Tag: New York Mets

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Will Dominic Smith Be Ready To Take Over First Base in 2018?

Scouts, analysts, and fans are pretty much unanimous that Mets prospect Amed Rosario is a star in waiting at shortstop. But what about his teammate, first baseman Dominic Smith?

Smith continues to hit well for his age in Triple-A, but the Mets, a team expected to contend this year and next year, no longer have the luxury of time to wait and see how Smith will develop. Do the Mets re-sign Duda, or hand first base to Smith in 2018? Smith has been promoted like a top prospect, but is he?

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Cespedes Didn’t Take Less to Come Back to the Mets, He Bet On Himself and He Won

Contrary to the narrative, for the second straight offseason, the Mets offered Cespedes the most lucrative free agent deal.

Although it would also be nice to think that Cespedes loves the Mets and came back on a hometown discount, the truth of the matter is equally encouraging: in both 2015 and 2016 the Mets offered Cespedes the most-generous deal. That’s a good thing too, and credit where credit is due to the Mets front office.

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The Mets Absolutely Must Re-Sign Cespedes

Mets fans. We can not rest until the Mets resign superstar slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

The window of contention is now, the Mets should have room for Cespedes as a big-market team with a mid-market payroll, and there is no other viable way of improving this team right now. Cespedes is the answer.

A. Cespedes is a star and was the best player on the Mets last year.

Cespedes put up 3.2 WAR(fangraphs) and 2.9 WAR(baseball-reference) last year, placing either 1st or 2nd on the Mets in that metric despite playing only 132 games, and many of them while injured or being asked to play out of position.

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You Can’t Blame Sandy Alderson For This Mets Mess

We’re in the dog days of summer, and the Mets are currently 10.5 games out of first place in the NL East, treading water around .500. They sit in fifth place in the Wild Card standings, six games behind San Francisco for the first wildcard and three games behind St. Louis for the second wildcard.

At 60-59, what went wrong for the 2016 Mets?

There is certainly enough blame to go around (injuries, slumping players, lack of clutch hitting, etc.) but one place where blame is going that is not deserved is on Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

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Trading Dilson Herrera for Jay Bruce Likely a Rare Error by Alderson

Yesterday afternoon, on the day of the trade deadline, the Mets acquired slugging Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce, to varying reactions on Twitter and in the media. If you like old school statistics like RBI, in which Bruce leads the National League with 80, you liked the deal. If you have more appreciation for Wins Above Replacement, in which Bruce is 103rd in the National League with 0.7, you didn’t like the deal.

It’s fairly easy to make the case for or against given the diversity of the things that have happened to Jay Bruce in his career. As recently as 2013, Bruce posted 4.2 WAR and posted a slash line of .262/.329/.478, finishing with a wRC+ of 117 and enough votes to come in 10th for the National League MVP. He followed that up in 2014 and 2015 by being below replacement level and posting a collective .223 batting average and 85 wRC+.

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