Richard Herr - So Whaddya Think 5


Averages & Percentages
“So Whaddya think?”
“Whaddya mean, what do I think?”
“Whaddya think about all the trades and signings that have gone down?”
“You mean the Red Sox getting Sale? And the Yankees getting Chapman? And the Nats getting Eaton?”
“They are all moves where the clubs hope they have strengthened themselves.”
“Of course.”
“And what have the Mets been doing?”
“They signed Cespedes.”
“To which I give a double thumbs up.”
“They resigned Rene Rivera.”
“That, in the finger-raising-rating scale, will get you a tip of the pinky.”
“Now they’re trying to trade Jay Bruce.”
“On the digit-o-meter, that’s starting to send the thumbs pointing down toward dear old Mother Earth. That is what you call addition by subtraction.”
“They laid out a lot of money for Cespedes.”
“They gotta keep the payroll down.”
“That is prudent business operation, but that ain’t the way to build a ball club.”
“What’s wrong with being smart about business?”
“Absolutely nothing. It’s like the canvas on which you paint your picture. However, the masterpiece is created by the way in which you smear the paint on top of it.”
“So what do you want them to do?”
“I want them to continue to improve the ball club. They need help in the pen. They got questions behind the plate. Let’s make solving those problems the priority, not the question of saving a few bucks.”
“They gotta see what they can do with Bruce. What if they trade him for a guy in the pen, when you’ve already picked up all you need? What if they have a hard time trading him?”
“Then they might go to spring training with too many guys in the outfield. The Cubs had that problem last spring, and look at what a debacle it turned their year into. Improve the club comes first before prudent business practices.”

Whenever Richard Herr isn’t solving all the Mets’ problems, he spends his time writing humorous science fiction novels.

You can see his books at https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Herr/e/B00J5XBKX4.


Thomas Brennan said...

Disappointed, like Reese said last night, that Cubs got that Kiuhara or however you spell his name and we didn't. We need to fight ffire with fire, as Cubs and Red Sox do.

Mack Ade said...

I don't see any improvement on the team yet.

Yes, the return of Cespedes is big, but he (and Rivera) were on the team last year. So was Neil Walker.

I happen to think this is a great team if everyone is healthy, but they will not be.

They must clear one of the outfield salaries so they can use this money on a quality free agent reliever... if any are still out there.

Reese Kaplan said...

Expect to see Holland in a Mets uniform. He's the lightning-in-a-bottle approach that Sandy Alderson likes so much. Beyond that, it's the lesser named pitchers who were successful in setup roles for other clubs.

And oh yeah...Paul Sewald is still out there. Stay tuned for tomorrow's column.

Thomas Brennan said...

Andrew Barbosa got snapped up. He will be interesting to watch this coming season - did Mets blow it there?

Mack Ade said...

Tom -

I think Barbosa is a lost but we will have to see. I would have loved to have him pitch for Vegas next season.

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