Offense, Trade, Good One

Well the all-star break ended and the Mets went back to work.  Well the pitching outside of Colon went back to work as Thor and Neise both walked away from games they should have won.  Neise got a ND while Thor took a hard luck loss.  It all added up to one thing, this team can not score.  We all have great trades in mind, we all think we can fix this team.  I am no different.  If I was sitting in Sandy’s office and making calls, here is the trade I would be calling about.  I believe this trade would help the offense not only this year, but going into 2016.  The only issue is are the Mets able to take on a salary dump and act like a real MLB franchise, one that was just valued at 1.35 billion.

I am sure you all have your own trades in mind, and this one will not be popular among some of you based on PED.  But if ARod can help the cross town Yankees to first place, Peralta can continue to crush Mets pitching, this guy surley could be welcomed and help lead the Mets to victory.

Trade:  NY Mets send Brandom Nimmo (#2 prospect), Gabriel Ynoa (#11 prospect) and Matt Bowman (#13 prospect) to the Milwaukee Brewers for Ryan Braun and Geraldo Parra.

Analysis:  Parra is a rental as contract is for 2015, but also would be a solid signing for future as a 4th outfielder.  He would be a huge upgrade in the outfield with both Lagares (Slumping/Elbow) and Cuddyer (Knee) struggling.  Between Grandy, Parra and Lagares you would have a nice little platoon.  Biggest thing Parra would bring is a leadoff bat.  This would allow Grandy to provide power in the middle as he was brought here to do.  Braun on the other hand would bring a big stick to the Mets.  He was an all-star but has a huge contract and checkered past.  If the Mets pick up his salary they can limit the prospects to a degree they would need to trade.  Braun sitting in the middle of the lineup would add protection to Duda which could help the slugger get back on track.  If Cuddyer is out for a long time or if the Mets decide Lagares should/needs surgery on elbow adding Parra and Braun to the outfield improves this team tremendously.

Lineup post trade: Boom, the trade is made and your new lineup looks like this – 1) Parra 2)D’Arnaud 3)Duda 4)Braun 5)Grandy 6)Murphy 7)Flores 8)Tejada

It is time for Sandy to wake up and make this teams young pitching matter.. The East is open for the taking with Washington battling its own injuries. Lets be honest, do you expect Washington to sit back at the trade deadline?  I didn’t think so.

2015 Predictions/How am I doing?

In the beginning of the year we all had our ideas, predictions, etc.. Well now that we are at the All-Star break and 89 games into the season I decided to take a look back to see where the players are and how they are projected to finish up.  As you will see I am not very far off on some, but pretty far off on others.  The Mets offense has been bad this year and my projections did not account for how bad they actually are. If these numbers are any indication this team is playing way above their heads right now and pitching has carried this team. Happy reading and hope your projections where a little better than mine.

Travis D’ArnaudProjected 2015 Stats – .273/16/57 – On Pace – .296/4/17 (No timetable for Travis Return)

Lucas Duda \- Projected 2015 Stats – .280/28/88 – On Pace – .241/22/70

Daniel Murphy – Projected 2015 Stats – .302/12/65 – On Pace – .277/11/63

Wilmer Flores – Projected 2015 Stats – .271/15/52 – On Pace – .252/19/72

David Wright – Projected 2015 Stats – .284/17/82 – On Pace – .333/1/4 (No timetable for David Wright to play in 2015)

Michael Cuddyer –  Projected 2015 Stats: .278/20/80 – On Pace – .244/14/56

Juan Lagares – Projected 2015 Stats: .281/10/50 – On Pace – .256/6/46

Curtis Granderson – Projected 2015 Stats: .259/19/74 – On Pace – .243/23/52

Bench Players:

  • John Mayberry Jr. – .260/8/25 – .188/7/21
  • Ruben Tejada – .275/1/15 – .237/5/32
  • Eric Campbell – .265/2/18 – .174/7/34
  • Anthony Recker – .225/8/25 – N/A in Minors
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis – .258/5/22 – .146/7/19

Time for MLB to Step In?

First off if you have not read Mike Vaccaro’s (NY Post) article in the NY Post last week you should.  It is probably the best article written on the Mets to date, here is the link – http://bit.ly/1TlsDST

Now onto the Mets and their current situation.  I am pulling for this Mets team to win.  I am watching the making of what could be one of the best young pitching staffs in recent memory, and finally I am watching a team make moves and non-moves that is sending a BIG MARKET team spiraling out of contention.  Tuesday’s game had three of the four hitters (6-9) in the order batting under .200.  Yes that includes the pitcher but as many point out the pitchers are hitting better then the hitters.  The Mets bench is a joke and their everyday line-up is made up of players who have no business being starters, maybe no business being major leaguers.

As I watched the game last night I could only think one thing, and this one thing has been on my mind for months.  Why did MLB strip the Dodgers ownership of the team? Has MLB actually looked into the Mets owners viability to run a big market club?  So I decided to look back today and see what I can find.  The reading below is amazing.

Quotes from Bob Nightengale USA Today Article, 4/21/11 – Commissioner Bud Selig, angry and frustrated by the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ grave financial woes, stripped the team Wednesday from owner Frank McCourt and announced that Major League Baseball will seize immediate control of the franchise. “I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the club,” Selig said in a statement. ” … We owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and guided appropriately in the future.”

This is just a super small sample of the whole story with the Dodgers.  MLB did its due diligence to find all the facts and investigate how the Dodgers where being run into the ground and financial shape they were in.  The Dodgers where forced to sell and since the sale of the team money has been invested back into the franchise to rejuvenate it.  The Dodgers have been at the forefront of the NL West since then (Yes Giants have been wild card team) since MLB stepped in.

If you read the quote above from Selig you can say to yourself “This sounds very similar to the Mets issues right now”.  Mets are a BIG MARKET Team and their payroll sits 21st in MLB according to Deadspin and SI.  Just to see where that falls in terms of SMALL MARKET Teams (Deadspin/SI) = Seattle (12/11), Cincinnati (14/16, Kansas City (16/17), Minnesota (18/19) and Milwaukee (19/20).  This just is not cutting it for a NY franchise.

In the end Mets fans have a right to be angry right now.  This ownership has sat back and watched as the team drowned in injuries the past two months.  They have not upgraded the team in anyway while the Braves, DBacks, Dodgers, Cubs and Mariners have all been able to make minor trades to help charge forward.

MLB it is time to look into the Mets or inform the fans if you already have.  MLB sitting and watching this happen is as bad as Sandy Alderson sitting and watching the Mets drown in 4A players.