Business Insider's Cork Gaines featured The Top 25 players that have the greatest value to their team:
#18 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets - Position: SP
2014-15 WAR: 7.7 Wins
2014-15 WAR Value: $60.3 million
2015 Salary: $0.6 million
One thing to know: deGrom is the most valuable piece in what has become baseball's best rotation thanks to a 2.03 ERA and salary ($557,000) near the league minimum.
(Mack – Forget Yoenes Cespedes or Matt Harvey… deGrom is our most valuable Met, especially this season. It’s funny… his last three outing were not his best. His pitch count was up and he gave up far too many walks (10) than he or his pitching coach are comfortable with. That being said, the three outings produced a 1.67 and 1.86 ERA for the two months.
These are his bad outings. Crazy.)
Everybody seems to be writing Mets relief pitch stories after the Bobby Parnell debacle. One thing’s for sure… Parnell needs to be optioned out so someone can work on him in hopes of returning before the end of the season and being productive.
Everybody also seems to have a suggestion who should replace Parnell on the 25-man roster. Yesterday, I suggested Eric Goeddel, who is currently rehabbing and should be ready no later than next week.
Let me throw another name out there of someone that is already a member of the 40-man squad.
Dario Alvarez had a brief unsuccessful (and premature) cup of coffee last year (4-appearances, 13.50); however, he has rebounded with a banner season this year, first with AA-Binghamton (32-appearance, 3.19) and lately, almost lights out for AAA-Las Vegas (9-appearances, 2-0, 1.13 0.63).
We all know how tough it is to put up these kind of numbers in Vegas. Oh yeah… one more thing… lefties are hitting .119 against him this season.
Comment From MSW - Holy crap, it’s August, the Mets are in first place, and for the first time in a long time I have nothing to complain about. I feel strange, confused. What is this?
Jeff Sullivan: Well, there are always the Wilpons. And I mean that. There will probably literally always be the Wilpons. The family is unkillable
Mack – Don’t you find it strange that neither Wilpon has been heard from during this Mets surge? People say they don’t even see them sitting in the owner’s box lately. Is this the plan? Do you keep these guys hidden from the fans during the surge?
Mike Vorkunov | NJ Advance Media- David Wright will continue his rehab stint at St. Lucie Tuesday, accumulating at-bats and playing time as he tries to play his first major league game in more than four months. His return date could be coming up soon. According to reports, the Mets are looking at their series in Philadelphia at the beginning of next week as the time to bring him back. It would mean he had spent roughly two weeks rehabbing before playing again.
(Chris Soto: Boy...getting David Wright back for the final 6 weeks of the season is going to be such a massive boost to this club. Juan Uribe has been doing an excellent job holding down the fort defensively since coming to the Mets, but, outside of a few key hits, Uribe has been struggling at the plate as much as Campbell was. In his 19 games as a Met, Uribe is hitting .169 with K's in 27% of his plate appearances. I doubt anyone is expecting Wright to come back and crush 10 HRs in the month of September....but he can at least provide a .250+ batting average from 3B....Right?)