him. Teams used to carry an extra hitter or two. No more. The McEwingization of modern baseball. (Yes, I just coined that phrase.)

Mike:

Teams always had guys like Lutz, who could pinch hit and actually do something and win a game. Now with a roster with an army of one batter relief pitchers, you end up needing backups who can play all over the field, however badly. Zach just can’t do that.

He was born too late.

Jimmy:

Familia is a guy who still needs work, IMO. Too many walks. Seven in 11 IP this Spring. But I’m intrigued. A couple more arms fall off and he’ll get his shot.

I'm not a pitching coach, but that stiff-legged landing looks all wrong -- and all-arm. Don't like this guy's windup.

I’m not a pitching coach, but that stiff-legged landing looks all wrong — and all-arm. Don’t like this guy’s windup.

Mike:

But he is on the 40-man. As these guys scramble with that, it could be a factor.

Jimmy:

I know I’m in a minority here, but I don’t think Josh Edgin has it. He’s super aggressive, and that makes you sit up, but hitters like his stuff. Going after hitters is nice and all, but you’ve got to have top-shelf pitches to consistently get away with it. The off-speed pitches simply aren’t there, so he doesn’t work as my LOOGY, either.

Mike:

He looks better than Carson. So there is that.

Edgin better than Carson? I think not.

Edgin better than Carson? I think not.

Jimmy:

Sandy Alderson made this recent assertion: “I know people talk about control and ‘Super Two’ and all of that. If John Buck gets hurt tomorrow, Travis d’Arnaud is the frontline catcher.”

To me that sounds disingenuous at best. I mean, simply: Do you believe him? Does it even make sense to you?

Mike:

No. And no.

Norton-Lies1Well, if he is just lying he would fit right in with his employers.

In a related note, when Forbes came out with their latest survey, the Mets were one of the lowest ranking teams related to “fan loyalty.”

You know what hurts fan loyalty?

Lying to the fans.

Jimmy:

That’s been organizational policy long before Alderson got here. The Wilpons have pissed on our loyalty for years, for decades. It’s a two-way street. If things go right, just watch what happens to ticket prices. So I’m saying: A lack of loyalty? Don’t dare lay that at the feet of Mets fans.

That’s what I found interesting about the Brewers’ outstanding attendance record, as I mentioned yesterday. The fans there, they can see that the organization is trying to win. An honest effort. It’s interesting when you look at the other teams with lousy records. Poor San Diego. Perfect climate, and the Padres depress every fan in sight.

Mike:

I wonder who left that mess behind?

Jimmy:

I’m blaming it on the chicken.

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Mike:

Hey, I got an e-mail from the Mets letting me know if I would please buy Opening Day tickets I could also have free tickets to any other home game during the first home stand.

Jimmy:

No one on the planet is excited about this season, except for folks like us who just genetically (faithfully, loyally, reflexively) follow the Mets every season. We’ve gotten the message loud and clear: management doesn’t care about this season. It’s so obvious that Alderson either isn’t trying to compete, or simply isn’t very good at finding players on the margins. Though I do have to say: Colin Cowgill looks like a professional outfielder. Probably not a starter on a good team, but a ballplayer.

Mike:

This is his big chance. If he has slipped through the cracks, he has landed in the right place.

Jimmy:

Lastly, Mike. Any thoughts about Johan?

Mike:

It was a pleasure watching him in a Mets uniform. I sure wish I had gotten the chance to see it more.

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7 comments

  1. I am not a very big fan of Andy Martino, but he put it best last night saying “I’ve watched the vibe in this locker room each of the last two years in August, that vibe I am sorry to say is already here in March. Only David Wright believes in this plan and feels positive about the future. Every where else you look it is not pretty.”

  2. Michael Geus says:

    We are not punting 2013.

    We are taking a knee.

  3. DD says:

    In his big day Tuesday Lucas Duda got two RBI hits against Adam Wainwright. His home run came against Nick Greenwood,a AAA middle reliever who managed a 4.40 ERA last year. But: he throws lefthanded, something Duda has had trouble with in the past; and 4.40 is actually below league average ERA in the Pacific Coast League. So there’s that.

    • The HR is a good sign, so I’ll take it. Duda’s career numbers are not good vs. either LHP or RHP — you have to cherry pick to make him out to be a productive hitter, thus far — but the power really falls off against LHP, where his 3-year split is .358 SLG with an OBP at .299.

      So it’s nice to see him hit a ball hard against a lefty. However, I think we know he can hit AAA pitching.

      The crazy thought I can’t completely shake: Duda only makes sense at 1B, the OF defense is that bad; Ike is going to want money, and soon; and that the Mets could make the bold move to trade Ike for outfield help. There are problems with that, of course, because it requires an enormous leap of faith in Duda, which at this point would be largely without merit.

      Not advocating for it, just kind of running scenarios. Also: We’ve just to see Alderson make a bold move, so it would be pretty surprising.

      • DD says:

        Disagree; I think Lucas Duda is good enough a fielder to play left field on a winning team, and certainly on this year’s Mets.

        Greg Luzinski was a much worse outfielder than Duda — less range, less “graceful,” tho’ obviously the term doesn’t apply well to either player, and a dramatically worse arm than Duda’s — and he managed to play on five teams that went to the post-season, four of them in the National League. Luzinski is but one example.

        Trading Ike, now that he seems fully over his rust and Valley Fever from last year, would certainly be bold of Alderson. The charge of the Light Brigade was bold, too.

        • Luzinski was a better hitter than Lucas, no?

          At age 25, Duda had 10 HR, 50 RBI. At 26, 15/57. He’s hit 29 HRs in his career.

          At age 24, Luzinski hit 34/120 and was second in MVP balloting. That’s a bat you find a way to get into the lineup. At 25, 21/95. At 26, 39/130.

          But you are right. He was not as graceful as Duda.

  4. Michael Geus says:

    I think fans have plenty of reasons to be negative right now but I am dubious (as ususal with Martino) of this report.

    This collection of has been and never was guys are upset that they are going to make major league minimum and earn service time?

    They rather be in the minors or Japan? When it comes to Martino unless he gives me names I don’t believe anything he says.

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