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The Wilmer Flores experiment shouldn’t be viewed as a failure

In the minds of most New York Mets’ fans, the hunt for Jose Reyes’ replacement — now four seasons after his uncontested free-agent departure — is still an on-going journey. Needless to say, current Mets’ shortstop Wilmer Flores’ performance through May is doing little to inspire fans to move on.

Despite a respectable park-adjusted 100 wRC+, Flores is currently hitting .238, while only having drawn five walks over 110 plate appearances.

And his defense? According to UZR/150, the 23-year-old’s 4.8 metric ranks 13th amongst all eligible shortstops. But then again, just three games ago, his UZR/150 sat at minus-8.5. Flores also made his 8th error in dramatic fashion on Thursday, handing the Chicago Cubs two runs.

In an off-season where the Mets’ greatest need was a shortstop, general manager Sandy Alderson’s decision to knight Wilmer Flores as the starter might retrospectively seem like, well, a mistake.

But perhaps Mets’ fans — and the baseball world — should cut Alderson and Flores some slack. Continue reading

Bartolo Colon: So What’s The Trade Market For a 41-Year-Old Pitcher?

Being six games under .500 and eight-and-a-half games out of first place, the 2014 New York Mets still have a decent chance to not be a bad team this season. Especially if Jenrry Mejia’s recent comments in his SNY.tv interview are indicative of the team’s ambitions, it’s quite possible the second half of 2014 could at least be enjoyable for fans.

But if the organization’s true vision is be competitive in 2015—not this season—then general manager Sandy Alderson has about four days to decide if the Mets will be buyers or sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. And if the latter, Bartolo Colon should be playing elsewhere in August.

Colon has been solid for the Mets in 2014, posting a 4.03 ERA (versus a 3.50 FIP), park-adjusted 87 ERA+ and 5.26 strikeouts-to-walks ratio over 126.2 innings. The right-hander’s 1.3 walks-per-nine-innings ratio also ranks near the league’s finest.

The veteran’s value to pitching-starved, playoff-hungry teams is undeniable. In addition to averaging 6.2 innings-per-start in 2014, the Mets have also displayed a willingness to eat part of the $14.5 million Colon is owed between this year and next, according to NY Daily News’ Andy Martino–making the veteran that much more affordable.

Then again, Colon’s inconceivable durability and success at age 41 in many ways makes his trade value a bit more enigmatic than your average veteran pitcher. In an attempt to evaluate the potential return Colon could net the Mets, below are six summer deals (dating back to 2009) that involved non-ace, veteran starting pitchers.

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The Mets Need to Sign Two Injured Relievers

The Mets took some risks last off-season when they tried to address their broken bullpen. They added Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, and Ramon Ramirez for a combined $11.65 million, but with the exception of Rauch, the revamp was a failure. Due to Francisco’s putrid 2012 performance as closer, most Mets fans are hoping Sandy Alderson will ink or trade for a high-end replacement. But considering the Mets have so many holes–and seemingly little money, again, to spend–it simply doesn’t make sense to throw big bills at guys like Rafael Soriano or Jose Valverde. That’s why the Mets should gamble on two relievers coming off injuries and subsequent blank 2012 seasons: Ryan Madson and Joakim Soria. Continue reading

What Kind of Contract Could Beltran Get in 2012?

Courtesy of Zimbio.com

Carlos Beltran, at age 34, is having an exceptionally sensational 2011 season. The switch-hitter has posted a .290/.387/.524 line with 15 homeruns, (league-leading) 30 doubles, 2 triples, 61 RBI, 56 runs, and 3 stolen bases to-date. Unlike other “elderly” hitters, Beltran can still play the field, as proven by his respectable 0.2 UZR/150. But this all really shouldn’t surprise people. From 2001 to 2008, Beltran was one of the most elite outfielders in baseball. He owned a .282/.363/.513 line with 234 homeruns, 828 RBI, 862 runs, and 232 stolen bases. Despite his recent injury history, Beltran collected an averaged of 665 plate appearances per season during that span. The hitter also enjoyed a particularly successful 2006 season, where he posted a .275/.388/.594 line with 41 homeruns, 116 RBI, 127 runs, and 18 stolen bases. It was good enough to finish fourth in the MVP voting.

However, a knee injury he endured early in 2009 only worsened by season’s end, leading to a controversial surgery, which Mets ownership initially claimed was “not approved.” His injury-plagued 2009 and 2010 didn’t bode well for his 2011 production. But Mets fans had forgotten what a healthy Carlos Beltran was capable of. While all eyes have been focused on what the Mets will receive around the deadline for Beltran’s services, one has to wonder–assuming the slugger were to continue his torrid season–what kind of contract he’ll be in-line for come free agency. Below are five veteran players, who like Beltran, enjoyed reconnaissance seasons prior to free agency. Continue reading