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Would love to see some kind of breakdown/evaluation of the league's medical staffs. I hate feeling like I'm a typical negative Mets fan when I gripe about it, but I do think the Mets, as an organization, are about as terrible at managing injury risks as they are great at developing pitchers. Last week, the Mets played Cespedes while he was mildly injured and he severely exacerbated the injury by exerting himself. Yesterday, the Mets had <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=67132">Noah Syndergaard</a></span> pitch through an injury which they didn't bother to have an MRI on, and he came out with a devastating injury. Sandy Alderson claimed he "couldn't force" Noah to have an MRI on his hurting bicep, as if this absolves him of responsibility. On what grounds can a GM claim to have "done all he could" here? Sure, he can't "force" a player to have an MRI, but he CAN tell the player he won't start unless he gets one. I could go back and pull out countless examples of the Mets underplaying or underestimating the potential severity of an injury. I know there's pressure to get the star players on the field, but the Mets seem to act like that outweighs the pressure to KEEP the stars on the field. And now, as usual, we can await the Mets completely underselling Cespedes and Syndergaard's return dates and perhaps re-aggravate the injuries. I'm already dreading hearing the words "had another setback" coming out of Gary Cohen's mouth.

May 01, 2017 3:15 PM on Tidal Wave
 
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Thoughts on <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=45558">Brandon McCarthy</a></span>?

Apr 28, 2017 6:13 AM on Week 5
 
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Mesoraco is intriguing. Would you pick up him or d'Arnaud right now (no price difference)? I'm desperate for a catcher and slightly bullish on TDA's tweaks to his plate setup/swing..

Mar 15, 2017 12:58 PM on National League Hitters
 
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If the Mets had just thrown Ynoa himself into the 7th innings setup role, what are the odds he'd outperform Salas? The mid-90s FB with plus slider and good command sounds like it would play up in short bursts.

 
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The Mets have mishandled Conforto, IMO. His horrible 2016 slump coincided with a clear difference in setup in the box. He was noticeably noisier in the box, from what I saw. His hands moved around and his swing became loopier. He seemed unable to recognize any given pitch- perhaps the result of having to start his loopy swing earlier, perhaps from vision problems (?). The Mets, for their part, did nothing to straighten out mechanical issues when they sent him to Vegas, nor did they do anything to fix his wrist. Hopefully Conforto can right the ship himself, but he had the same noisy, loopy swing when he came up from Vegas in late 2016. And finally, Conforto is the LAST lefty hitter on the Mets roster who should be platooned. Bruce, Duda, and Grandy all have much more pronounced and entrenched platoon splits- they should be platooned if need be. Conforto has shown an ability to hit lefties and should be given the opportunity to prove that he can wherever he plays.

Feb 13, 2017 7:15 AM on Michael Conforto
 
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No reps for Flores at 1B? I figure he'll get 150 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=PA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('PA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">PA</span></a> there. And <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=47142">Jay Bruce</a></span> starting 80% of the time? I'd anticipate Lagares in CF and Granderson in RF more often against lefties

Feb 08, 2017 2:23 PM on October 6-13
 
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No mention of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=103203">Amed Rosario</a></span> here?

Feb 08, 2017 4:30 AM on Shortstop
 
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Do the Dodgers need to take out a restraining order on <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=PECOTA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('PECOTA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">PECOTA</span></a>? This is an obsessive, stalker-level crush we're looking at here. I think the Dodgers will win the division again, but predicting 98 wins? The Cubs are still the best team in baseball, IMO (and I'm a Mets fan myself). Look, I love Kershaw, Seager, Urias, and even Hill and Maeda as much as the next guy, but some of these weighted means just seem overly bullish. I'd definitely take the under on that Puig projection and it's not like they're supplementing last year's squad, except for adding a presumable extra half year of Hill..

 
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Myers's "breakout" 2016 seemed to be a tick below one of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=56196">Lucas Duda</a></span>'s healthy years. I get that Myers is on the brink of reaching his prime years, but he doesn't seem like the type of player to necessarily make a cornerstone. That, and, health risks aside, he seemed to be a bit wasted at first base as opposed to a corner OF spot. I think <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70917">Trea Turner</a></span> + <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70485">Joe Ross</a></span> will continue to make Myers's original acquisition look foolish.

