Okay, the Mets aren’t signing any big pieces this Hot Stove season, but they are addressing some of their more pressing ‘minor’ needs past the subject of shortstop.
The Mets signed OF-1B John Mayberry Jr. to a major league contract. The former first round pick is primarily an outfielder than can also fill in at first base. He has a lifetime 859-OBP against lefties which does pair up well with Lucas Duda and will allow Michael Cuddyer some days off rather than have to play first base. He also had a .537 slugging average last year against lefties.
My spin is easy here… Cuddyer and Juan Lagares are two-thirds of the starting outfield and hit from the right side. Your third right sided option right now is an untested Cesar Puello.
The Mayberry signing looks like a good one. .
New Met – LHRP Kyle Regnault – 25-years old – 6-2, 201 – University of Rhode Island – not drafted –
2012: Worchester - CanAm: 31-G, 3.80, 1.41, 42.2-IP, 46-K…
2013: Quebec – CanAm: 30-G, 3.82, 1.34, 61.1-IP, 60-K…
2014: Quebec – CanAm: 4.47. 1.23, 86.2-IP, 90-K
Since 2012, outfielders who have a .300 BA and 40+ HRs:
Torii Hunter, Jayson Werth, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout, Michael Cuddyer –
Anti Wilmer Flores article written by Brad Kallet/WFAN[i]
The Rockies and Twins have also spoken to New York about Dillon Gee, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets.
We assume the Mets are discussing lefty handed relievers, shortstops and right handed utility outfielders:
Relief Pitchers –
Rex Brothers – 74-G, 5.59, 1.85, 56.1-IP, 55-K, 39-BB
Yohan Flande – 16-G, 10-GS, 5.19, 1.20, 59.0-IP, 34-K
Christian Fredrich –16-G, 3-ST, 5.92, 1.44, 24.1-IP, 27-K
Boone Logan – 35-G, 6.84, 1.68, 25.0-IP, 32-K, 11-BB
Chris Rusin – 4-G, 7.11, 1.66, 12.2-IP, 8-K,5-BB
Troy Tulowitzki – 315-AB, .340/.432/.603/1035, 21-HR, 52-RBI
Cristhian Adames – 15-AB, .067/.067/.067/133, 0-HR/RBI
Corey Dickerson – 436-AB, .312/.364/.567/931, 24-HR, 76-RBI
Drew Stubbs – 388-AB, .289/.339/,482/821, 15-HR, 43-RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 593-AB, .288/.335/.440/775, 19-HR, 72-RBI
Brandon Barnes – 292-AB, .257/.293/.425/718, 8-HR, 27-RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 260-AB, .238/.292/.431/723, 11-HR, 38-RBI
Kyle Parker – 26-AB, .192/.192/.231/.423, 0-HR, 1-RBI
Relief Pitchers –
Brian Duensing – 62-G, 3.31, 1.33, 54.1-IP, 33-K,20-BB
Glen Perkins – 63-G, 3.65, 1.18, 61.2-IP, 66-K, 11-BB
Caleb Thielbar – 54-G, 3.40, 1.41, 47.2-IP, 35-K, 16-BB
Aaron Thompson – 7-G, 2.45, 1.36, 7.1-IP, 6-K, 2-BB
Danny Santana – 405-AB, .319/.353/.472/824, 7-HR, 40-RBI
Eduardo Escobar – 433-AB, .275/.315/.406/721, 6-HR, 37-RBI
Jordan Schafer – 130-AB, .285/.345/.362/707, 1-HR, 13-RBI
Chris Parmelee – 250-AB, .256/.307/.384/691, 7-HR, 28-RBI
Eduardo Nunez – 204-AB, .250/.271/.382/654, 4-HR, 24-RBI
Oswaldo Arcia – 372-AB, .231/.300/.452/752, 20-HR, 57-RBI
Aaron Hicks – 186-AB, .215/.341/.274/615, 1-HR, 18-RBI
Chris Hermann – 75-AB, .213/.253/.253/506, 0-HR, 4-RBI
‘Heels On The Field Re: Brandon Nimmo[ii] –
Mets top prospect Brandon Nimmo says he doesn't have any particular focus working with Rick Strickland, that the plan is 'general' and he's concentrating on all areas and, simply, 'getting better' overall. He confirmed that he'll remain in Port St. Lucie for the winter for the second year in a row to work on all aspects of the game at the Mets facility there. He split time between Florida State League and Eastern League in 2014, finishing hitting 278/.394/.426 combined. Baseball America recently ranked Nimmo the #3 prospect in the Mets system, and his quick progress through the system indicates a possibility that he sees big league time sooner than expected. A focus on losing weight, and the added advantage of staying in Florida all winter, seems to have made a big difference. Nimmo was fatigued at the end of his 2012 stint with the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York Penn League, and it showed at the plate
Mack – I wouldn’t overthink his living in St. Lucie. This can be nothing more than where he chooses to live in the off-season, plus he gets free access to the weight room.
It’s impossible to figure out right now which team Nimmo will start the 2015 season. His .238 (240-AB) in Binghamton, followed by a weak .202 (84-AB) this winter suggests he will begin the seasoning repeating AA ball, but my guess is all this will be determined in spring camp.
Right now, Travis Taijeron, Darrell Cecilliani, Kyle Johnson, Alex Castellanos, Kirk Nieuwenhius, and Cesar Puello are penciled into the Vegas outfield while Nimmo, Jared King, Gilbert Gomez, Eudy Pina, and Maikis de la Cruz are in Binghamton.
You take it from here
I do have to tell you that I’m having a ball watching the winter meetings. The amount of deals are incredible and meetings like this give all of us an opportunity to learn more about the teams the Mets play against. We especially learn all this information from the beat reporters that are guests throughout the day, but also from the field managers and General Managers from the clubs that are pulling off the deals.
But, do you notice that you see very little of either Sandy Alderson or Terry Collins? Have you figured out why? Well, you don’t see them because there is nothing talk about. What do you have, an old signing of Cuddyer and Mayberry Jr., , and two minor league signings of Castellanos and Regnault? It’s fucking embarrassing compared to what’s going on by the other teams just in our own division, no less the entire sport.
Comment From Scott - Neil, what are you thoughts on Mets dealing Murphy and Gee for salary dumps and signing Drew/Lowrie on 1/2 year deals and finding a LHP specialist? This makes them better no? Plus gives Sandy roughly $10-15MM to spend in the event they actually are good in July.
Neil Weinberg: Don’t have the arb projections in front of me. Does that really save that much cash? Those SS types are going to get $9-10M. I think the Mets are capable of a big year in 2016, but 2015 seems like a year to tinker
Mack – All of this is just some more bullshit secondary trade talk during a week where 29 teams are trading back and forth to each other good, successful players for good, successful players. We just continue to sit on the sidelines and the only people willing to listen to our General Manager say anything ate the beat reporters that are paid to follow him around like a little shadow, It’s fucking pathetic.