Posted by Mack Ade at 9:37 AM
Max Frankel of Off The Beach gives his thoughts on Yoenes Cespedes coming back to the Mets –
The Mets know that their window of competitiveness is right now. 2016 was a bit of a mess thanks to injury but New York expects to have its full compliment of top notch starting pitchers back next season and they’ll be going for it. Doing it without Cespedes will be a whole lot harder.
All reports are that the Mets and Yo got along swimmingly. Cespedes was a fan favorite and played well. It is doubtless that the Mets will make some kind of a play for Yoenis this winter, but the question is whether it will be enough.
The Mets’ current plan of replacing Cespedes with Jay Bruce is an ill-advised one. Bruce is not nearly the player Cespedes is defensively nor is he the middle of the order bat that the Mets sorely need. If there was one team that should over pay in both years and dollars for Cespedes, this is it. Let’s see if it actually happens.
Mack – True. The Mets do know their ‘window of competitiveness’ is ‘right now’, but so does Cespedes’ agent. This process will go through the proper amount of time needed for the Cespedes people to weigh all the offers and then turn to Sandy and Company for their counter offer. That is, I think it will work this way.
Mets 101 speculates that the Mets are interested in signing LHP Boone Logan –
Logan, who has spent the past three years with the Colorado Rockies, held lefties to a .142 batting average in 106 at bats. That outstanding ratio has pushed Logan towards the top of a talented crop of lefty specialists in free agency. Another positive for the Mets is that Logan has shown he can handle the New York stage after spending four years with the Yankees. The Yankees have interest in bringing back Logan after seeing a slew of lefties exit their bullpen in the past few years, so he could get a nice contract with all of the teams interested in him. It remains to be seen if that deal will come from the Mets.
Mack – I know very little about Logan… another product of my myopic Mets following… and I will have to rely on your thoguhts regarding this choice to join the Mets pen.
NJ.com speculates that the Mets might trade OF Jay Bruce to the Phillies –
Bruce, owed $13M on a one-year deal in 2017, could be a good fit for the Phillies. If he plays well, he's young enough (29) to enter Philadelphia's long-term plans. If he's great and looks poised for a huge deal next winter, Philadelphia could flip him at the trade deadline. With Citizens Bank Park's friendly dimensions, a 35-plus home run season from Bruce wouldn't be hard to imagine.
In 2016, Bruce hit 33 HR and posted an .815 OPS with the Reds and Mets. Since debuting in 2008, Bruce has hit 241 homers. That's good for 11th most in baseball and fifth most among all outfielders.
Mack – I can’t see the Mets trading Bruce… or any other outfielder… until the whole Cespedes issue has been resolved.