Mike Vorkunov | NJ Advance Media- As of June 6, only the Rangers have lost more games to players on the disabled list than the Mets. The Mets have had 13 players go on the disabled list this season and just one player come off. That's Dillon Gee and he's now a reliever after the six-man rotation has been scrapped. Their offense has scored the fourth-fewest runs in the National League. Of course, it's tough when Wright, d'Arnaud and now Daniel Murphy are all on the disabled list.
And yet, the Mets wake up Monday in first place.
(Chris Soto: Let that sink in for a moment. The Mets have been rolling with a skeleton crew for almost 2 months now....and they are STILL in 1st place. Does a trade need to be made? Absolutely...but should the Mets be frantically making a move just for the sake of making a move? Heck no... They are still able to afford to wait out the market, see what's available while waiting for reinforcements to arrive. They've made it this far....and guys start coming back beginning this week.)
Barry Bloom | Mets.com- Help seems to be on the way. Rehabbing reliever Bobby Parnell and catcher Travis d'Arnaud could both be back by the end of the [home] stand, manager Terry Collins acknowledged. "I think we're pretty close with Bobby," Collins said. "I think he'll have one more rehab outing [AA] before he gets here." About d'Arnaud, Collins said he expected the catcher to join infielder Dilson Herrera at Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. "I want them to get some consistent playing time so I think they're headed to Vegas today to get some at-bats there," Collins said. "I hope [d'Arnaud] will be back by the end of next week as well."
(Chris Soto: Like I said above....this is just the beginning. This week d'Arnaud and Parnell will be back, next week Vic Black and Dilson Herrera will be back, the week after you can expect Daniel Murphy and Jerry Blevins to also be ready as well. Fresh players reinforcing the team as we enter the middle of the summer months is going to have a massive positive impact on the team.)
Joe D. | Metsmerized Online- The Mets director of pro scouting, Jim D’Aloia, was in Minnesota on Friday night presumably to scout the Milwaukee Brewers. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says that the Mets and Brewers have not talked in several weeks, but that Milwaukee could have two possible fits for the Mets; third baseman Aramis Ramirez and shortstop Jean Segura. Ramirez is the more practical fit says Rosenthal, and not only would he be the easiest to acquire, but he no longer has any trade protection because he plans to retire at the end of the season.
Chris Soto: Ok....I have a ton to say about this....
I don't think Aramis Ramirez would actually be a very good fit for the team. While he does has a nice low K rate, defensively he is not the same player he used to be. Over the past 5 seasons, On average he has been worth -9 Defensive Runs Scored. That combined with his declining Line Drive Rate and Hard Hit Contact Rates tell me that he's pretty much done.
Segura on the other hand would be a decent, albeit not perfect, fit. He makes all the routine plays and has much needed speed, but his low OBP would only fit at the back of the line-up. However it allows Flores to slide over to 3B where he is much better defensively and still provides strong offensive value in comparison to the rest of the league.
In my opinion, do not be surprised if D'Aloia was also scouting Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe. Yes...they are in 1st place...but every talent evaluator will tell you that they don't know how. The Twins cannot hold off the vastly superior Royals, Tigers, or Indians for much longer. In addition their 2nd top prospect Miguel Sano is absolutely crushing AA pitching to the tune of a .850 OPS. With so many top prospects being called up this year, we may already have passed the Super 2 deadline so the Twins could call up Sano to replace Plouffe in the line-up and add more firepower.