Alderson was on WFAN yesterday afternoon. He said all the right things and was careful not to go too far in any direction. I did think he made a mistake admitting that he had secretly flown in Travis d’Arnaud for a physical before the trade was completed. Can you do that? I can tell you right now what he didn’t say and that is… if he had the right offer for the right outfielder/relief pitcher, he would have signed him before he went on the radio. This is how the process works. Relief pitchers are only now starting to sign anywhere, all the starters out there have both issues and agents that want multiple years, and what’s left of the outfield FA pool is either attached to the loss of a draft pick, or also trying to oversold by their agent. The waiting out process worked for d’Arnaud. It may work here but the talent pool is less. If you missed the call, you missed nothing.
I put on the end of MLB Tonight before the Mets Hot Stove on SNY and they were breaking down great sophomore pitchers. Matt Harvey came up and John Smoltz rated him a ‘solid 2’. Then it became Mitch Williams turn… who said Harvey was an ace and he compared him to a young Roger Clemens. Holy shit, Mitch. I then watched him on SNY with Bobby Ojeda and you have to walk away that Harvey is just something special and worth every penny to build a pitching staff around. So far, that plan included Jon Niese, and Dillon Gee in 2013, Zack Wheeler in 2014, and Noah Syndergaard in 2015. Sounds like a good plan to me.
Bobby Parnell signed a 1-yr, $1.7mil contract with the Mets to avoid arbitration. I remember when he first joined the Mets and his father used to read Mack’s Mets. The Mets had Parnell in the programs as ‘Robert’ Parnell, but the father told me to never refer to him as that. He was ‘Bobby’ and I would get a lot more out of my meetings with him if I called him by the right name. As it turned out, I never shared a word with Parnell, and I never got a chance to ask his father how the whole Bobby/Robert thing happened. Just thought you would find this interesting.