Posted by Mack Ade at 8:30 AM
In ex-Met news –
25-year old OF Cesar Puello signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.
I forgot to add this guys name into the comments I made earlier this week about ‘can’t miss’ prospects that turned out to be a dud. Puello hit .326, 16-HR, 73-RBIs for Binghamton in 2013, but then came a meh year in Las Vegas (2014: .252. 7-HR, 37-RBIs) and a suspended year in 2015. He did go .283/.415/.404/.819 for the Yankees last year in AAA, which makes one wonder why he wasn’t resigned by the brass in the Bronx. I really though this kid was going to be something.
29-year old OF Matt den Dekker signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins.
Den Dekker is another of those ex-outfield prospects that many thought would do big things in Queens. I didn’t share that opinion though I did think he was a great lower level spray hitter. He just couldn’t get a shot in the Washington Nationals outfield these last two seasons after a trade with the Met6s for LHRP Jerry Blevens. Did this work out? Well, the Mets got 80 relief appearances that produced a 0.00-ERA in 2015 and a 2.79-ERA in 2016, which the Nats got someone that hit .176 last season. And who said that Sandy Alderson can’t make trades?
31-year old C Johnny Monell has signed a two-year contract with Korea’s KBO NC Dinos.
He did get a cup of coffee with the 2015 Mets (48-AB, .167), but was stuck in Las Vegas (.276/.338/.470/808) all of last season.
We’ve had a lot of fun this week talking about ‘unmovable’ prospects that picked up their phone this week and found (Lucas Giolito, Yoan Moncada) out what that statement was worth.
Throughout all this fog, we’ve learned that Mets really only have one unmovable prospect… 21-year old SS Amed Rosario.
Rosario was signed with the largest international signing bonus (2012-13: $1.75mil) and has hit .280 for the seven Mets teams he has played for over the past four seasons. More important is the .341/.394/.481/895 he finished producing last year for AA-Binghamton. As a 20-year old in a year that averages players 2.5 years old than he was.
His 2018 future in Queens is perfectly slotted in after the running out of Astrubel Cabbera’s contract at the end of this season. I’m not sure when his first arbitration year is, but I know that he’s under team control through the 2022 season.
This is our Moncado. This is our Trea Turner. And this will be the next Mets shortstop for probably 10 seasons.
I have no idea what to do with Gavin Cecchini, no less Phillip Evans, Luis Guillorme, and all those international kids we signed recently, Kenny Hernandez, Andres Giminez, and Gregory Guerrero. Frankly, I may never care. That’s how good this kid projects to be.
Folks, this is the one keeper we currently have in our system and you will see him in Queens, at the latest, in September.
The signing of OF Dexter Fowler by the St. Louis Cardinals will, in the long run, make things easier for Sandy Alderson to move either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce. The removal of Fowler from the unsigned gives teams out there one less blue chip outfielder that is available in this off-season. St. Louis was bever inyerested in one of our outfielders so there is no big loss here.
My guess is the phones will ring more often now.
I was futzing around online while listening to President-Elect Donald J. Trump speak in Iowa when I came across another of those ‘bird in hand’ vs. ‘can’t miss’ prospect trades the Mets made.
In 2005, the Mets caught maximum shit from the prospect weenies when they traded their number two prospect, P Yusmeiro Petit , and number four prospect, 1B Mike Jacobs, for the services of 1B Carlos Delgado. Three seasons (2006-2007)… 100 home runs… 326 runs batted in.
How did that work out?