The Morning Report – November 2 – Dillon Gee, Aaron Judge, Bullpen, Josh Harrison


Mets release RP Juan Urbina.

Comment From Jake deBomb - don’t tell me you’re buying into the Cespedes to Mets silliness…
Eno Sarris: I don’t think I’d spend a Niese one one year of a low OBP slugger. But a Gee? Doubt that gets him, so doubt it’s happening.

            Mack – Let me begin with this.

            I like Dillon Gee.

I’ve always pimped Gee to become a member of the Mets rotation and, when he did, he proved me to be correct, but the simple truth is there are just too many starters on this team to fit them all into the 2015 rotation.

Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Zack Wheeler are a lock to be in the opening day rotation, while Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz will stay in Las Vegas until they fulfill their Super-2 commitment. This leaves Gee, Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon, and Rafael Montero are competing for the last two slots open until next year’s All-Star break.

Opinion: The Mets need a left fielder in 2015 and, no matter how much of a pain in the ass Cespedes is supposed to be, he would make for a wonderful one-for one deal for any of those four pitchers… other than Montero.

You do a deal with the Yankees, this is the guy you want:

            Aaron Judge, professional large man, Yankees - The only body comparison that does Aaron Judge justice is Jimmy Graham, tight end for the New Orleans Saints; which is very appropriate for a high school basketball player. The hulking 6-foot-7, 270-plut right-field prospect was far and away the best player on the field Thursday, launching two home runs and gunning Dalton Pompey at home plate. Judge’s first round-tripper was a showcase of pure strength—a trademark shot that fell over the left-center field fence, likely an out in thicker air. The second bomb was certainly not cheap. After spitting on a 2-1 curveball eight inches off the outside corner, Judge got a 3-1 fastball, and didn’t miss it. 430 feet later, the Fresno State product’s ball landed one third of the way up the berm, 20 feet to the left of center field. What stuck out most about the Yankee farmhand today however, was his extremely advanced approach at the plate. Typically, 22-year-old hitters with limited pro experience aren’t self-aware. Yet, Judge seems to know his strengths and weaknesses, and plays to his positive qualities. He stands far away from the plate with a slightly closed, relaxed stance, understanding that pitchers may want to bust him inside due to long arms. On the scouting scale, the right fielder’s arm strength is plus-plus, to go along with plus-plus potential power, and the potential for an average hit tool. If it all comes together, he should have no issue playing right field every day and hitting in the middle of a lineup. —Jordan Gorosh - http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24969

Robin asked –
            Mack, you keep touting Rafael Montero to become part of the Mets bullpen. What about Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, or Bartolo Colon? Do you see any of them heading in that direction?

                        Mack – Hey Robin.

                        Well, first we have to determine how many relief slots there are there.

            Let’s assume that Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, and Vic Black are all solid returnees.

            There’s a probable chance that you will leave Bobby Parnell back in camp when the team breaks for Queens, so you don’t have to address that until, let’s say, May 1st.

            So, that leaves you Gonzalez Germen, Carlos Torres, Erik Goeddel, Dario Alvarez, and the guys listed above.

            I can only guess at this point but I’m sure Sandy Alderson and his pitching experts will place down there the best of what’s left after he determines his rotation… and… finishes the Hot Stove season.
            We’re going to have to wait until then.

Natale asked -

Mack - my son and I are big fans. The Morning a Report is the first thing we read each day. We are also fans of Josh Harrison.  With the Pirates losing Russ Martin, would a Plawecki + Gee or Montero do it? Maybe give em Black back?  Josh would look great in left and can provide Wright insurance. Maybe, he can lead off too.

            Mack – Hey Natalie. Thanks for the question.

A combination of, let’s say Plawecki and Montero, would get you a damn good player, but Harrison is a 4-year MLB veteran and, at 26-years old, hit .315, .837-OPS, 13-HR, 52-RBI. I don’t think the Mets side of this offer would be good enough.

There are different opinions out there right now about Gee, but, right now, I see him as damaged goods and un-tradable.

Right now, even an untested Noah Syndergaard couldn’t pull off this deal.

Now…make it Jake deGrom even up… 


Thomas Brennan said...

Happy daylight standard time, Mack. Shorter days, hotter stoves. When we go back to daylight savings, the season will be weeks away!

Seems Judge is a true Yankee Bomber prototype. As such, seems they'd want a Bomber's ransom for him. Nimmo and Plawecki?

Uggie's kid got a $1.2 million bonus and never did anything. I'm surprised he was not given another year...release shows he no longer has anything, I guess.

Gee would certainly be an iffy guy for another team health-wise...probably would be OK, but he has not been durable. I wonder if his circulation thing is 100%, or just improved and manageable?

Christopher Soto said...

One of my co-workers is a huge Yankee fan. The morning after the draft he asked what I thought about the Yanks 2013 draft class....

Told him that I loved the Aaron Judge pick for them and was pissed that the Mets passed up on him.

Big Strong left handed Kid with 70 grade power In my opinion.

I would not be surprised if he turns into a 30+ HR threat at Yankee stadium debuting in late 2016

Bill Metsiac said...

Don't bet the house on Harvey being a part of the rotation on OD, Mack. IMO there's a real chance he'll be left in EXST or the FSL to avoid the cold April weather and limit his early innings so that he'll be able to pitch in October.

Mack Ade said...

to be determined Bill... to be determined...

Mack Ade said...

Thomas -

I can't wait for the first move to happen so all the pieces start to fall in place for 2015 (whatever they will be)

Reese Kaplan said...

@bill metsiac -- pitch in October? Bartender, I'll have what he's having and make mine a double!

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