Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Patrick Brewer writes about what he feels could be the Mets achilles’ heel in 2016 –
Despite all the goodwill flowing out of New York, and the fan support of the front office, the Mets still have a glaring Achilles’ heel that has gone unaddressed, and really, blatantly ignored so far this offseason.
For all the talk of the Mets great young pitchers, and their improved bullpen and the impact Yoenis Cespedes will once again have on the team’s offense, there is still one glaring area of concern.
In 2015, the Mets team defense wasn’t great.
Mack – Gee… who was that guy that kept saying that the Mets needed to improve their defense, especially down the middle of the field where most plays are made? What was his name? Mack somebody…
There’s one factor here that is hard to translate into stats.
Having a 5-man rotation that will either strike out batters, or create routine grounders or fly balls, will make this team look a lot better on paper.
Skyler Steckler writes about the Mets outfield, in general, and Alejandro de Aza, in particular –
Mack – I don’t think many Mets fans reacted badly when the Mets signed de Aza. He seemed like a ‘diet-Cespedes’, especially if Yo wasn’t coming back.
Now, $6mil is a lot for someone that is going into spring training as the 5th outfield
As I’ve said on a previous comment, I’m happy with the current roster, but I would have no problem with trading de Aja for a future chip and then resigning Darrell Ceciliani if he’s still out there.
Jonathan Webb wrote a specific piece on Astrubel Cabrera and middle infield defense in general -
Michael Baron @michaelgbaron - Official: #Mets sign C Raywilly Gomez to a minors deal. Raywilly will be invited to big league camp.
Mack – Remember… you can’t have a successful pre-spring training unless you have a ton of catchers in your clubhouse to eventually work with all the pitchers you have invited to camp.
The Mets, like all the other teams, gather up as many catchers as they can find before ‘pitchers and catchers’ report, and Gomez will be one of them.
Normally they go away as quick as they arrive, but Gomez may stick somewhere. He’s only 25 and he did hit .291 in AA ball last season.