Randy Leslein asked:
Why don't the Mets look into Pittsburgh’s Jose Tabata, Cincy’s Chris Heisey, or Colorado’s Eric Young Jr., CO for their outfield? They shouldn't cost the farm for these players. Tabata or Heisey would be a huge upgrade. What do you think?
Tabata is an interesting choice. The Pirates are flooded with good young outfielders (McCutchen, Jones, Marte) and Tabata could be moved for the right player.
He is signed through 2016… 2013: $1.667, 2014: $3.167, 2015: $4.167, 2016: $4.667…
Regarding Heisey, everything starts in Cincinnati with RF Jay Bruce. You add to this the recent 2-year deal signed by LF Ryan Ludwick, plus the acquisition of CF Shin-Soo Choo, and you have yourself a major league outfield.
2013 is Heisey’s first arbitration year and, frankly, there’s no place for him to go on this team. He’s coming off a bad year (7-HR, 31-RBI) after hitting 18-50 in 2011.
The switch-hitting Young is a converted second baseman with absolutely no power (.339 lifetime MLB slugging percentage). 2014 will be his first arbitration year.
I like your thinking. Tabata is my favorite but I’d be happy with Heisey as well.
The Pirates rotation consists of A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez,James McDonald, Charlie Morton, and the recently acquired Andrew Oliver. Three of their starters don’t return so this is a basic green rotation that could use another veteran like RA Dickey.
Yeah… Dickey for Tabata + a throw-in… I like it.