The Mets had a year well beyond any expectations one could imagine. 2015 was was quite simply “Amazin” for the Metropolitans. They were a tough out for the Royals in the World Series. While New York had a big advantage in the starting pitching, KC held the upper hand big time in almost every other major category. The Royals had a long lineup, one of the best bullpen’s in baseball and and were beyond tough in close and late games. Throw in the Royals athleticism that was on display on a nightly basis both in the field and on the base paths and quite simply KC was better. Now New York enters one of their biggest off-seasons in a very long time.
The Big Free Agents:
The Mets have two big free agents in Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy. Okay write it down Cespedes was a rental for the Mets. He is gone. The Mets are not going to spend 100 plus million dollars on a player be it free agent or trade unless it;s a very special situation. This is not one of them. The Mets have talent and depth in the outfield with Granderson, Conforto, Lagares and Cuddyer. One of the Mets top prospects Brandon Nimmo is also an outfielder and should be ready for the show come early summer 2016. So Cespedes is gone.
I think Murphy will be elsewhere next year too. I be shocked if he took the Mets one year qualifying offer. Expect Murphy to get a deal similar to the one Chase Headley received from the Yankees last winter. The Mets want to get more athletic and better defensively up the middle and are not going to make that kind of financial commitment to Murphy. I think a player such as Ian Kinsler would be a great fit for the Mets. In a recent column by Joel Sherman of the New York Post he suggested Kinsler to the Mets via a trade. Kinsler would be a great fit for the Mets as he is a two way player, who can bat lead-off. New York then can slide Granderson down to the #2 spot in the batting order. Let’s get Detroit on the phone. Continue reading Questions Abound for the Mets
The Red Sox made huge news in Baseball yesterday by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to multi year deals at nearly 100 Million a piece. Bostons busy off season still has a lot of work to do as they need to focus on starting pitching now.
This team is now loaded in their lineup. Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez joins Big Papi, Pedroia, Napoli, and Rusney Castillo. That does not include Cespedes who it sounds like will be traded this off season, Allen Craig (owed 34 Mil over next 3 years coming off bad year), Victorino (is he healthy?), Bogaerts (Red Sox brass say he is the Shortstop and Hanley is the Left Fielder) and youngsters Brock Holt and Mookie Betts. This lineup should be a house of horrors for opposing teams pitching staffs.
Now it’s all about the Starting Pitcher staff for the Red Sox to address. Quietly right before free agency started the Sox resigned their closer Uehara to a 2 year deal to keep their bullpen in tact. However the Sox rotation has to add two big pieces. Clay Buchholz coming off a disastrous 2014 has to bounce back in 2015. Saying he is a big question mark for next year is under statement. Joe Kelly (John Lackey trade with St.Louis) can be solid as a back of the rotation option. But Boston needs two prime time starting pitchers to front this rotation. Continue reading Red Sox Land Panda & Hanley, Now Need SP!
The Mets strayed away from their recent pattern of drafting high school position players in the first round the past three years by drafting a college player — Michael Conforto. Conforto is an outfielder who is known as possibly the best hitter in the draft. Unlike the last three Mets first rounders, Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, and Dominic Smith, Conforto is someone who should be ready in a couple of years for the Mets, who could be challenging for the World Series at this point.
The Mets also got great value from Conforto at the tenth position. Not only does Conforto play a position of weakness for the Mets, but according to ESPN’s prospect analyst Keith Law, Conforto was a projected top three draft selection. Conforto is not quite a great outfielder yet, and does not have a great arm, but he is already a polished hitter. Conforto hit .345 with 56 RBIs in 203 at bats for Oregon State this year, his junior season. He also will fit into the Mets system nicely. This is because the Mets have a hitting philosophy which is based on being patient, and Conforto drew a single-season school record of 55 walks. Continue reading Draft Reaction: Mets take Michael Conforto at number ten