News & Views: Cruz, Drew, Nick Franklin, Sympathy for the Devil (Tejada), the Syndergaard Plan and More
Nelson Cruz signed a one year, $8 million contract with the Orioles. A few thoughts on this. First of all, I have been very surprised how much the qualifying offer has depressed the value of many of these players. I misjudged this factor, it has had a huge effect on this year’s free agent class. Another lesson learned.
It’s amazing to think that Marlon Byrd got a better deal. Nobody saw that coming. I remember we discussed Cruz in a comments thread. You felt that the baseline would have to stay around $14 per year, whereas I argued that if the terms were longer, than maybe he could be signed at $30-35 for three years. So, yeah, a lot of wisdom over here at “2 Guys,” and all of it’s free.
Yes, the only people who misjudged this worse were Nelson and his agent.
The other thought is how low can the Drew number go? I’ve been steadfast that I don’t want Drew but I was working with a different set of numbers. I mean, for one year at $7 million, I would do that. Hell, we gave that to Chris Young.
Sign him for two years and you don’t have to go through this exact same circus next winter.
Meanwhile, according to ESPN, a Mets insider acknowledges that there have been discussions with Seattle about Nick Franklin. He’s an interesting player, good pop, scorched his way through the minors. He takes a lot of pitches — true fact! — but has a borderline glove and arm. He might not be the answer at SS after all. I simply don’t know.
Franklin is a young middle-infield prospect, a first-round pick for the Mariners in 2009. Seattle also has another young shortstop, Drew Miller, and Robinson Cano will be manning second base for a while. If successful, Franklin could solve shortstop for the Mets for a number of years. With our young pitching we might have a match. I won’t pretend to know if he is the guy. I agree with the logic, I believe we need to trade pitching for hitting.
My guess is that he would cost Montero-plus, since the Mets aren’t swapping Noah for Nick. Worth keeping an eye on since, as you’ve said, the teams seems to match up, with the Mariners expressly interested in young arms. It comes down to scouting, making the right call on these guys. Tough job. Anything else in the news?
Sandy Alderson is wasting his time with this GM stuff. In an article in Newsday, Sandy disclosed that he was the sole reason that Ronny Cedeno’s OBP rose from a career rate of .289 to .332 in 2012. Here is the quote: “That was the product of one thing, it was one conversation.”
Well, it took some time, but I found video of Sandy in action.
Sandy is all about approach, approach, approach. He is a true believer. Players either fit that mold or he loses interest. He seeks, drafts, and values a certain type of hitter. Maybe that makes a degree of sense, but I don’t trust it. I like talent, I like athletes, but mostly: I think it takes all kinds. Furthermore, I don’t accept that “earning walks” is the number one skill that trumps all others. I always think the same thing: Fixated on plate discipline, Sandy would have hated a young Jose Reyes and probably devalued him.
Matt Harvey was cleared to toss a ball, and reported no issues. Baby steps, but any good news regarding Harvey is important.
I think Matt needs to disappear for a while, actually. Time to focus on the current team.
You know, Newsday had a sympathetic, balanced take on Ruben Tejeda. And by sympathetic, I mean that he was not portrayed as a crack dealer. Ruben spoke openly about his past year, the lessons he learned, the time he spent up in Michigan. And you know what? I honestly think he believes that the Mets sent him away to prison! It’s like he was doing time. Seriously, the way Ruben talks about it, I half-expected him to refer to “three hots and a cot.” Read this, by Marc Carig:
Collins summoned an injured Tejada into his office at Citi Field, where they discussed how the shortstop could get back on track. The answer would come at a conditioning camp in frigid Michigan, far from Tejada’s home in Panama.
It didn’t matter that he would spend eight weeks in freezing weather, or that he would sleep on a hotel bed after wrapping up a grueling season. For Tejada, the decision was easy.
“I didn’t come [to Michigan] to play around,” he said.
Once at the camp, Tejada adhered to a structured workout regimen designed to improve his quickness and agility. Instead of the rice and beans he said he would have eaten in Panama, he stuck to a strict diet in Michigan. He was given prepared meals that included smaller portion sizes.
Small portions? And they call this America?!
Tejada had a very bad year last year, but no worse than Davis. The difference in how they have been treated is striking.
The Mets are talking up Rafael Montero as a mid-season call-up. Sigh. I don’t want to react to things too early — so much can happen — but isn’t the plan to bring up Syndergaard on that timetable? There’s a spot open right now. Wins and loses matter in April and May, too.
I’ve never seen that plan from anyone but writers and bloggers. I have said this before, I do not expect to see Syndergaard this year. I will be happy to be proven wrong.
Sounds like Mejia could possibly be slotted into the bullpen again. Strange team, these Mets. Some guys, it feels like the organization gets in the way.
One thing to remember about this team is that when everything else was overhauled they kept the pitching coach, Dan Warthen. We know Warthen was part of the decision to make Meija a reliever originally. Of course we also know that went badly. Whatever it takes, hopefully Jenrry can stay healthy. I would like to see Meija get the first shot at the fifth starter role. But if that is not going to happen and it’s the bullpen or some worthless time in Vegas, I rather he be in the majors.
Yes, please, let’s bring our best players to the major leagues. Besides, his arbitration clock started long ago.
Here’s a quick schedule of upcoming games for our viewers reading at home without benefit of computers:
- Friday vs. Nationals: SNY/WOR at 1:10 PM
- Saturday vs. Marlins: WPIX at 1:10 PM
- Sunday @ Cardinals: WOR at 1:05 PM
- Monday @ Braves: WOR at 1:05 PM
- Tuesday vs. Astros: SNY at 1:10 PM
- Wednesday vs. Marlins: SNY at 1:10 PM
That looks great to me, I’m more than ready to watch some baseball.