The Mets signed a bat.
The Mets world sort of went topsy turvy yesterday afternoon when it was announced that the Mets had signed Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a 2-year deal.
The amount of money had not been released by the time I am writing this, but it was confirmed that the Mets would forfeit their 1st round pick in the 2015 draft (the deal turned out to be 2-years, $21mil).
This changes everything for the Mets immediate future.
First, they instantly become relevant without dealing off any of their young pitchers.
If healthy, the starting Mets outfield (Cuddyer, Gold Glove CF Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson)
are, on paper, one of the more talented trio in the National League.
Matt den Dekker will either become the 4th outfielder off the bench, or instant trade bait.
The progress of Brandon Nimmo can be slowed down and timed more to the end of the Cuddyer contract.
Lastly, there is no way the Mets can keep their 2015 payroll under $100mil now unless they sell Daniel Murphy and DFA Ruben Tejada. Or, maybe this whole 'keep the payroll under $100mil' thing has been thrown out the window.
We all know how Sandy Alderson likes to set the plate with left field during the Hot Stove season. He did it with Chris Young and he did it again here.
I think it's a great move and a statement that the 2015 Mets will be a team to deal with. Yes, he had injuries in 2014, but over 2013-2014, he had 679-AB, hitting a combined .331. (30-HR, 115-RBI)
My guess... Lagares, Murphy, Wright, Duda, d'Arnaud, Cuddyer, Granderson, Flores, pitcher.
Michael Cuddyer deal means instant credibility for Mets
In Cuddyer, the Mets addressed multiple needs. First and foremost, they’ve settled the matter of their third outfielder. Curtis Granderson will likely move to left field, where he’s played capably in the past, so Cuddyer can take over right field. Gold Glove winner Juan Lagares will start 2015 with the everyday job in center field, where he looks like he’s preparing to be a fixture. On offense, where the Mets have struggled to find lineup consistency, Cuddyer provides a righty who hits for both average and power. Last but not least, Cuddyer is a veteran who can help Granderson and David Wright lead a youth-heavy clubhouse - http://throughthefencebaseball.com/michael-cuddyer-deal/44547#0MGplfw0IpZkp2kL.99
So, what’s the history on the 15th pick of the draft?
Let’s go back 15 years and check out the 1o consecutive 15th round picks, all of which now would have sufficient time to have made their mark in pro baseball:
2000 – Philadelphia – Chase Utley – 228-HR, 886-RBI, 858-OBP
2001 – Toronto – Gabe Gross – OOB-2011
2002 – NY Mets – Scott Kazmir – 2014: 15-9, 3.55
2003 – CWS – Brian Anderson – OOB-2012
2004 – Toronto – David Purcey – 5-yrs: 7-13, 4.98
2005 – CWS – Lance Broadway – OOB-2010
2006 – Washington – Chris Marrero – MLB: 2-yrs, .232
2007 – Reds – Devin Mesoraco – MLB: 4-yrs, 922-AB, .245
2008 – LAD – Ethan Martin – MLB: 2-yrs, 17-G, 2-5, 5.93
2009 – Cleveland – Alex White – MLB: 2-yrs – 33-G, 5-13, 6.04
Baseball Prospectus’ Top 10 Mets Prospects –
1. RHP Noah Syndergaard
2. LHP Steven Matz
3. OF Brandon Nimmo
4. SS Amed Rosario
5. C Kevin Plawecki
6. 2B Dilson Herrera
7. RHP Marcos Molina
8. 1B Dominic Smith
9. OF Michael Conforto
10. 3B Jhoan Urena
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I was at first surprised to see Matz this high, but then I realized that the Mets are actually running out of top level prospects. Guys like Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Jeurys Famila, Jenrry Mejia, and Wilmer Flores have graduated while past prospects like Cesar Puello and Rafael Montero have fallen off the top ten list.
Never react to lists like these. They are just done by human beings who are more often wrong than right. It really doesn’t matter if Montero is ranked in the top ten or not. What matters is if he’s a successful pitcher for the team.
If you think I’m wrong, go back a year and see where these same ‘expects’ ranked Jacob deGrom.
My buddy Steve Keane wants the Mets to purchase Matt Kemp again[i] He said on his blog –
With about $107 mil owed to Kemp over the next 5 years, the Dodgers would eat some salary which I guess would be calculated to the quality of player the Mets would send back. The more money the Mets take the less in personnel they’d have to give up. We’ve heard the Wilpon’s yell from the owner’s box bully pulpit that they have the cash to spend, well here is the chance to step up and prove that not everything that comes out of Jeff and Fred’s mouth is an untruth.
The money part is usually a drawback with the Mets but the GM has to take a bit of heat as well for not being the most aggressive mangers in the game. Alderson at times is too precautionary when it comes to personnel moves which come from his background as an intellectual. Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and say “Fuck it, let’s go for it” if there were ever a time for the Mets to embrace that philosophy it’s this off season as Mets fans are waiting to see if moves will be made to turn a team with tons of pitching talent into a contender. If not, the Mets fans will be saying “Fuck it, let’s go to the shore” this summer.
Mack – One last time… the Mets are NOT going to take on some five year contract on someone turning 30-years old.
Jon Heyman reports that OF Nori Aoki is looking for a 3-year deal[ii]. Aoki will be 33-years old and hit .285/.349/.360 for the 2014 KC Royals.[iii] He’s a great defensive left fielder that could be a great two year addition for the Mets, but three is a push.
Team have to stop giving long term contracts to people that play this game over the age of 32-33. They never seem to work out.
Last night, Jacob deGrom joined Tom Seaver, John Matlack, Darryl Strawberry, and Dwight Gooden as the BBWAA Rookie of the Year players in the National League. We all seem to agree here on Mack’s Mets that the team found themselves a hidden gem with deGrom and he will be member of the rotation for years to come.
We also all agree that the future of this team is through their pitching and 2015 should be the year that both the rotation and pen get this team to (at least) the first playoff level… and… and Kansas City and San Francisco proved this year, that might be good enough.
Having three rookies being considered for this award in the same year (deGrom, RP Jeurys Familia, C Travis d’Arnaud) is about as excited as things can get for a young team. This is three members of your 25 members squad that you can tuck away for years.