Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
I’m going to try and start anew here on Mack’s Mets, starting today.
I read the comments left here by our wonderful readers and it’s hard for me to believe that this blog is written about the National League Champs!
I’m going to try and stay positive as we move into the new year. There’s nothing I can do about who the Mets sign or who they pass on.
jshapps77, one of our fine readers said the other day:
Why torture yourselves by living in this fictional world where the Mets will sign anyone to a 5+ year contract? The kind of impact bat everyone here seems to clamor for is always going to get that 5-8 year contract, so the Mets are not in play. The Wilpons own this team, and will continue to own it for the foreseeable future, and so, the Mets will not have a big-market payroll for the foreseeable future. I for one, don't care. Sure, it'd be nice, and so much easier, to be able to throw Dodger/Cub/Yankee dollars at a Cespedes/Heyward/Upton-type. But that's not reality. It's time to come to grips with this fact and start enjoying what we do have. We basically know the parameters in which the club will operate:
- Payroll < $130M
- No contracts longer than 4 years
- Offense is more important than defense
- OBP is more important than Batting Average
- SLG is more important than Strike Outs
- Bullpen parts are interchangeable
Let's focus on players within those parameters, rather than dream on things that will not happen, time and again. If the right players, on expiring deals, are available the trade deadline, Sandy will make that deal again. A short term commitment (Cespedes, Uribe, Johnson, Clippard) for relatively little dollars, that they can move on from. This is the plan. Get on-board. It's makes everything Mets more enjoyable.
If you bother to do the math (and I did) you would find that the 2016 payroll plus the projected arbitration increases for this season are almost identical to the 2015 payroll minus the cost of the part time ballplayers added after the all-star break (Cespedes, etc.) This, to me, seems to be the new template for the Mets who will:
-continue to try and put out the best product they can at a salary range that will allow them to pay down a mountain of debt.
- add to the roster key short ranged players to get them to the playoffs
I’m going to try and learn to live with this and root for ‘my’ team with these limitations. Sure, we don’t have our late 2015 season replacement in CF, but you have to be excited with an outfield that now has de Aja and Conforto replacing John Mayberry Jr. and Michael Cuddyer.
I welcome you to join me or I welcome continued criticism. This is a blog. That’s what it’s for.
Did you know… that the Mets drafted last year the guy that hit more home runs and knocked in more runs than anyone else in college?
The Mets drafted 3B David Thompson in the fourth round of last year’s draft, out of ‘the U’, the University of Miami. He finished the 2015 season leading the nation with 19 home runs and 90 runs batted in.
Though Thompson did struggle getting used to ‘the grind’ when he finished the season playing every day for Brooklyn (206-AB, .218), the Mets think they stole this guy when he fell to the fourth round and look upon him as a possible replacement at third when David Wright either retires, moves to another position, or becomes a part time player.
Look for Thompson to play the hot corner beginning in April for Columbia.