Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Ex-Met 1B Josh Satin is hitting .188 for AAA-El Paso of the Pacific Coast League. Current Met OF Ty Kelly is leading that league with a .427-BA.
I noticed there are three decent hitting catchers in this league right now –
Manny Pina – COL (Milwaukee) - .355/.388/.592/.980
Wilson Contreras – IOW (Cubs) - .351/.456/.489/.946
Mike Zunino - TAC (Seattle) - .324/.375/.667/1.042, 9-HR
Milwaukee already has Jonathan Lucroy hitting .306 for the Brewers.
Miquel Montero (.208), David Ross (.213) and Tim Federowicz (.188) for the Cubs.
And Chris Iannetta (,217) and Steve Clevenger (.179), like the Cubs, are going through their own hitting pains from players playing behind the plate.
So, this brings us back to the Brewers, with Pina in the wings and Lacroy on the parent staff. One would think that one of these guys would be expendable for the right package… like a young shortstop (Flores) plus a quality starter (Verrett) currently with no rotation slot to throw from.
I’m just saying… Mets catchers have produced a .632 OPS this season.
A great story by Jon Paul Morosi on Ken Rosenthal -
There are many moments -- at the winter meetings, or right before the trade deadline -- when Ken is faced with a dilemma: He’s hearing the same thing from three people, but he’s not 100 percent convinced that it’s true . . . He wants more confirmation, but he really doesn’t want to get beat when he’s this close on the story . . . So he sends another text, makes another phone call, waits a little longer for one more source to respond . . .
At some point, he hits the button. How often are his instincts right? How much does he trust his sources -- and how much do they trust him? The statuette with which he was presented on Tuesday is the answer.
And do you know how Ken Rosenthal celebrates each time he scoops the baseball world? He doesn’t, really. He’ll break Jon Lester signing with the Cubs -- as he did at 1:19 a.m. during the most recent winter meetings -- and then text me a couple minutes later, saying, “OK, J.P. What’s next?”
The Maddness: More surprising in the top 10 WAR, Fowler, Murphy or Eaton?
Paul Swydan: For me – definitely Murphy. If you guys have been reading me for awhile, you know I’m a huge Fowler fan, and Eaton was pretty well touted. On the other hand, the Mets did almost nothing to retain Murphy this winter, which definitely gave me pause on him heading into this season.
Mack – It’s amazing how little we have talked about Murphy this season.
I’m sure a great deal of this ignoring him comes from the strong replacement made for Neil Walker.
The Mets made the correct QO for Murphy and, if he would have accepted it, it would have been a one-year deal just like Walker. Sure, Murphy’s .398-BA looks a lot better than Walker’s .259, but Walker is tied for second in baseball second basemen, with nine home runs.
Considering the Mets got an extra draft pick because Murphy turned down the qualified offer, makes this even a better deal for the Mets. Either way, Dilson Herrera is going to move into this position next year. Hopefully, the Mets have another blue chipper to crow about here.
Brian P. Mangan @brianpmangan - deGrom's ground ball % -
2014: 45.4% - 4/2015 to 8/28/2015: 43.4% - 8/29/2015 to 10/2015: 48.8% - 2016: 52.7%
Lowest ERA since May 15, 2014 (minimum 200 IP): Jake Arrieta: 1.95
Clayton Kershaw: 1.98 - Zack Greinke: 2.44 - Jacob deGrom: 2.57