In his October 15, 2014 piece, NY Post‘s Joel Sherman outlined why he felt free-agent-to-be Nick Markakis would be a nice fit with the New York Mets.
Fans: ignore Joel Sherman.
Since 2012, Markakis has owned a cumulative 4.0 fWAR. This means that the likes of Justin Ruggiano (worth 3.9 fWAR since 2012) and David Murphy (worth 3.9 fWAR since 2012) are in the same class of player.
Aside from only averaging around 12 home runs per season over that span, it appears as though only seven of his 10 dingers in 2014 would have gone out in Citi Field.
As if Markakis’ limited hitting skillset wasn’t off putting enough, the outfielder has also been a poor fielder, gloving an abhorrent minus-13 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) in his career.
Despite his relative youth, the 30-year-old is now six seasons removed from his sole elite season, when he posted a 6.1 fWAR in 2008. By comparison, Markakis has posted a combined 10.2 fWAR from 2009-2014.
Considering the Mets have limited financial resources, making a three-year, $40 million commitment, as Sherman suggested, to a player with common and dwindling skills would be the definition of “wasteful.”