The latest claims that the New York Mets are broke make sense. 2012 was just another cash drain the Wilpon family’s other investments are as far under water as this one. You would think by now that even these guys have had enough. My guess is the plan is to hold out until the $50mil TV money comes through in 2014. Cutting fish with Jason Bay may be nothing more than a simplification move any seller might do to attract possible buyers. Still, the Commissioner should be involved here but he’s in the Wilpon’s pocket and has publically stated that he feels everything is just hunky-dorry in Flushing. God, what a mess. We’re going to have to wait out the off-season to see whether the writers of the team officials are right. Oh, and forget when anyone brings up that a David Wright extension could be affected here. The 2013 money is already on the books and, if there was a pending sale, it would be hard to convince me that any new owner wouldn’t want David as part of the deal.
The Washington Nationals announced this weekend that they will extend manager Davey Johnson’s contract for one more year. After that, he will go into a ‘consultant’ role, which is where old guys like me wind up. Johnson easily goes down in Mets history as one of the most successful managers in the 50-year existence of the team. He became the manager in 1984 and took over a team that hadn’t won a pennant in 11 years. All he did was win at least 90 games in each of the first five seasons he was with the Mets, plus he brought home the trophy in 1986. 1990 rolled around and the Mets got off to a meh start (20-22) so they fired the eventual member of the Mets Hall of Fame. Johnson’s currently continues his laid back approach and has done a wonderful job with the Nats. He’s been a big loss to the system for 13 years and baseball needs more guys like this.
Boston has signed C David Ross to a 2-year, $6.2mil deal, making things pretty confusing for Jarrod Saltalamacchia. We all know how much Boston is in love with their catching prospect, Ryan Lavarnway, so the simple assumption is that Salty is on the block. Do the Mets want him? Let’s face it, he’s been pretty much a BA bust in the 6-years he’s played for Atlanta, Texas, and Boston (.239), but you have to love the 25-HRs in 405-Abs last season. He’s also a switch hitter so there would be no need for any kind of platoon. So, what you would have is sort of a Josh Thole with power. Now you just have to figure out what would make Boston happy to make this deal. Jon Niese? Daniel Murphy? Wilmer Flores?
My thoughts from yesterday’s ‘War Room’:
Let’s spend a little time with the Red Sox.
They have three things to do in the next 11 months… clean out their 40-man, get rid of at least one bad contract, and make the World Series.
Boston is another town where making the playoffs just isn’t good enough.
Trading for Jarrod Saltalamacchia isn’t as simple as it sounds. He’s a free agent in 2014 and you could easily wind up with a one year catcher. The deal only makes sense if the Mets sit down and pound out a 3-4 year deal for his services so they can put this position out of play in the organization.
The second player you would want in this deal would be a prospect outfielder like Bryce Brentz, or Jackie Bradley Jr. Jacob Ellsbury is not available. There are only five outfielders on the 40-man (Ellsbury, Ryan Kalish, Daniel Nava, Jerry Sands, Ryan Sweeney) so there isn’t an excess here for the Sox to deal with.
No, their excess on their current 40-man (whatever that is because all of the 40-man squads on the official websites are a mess) are 23 pitchers.
It’s obvious that we’d like to get an outfielder in this deal, but that might be obtainable with the deferred Bay money. Instead, there is an opportunity here to steal a young pitcher, like Rubby de la Rosa, or Andrew Miller.
OF Darrell Ceciliani – 66-AB - .258/.342/.348/.691, 13-K, 9-BB
3B Wilmer Flores – 79-AB - .329/.411/.519/.930, 13-K, 9-BB
OF-3B Dustin Lawley – 37-AB, .297/.316/.486/.802
C Francisco Pena – 59-AB, .271/.323/.458/.781, 2-HR, 10-RBI
OF Cesar Puello – 73-AB, .247/.360/.274/.634, 24-K, 7-BB
OF Cory Vaughn was 3-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI in Puerto Rico Winter League play.
OF-IF Jordany Valdespin – 40-AB, .275/.396/.450/.846, 4-K, 8-BB
RP Greg Burke – 14-G, 1.23, 0.89, 14.2-IP, 14-K, 4-SV
RP Ryan Fraser – 7-G, 3.86, 1.29, 11.2-IP, 6-K, 4-BB
RP Adam Kolarek – 8-G, 1.59, 1.76, 11.1-IP, 8-K,, 4-BB, 16-H
?P Greg Peavey – 7-G, 3.27, 1.27, 11.0-IP, 6-K, 5-BB
RP Elvin Ramirez – 7-G, 3.68, 1.77, 7.1-IP, 6-K, 4-BB
RP Carlos Vazquez – 12-G, 4.35, 1.06, 10.1-IP, 10-K, 5-BB
Minnesota - 29-year-old RH reliever Tim Wood - AAA: 8.6 SO & 3.0 BB per 9, 1.11 WHIP, 3 HR in 70 IP
Minnesota – C Eric Fryer – 26-yrs old – 2012/AAA - .204