Jan 19, 2017 9:52 AM on Extension Party
 
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A little confused as to why <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=107180">Yadier Alvarez</a></span> is higher than <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Jose+De+Leon">Jose De Leon</a></span>. Both have mid-rotation projections, but De Leon has already made it to the majors, whereas Alvarez hasn't yet made it past Low-A and is at least two years away from the majors. Does whatever edge Alvarez has in ceiling really outweigh De Leon's floor?

 
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Would love to see the Mets swing a three-team trade involving Bruce for Inciarte, but I suspect the Braves know they have a valuable piece and demand a pretty penny for him.

Nov 30, 2016 1:11 PM on Cespedes Fallout
 
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Is that picture really of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=68603">Aaron Judge</a></span>?

 
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I'll remain bullish on Flores. He's always had a strong pedigree and tools that haven been somewhat slow to actualize. Every time it seems he may have reached his ceiling, he improves. I think that, if given regular playing time against both lefties and righties, he'll become a solid regular/borderline all-star this year. Though Collins will probably still pigeonhole him.

 
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What happened to tool gradings for each player? Were they determined to be unreliable or too hard to gauge?

 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Jose+Ramirez">Jose Ramirez</a></span> has experience in the outfield, no? And <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Carlos+Santana">Carlos Santana</a></span> has experience at 3B. I wonder why that alignment is more desirable than the current one. I'd personally have Crisp in LF and either Santana or Napoli on the bench.

 
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Not an Astros fan myself but I lament the loss of Tal's Hill, forced and perhaps dangerous and dumb as it was. Being nostalgic by design is not a negative to me for a new stadium. There can be no quirks in new stadiums that are not forced- all new stadiums are built by billionaires with gobs of taxpayer money on open plots of land, with excess acreage used for parking lots, etc. We'll probably again never see a stadium shoehorned into a group of neighborhood blocks that forces it to adopt quirks, a la Fenway, Wrigley. To my eyes, if Houston were to get rid of a quirk in their park, it should have been the Crawford Boxes, not Tal's Hill.

 
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How about Giolito and Paxton for today? I'm on the fence about both.

Jul 07, 2016 6:32 AM on Week 14
 
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No mention of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Jose+Reyes">Jose Reyes</a></span>? I know his skills have eroded and it feels yucky to own him, but with a few key position eligibilities, isn't he worth stashing?

Jun 30, 2016 10:53 AM on 13th Edition, 2016
 
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Any estimate on when Buxton might next be manning CF for the Twins?

May 26, 2016 9:35 AM on Eighth Edition, 2016
 
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Also, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=65767">Brandon Belt</a></span> has OF eligibility in Yahoo leagues. Maybe he'd rank toward the top of the three-star tier?

May 24, 2016 9:24 AM on Outfielders
 
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I'd be curious to know what percentage leagues have CF, OF, OF instead of OF, OF, OF. That's what my league does and it pumps up the value of center fielders (rightfully, IMO).

May 24, 2016 8:43 AM on Outfielders
 
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no mention of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=100316">Kevin Plawecki</a></span>? I'd be tempted to think his stock has risen (albeit from a low spot) as d'Arnaud's has fallen.

May 23, 2016 6:43 AM on Catchers
 
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RE: <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=101015">Jhoan Urena</a></span>, how much of his struggles would you attribute to be overwhelmed by overly-aggressive promotion? Should he be in High-A right now? Do we just have to hope something clicks after he struggles for a little while?

May 17, 2016 6:59 AM on May 17, 2016
 
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How do you feel about starting <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=38551">Francisco Liriano</a></span> tomorrow against STL? I'm on the fence..

May 05, 2016 6:55 AM on Week Five
 
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was it just me or did Harvey not throw any offspeed pitches last night? seemed like all fastballs..

 
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Hoping there will be a <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/column/transaction_analysis/">Transaction Analysis</a> on the Mets releasing <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=56850">Ruben Tejada</a></span>. Is this a matter of the Wilpons' penny pinching (I can see Alderson telling them "Let us sign Cespedes and we'll figure out a way to shed some salary in spring training.") or did the front office really hate him that much? This looks like a pure salary dump (of ~$2 million, ugh)- not likely the Mets will devote that space to another player. Or do they view this as a way to create flexibility to add salary at the trade deadline? Either way, the Mets had mediocre infield options, but they had a pretty deep array of mediocre options. Now they have one less useful option, and they're losing perhaps the only guy that can actually play shortstop (we'll have to see how Reynolds handles short).

