The New York Mets. This team makes some of the most questionable moves for a franchise. For example, last year the Mets had no clue which way their franchise is going. So what do they do in the off-season? They sign veterans Todd Frazier (2 year $17 mil), Anthony Swarzak (2 year $14 mil), Jason Vargas (2 year $16 mil), Jay Bruce (3 year $39 mil), Jose Reyes (1 year $2 mil). I’m sure they signed them with the mind set of them filling in the gap for a couple years but things went a little south. Considering that, I bet you had to look up their stats because they were so irrelevant last year, or you didn’t care enough to look, which is fine, because luckily I’m here to tell you their stats.
Todd Frazier– 115 games played, .213/.303/.390, 18 home runs, 59 RBI’s, nine steals 18 doubles.
Jose Reyes– 110 games played, .189/.260.320, 12 doubles, three triples, four home runs, five steals, 43 hits.
Jay Bruce– 94 games, .223/.310/.370, 18 doubles, one triple, nine home runs, two steals.
Jason Vargas– 20 starts, 5.77 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 92 innings (22 innings against the Marlins and Orioles) , 30 walks, 84 strike outs, 100% useless.
Anthony Swarzak– 29 games, 26.1 innings, 6.15 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 31 strikeouts, 14 walks.
So yes, the Mets are known for some great, logical, groundbreaking, moves including the names above. This lead to the Mets record of 77-85. With a new GM at the helm ready to fuck shit up, the Mets hopefully will have better moves to come. With the contracts expiring of the three stooges above, their probably great guys just didn’t have the best years, the Mets have some money to spend and moves to make.
Obvisouly the Mets are in a weird position. They have the reigning Cy Young award winner in Jacob DeGrom in his last year of his contract making $7.4 mil. Noah Syndergaard is in an arbitration year and will 100% get a raise from his salary of $2.975 million he made in 2018. Zack Wheeler, also arbitration eligible for this upcoming season, will also get himself a nice raise after his breakout 2018 season. With both Syndergaard and Wheeler under team control for one more season, the Mets really can only afford either Syndergaard or DeGrom past this season as both will command contracts most likely over $100 million after this season.
Syndergaard has already been talked about getting traded this early in the off season, and it seems to be legit. There are rumored to be “at least a half-dozen teams are believed to be real players” for Syndergaard as reported by Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. Heyman reports the Mets “are seriously considering” trading Sydergaard “if they could fill multiple holes with real impact.” Funny how he said “multiple holes” because in the Mets case, that means probably more than half their team. Some team will pay for Syndergaard. He is a legit Cy Young threat if he could stay healthy all year or even 85% of it. With a lot of cap room freeing up next year, the Mets could always go pitch heavy and try to build around DeGrom or Sydergaard and build up that ugly bullpen besides the great Eric Hanhold, or they can finally try and start to fill the holes they so desperately need on offense.
So, ironically, before I could post this, the Mets must have broken into my WordPress account (shout out WordPress) and got rid of two of the ugly contracts I mentioned above. That trade will be dissected in the next blog. Just wanted to let you know, that if you thought the Astros were cheating this post-season, I’m here to officially let the world know the Mets are on the hot seat.
All in all, the Mets got a little help with the Mariners just trading out of hobby, or maybe they really are starting a rebuild, either way, there are holes the Mets need to fill and some huge decisions to make this off-season and or if it carries over to the All-Star break.