Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Someone emailed me and asked why I sometimes make reference to articles that were written a few days before my Morning Report posting. Frankly, I do that for two reasons.
One, I try to work two days ahead to get the Morning Report done. Secondly, it’s not the article that’s the main objective here… it’s the comments I make about the article that I hope will generate some comment activity.
Ken Davidoff wrote about the Mets 2016 salaries and Sandy Alderson’s comments at the press conference for the re-signing of Yoenes Cespedes –
Mack – I continue to be unaffected about the total amount of money spent on the 2016 Mets. My concern is whether keeping Alejandro de Aza is a better thing than signing a less talented outfielder that would fill the OF-5 role for a lot less of Mets money spent. My stance will always be it’s their money to spend and now there seems to be enough money around to create this kind of talent depth.
I’d stay with the current plan because you never know what can happen injury wise.
Yoenes Cespedes –
"It’s not always about the amount of money being offered. It’s about being in a place that you want to play in, that you’re happy in. That’s just what happened in this case. I’m very happy to be putting on my Mets jersey again. I know that this team has everything it needs to continue on with what we started last year. ... I can say that from my first day when I came last season, that very first day, the fans just showed incredible support. My teammates were so welcoming, as well as the full Mets organization. From there, I just knew that I wanted to come back.”
Mack – Have we written enough about this guy?
Nah, not when he can come up with gems like this one told to Adam Ruben and the guys with the tape recorders.
I just have this feeling that Yo is going to be complete healed, both physically and mentally, and be leading the National League in both home runs and runs batted in by the All Star break.
Sit back and watch and see.
John Harper adds his two cents about extending the contracts of the Mets young pitchers -
And then there’s that pitching.
As early as next winter the Mets might have to start making hard decisions in order to maximize value before the pitching becomes too costly. By then they surely will have approached Matt Harvey about locking him up long-term, and if agent Scott Boras says no thanks, as is his history, they’ll have to consider trading him while he would still be two years from free agency.
All of that could further impact the way the Mets view Cespedes next winter, presuming that he does opt out, because at some point every decision they make will have ramifications for any plan to pay their young guns.
They won’t be able to keep all of them, but Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz won’t even be arbitration eligible for a two and three more seasons, respectively, with free agency still way off in the distance.
Mack – This isn’t a new subject.
The 2016 Mets seem to be set, while the only major changes in 2017 look to be a fifth starter a second baseman, and a lefty reliever, all of which will probably come from the system (Zack Wheeler, Dilson Herrera, Josh Edgin/Josh Smoker).
The next big two transactions need to be the creation of an extended contract for three years past the arbitration process of two of the ‘Big 4’ in the rotation (Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob de Grom, Steven Matz).
After pulling the Cespedes signing out of the Alderson hat, I frankly wouldn’t even rule out the chances for Harvey here. The team seems a little charmed lately.
Breanna Susa scouting report on OF Brandon Nimmo –
Nimmo is quick on his feet. He shows plus-fielding and great range. His arm according to scouts is average but with experience and strength training I can only imagine it being eventually above average. (Scouts were wrong about Conforto) He is projected to be an everyday Center Fielder.
The Mets love his approach at the plate. His pitch selection has been outstanding. In 2015, Nimmo almost had more walks than strikeouts, and a league-leading OBP. Nimmo sprays line drives all over the field and covers the entire plate. Portrayed as a number 2 hitter, Nimmo is projected to hit .280 or .290 in the Majors while hitting 15 home runs.
He will be starting the 2016 season in Triple A. I envision Brandon Nimmo as a mid-season call up if someone ends up on the disabled list. However, if all goes well for the Mets and they stay injury free, he will be a September call-up, along with Mets highly ranked SS prospect Gavin Cecchini. If Nimmo stays healthy in 2016, all Mets fans will get to see him shine under the Citi Field bright lights.
Mack – Those female beat writers do love their Brandon Nimmo.
Seriously, if he can stay healthy… again, IF he can stay healthy… we could have a real decent future platoon outfielder here, but, in my opinion, that’s as far as this draft pick will fly.
And, there’s nothing wrong with another successful platoon outfielder. This the template for Mets outfielders.
But… he first has to stay healthy and play an entire season in AAA to get his game to Queens someday.