In Search For An Outfielder – Houston Astros
So far, we have identified the following outfielders as possible targets for the Mets:
Atlanta – Reed Johnson
Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
Boston – Jerry Sands
Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson
Chicago White Sox - Dayan Viciedo
Cincinnati – Chris Heisey
Cleveland – Thomas Neal -
Colorado – Dexter Fowler
Detroit – none
Kansas City – none
Los Angeles Angels – Mark Trumbo
Los Angeles Dodgers – Alex Castellanos
Miami Marlins – Gorkys Hernandez
Milwaukee Brewers – Khris Davis
Minnesota Twins – None
Oakland Athletics – Grant Green
New York Yankees – None
Philadelphia Phillies - none
Pittsburgh – Jose Tabata
We now move on to the Houston Astros, who have six (6) outfielders on their 40-man:
Brandon Barnes – righty – pre-ARB – MLB, 98-AB, .204
Robbie Grossman – switch – AA: 490-AB, .294
Fernando Martinez – lefty – ARB-1 – 2015 – MLB, 249-AB, .209
J.D. Martinez – righty – ARB-1 – 2015 – MLB, 395-AB, .241, 11, 55
Justin Maxwell – righty – ARB-1 – 2014 – MLB, 534-AB, .217
Jimmy Paredes – switch - pre-ARB – MLB, 242-AB, .256
This is embarrassing. COT lists their 2013 payroll at $10.55mil, of which $5mil is for a player (Wandy Rodriguez) no longer on the team.
All their outfielders are minimal salary players and we thought the Mets sucked at doing this.
Look, everybody on this team is of minimal wage, thus they will sell you anybody for the same price. This team needs everything.
Prospect George Springer is a year away and Grossman needs to play a year at AAA. They need the other five guys on their 40-man to man the team; however, because both Springer and Grossman could be ready on opening day 2014, you might be able to pry away J.D.
Mets target: C John Buck for J.D. Martinez… Mets pay 2/3rds of Buck’s salary in 2013… plays left field… will play 2013 as a 25-year old… we’ll worry about who catchers next week.