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Mets Done Adding to MLB Roster

According to multiple reports, the Mets are unlikely to add Stephen Drew and are probably not going to sign another major league contract. To me, that sounds about right. While we have what looks to be a projected roster, I’m curious to see how things pan out this spring.

With the recent signings of John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league deals, it now appears that all of the pieces of the puzzle will be filled this spring. There are the expected competitions this season, like who will start at first base and the fifth rotation spot. And then there’s the unexpected. For instance, who will set up Bobby Parnell? Will it be Vic Black like we all assume?

If anything, I would have liked for the Mets to add a shortstop. Ruben Tejada was a decent replacement in the first year without Jose Reyes, but last year was a disappointment. The organization and the fans have called his work ethic to question on multiple occasions. I wouldn’t be surprised if Omar Quintanilla got another legitimate shot.

The question I do find myself asking is what about Juan Lagares? The Mets still have Eric Young, Jr. and they signed Curtis Granderson and Chris Young. Does EY move to his natural position (second base) or does Lagares become a fourth outfielder and a late-inning defensive replacement? If Lagares proved anything this winter, he’s worth a look as the starter and is so much more than a late-inning defensive replacement. Besides, Endy Chavez will always be my favorite late-inning defensive replacement.

I like the direction this team is headed in for this year. Okay, it’s obviously not a playoff team. But any improvement from 74-88 is improvement enough in my book. I’m cautiously optimistic for young players like Jenrry Mejia and Wilfredo Tovar to have big years. I can’t wait to see Zack Wheeler’s development in the absence of Matt Harvey.

2014 is poised to be the Year of the Youngins. And let’s face it: I’d rather see products of my farm system (which was recently ranked the sixth best in baseball) go out there and learn from every game and every out than say a team like our crosstown rivals. They will remain unnamed for the purposes of both this blog and my sanity. I feel good about this year. But, I also felt good about last year and we went 74-88.

Oy vey.

 

What’s the deal with Stephen Drew?

mets_logoThroughout the offseason, there have been rumors about Stephen Drew coming to the Mets. As the offseason winds down and spring training rapidly approaches, the rumors about Stephen Drew have only intensified.

MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Mets front office is divided on Drew. However, a post on MetBlog reiterates that the Mets are the most logical landing point for Drew, but he could still return to Boston.

If a deal happens for Drew, don’t expect it to go beyond a year or two. Adam Rubin indicates that if Drew were to take a shorter deal, he would remain in Boston. Because of that, Drew’s agent, Scott Boras, could be using the Mets to drive up the price on Drew.

The Mets would need to shed payroll, which could mean trades of Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, and/or Lucas Duda. Acquiring Drew would also cost the Mets their third round draft pick. The Mets’ second round pick is already in possession of the Yankees after signing Curtis Granderson. A trade of Davis, Murphy and/or Duda would make my already out-of-date Mets calendar even more out-of-date.

As of right now, it looks like Ruben Tejada will once again be at shortstop on Opening Day. Yes, very same the Ruben Tejada that lost his job to Omar Quintanilla last year. Tejada proved to be an ample defensive replacement after the departure of Jose Reyes but his bat doesn’t have any pop. His work ethic was also called out last year. The organization has already come out and said that they are comfortable with Tejada starting the year at short. At this point, the organization doesn’t have any choice.

I’m on the fence about Stephen Drew myself. I’m not sure the front office is comfortable with the idea of losing two top draft picks after having their first round pick protected. At the same time, I don’t think any of the front office, coaches and players would object to the obvious upgrade at short. The fans would welcome him with open arms, literally. At this point, I think we would be happy with any kind of resolution, whether we sign Drew or not.

A Baseball Chick’s Scouting Report: Infield

Well, with the start of spring training a mere 7 weeks away, that time of year has come to over analyze every player we have on the team. And every scouting report is the same: David Wright had his worst season ever last year, Mike Pelfrey isn’t pyschologically ready to pitch, why did we even sign Jason Bay? Those who follow me on Twitter already know I base my scouting report on two main (shallow) points: who has the best hair and who signed my ball at spring training. And with that, I would like to welcome you to a Baseball Chick’s Scouting Report.

Using the projected Opening Day lineup, this week, I’m focusing my scouting efforts on the projected Opening Day infield of Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada, Josh Thole and David Wright. And with that, let’s get the ball rolling!

Ike Davis: Ike Davis was supposed to have a big year in 2011. Then, he collided with David Wright and what was orginially a day-to-day injury ended up becoming a season ender for Ike. But, in his 36 games played last season, Ike was hitting a .302 with a .383 on-base percentage and an OPS of .925. And, most impressively, Ike’s seven home runs remained among the team leaders for a good portion of the 2011 season. Least impressively, Ike Davis said he would sign my ball and he never did. That wasn’t cool, Ike. But I don’t wish you any harm since it seems like karma already got back to you.

