So far, we have identified two outfielders on two teams ripe for picking:
Atlanta – Reed Johnson
Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
Boston – Jerry Sands
I spend no time here trying to figure out who to trade them or whether the Mets should just keep checking the waiver wire each day to see if my choice becomes available. All I do here is try to duplicate, for you, what I assume someone (with a VP on his business card) is doing in the Mets office this week.
We now move on to the Chicago Cubs, who have eight (8) outfielders on the 40-man:
Tony Campana – bats left – pre-ARB – 2012/MLB – 174-AB, .264 -
David De Jesus – bats left - $4.25mil/2013, $1.5mil buyout/2014 – 506-AB, .263
Brett Jackson – bats left – pre-ARB – 2012-MLB - 120-AB, .175, Prospect #3
Dave Sappelt – bats right – pre-ARB – 2012/MLB – 69-AB, .275
Nate Schierholtz – bats left - $2.25/mil – ARB-2/2013
Jorge Soler – bats right - $30mil through 2020 – ETA: 2016
Alfonso Soriano – bats right - $19mil/yr – 2013 & 2014 – 2012/MLB – 561-AB, .262
Matt Szczur – bats right – pre-ARB – ETA: 2013 – AA: .210
The Cubs are trying to buy every baseball player that is defecting from Cuba, which may pay off some day; however, for now, they are stuck with bad contracts. The worst is Soriano’s which will simply won’t go away. The good news is he still gives you 32/108.
DeJesus will play center, while recently signed Schierholtz will play left. According to the Cubs, they are stil looking for another outfielder so I have no idea where Jackson, Sappelt, Campana, and Soriano will play.
Szczur will play 2014, so Jackson is on my radar.
Mets target: Brett Jackson – Natural centerfielder… all speed… 1st round pick in 2009 out of the Univ. of California… will play 2013 as a 24 year old… 2012 in AAA: 27-SB, 15-HR, 47-RBI, .817-OPS.