NOTE (10:18 AM, July 25, 2015): This article was published well prior to the Mets acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.
It’s tempting to write an article begging the New York Mets to make a big trade for a significant bat at the deadline. After all, adding one of Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Upton, Todd Frazier or Yasiel Puig would instantly address the team’s offensive problems.
But it’s pretty unlikely the Mets make such a deal. And as ESPN‘s Mark Simon astutely wrote about recently, it might not be wise for it to happen, either.
Instead, there’s a realistic alternative: the Mets could trade for platoon partners and generally helpful, but not “star”-caliber players without hemorrhaging the future. Continue reading
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Tagged Alejandro De Aza, Ben Berkon, Brandon Nimmo, Chris Johnson, Curtis Granderson, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Juan Lagares, Marwin Gonzalez, Mets, Michael Cuddyer, New York, New York Mets, Ruben Tejada, Scott Van Slyke, The Beanball, Three unexciting trades that would immediately help the Mets' offense
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the demotion of former-closer Addison Reed yesterday. With a 5.92 ERA and 1.81 strikeouts-to-walks ratio over 24.1 innings this season, the move was hardly surprising.
Reed, acquired in December 2013 from the Chicago White Sox for top prospect Matt Davidson, saved 32 games for the Diamondbacks in 2014. But the disparity between his 4.25 ERA and 3.26 xFIP created a contentious “tale of two pitchers” storyline.
Seemingly, the 26-year-old’s 2014 ERA was more indicative of his actual abilities.
Yet, despite the ugly surface statistics in 2015, several of Reed’s peripherals expose a potential bargain for a willing organization. So perhaps the New York Mets could pounce, and swap embattled starter Jon Niese for Reed. Continue reading
According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Milwaukee Brewers may have rejected the New York Mets’ straight-up offer of Jon Niese for veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez yesterday evening.
With the Brewers apparent desire to throw-in the towel on 2015, Ramirez – along with Matt Garza, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, and Jean Segura – could potentially be had.
That is, not in exchange for Niese: a 28-year-old southpaw starting pitcher, who owns a career 3.90 ERA (versus a 3.68 xFIP) and 2.67 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.
Even though the left-handed pitcher’s 4.43 ERA (versus a 3.81 xFIP) to-date isn’t exactly dominant, Ramirez is batting just .213 with a park-adjusted 72 wRC+. Oh, and Ramirez is almost 37, and plans on retiring after the season.
This should be pretty embarrassing for the Mets’ front office.
So if there’s a consensus amongst general managers that Jon Niese’s value is so low, why hasn’t Sandy Alderson received the memo? Continue reading
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Tagged Ben Berkon, Jon Niese, Jon Niese Trades, Matz Promotion, Mets, Michael Cuddyer, New York, New York Mets, Niese, Niese Trades, Steven Matz, The Beanball, Why doesn’t Sandy Alderson realize Jon Niese’s value is so low?
Getting no-hit by San Francisco Giants’ rookie Chris Heston last night was another low point to the New York Mets’ season. Despite the morale blow, the Mets are still, somehow, in first place in the NL East.
But not for long.
For you see, the Mets have the ability to improve — without even making a trade — but for reasons unknown, they refuse to. Continue reading
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Going into 2015, the New York Mets will be faced with a unique situation: The team will have far too many starting pitchers.
In addition to Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner returning from Tommy John surgery, the Mets will also sport at least two additional major league-ready pitching prospects in Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. And if you’re a believer in Jacob deGrom as a starter, he would bump that number up to three.
With the likes of current rotation mates Zack Wheeler, Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and, to a lesser extent, Jenrry Mejia, all under contract next season, the Mets will possess 10 very viable starting pitchers for just five rotation slots in 2015.
Assuming the Mets front office will look to improve the team’s collective park-adjusted 88 wRC+ for next season, dealing at least one of their starting pitchers only makes sense.
Below details the likelihood of each pitcher’s chances of locking up a 2015 rotation spot, getting relegated to bullpen duties or possibly being shipped elsewhere. Continue reading
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Tagged Bartolo Colon, Ben Berkon, Bleacher Report, Dillon Gee, Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia, Jeremy Hefner, Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Mets, Mets Pitching Prospects, Mets Rotation, New York Mets, New York Mets: Who Is Going to Crack Their 2015 Rotation?, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, The Beanball, Zack Wheeler