 
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Would be a shame to see the Mets trade De Aza now as a salary dump. By signing him, they squeezed <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=58495">Kirk Nieuwenhuis</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=59617">Darrell Ceciliani</a></span> off the roster, both of whom would/could play similar roles to De Aza. I might have argued that Kirk was the superior (and cheaper) player to begin with- <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=PECOTA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('PECOTA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">PECOTA</span></a> think's he'll only be a tick worse than De Aza at the plate in 2016, but he's clearly better defensively. Still, I have a feeling they will need the depth that De Aza can provide this year..

 
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Alex Anthopoulos is also in the Dodgers' front office now. Yikes. This to me looks like the best org in baseball across the board: major leagues, minor leagues, front office, and financial resources.

 
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Curious- why does Hendriks have a higher <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=VORP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('VORP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">VORP</span></a> than Doolittle, but a lower <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=WARP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('WARP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">WARP</span></a>?

 
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How close would Giolito have been to making this list? I'm tempted to think he'd provide more 3-year value than the bottom handful, even with the expectation of being in the minors for half of 2016 and adjusting to the majors for the rest of the season..

Feb 29, 2016 10:33 AM on Top 50 Starting Pitchers
 
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FYI- the main BP page shows <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=103203">Amed Rosario</a></span> as the top prospect instead of Matz next to the link to this page.

 
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I think that Montero can still be a good #4 starter, maybe even a bit more, if he's given time to settle in. His path to getting consistent major league starts is pretty hazy, though. I also think that, if moved to the bullpen, his stuff could play up and he could be a decent setup man himself. So I think that if the Mets are looking for another reliever, they should instead just look at Montero for that role.

 
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..I will continue to yell that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=65965">Sean Gilmartin</a></span> is the Mets' second best reliever. He should be setting up in front of Familia and Reed. For some reason, presumably because he's a lefty that doesn't throw hard, he continues to seem like an afterthought.

Feb 25, 2016 11:33 AM on October 6-13
 
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Looks like <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=101015">Jhoan Urena</a></span>, who ranked #10 last year, had a rough 2015. Was that more due to an aggressive promotion from rookie ball to A+, or has he lost some projection?

 
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speaking of Sano, where would he rank on this list, given his impending move to the outfield?

Feb 18, 2016 8:41 AM on Top 40 Outfielders
 
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Isn't Sano slated to play RF for the Twins?

 
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When will the 2016 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=PECOTA" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('PECOTA'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">PECOTA</span></a> Weighted Means spreadsheet be available? The link under the "Fantasy" tab is still for the 2015 version..

 
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Thanks. I also wonder about the seeming hierarchy on the pitching side. 180 innings for Colon / 165 for Syndergaard? Is this a function of Syndergaard being an injury risk as a young pitcher? I'd think that Colon might be a bigger injury risk, given his age. Plus he gets shifted to the bullpen if/when the "big 5" are concurrently in the rotation. It also looks like <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=47078">Jerry Blevins</a></span> is the primary setup man. I think he'll be used more as a <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=LOOGY" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('LOOGY'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">LOOGY</span></a>. I'd imagine it goes Familia, Reed, Bastardo. I'd also imagine that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66336">Hansel Robles</a></span> logs more innings than Erik Goeddel- the org seems to favor him more.

Feb 17, 2016 12:10 PM on October 6-13
 
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I believe the Mets were pegged to win 91 games here as of this morning. Now it's 90. What changed?

Feb 16, 2016 2:45 PM on October 6-13
 
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No mention of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=100261">Lucas Giolito</a></span>? The top prospects list flags him being a candidate to be called up sometime this season..

Feb 16, 2016 7:13 AM on October 14-20
 
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Sad to see <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=David+Wright">David Wright</a></span> listed between <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=46752">Luis Valbuena</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66662">Tyler Saladino</a></span>. Not arguing with the placement- just sad. Here's hoping he and the Mets find a way to squeeze out some above-average production for just a few more years.

Feb 03, 2016 7:06 AM on Third Base
 
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I'll "third" that. Sano has 3B (and soon will likely have OF) eligibility in Yahoo.

