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Mets Options Better Than Jose Reyes

Admittedly, this is beating a dead horse, a horse deader than Jose Reyes‘ ability to contribute to a Major League team, but if you are going to complain about something, you need to present solutions.  After all, what is the good in saying Reyes should be released if you are not prepared to suggest improvements?

As much as I like to joke about it, no, David Wright would not be an improvement over Reyes right now, even if the argument could sadly be made.  Jokes aside, there are plenty of better options available to the Mets over what Reyes is giving the team right now and in the future:

Luis Guillorme
MLB Stats:
.400/.400/.500, 2B, RBI
MiLB Stats:
.300/.394/.433, 7 2B, 3B, HR, 15 RBI, 2 SB, CS

The main thing Guillorme brings to the table is great middle infield defense.  Even if his ability to drive the ball will remind you of Luis Castillo, he does have the ability to give you a good at-bat and get on base.  At a minimum, since getting called-up, he has show he is not over-matched, and he is ready right now to contribute as a utility player for the Mets right now.

Ty Kelly
MiLB Stats: .274/.350/.500, 7 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, SB

The immediate reaction whenever Kelly is mentioned is he is a Four-A player because he has a MLB career stat line of .211/.297/.340.  Even if you’re right, it bears mentioning this would be a huge upgrade over Reyes’ current stats.  More than that, Kelly is a versatile player and switch hitter who can play all four infield positions and can handle both corner outfield spots.  And for the knocks against him, he is .255/.351/.340 against left-handed pitching.

Tomas Nido
MLB Stats:
.154/.214/.179, 2B, RBI
MiLB Stats: .257/.333/371, 4 2B, 6 RBI

Nido would mean carrying three catchers and pressing Wilmer Flores to become a backup at short as well.  Given Reyes’ -15 DRS at short last year, Flores is not a dropoff defensively.  Nido’s presence on the roster would accomplish a few things.  First, you can give Noah Syndergaard his own personal catcher, which may not be a bad thing given the challenges catching Syndergaard possesses.  Second, having Nido would free up both Devin Mesoraco and Kevin Plawecki for more pinch hitting attempts.  Third, Nido would allow the Mets to take it easier on Mesoraco, who has an extensive injury history, and it permits the team to not over rely on Plawecki, who is still not quite established as a major leaguer.  However, you would ideally keep Nido in the minors once Plawecki returns to give him the regular at-bats he needs to improve offensively.

Gavin Cecchini
MiLB Stats:
.294/.342/.468, 11 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, SB, CS

After a lost season last year, Cecchini worked on a number of things in the offseason, and he is back to being the player he was just two years ago.  However, this is more on the long-term view as Cecchini has not played since May 9th when he fouled a ball off his foot.

Jeff McNeil
MiLB Stats:
.328/.403/.715, 11 2B, 3 3B, 12 HR, 31 RBI, SB

For all the clamoring over Peter Alonso, many are overlooking his teammate McNeil, who has recently surpassed Alonso in doubles, homers, SLG, and OPS.  The 26 year old is healthy after a few injury riddled seasons, and he’s flat out raking.  With him mashing right-handed pitching, he would be a good platoon partner for Wilmer Flores in Todd Frazier‘s absence.  However, ideally, you’d like to keep him in Double-A longer, and you would want to see him in Triple-A before rushing him to the majors, especially when there are more than sufficient options ahead of him.

In complete fairness, Phillip Evans, who has not gotten a hit in seven at-bats and was not great in Las Vegas was not mentioned.  Also not mentioned is T.J. Rivera because no one can be quite sure when he will be ready to return to playing after his Tommy John surgery.  Really, the Mets need Rivera to return as soon as he can because he would be the best possible internal addition to the Mets bench.

6 thoughts on “Mets Options Better Than Jose Reyes”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Well if there is a deal to be made — The Mets can have their draftees, their Amateur FA signees from DR, their #1 picks …. and …. then some of the Yankees first round picks and their lower level signees after those coming up already in NY at 3rd base, Catcher, etc:

    The Mets have their’s also such as Amed Rosario etc etc ….

    Who knows what happens by July or who knows if these owners will give de Grom even four years as a FA?

    – Cabrera
    – Syndergaard
    – de Grom
    – Pen
    – Frazier
    – Plawecki

    ———————————
    YANKEES
    ———————————

    Abiatal Avelino AAA
    Erik Swanson AA

    TAMPA TARPONS (A) (High A)
    Estevan Florial
    Hoy Jun Park
    Trevor Stephan
    David Sosebee
    Philip Diehl
    Michael King

    Abiatal Avelino AAA
    Erik Swanson AA

    TAMPA TARPONS (A) (High A)
    Estevan Florial
    Hoy Jun Park
    Trevor Stephan
    David Sosebee
    Philip Diehl
    Michael King

  2. Five Tool Ownership says:

    den Dekker is putting -Phil Evans – Dom Smith – Ty Kelly- type power numbers in Vegas following in the shoes of -Kevin Plawecki’s summer of 2017- numbers in Vegas. Who knows they might beat the St Louis Cardinals team for tops in the PCL?

  3. OldBackstop says:

    Guillermo is having a very nice game.

    Can’t conceive any of your other options. You keep ignoring that Reyes was WORSE last year at this point at the plate and wound up being our best player, along with Nimmo, at the end of the year.

    Reyes isn’t hurting us…he has only had like 50 ABs, Cabrera and Rosario and Frazier when he is back are 90 percent of the innings, and Wilmer is the next man up.

    You badmouthed Cabrera all winter too, if you recall.

    Where is TJ? If Reyes doesn’t improve he would push him into retirement.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Reyes hustled last year. He’s not this year.

      And to say Reyes isn’t hurting the team is nonsense, especially coming from someone who criticizes Flores at every turn.

      If you don’t like Flores playing, blame Reyes for being so bad Callaway has no other option

      1. OldBackstop says:

        I think are thinking of someone else. I’m a big fan of Flores, I’d like to see him be our 1b of the future.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          My apologies.

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