A two part question...
2. And if Flores is traded, who becomes the second utility infielder?
Mack - Good question.
I guess we are all assuming that T.J. Rivera is one of the utility infielders that will come out of spring training. I mean, the guy's never hit bad since leaving school, hit .333 last year for the Mets in 105-AB and had only three errors in the 222.2 inning he played in the field (.968).
Is that good? Well, it was better than Jose Reyes (527 innings played, 6-E, .960).
Assuming everybody leaves camp in one piece, these two should be your utility infielders. Though originally a shortstop, Reyes played third mostly in 2016 and can play second in a pinch. Rivera can play all three, plus first base.
But what happens when the pins start falling?
Would it be Gavin Cecchini? He did hit .300+ in the past two seasons for Binghamton and Las Vegas, but the only position he has played professionally is shortstop (let's remember... the job of a utility infielder is to play perfect defense in multiple positions while hitting a batting average above two. Playing only short is not what you want here).
Next would be Matt Reynolds. Another shortstop, that has only played 32 games at second and none at third.
So, where do we go from here?
Well, if you try to solve this within the current pipeline, all you have is a 26-year old that has played 258 games at second, 14 at short, and one at third. Not a wiz in the field. but not bad either. And, at least he isn't another shortstop.
I saw you and Adam talking online about the Alderson years and whether or not he has drafted well. You have never been high on his choices. Why?
Mack - (who is Adam?) Simple... do the numbers:
So what we have is seven 'potential' future stars on this team... out of 253 draft picks... the best of which is now on another team... and the rest show very little chance of getting someday to Cooperstown.
Barbara asked -
Mack, I saw an article online this week that said that the Mets have one of the most talented starting rotation plus one of the cheapest. When does that start to turn against us and who do you see the first to leave, and his replacement?
Mack - Interesting question.
First, let's assume the following five pitchers will be the Mets rotation, followed by the year they become a free agent -
Matt Harvey - 2019
Jacob deGrom - 2021
Noah Syndergaard - 2022
Zack Wheeler - 2020
Steven Matz - 2022
Pretty exciting, huh?
It's obvious that Harvey will be the first to leave this team. I see zero chance of him remaining a Met past 2019. Frankly, I see him gone before this.
I break down replacements into two categories... one, guys that will fill in during the 2017 and 2018 season if injuries come up, someone listed above is traded, or someone comes up short... they, in my opinion would be either Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo.
Then, in 2020, I look for Justin Dunn, or Anthony Kay to step up and earn their stripes after being drafted in the first round last season out of college.