Posted by Ernest Dove at 12:00 PM
So I decided to randomly take a quick look at how the multi year Michael Cuddyer signing effects the development and advancement of Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.
History tells us (especially when history took place 1 year ago) that the Curtis Granderson signing, on a multi year deal, might actually mean that the signed player might actually play out his entire contract with the organization. And so, as we now begin to mentally pen (not pencil) Grandy into our teams everyday lineup for another season, I wonder what fellow Mets fans are thinking about the extra year on the Cuddyer contract?
Also, unless I am mistaken (I am a lot) I believe that the way the contract works out, the Mets will actually be paying Cuddyer more in the second year then they will in his first, so that would make it even harder to attempt any trading deadline move to a contender, if it was even warranted/needed, etc.
Bartolo Colon himself has one of those higher-the-second-year contracts, and it didn't appear that teams were exactly fighting to offer top 10 prospects for the right to pay the extra money for this proven and ageless veteran. So then, lets say for the sake of argument (its November, what else is there to do other then speculate and argue) that Cuddyer remains a Met for the next two full seasons, with his second year of $12mil financially earning him a definite role in the Mets everyday lineup. What might that mean for the organizations perceived top two outfield prospects, Nimmo and Conforto?
Back in 2011, Sandy & company seemingly pulled a Sandy & Co type move in the drafting of Nimmo, a small town kid who didn't even play on a high school team. Not only did the front office go high school youth with upside, they really went high risk high reward on the kid who may or may not have been that highly rated by other organizations. Well, over the past 3 years, Nimmo and the Mets have seemingly wrote the book on apparent proper development, advancement and progress. After going through the rookie ball/professional league grind in his first season, Nimmo began to excel in the following season, while in full season ball in the lower minors. By his third professional season, Nimmo took that next step of further developing not only his skills, but his physical body itself as well. He seems to have shown more pop, a few more Ks, a maintained high OBP and a lower batting average, all while continuing his ongoing development.
Along with Nimmo, comes the apparent change in philosophy pick in college hitter Conforto. From day one, Conforto was billed as an 'advanced' hitter, who may breeze through the minor league system. Well, that never happened. He spent pretty much the entire season in rookie ball level, and only got a quick cup of coffee with an actually full season squad. However, the overall outlook on his talent, skill and advanced level of ability has not deterred the organization from again continuing to acknowledge his possible quick rise within the organization in the near future. So, with all this being said, how does the Cuddyer deal effect both of these prospects?
Long before the signing, the Mets and their fans were already getting excited about Nimmo's progress, added shown power and potential, and some were happy to see him reach the AA level as early as he did last year. So, naturally, with the team seemingly still in desperate need for excitement and talent in the major league outfield, some had questioned any return to the AA ball level, and dreamed of a trip straight to Las Vegas come April 2015.
As for Conforto, we fans of minor league stalking and stat watching were beginning to live and die by every box score he was in, and have since continued to argue and speculate about his pending 2015 season, and where it will begin. He's been rumored, projected, said to be going anywhere from low A Savannah, all the way up to AA Binghamton, right from the jump this coming spring. But now, has any of this changed?
Has the Cuddyer signing now caused two of the following to happen. Has it caused the organization to now further cultivate, develop and nurture the talent of Nimmo by returning him to AA ball for at least another half season, and further gauge his physique, growth, and power, and work on the K rate? And will it mean a possible full year of Conforto being at a level with only one letter A in front of it?
No matter how much we all may speculate, argue, conspiracy theorize and debate, money never lies. While Juan Lagares and his gold glove man center field, the Mets are financially tied to two corner outfielders already for the next 2-3 seasons. And with both corner outfielders finishing their contracts in their LATE 30s, we cant simply hope for and expect Sandy to sell high again and acquire top notch talent in any trades he may seek before their contracts expire, and if Nimmo and Conforto are knocking at the door.
So what say you Mets fans? Does the signing say anything about what the organization already has planned for their top outfield prospects ?