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Mets Forgot Some Things On The Moving Van

Today was the day the Mets loaded the moving vans to head down for Spring Training in Port St. Lucie. While the Mets were careful to laod the equipment, there were several things the Mets have forgotten to bring down with them:

1. A Starting Center Fielder

When Juan Lagares is healthy, he is as good a defender as there is in all of baseball. His glove alone makes him an everyday player. With the improvements he made offensively, you could see him being an above average MLB center fielder. The problem is he’s never healthy. Over the past three years, he has not cracked 95 games played. Behind him is Keon Broxton who has hit .221/.313/.421 in his Major League career.

Behind them is a collection of has beens and never will bes. For all the moves the Mets have made this offseason, it is difficult to believe this is what the Mets envisioned as their center field solution.

2. Starting Pitching Depth

After being named a 2017 All Star, Jason Vargas has been terrible. Since that All Star Game, he has a 6.04 ERA, and opposing batters are hitting .278/.351/.506 against him. Consider for a moment he is probably the team’s best fifth starter option. That is because behind him the Mets have a collection of players who have posted ERAs above 5.00 at the Major League level the past few seasons.

This was the problem when the Mets traded Justin Dunn. The team lost its best internal sixth starter. They lost the pitcher who could get called up and be a real difference maker to put the team over the top. Instead, they are hoping Chris Flexen is a significantly better pitcher after his knee surgery, or Hector Santiago turns back the clock four years to be the guy who put up good stats with shaky peripherals.

3. Last Piece of the Puzzle

Undoubtedly, the projected 2019 Mets roster is better than the roster the Mets had last season. After all, when you’re a below .500 team, when you add a few quality players, you don’t have anywhere to go but up. Still, what the Mets have added is not enough.

Looking at the Fangraphs projected standings, the Mets are still just the second best team in the National League East. That puts them square in the Wild Card race. Consider for a moment, that is before the other three big teams in the division are done adding to their rosters. Certainly, a closer for the Braves, or the Phillies making one to three significant additions completely changes that dynamic.

Whether you are in the boat of the Mets adding a Bryce Harper or Manny Machado or not, you have to admit the Mets parting with five prospects, including their two best in Jarred Kelenic and Dunn, while taking on Robinson Cano‘s contract, is not worth it when you are putting all of your eggs in getting to a one game playoff.

Sure, we have seen teams like the Giants and Royals use that game to propel them to the World Series. We also saw the Mets waste a gem from Noah Syndergaard in that game. Point is, the Mets haven’t done enough. Fortunately for them, there are still significant pieces available even with pitchers and catchers reporting next week. They need to go out and do something.

3 thoughts on “Mets Forgot Some Things On The Moving Van”

  1. OldBackstop says:

    Clever lead ☺

    So…the thing is about centerfield…it isnt like the Mets have Lagares and four Jay Bruces. Broxton, Nimmo, and Conforto have played center reasonably recently and reasonably well. If Lagares goez down and its Nimmo in center, and Conforto/McNeil in the corners, that night be awesome. Broxton is there for pinchrunning, late excellent CF defense glove. Maybe Rajal Davis finds the magic. Smith, D’arnaud, JD Davis are all corner OF options. Certainly if one of Conforto/Lagares/Nimmo goes down, I would be howling for the Mets to deal for an OF. But I’m not terribly concerned in CF. Broxton is not great with the bat but when he gets on, or pinch runs, he is lightning.

    Vargas, I feel, gets disrespected. After an injury fked year, in his last seven starts he drew the Nats twice, Atlanta, Philly, the Cubs, and the Dodgers. He went 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA. I wonder how many teams have a 2017 All Star who looked like Koufax at the end of 2018 being challenged for the five spot?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      People are banking too much on McNeil being an everyday caliber outfielder. For all the things there is to love, there are also a number of question marks.

      As for Broxton, he’s a worse version of Lagares. Past him are two players who aren’t center fielders anymore. Beyond that, Smith and Davis are not MLB caliber outfielders.

      As for Vargas, maybe he is disrespected even with his poor stats, but remember, he’s part of a rotation with four other starters who have their on health issues.

      1. OldBackstop says:

        Ya get my point, tho? We could upgrade in the OF. But Lagares, Nimmo, Conforto and Broxton all play center, and fairly well.

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