Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
You’ve probably finished reading a bunch of stuff in the past twenty-four hours that teams with excess shortstops aren’t interested in trading their excess for pitchers. Don’t believe it. This is early Hot Stove speak that is particularly directed to Sandy Alderson and the Mets. It’s no big secret that the only thing the Mets have to trade are excess starters, preferably the older ones (Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Jonathan Niese). The other team want to do whatever they can to get Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, or Noah Syndergaard on the trade list. Give this process time.
Andy Martino posted his latest article[i]. It included:
The Mets are not acting aggressively to pursue any additional major league free agents, and Alderson said he would “probably not” engage with any relievers seeking multi-year deals -- no surprise there, but if you had Andrew Miller or David Robertson on your wish list, cross them off. Trading players currently on the roster will also take time. The primary candidates to be moved are Jon Niese, Daniel Murphy, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and perhaps Jenrry Mejia. Niese’s value is down from where it was two years ago, because rivals are concerned about his recent history of arm injuries.
I don’t know how much of this is just Martino’s spin, but they seem to be the same as mine. One of the above listed guys (I don’t see Mejia on this list) will go for a left hand throwing reliever. Wait for it.
Comment From JoelShoe - Sounds like the Mets and White Sox are talking. Would Alexei Ramirez for Jonathan Niese work?
Eno Sarris: I’d do that in a second. He’s got a club option for 2016 and at $10m a season, he’s cheap. The White Sox need pitching… I’m just not really a fan of Niese. Average fastball at best, okay cutter, average curveball. Seems like an average lefty at best, and projections have him worse than that. Has somewhere between 5-10 million surplus on him, if you look at this way (and Ramirez would have 10+.
Mack – I would be very surprised if the White Sox did this but I would be thrilled if they did. The Mets have to find a home for one of the older rotation pitchers (Niese, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon) and this would be the perfect solution until the time Noah Syndergaard is ready to come up.
At least (projected) $2mil could be saved by DFAing Ruben Tejada and making Wilmer Flores UT infielder #1.
This would work big time in my book.
Hey Brennan… here’s a Matt Reynolds story[ii]
I found this on a pre-ROY article about Jacob deGrom[iii] -
It wouldn’t be shocking to see deGrom struggle in 2015. Sophomore slumps are existent, especially in pitchers that are now analyzed and studied through a full offseason for the first time. Of the five pitchers to win their league’s Rookie of the Year award since 2009 — Andrew Bailey, Neftali Feliz, Jeremy Hellickson, Craig Kimbrel and Jose Fernandez — all but Kimbrel and Fernandez saw a significant decrease in their WHIP and K/9 value in year two. Of course, Kimbrel and Fernandez are both regarded as top-tier pitchers now — but they needed that sophomore success to prove it, right?
DeGrom is also 26, and while he doesn’t have as much stress on his elbow or shoulder that a former high school pitcher would now have, he’s going to have to develop his repertoire further or hope he can still reach mid-90s speed as he nears 30 years old. His best hope to maintain that velocity might be to put on weight. He still has the physicality of a rangy shortstop, standing 6’4” and not even weighing in close to 200 lbs. He strides fluidly and with length off the mound, but could ease burden from his elbow with more weight behind his pitches. Put it this way: Clayton Kershaw is an inch shorter but has 45 pounds on him.
I was surprised to read about this in the NY Post about Brandon Nimmo[iv]
Brandon Nimmo has inched closer to the major league radar. The club’s first-round draft pick in 2011 is expected to play at Triple-A Las Vegas this season, and could soon give the Mets another lefty-swinging option in the outfield.
Nimmo hit 10 homers and had an .820 OPS split between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton last season.
“The nice thing is we don’t have to push him, with what we have as a starting outfield going into next season and what we have with guys like [Kirk] Nieuwenhuis and [Matt] den Dekker, we don’t have to push him,” Alderson said. “To me he’s right on track. If what happens [next] year is similar to what happened in Binghamton this year, and more of the power is evident, he’s right on track.”
I guess I have been too conservative about Nimmo.