The Morning Report – December 18 – Jed Lowrie, Amed Rosario, 2015 Mets, Jonathan Niese, John Sickels
Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
One thing happened prior to the beginning of the holiday season on Tuesday that indirectly (at least) affects how the Mets will play their 2015 season.
The Houston Astro did take the name of Jed Lowrie off the table and signed him to a 3-year deal/option through the 2008 season. Some thought the Mets were looking to add Lowrie to their roster, though I have never been one of them. In fact, I don’t think the Mets are serious about adding any more shortstops.
The Mets have seemed to internally agree that they will go in the direction of Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada to cover this position in 2015. I can tell you through internal sources that this position is targeted in 2017 to be Amed Rosario’s to lose. What happens in between is simply a matter of discussion at this time.
This is where it gets tough to make decisions. Rosario projects out as probably the best shortstop prospect in well over 10 years. Defensively alone, he could blow his way through Savannah and St. Lucie in Savannah. What do you do if he’s turning heads at these levels and Flores is better the job done in Queens?
All of a sudden you could have another Starlin Castro – Javier Baez situation.
Comment From John - As a Mets fan, seeing every other team “on the bubble” making moves to actually improve their roster is incredibly frustrating. We kept hearing 2014 then 2015. Now the Cubs and Marlins have both passed the Mets in competitive ability, and the Mets are still below par for the other national league teams. Then, we get Scott Rice and John Mayberry Jr to make us feel better. Seriously, did this rebuild go awful? Did the FO overestimate the necessity of pitching by building a system built solely on it? When teams can turn guys like Arrieta into studs, should the rebuild have been heavier on the bats? Should I quit watching baseball?
Dan Szymborski:[i] I think the Mets have worse ownership when it comes to on-field play (Loria’s horrific otherwise of course). And truth be told, I dont’ think the Marlins really look all that much better than with what they had.
Mack – I seem to have to keep reminding Mets fans that Michael Cuddyer was also an addition this year in the Hot Stove season.
Yes, Cuddyer, Rice, and Mayberry Jr. still seems a little short and, frankly, Sandy Alderson had a little more bad news for you on Tuesday afternoon.
Alderson confirmed what most of us knew the second after he inked Scott Rice to a one year contract… the Mets were through with looking for a second lefty outside of the organization to join Josh Edgin.
The Mets are not going to spend $3-6mil a year to fill this position and they will let Rice, Jack Leathersich, Darin Gorski, Dario Alvarez, and Sean Gilmartin compete for this slot.
My guess right now is they all fall a little short and the Mets fill the slot with Rafael Montero until Bobby Parnell comes back.
As for2016, your second lefty may just already be on your roster and also already signed.
Don’t rule out Jonathan Niese here, Sure, he would hate it, but he hates being a Met anyway. 2016 would be his pre-free agent year which would give him the proper incentive to pitch well under any condition.
I posted up the final Top 20 Mets prospect list from John Sickels on Tuesday.
He’s been rough over the years on the Mets system, but, as it turned out, he was quite accurate. I don’t think there is anyone else in baseball that spends more time on prospect ranking and doing this accurately for 30 teams is close to impossible.
This time around, he raved about the Mets and he ranked only nine pitchers in the top 20 players.
In addition, the 1-2 punch of Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz was quite impressive.
Bats wise, there was a Urena sighting and I found the Cecchini ranking at 11 a little high, but who couldn’t excited about Dilson Herrera being ranked third in a system he calls being ‘in very good condition’?
Folks, I’m sort of down to looking for improvement from this team one year at a time and the possibility of Syndergaard, Matz, and Rafael Montero joining the pitching staff sometime this year, followed by Herrera and Kevin Plawecki becoming the backup catcher… well, this is big news to an old war horse like me.
I loved the report John.