John asked -
Mack, do we have anyone in the system, past Steven Matz, that looks like a sure bet for a rotation pitcher?
Mack - Thanks for the question, John.
Before we answer that, let's remember that Matt Harvey is scheduled to become a free agent in 2019, Zack Wheeler in 2020, and Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and Rafael Montero are scheduled past that.
Barring multiple injuries, the team seems set through the rest of this decade.
Past that, things are in 'developmental' stages. No one screams off the pages right now, but there are some pitchers showing signs of life... guys like Michael Fulmer and Robert Gsselman in Binghamton. Rob Whalen in St. Lucie. And Casey Meisner in Savannah.
My guess is Meisner will develop into a front line starter for somebody someday.
Mack - Hey Beelze...
As you know, I live 30 miles from Grayson Stadium and covered it as a sports reporter since 2011.
The average Mets fan have heard what a graveyard it is, but you have no idea how this year's heat has even made it worse. We have been under a heat advisory from 11am-7pm for 12 straight days and it is expected this will continue for, at least, two more weeks.
Through all this, the Mets still make these kids hit the field by 2pm and go through a full routine of practice, running cones, etc. Through all this, Beccera has only improved his game. You have to take this guy serious as a possibe corner outfieler in 2018.
I know Juan Lagares. No one wants to play this game more than he does, but no longer can turn his back to this injury. He, and the Mets, are going to have to deal with it.
My guess he will remain in the lineup as long as the team is in a pennant race.
Past that, it's under a knife with a projected return of around June 2016.
As for Colon, he gives up a lot of runs, but he wins more games than he loses. Is that because the team plays better with him on the mound? I don't know, but I don't think there's much of a market out there for him. I see him finishing this season as the 5th starter and, if the team makes the playoff, he will go to the bullpen as the long man.
Mack - Hey Michael...
Fuller will come of age during a period in which the Mets really won't need a starter. I think he's still far from either being projected as a star or as a major chip in a trade, because of his injury history so far.
That being said, you asked the question... I see no problem with the trade you proposed for Stanton. I get to keep my top pitchers and I wouldn't lose either Nimmo or Conforto as prospects.
I think Miami might not be a seller this year. No one is eating up this division and their young pitching could make them a contender after the all-star break.
My Stanton will end his career in Miami.