Kevin Shelly sent -
I'm reading the Texas Rangers Offseason Outlook over on MLB Trade Rumors. Looks like they have issues at catcher, rotation & bullpen that we could help them solve. They could look to dump Andrus for some relief since he's had his second straight disappointing season but if they want to get back in contention quickly, I think they could trade Profar and slide Odor in at 2B. We could offer them a combination of Plawecki, Niese & Mejia that could help them fill some holes. Besides Profar, I don't think Texas has anything else to offer us besides maybe an Andrus for Gee trade.
Also, I keep reading about den Dekker and I can't help thinking that he may have a huge ceiling but he doesn't get the respect since he was never considered a top prospect. Reminds me a lot of Colby Rasmus as a top prospect for the Cardinals. Good defensive CF with a sweet lefty swing. I think MDD can certainly provide some pop, a steady .275 average and some stolen bases. Like Plawecki, I think he's most valuable as a starting CF for another team. I have no problem keeping him this year as my 4th OF as Lagares is yet to prove his durability.
Mack – Thanks again Kevin for your email.
(Kevin is one of our readers who is prevented from leaving comments on the site from his hand held device, so he has to email me what he wants to share with everyone)
Regarding Texas, I agree with you that Plawecki plus, let’s say, Rafael Montero, would make a good package for Profar, but I would rather go for OF Michael Choice, if he had a clean bill of health from the doctors.
Regarding den Dekker, I don’t remember too many to many ‘platoon players’ getting traded so he’ll be around for, at least, 2015. He needs to step up big time right out of the box if he wants to present losing his job (eventually) to Brandon Nimmo.
Regarding Andrus, I wouldn't go anywhere near this contract. He's a good player but the Mets are just not going to operate anymore with bloated contracts.
Call back Kevin and ask for Choice… offer Plawecki and Colon but settle on replacing Colon with Montero.
The Internal evaluation continues with our look behind the plate.
In Queens, we had Anthony Recker (174-AB, .201, 7-HR), Juan Centeno (27-AB, .222), and Travis d’Arnaud (385-AB, .242/.302/.416/.718, 13-HR, 41-RBI). D’Arnaud had a slow star in Queens, but, by the end of HIS season (DL), he proved to the team, his teammates, and the fans that he has the talent to play for them for years to come. The only problem now is whether he has the body.
In Las Vegas, we had d’Arnaud (55-AB, .436), Xorge Carrillo (16-AB, 3.13), Taylor Teagarden (178-AB, .303, 14-HR), Centeno (179-AB, .291) and Kevin Plawecki (152-AB, ,283/.345/.421/.766, 5-HR). Plawecki’s rise to Queens will be based on whether or not d’Arnaud is injury free come opening day. My guess is he will return to Vegas to wait for the phone to ring someday, informing him that Wally wants to see him and inform him where his future will be.
In Binghamton, we had Cam Maron (2-AB, .500), Plawecki (224-AB, .326, 6-HR), Centeno (77-AB, .286), Carrillo (191-AB, .283), Kai Gronauer (34-AB, .176) and d’Arnaud (8-AB, .125).
In St. Lucie, we had Teagarden (6-AB, .333), Maron (348-AB, .282/.387/.362/.749), and Albert Cordero (168-AB, .196). Maron has been a pleasant surprise throughout his Mets career and looks to start Binghamton in 2015.
In Savannah, we had Colton Plaia (272-AB, .261), and Jeff Glenn (183-AB, .208).
In Brooklyn, we had Tomas Nido (188-AB, .277), Tyler Moore (192-AB, .240), Adrian Abreu (174-AB, .236), and Luis Arrizurieta (15-AB, .200).
In Kingsport, we had Brandon Brosher (31-AB, 4-HR, .387/.424/.774/1198/DL), Miquel Leaf (44-AB, .272), Jose Garcia (107-AB, .215) and Arrizurieta (21-AB, .095). I’m hoping that Brosher comes back so we can find out if he was for real.
For The GCL Mets, we had Leaf (33-AB, .273), Darryl Knight (44-AB, .273), and Natanael Ramos (106-AB, .217).
And for the DCL teams, we highlighted Sterling Award winner Ali Sanchez (175-AB, .303) and Jose Maria (187-AB, .257).
Overall Observation – It’s no big secret that catching is the toughest position to play in baseball. It also is rare that a baseball team has two major league ready prospects at this position, which is something the Mets had going into the 2014 season. Backup catchers get knocked around in the minors because most teams carry three (always consider the third catcher nothing more than a bullpen guy). Sanchez is already stateside playing in the Instructs, so we’ll keep an eye on him next season. My guess is Maron has the talent to start at the major league level though he may never get that chance as a Met. Additionally, it will be tougher every game to keep Plawecki in the system. Other teams will make offers that will become more attractive as either he plays well, or the other team’s catcher goes down with an injury. The Mets are in control here.
Overall Rating: A