Daniel Murphy: Murph’s had a rough go at it these past two years. First, he gets hurt learning how to play second base so we can dump Luis Castillo. Then, he actually gets a regular spot on the team thanks to key injuries, becomes an offensive asset and gets hurt yet again. At the time of his injury, as we all know, Murph was hitting a .320 and had a .362 OBP and an OPS of .809. He also had six home runs and 49 RBI, but the really important thing here is that Daniel Murphy is like seriously one of the nicest players on the team. Not only did he sign my ball, but he broke his bat during batting practice and gave it to a little boy. I’m all for giving kids the joy of baseball and that kid will never forget Daniel Murphy. Now, if only we can buy Daniel Murphy t-shirts in the Mets Clubhouse Store.

Ruben Tejada: As much as everybody wanted Jose Reyes back (he blew me off so I said au revior to Jose with zero incident), it looks like Ruben Tejada is going to be your 2012 shortstop. Tejada saw regular playing time in 2011 thanks to a combination of Jose Reyes getting hurt and the lack of a second baseman, and he saw equal action at both positions. Offensively, Tejada started coming into his stride at the end of the season. I don’t know whether it was because the games didn’t matter anymore or if he finally adjusted to the major league pitching. Anyway, the player with an eery resemblance to Taylor Swift will have to prove himself to a crap load of people in 2012.

Josh Thole: Josh Thole went from being the back-up catcher to the starting catcher in 2011, and while his offensive numbers may not exactly to be worth writing home about, defensively, Thole is solid. In 102 games behind the plate, Thole threw out 21% of the runners who were trying to steal a base, and had a fielding percentage of .997. Two years ago, it seemed like he was only behind the plate every fifth day, but Josh Thole has been relegated to starting catcher thanks to the depature of Ronny Paulino. But hey, it could be worse; we could have…Ronny Paulino. And Thole is another one of those genuinely nice baseball players who makes sure everyone gets an autograph at spring training. He doesn’t leave anyone hanging.

David Wright: Now, we get into sensitive territory. Yes, my future husband had a crappy season in 2011. Yes, he ended another player’s 2011 season in May. And yes, karma came back around to David Wright. 2011 gave David Wright his worst career numbers around the board, to the point where I gave myself a dime every time he struck out, and for the record, I made $9.70 off David Wright last season. The Wilpon family has finally seen the light and said that David Wright is not the offensive asset he used to be and they’re moving in the walls at Citi Field. But somehow, I don’t blame Citi Field as much as I blame the hitter. Maybe he changed his batting stance, but whatever he did, it’s not working. But, it’s impossible for me to have any ill will against David Wright because he signed my baseball (twice) and he’s just so pretty. Like, OMG, we can’t trade him! What will we be left with?

In conclusion, three of the five players in my projected infield has signed Jessica’s baseball and Josh Thole and David Wright get double points for being prettier than the rest. Next time, I focus my attention on the projected Opening Day outfield: Jason Bay, Lucas Duda, and Andres Torres. Peace out!

 

Looking Ahead: 2012 without Jose Reyes

There is a very strong possibility that Jose Reyes might not be a Met come 2012. There might be too much of a gap between what the team can give him and what he wants. He might want Carl Crawford money when Carl Crawford isn’t even worth Carl Crawford money.

So Terry Collins has to think under the assumption that Jose Reyes is not a Met.

He has Ruben Tejada, who filled in for Reyes while he was on the disabled list and when Terry decided to give him a day off. Tejada played in 96 games this season (totally did not realize that), 41 of them at shortstop. Tejada only had eight errors compared to Reyes’s 18.

But being 21 years old, Tejada might still benefit from the minors, seeing as pretty much the Mets were pretty much made up of the Buffalo Bisons and Jason Bay.

Another option the Mets have is Justin Turner, who is normally a second baseman by trade, but has been known to moonlight at short. By moving Turner to short, that allows for Daniel Murphy to play second base, a position he was learning to play when he was plagued by injury. Murphy’s bat played a big part of the Mets being in the thick of things as long as they were. Once we lost Murphy’s bat, the season was over. I want Daniel Murphy somewhere on this field. And second base might be his spot.

As for what the Mets should focus on instead, I think they should focus on an outfielder with some pop. Jason Bay, while excellent defensively, has no pop. I’m still waiting for him to pop. And of course, there’s always a need for pitching, unless you’re the stupid Phillies. We need pitching all around in my opinion. Starters, relievers…where’s Billy Beane when you need him?

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