Jonathan Elfenbein @Reliablejon
@JohnMackinAde Mack The first Mets writer to write about the potential of Jacob deGrom was you !!! You deserve credit.
Miami signed P Ryan Reid to a minor league contract
Last 3 year average OPS – Asdrubal Cabrerra: .719… Starlin Castro: .716… Alexei Ramirez: .686… Ruben Tejada: .640…
Wilmer Flores post 2014 all star break: .713 OPS - Age 23
Do the Mets have someone in their organization worth 13-years, $325 million dollars? Of course they don’t, but if the deal that Giancarlo Stanton inks with the dreaded Marlins owner has an opt-out clause, does it really matter what the numbers are on paper?
Right now, there are probably four players on the Mets that I would like to see under contract for 10 years, but they are all pitchers and we know how fragile they have become in this game. Moreover, three of them, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler are currently under a lengthy team controlled period, so why fuck with City Hall and start this process early?
This leaves Matt Harvey. Yeah, that Matt Harvey. The temperamental TJS healing Harvey that won’t even listen to his own agent about controlling his innings in 2015 so his career gets back to going in the right direction.
Everybody keeps writing that he’s just competitive and this is a good thing for a pitcher, but did any of you out there consider that he just may be a big pain in the ass that would be worth much more to this team traded sometime during the 2015-2016 off-season?
Yeah, I know… he really is the only SP1 on the team, even if you add Rafael Montero and Steven Matz to the list, but still, can you imagine the bounty you could bring in for a guy with this talent? You still would have a killer rotation… hell, you could demand the team you are trading with to throw in their package their top rotation prospect just in case one of the five guys I listed above doesn’t pan out in the long run. My guess is Harvey would bring you a package of three outstanding baseball players, be them be established major leaguers or top prospects.
I’ve never read one word out of his mouth about him wanting to play for the Mets past his current commitment and though he seems to be in love with the city of New York (and the Rangers hockey team), in my opinion he’s got future New York Yankee written all over him.
Just some chatter fodder to throw out there.
The Tampa Bay Rays have traded Jeremy Hellickson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospects Andrew Velazquez and Justin Williams.
2014 stat lines –
Hellickson – 27-yrs old – RHSP – MLB – 13-starts, 1-5, 4.52, 1.45, 63.2- IP, 54-K, 21-BB, proj $3.9mil- ARB/2
Velazquez – 19-yrs old – SS – High-A – 544-AB, .290/.367/.428/796, 9-HR, 56-RBI, 50-SB – pre/ARB
Williams – 18-yrs old – OF – High-A: 102-AB, .284/.348/.461/.809 – pre/ARB
Mack – Tampa is the new Miami
Mark Appel Update[i] -
Appel finished with a 2.61 ERA, 24/8 K/BB ratio and .167 opponent average in 31 innings with Salt River in the Arizona Fall League… Appel went 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA in seven games (six starts) for Double-A Corpus Christi last season after posting a 9.74 ERA in 12 starts at Class A Advanced Lancaster, where he struggled to pitch every fifth day in a hitter's environment. He threw only a combined 83 1/3 innings, so the extra work in Arizona was much needed… it would be a stretch to see Appel in the Opening Day rotation considering he's only pitched in seven games at the Double-A level. It's likely Appel will open the season in the rotation at Triple-A Fresno and be summoned to Houston quickly if he's effective.
Mack – I like to go back and revisit some of the great draft picks on the past… like Appel.
AFL Best Performances[i] -
Best Performance: The son of former All-Star Lee Mazzilli, L.J. Mazzilli hit .306/.433/.469. He's an offensive-minded second baseman with gap power and a sound approach.
Best Prospect: Outfielder Brandon Nimmo has average or better tools across the board, but they didn't shine through in Arizona. He hit .202/.306/.238 and didn't resolve the questions about his power -- tallying three extra-base hits (all doubles) in 84 at-bats.