The Atlanta Braves signing of OF Nick Markakis caught me off guard yesterday and just goes to prove that most of what you read about this time of year is the speculation of sports writers and bloggers, not team officials.
All of us have been led down the road that Atlanta was rebuilding and would be selling off some of their assets, here they go and spend $44mil on a player with both limited pop and defensive skills.
The Hot Stove season is not over until it is over and, frankly, I have no idea what Atlanta is doing at this point.
Wait it out.
I expected a little more comment chatter on the web site yesterday after the tender period went by. This has usually been the time in the past that Mets fans overact and name a bunch of players that the Mets should sign, even though their old team didn’t’ want to do the same thing. Maybe we’re all just getting more comfortable with the team that is being built for us.
There are a lot names floating out there… Everth Cebrera, Kyle Blanks, John Mayberry Jr., Francisley Bueno, David Huff, Michael Kirkman, and Wesley Wright… there’s also Gaby Sanchez (.863-OPS vs. LHP) who offers the Mets a pure first base platoon partner for Lucas Duda instead of moving Michael Cuddyer there. I don’t happen to expect Cuddyer to be playing 150+ games and Sanchez could be a good insurance policy if something happened to Duda. He’s only 30-years old and has delivered some pop in the past.
After Dark Chat[i]
Comment From Rough Odor - With all this talk of the Mets attempting to get a young SS, why hasn’t Jurickson Profar been mentioned? He seems to not fit in the Rangers infield anymore and the Mets could send a combo of Niese, Gee, and Montero to shore up the Rangers rotation.
Paul Swydan: Probably because the Rangers aren’t going to trade Profar when his value is at an all-time low. If they make a trade, it’ll be Andrus or Odor. Also, Niese, Gee and Montero? Come on.
Mack – Would it actually take three Mets pitchers to get a shortstop that hits .234? Don’t we have one of them already?
In my opinion, we may need to leave this whole shortstop situation behind us for the remainder of the off-season. The more I did into the stats of the players out there, and compare them to Wilmer Flores, I realize that the best case scenario out there right now is to give Flores his 600-PA in 2015 and see what you have.
The only name ‘out there’ that I might separate from the rest of the marginal prospects being hashed around would be Starlin Castro. Castro is the real deal, close to the Tulo-class, and a deal for three Mets pitchers/prospects would be fine for me here (though it would be debatable which ones would be part of the transaction).
For those of you that have a desire for the Mets to sign SS Everth Cabrera, read this first[ii]:
Cabrera was a 2013 All-Star before missing 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED scandal. In 2012, the Nicaraguan stole 44 bases and was also facing domestic violence assault charge after a spring training incident with his wife. Those charges were eventually dismissed, but in 2014, as he was on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Cabrera found himself in trouble with the law again. In September, Cabrera was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest.
Matt Harvey: "The way the ball's coming out, the way everything feels, it's completely normal. Maybe even better."
Mack – As important, Harvey admitted during his Q and A with Mets beat reporters yesterday that it probably was best that he didn’t pitch last year plus he doesn’t expect (and understands why) to pitch 200 innings in 2015. It sounds like he’s mellowing a little while, at the same time, you can’t help but get excited when he starts saying that he may be a better pitcher now.
Write about anyone you want but this guy is the key to success for this team.
Years of control remaining… Matt Harvey – 4… Zack Wheeler – 5… Jacob deGrom – 6… Noah Syndergaard - 7
Fangraphs[i] wrote that the baseball world is basically short on right hand hitters and there is a premium right now out there if you do your job from that side of the plate:
Every day, we wake up to news of another team throwing big money at a free agent because he has some history of strong offensive performances and he bats from the right side of the plate. $88 million for Hanley Ramirez. $58 million for Nelson Cruz. $30 million for Billy Butler. $21 million for Michael Cuddyer, who played in 49 games last year. $10 million for Torii Hunter, who Detroit didn’t even want to retain.
Read the complete, short story and check out the graph. There has been quite the increase in left hand hitters since 2009.