Posted by Craig Brown at 2:00 PM
I posted an offseason game plan for 2014 with very little success, but i'm not going to let that stop me from jumping in head first for 2015.. I would go into the winter meetings with 3 things in mind:
1. Accqire more players that make our ballpark an advantage. Its always been my opinion, that its in the Mets best interest to build a team around the stadium rather than rebuild the stadium around the team...Gap hitting athletic types, that run the bases well, and play good defense...To go along with the elite young pitching staff that the Mets already have, would make Citi Field an advantage..
2. Time to Raise the payroll. The Maddoff scandal was 6 years ago...The Mets are on the cusp of being a very good ballclub..the next step is to bring the payroll up into the 150-160 range...this is NY--If you want to make money, you need to spend money..
3. Take back the back page.. If we're going to raise payroll, we need to give the fans a reason to come back to the ballpark--This team is desperate for a couple carefully chosen superstars.. Team Payroll is always a fuzzy issue, but most sites placed the Mets payroll in the 85 million range last season.. Subtracting the Chris Young contract, that puts the Mets payroll at 78 million before any raises or arbitration cases.... So here goes....
MOVE 1 Scrap the entire coaching staff and start over. I would begin by targeting recently fired Ron Gardenhire..who has ties to the organization, and is well respected around the league..I would also look at Bret Butler for hitting coach, and Frank Viola for pitching coach
MOVE 2 Sign LHP Jon Lester 8 years, 176 million Signing Lester for 8 years at that money is an overpay..but its also the only way he would consider playing here...Signing Lester right out of the gate sends a message to agents and players that the Mets are once again serious about winning..I also think that of the elite starters available, Lester is the best fit.. SALARY @ 100 million
MOVE 3 SIGN LHP Andrew Miller 3 years, 24 million I don't think you get Miller to sign here without signing Lester first..Adds stability to an already solid bullpen SALARY @108 million
MOVE 4 Trade RHP Bartolo Colon to Seatle for 2B Dustin Ackley Colon is the guy that needs to go, and Ackley has always been a personal favorite. Ackley plays averyage to above-average defense in multiple positions, and I think with a change of scenery could be a 20/20 guy.. SALARY @ 104 million (guessing here since Ackley is arb-eligible)
MOVE 5 Sign RHP Luke Hochevar 1 year, 5 million Former first overall pick that didn't pan out as expected but found a home in the bullpen. Injured all of last year, risk/reward signing. SALARY @ 109 million
MOVE 6 Trade RHP Dillon Gee, SS Matt Reynolds, LHP Josh Edgin, SS Wilmer Flores, 2B Dilson Herrera, C Kevin Plawecki to Toronto for OF Jose Baustista, SS Jose Reyes, RHP RA Dickey, C Josh Thole The Blue Jays are carrying a 140 million payroll for a 3rd place team in a hockey town...I beleive that payroll is unsustainable, and the time is right to pull off a deal similiar to what the dodgers and red sox did a few years back..the Mets get 2 of the most popular players in their history, and the Jays get some nice prospects and salary relief to the tune of 45 million. SALARY @ 154 million
MOVE 7 Non Tender OF Eric Young Jr. and SS Ruben Tejada I just don't see a roster spot for these guys..they'll both catch on somewhere. SALARY @151 million
MOVE 8 Trade LHP Jon Niese, RHP Bobby Parnell, 2B Daniel Murphy to Boston for OF Jackie Bradley Jr., 2B Mookie Betts, SS Devin Marrero
Its alot to pay for 3 unproven youngsters, but I value Betts highly, and Marrero and Bradley are both athletic and great defensivly..Niese, Parnell and Murph are all valueable, but there also non-essential...This could turn out to be a terrible idea this time next year..I also could look like a genius.. and the 2015 New York Mets: 1b Lucas Duda 2b Mookie Betts ss Jose Reyes 3b David Wright ci Dustin Ackley mi Devin Marrero c Travis D'Arnaud c Josh Thole rf Curtis Granderson cf Juan Lagares lf Jose Bautista of Jackie Bradley Jr. of Matt Den Dekker sp1 Matt Harvey sp2 Jon Lester sp3 RA Dickey sp4 Jake Degrom sp5 Zack Wheeler cl Jennry Mejia su Jeurys Familia rp Andrew Miller rp Luke Hochevar rp Vic Black rp Rafael Montero rp Jack Leathersich Final Payroll 148 million