The Nationals made a trade with Tampa last week, moving pitching prospect Nate Karns for catcher Jose Lobaton and two younger minor league prospects. Yet another example of two teams utilizing the trade market to balance their rosters and improve their organizations. It is very difficult to improve without a huge budget through nothing but free agency.
In keeping with the photo above, the Mets are mainly trying to improve through the farm system — which comes at a glacial pace. But yes, I noted that deal, too. It is strange for the Mets to have been so bad, for so long, and for the GM to be this inactive, particularly on a team that is imbalanced with a surplus of pitching and a dearth of hitting. There’s been a lot of standing pat and wishful thinking.
Sandy Alderson went on record that offense will dictate who plays in the outfield.
I know, and it feels like the same old merry-go-round. Does this give the edge to Duda over Young, to offense over defense? You have to look at the contributions of the whole player. This sounds like the repeat of, “We need more power” mantra.
We know the words “outfield” and “Lucas Duda” have started reappearing in sentences from both Sandy and Terry Collins. But I am remaining calm on that, I think it’s a bluff. I think the real message to us is Juan Lagares is not going to start.
Adam Rubin recently put out his “first stab” for the Mets Opening Day roster, based on Terry Collins’ initial press conference and logic, and I thought it was a pretty accurate take given the date. I mean to say: The roster was sad and pathetic, but this does seem to reflect the club’s current thinking. Essentially, young and talented does not cut it for the Mets in April.
- E. Young, LF
- Murphy, 2B
- Wright, 3B
- Granderson, RF
- C. Young, CF
- Davis, 1B
- D’Arnaud, C
- Tejeda, SS
- Recker, C
- Satin, 1B/3B
- Seratelli, Utility
- Lagares, OF
- Duda, 1B/OF
I mean, sure, there’s a lot of time left and all of this talk is premature. Duda could go down to Triple-A, and Familia is no sure thing. I have this crazy hope that Flores becomes the new
Justin Turner instead of Seratelli. All the guys I’m most interested in seeing — Lagares, Mejia, Montero, Flores — could well be on the outside looking in. Of course, in June things will be different, but I can’t say that this is an exciting message to the fans, who are ready to embrace a youth movement.
As you said, it’s early, we will see eventually who makes the 25 man roster. I can’t speak for other fans, but for this fan that needs to be whoever can best help this team win in 2014. I’m not saying that should be old players, in many cases younger guys with real upside can help propel a team. But the only thing that will truly excite me right now is good baseball. Winning needs to drive decisions. This team has not even played .500 ball under Alderson and Collins. I’m sick and tired of hearing about how much better next year will be. It’s next year now.
Yes, but. I’m all for the existentialist “here and now,” but if you are driving to Buffalo, you’ve still got to gas-up the car. Meaning that it could be short-sighted for thoughts to stop at 2014, such as a one-year deal for Stephen Drew or, yes, the signing of Chris Young.
When I look at Farnsworth and Valverde and Dice-K, I see hairballs clogging the drain. What’s the point of a talent pipeline if you are going to clog it with washed-up veterans? That space on the roster, and on the field, are investments. It’s like stocking a supermarket with different cereals. There’s limited profit in what we’ll ever get out of aging, stopgap relievers. Whereas if a Mazzoni or Walters throws decently, those are guys who could help us in the long run.
I recognize that there’s player options involved here. Dice K, for example, has an opt-out at the end of May. So it makes sense to give him the edge over, say, Montero (who you can stash at Triple-A). I get that, I do, but I ultimately believe that too much of this type of thinking has poisoned the Mets system. It’s a losing mentality. Let’s put the guy out there who is going to help us today . . . and tomorrow. If Mejia succeeds as a starter in NY, he’d become a wildly appreciating asset. And, yes, it would be a lot more fun.
Ultimately, I don’t think it’s about 2014. It would have been nice, but I’m not feeling it. I want to invest in the guys who might possibly become assets in 2015.
Before I forget, I noticed our friends at Mets 360 had another roundtable that you participated in, asking what people thought was the biggest surprise of the offseason. Good answers all around, in particular I like yours, of course, and also Mack’s. For me, though, the biggest surprise so far is that we have not yet resigned Francisco. I mean Ike and Ruben are back, and now the words Duda and outfield keep being uttered. If the goal of the offseason is to turn off the fan base, why not go all the way?
Shhhh, he’s still out there, looking for meal money. I love Mack’s point about Stephen Drew. It’s insane to consider giving up a 3rd Round Draft Pick to sign a player for only one year. Especially if that year is 2014 and we are talking about the Mets. By the way, I realize that Mack has been doing this forever, but his site has really been fantastic of late. There’s a schedule now, a tighter focus on their strengths, and Mack and his team of writers are banging out great material on a daily basis. I’m a big fan.
Hey, I ran into an old friend the other day, a really big Red Sox fan, and he raved to me about this book. Said he did not realize what an honorable, respected guy that Gil Hodges was. Anyway, just another title to add to this list:
I still remember reading a biography of Gil when I was a boy, I assume it was the one done by Milton Shapiro. All these years later what sticks is how much he embraced the borough of Brooklyn when he played, and vice versa. For younger fans, I heartily recommend reading up on Hodges, who was a huge New York baseball figure for more than 20 years. The number 14 that is retired at Citi Field is well deserved.
He should be in the Hall. Screw the numbers, behold the whole man.