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December 24, 2012

As Year comes to close, Mets attempting to reshape OF

by @ 12:37 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

After resolving the two major issues of the 2012 offseason by resigning 3B David Wright and trading 2012 NL CY Young winner R.A. Dickey, NY Mets GM Sandy Alderson still has moves to make as the start of spring training approaches. Outfield continues to be the most obvious need with only Lucas Duda, the favorite to be the starting Left Fielder in 2013, a good bet to be in the lineup opening day. The team could also use another veteran low cost veteran starting pitcher as well as bullpen help, particularly of the left handed variety.

The recent trade with the Oakland A’s helped the Mets add an ideal 4th OF type in RH Collin Cowgill. His right handed stick(.298 vs LHP, .223 vs RH in 196 at bats over 2 ML seasons) makes him a strong platoon candidate on a team loaded with left handed bats in the Outfield. Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis(Can play all 3 OF spots) and Mike Baxter are all left handed batters, so adding a quality righty helps balance the group. Scott Hairston is a free agent and continues to talk with the Mets and 2-3 other teams. Reportedly, he is holding out for a 2 year deal. Hairston had a strong 2012 campaign, hitting .263 with 20 homers(career high) and 57 rbi in 377 at bats for the Mets. He brutalized lefties, clubbing 11 homers in 189 at bats while hitting .286 vs Southpaws.

In an ideal world, free agent CF Michael Bourn would be on the Mets by New Years. But he is a Scott Boras client($$$$$$$) and the Mets are not yet in the position to target elite free agents. Bourn, a top flight leadoff man and excellent CF, is a perfect fit for the Mets. Just not going to happen unless Santa drops off a present at Citi Field! Instead, look to trades for players such as Oakland A’s CF Coco Crisp or two members of the Arizona Diamondbacks- OFs Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra. The Colorado Rockies also have 5 major league level OFs and reportedly have been shopping CF Dexter Fowler(GET HIM!) and superstar RF Carlos Gonzalez(expensive!!!). Regardless, the Mets cannot seriously open the season with this current group in the outfield and Alderson must add at least 1 major league player before April 1st.

December 18, 2012

BREAKING METS NEWS: Dickey traded to Blue Jays for elite prospects in C d’Arnaud and RHP Syndergaard

by @ 2:22 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

In a deal that will hurt the Mets definitely short term but hopefully help long term, New York traded 2012 National League CY Young winner R.A. Dickey and Catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for Cs Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck, RH pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard and minor league OF-INF Wuilmer Becerra. The deal was finalized Monday after hard negotiations over the past several days, Dickey signed a two year extension with the Jays after passing his physical. While the trade of their staff ace hurts the teams prospects in 2013, the Mets turned a position of weakness(catcher) into a strength with the addition of a proven major leaguer in Buck and elite super prospect in D’Arnaud. Syndergaard is another power arm who should combine with Matt Harvey and top prospect Zach Wheeler to provide the Mets with dominant starting pitching over the next decade.

This deal was about the future of the Mets franchise and not short term success or ticket sales. GM Sandy Alderson has done a great job with these types of trades in the past, famously acquiring Wheeler from the Pitching rich San Francisco Giants at the 2011 trade deadline for soon to be free agent OF Carlos Beltran. Dickey is 38 and the Mets are not going to win the World Series in the next 2-3 years. They might in 4 or 5. As great a story and man Dickey is, this was a great baseball trade and had to be done. The Mets lack proven major league level talent and they added three parts that will help them in 2013 and beyond.

Buck is not Johnny Bench but he is a major league starting catcher and will at worst keep the set warm for d’Arnaud when the 2013 campaign opens. Buck hit a career high 20 homers for the Jays in 2010 before signing with the Miami Marlins in 2011. He hit 16 and 12 long balls the past 2 seasons in Florida and is a career .235 hitter in over 3100 major league at bats. Buck was part of the huge Marlins offseason trade(fire sale?) with the Jays where ex Met SS Jose Reyes and several other high profile Marlins were essentially sold to Toronto. Travis is an elite power bat and was the key component of the trade the Philadelphia Phillies made to acquire staff ace Roy Halladay in November 2009. A good athlete behind the plate who also controls the oppositions run game, he should be in Queens sometime in 2013. A late season knee injury kept him from being September call up for Toronto in 2012. The #11 prospect in all of baseball according to mlb.com’s 2012 prospect watch, D’arnaud hit .333 with 16 homers in 67 games for Triple A Las Vegas in 2012.

Syndergaard(#83 of 100 in the MLB’s Top 100 prospects list) is a big, talented righty who was a first round pick in the 2010 supplemental draft by Toronto. Noah was a third in the MidWest league in strikeouts and made the league’s all star team. If he pitched enough innings to qualify, he would have had the fourth lowest ERA in the MWL.(Toronto had him on an innings limit) Featuring a fastball in the upper 90s, he also possesses an above average power breaking ball and changeup. He projects to be a top line starter in the near future. Becerra is a raw athlete from Venezuela that will remind many Mets fans of Jordanny Valdespin. Has tremendous physical tools(speed,power) and needs to find a position. Originally a shortstop, he moved to to the outfield in 2012. Unfortunately, a pitch hit him in the face, breaking his jaw and cutting his season to 11 games. The Mets generally do well with this type of talent.

As far as Dickey goes, I have a mixed bag of emotions. Love the guy and what he brought to the Mets. Genuinely a good dude who overcame a well documented and extremely difficult child hood to become a major league star. Never mind the fact that he is missing a major ligament in his arm that is vital for pitching, Dickey was fun to watch and cover. I am glad he got paid and I am also glad I got to watch him pitch in New York for 3 years. This season was not a fluke, R.A. was good for his entire tenure in Queens. Hopefully, he will continue to pitch well in Toronto and unlike so many ex-Mets, I will pull for him for the rest of his career. Guy battled for a team that has lacked that over the past couple of seasons and by all accounts, was an excellent teammate. However, this trade needed to be done and Alderson should be praised for showing both the brains and balls to do it. It is never easy to trade a star for the unknown- prospects. Particularly in the win now Market that is NY.

Finally, some of the credit for this deal has to be thrown to Mets executive J.P Ricciardi, who served as the GM of Toronto from November 2001 til October 2009. He has tremendous contacts within that organization and had to play a vital role for Alderson in the dealings with the Jays. Hats off to the Special assistant to the General Manager! While this deal has put helped the Mets future, they still have holes to fill. The team needs at least 2 major league outfielders(Lucas Duda is a good bet to start in Left while internal candidates Mike Baxter(RF) and Kirk Nieuwenhuis(CF) are more platoon types at this point), a starting pitcher and relief help. The Mets made a minor trade with the Oakland A’s today to acquire OF Collin Cowgill today, who is 4th outfielder type. However, numerous reports have the team working on adding an OF with teams like the A’s(CF Coco Crisp) and Arizona Diamondbacks mentioned. Ex Met Scott Hairston(would be a good platoon guy with Baxter in RF) and Cody Ross(Good offensive player and locker room guy) are the free agent targets. The team has around 7 million to spend according to reports.

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