I walked away with one distinct trend when I broke out the 29 other teams and if they had any potential SS or OF prospects the Mets could target in the off-season.
You read these sites, all their local blogs, the trade rumor sites, and you walk away with the feeling that Sandy Alderson isn’t the only General Manager out there that is trying to build the future of their team around team controlled players.
There was a time that you could trade a couple of high level prospects for an existing starting player (under contract) in a heartbeat, but that is quickly changing. Nobody wants to give up their top prospects anymore.
Oh, there are exceptions… the Dodgers and Yankees come to mind… but everybody is starting to look to the draft, the international free agent market, and even the independent leagues, for long term answers for their parent team.
Right now, the Mets have a very defined ++ talent level for their projected long term infield. C Kevin Plawecki, 1B Dom Smith, 2B Dilson Herrera, SS Amed Rosario, and 3B Jhoan Urena could all be in the same lineup come 2018, or latest, 2019. Nothing is guaranteed and people like David Wright aren’t just going to roll over, but I did want to point out the high level of talent that has joined this organization lately by either the draft, trades, or the international market.
Reinstated from DL:
Lucas Duda hit the @Mets’ 1st walk-off HR while losing a shutout since Duke Snider in 1963.
The Washington Nationals five regular starters did over their final 13 games: 13-0, 0.89 ERA.
Reinstated from DL:
RHP Ty Bashlor, RHP John Church, RHP Miller Diaz, RHP Jose Encarnacion, RHP Chris Flexen, RHP Michael Fulmer, RHP Carlos Gomez, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Johnny Magliozzi, RHP Tyler Vanderheiden, RHP Jeff Walters, RHP Beck Wheeler, LHP Darin Gorski, LHP Scott Rice, 1B Jon Leroux, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B Gregory Valencia, SS Omar Quintanilla, OF Brandon Brosher
Comment From The Iron Sheik - Thoughts on Brandon Nimmo? ML regular, perhaps starting tail end of next year?
Kiley McDaniel: Regular upside but should be in minors all of 2015
Comment From Dave - At draft time, was the power for Dominic Smith all future power? How concerning is his complete lack of power so far?
Kiley McDaniel: line drive approach, 55 now/future raw power but game power will take a little time to integrate. scouts comp’d to todd helton in high school.
Mack – Both Nimmo and Smith get some steady positive press these days and my hopes none of goes to the head of the players or the decision makers that determine where they play next season. We need to handle both these cases differently. Send Nimmo to Las Vegas and let him hit some balls over the wall. It would be nice to get him in the Queens starting lineup after the all-star break, but I’m willing to stretch this to opening day 2016.
Smith’s a completely different animal. All he needs to do next year is show up the first player in the cage and work with the batting coach well past the end of the game. It’s going to take some time and a lot of talent to pass by both Jayce Boyd and Lucas Duda.
Comment From Andrew Y - How concerning was deGrom’s shoulder tendonitis earlier in the year? Should we be worried his arm will fall off next season?
Eno Sarris: It’s too bad that he’s now had a major elbow event (TJ) and a minor shoulder event. He has good command and uses a wide array of pitches, and hasn’t thrown as much as other young starters, but he has the injury asterisk because of those two events.
Comment From Schiraldi - Low-amplitude trade ideas: Allen Craig to the Mets for Bartolo Colon.
Eno Sarris: Hey I like this! Not sure the Sawx do, but they could use a vet in the back, it looks like Craig isn’t going to be super useful. We know the Mets don’t mind ceding defense in certain places.
Comment From Marty - Next year’s ranks: Alex Wood, Jacob deGrom, Pineda.
Eno Sarris: deGrom Wood Pineda. I like them all, but Pineda’s innings will be lowest number in the set.
Mack – Having an injury asterisk next to deGrom could be a good thing. All the other GMs will stop asking about him and we’re assured a return of possibly our long term SP2.
Oh yeah… one more thing… I didn’t bring up Alan Craig again. This time it was Eno.
We continue our look for a new shortstop and/or left fielder in the AL Central, with a look at the Detroit Tigers.
According to Cot[i], the 2014 salaries for the Tigers is $163,635,500. It includes five long term contracts, none of which are for outfielders or a shortstop.
There also are seven players going into free agency, including OF Torii Hunter. The other two starting outfielders are Rajai Davis ($5mil-2015, FA-2016) and J.D. Martinez (pre-arbitration). Don Kelly ($1mil-ARB3) serves as the 4th outfielder.
Eugenio Suarez (pre-arbitration) is the starting shortstop, with Andrew Romine (pre-arbitration) as backup.
Prospect wise, an interesting name is OF Steven Moya. He’ll play next year at 24, has been hampered by injuries (TJS-2012), and still hasn’t played AAA, but he hit 35-HR and 105-RBI for the Tigers AA team last year. Also, there’s LF Tyler Collins (AAA: .263, 18-HR, 62-RBI) that could fill the 2015 need for the Mets.
Shortstop wise, Hernan Perez (AAA: .287, 6-HR, 53-RBI) projects as a botton of the lineup hitter.
Mack Observation – I would be surprised if the tigers turn to Moya to fill the void left when Hunter departs. Thus, I see them looking for help outside their system.
I’m not sure Moya is worth either Jonathan Niese or Dillon Gee. I probably would look to another team to solve my 2015 problems.