Feb 02, 2016 1:51 PM on Third Base
 
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This doesn't seem to make any sense for Colorado other than to trade Parra (and CarGo) at some point for prospects. Not like he's going to help push the Rox into contention in the next three years. I wish my Mets had signed Parra instead of De Aza. The cost difference seems worth it for a better player.

Jan 13, 2016 7:48 AM on Rico Suave
 
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My mistake- it initially seemed as if this order was "2016 Organizational Rankings from Worst to First." Thanks for the clarification.

 
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This seems like a good system, so it's a bit surprising that it's ranked this low overall. I'd have thought the Phils would be ranked higher than Toronto and the White Sox.

 
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Teams very much buy into the idea that batter fatigue is real. They give hitters a break every few starts. When do we start seeing (healthy)pitchers getting starts skipped for the purpose of keeping them sharp/healthy? Kazmir seems like the perfect example of a pitcher that fatigues in the face of a full season's workload.

 
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Curious what the writers' thoughts on the <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=47078">Jerry Blevins</a></span> signing is. Seemed like a good signing for the Mets- filling a real need without breaking the bank or over-committing on years. <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=46630">Tony Sipp</a></span> just got 3 years, $18 mil while Blevins gets $4 or 5 million for one year.

Dec 18, 2015 6:50 AM on Feliz Nava-dad
 
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I remember that the Rays were the team most interested in Bonds during the 2007-08 offseason. I wonder how they might have fared differently in the 2008 playoffs it they'd had Bonds DHing (presumably at cheap cost).

 
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What if the Mets had used their second best reliever (<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=65965">Sean Gilmartin</a></span>) instead of a verifiably shaky Clippard to start the 8th inning of Game 4? Would he have walked two batters that would come around to score?

 
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Would like to see the Mets pursue <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=45398">Asdrubal Cabrera</a></span>. He'd provide a more balanced option at shortstop, pushing Flores to take on more time at second.

Nov 06, 2015 7:47 AM on The 2016 Free Agent 50
 
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Gilmartin did not face the Dodgers at all. In fact, he was not even on the NLDS roster. I believe you're thinking of Eric Goeddel, whom Gilmartin replaced on the roster to start the NLCS.

 
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Good point. Where on earth did the apparent distrust of Gilmartin come from? And if there was distrust, he was the guy to use in the blowout. Terry's use of Familia in Game 3 may have impacted his use/performance in Game 4.

 
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There were a number of events that didn't break the Mets way that I choose not to second-guess Collins on because I don't believe there was a clear right/wrong choice. However, it perplexed me (and I haven't seen/heard other mention it) that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=65965">Sean Gilmartin</a></span> was mothballed for the entirety of the playoffs. By most measurements, Gilmartin was the Mets' SECOND BEST reliever this year. Better than Clippard, better than Reed. In a series in which the Mets' bullpen cost them three games, his absence looms especially large, though no one seems to notice. I wonder how things might have played out had he been used in some key moments. If this seems inconsequential, think of the flip-side: how might things have gone differently if the Royals didn't use THEIR setup man, Herrera, in key spots?

 
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Curious- are team BABIPs available for this World Series so far? Royals deserve credit for putting the ball in play, but it seems that their rallies, especially in Game 2, was predicated on batted balls missing gloves. The Royals struck out three times in Game 2; the Mets struck out four times. I wonder why the narrative is more about "contact hitting is so valuable" vs. the Royals making hard contact/Mets making weak contact.

 
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Can we also address the tactical error of thinking that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=1466">Michael Cuddyer</a></span> can help a team win? A DH that doesn't hit isn't worth a roster spot. He can't even hit lefties. His ineptitude cost the Mets last night.

 
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I'd have DHed Cespedes (why risk further aggravating his shoulder on a play he needs to extend his arm for?) with Conforto in left and Lagares or Kirk in center. Kirk is good enough in center to the point that I think he's enough of an upgrade over Cespedes and barely worse than Johnson at the plate.

 
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I'm still perplexed by the Mets' aversion to <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=65965">Sean Gilmartin</a></span>. He was their second-best reliever this season, IMO. I'd use him as the primary setup man, yet they've mothballed him.

 
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I don't get the annoyance/outrage over bat flips. I love watching them. If you hit a no-doubter, you've earned the right to do it. If you do it and the ball is caught on the warning track, you're the one who looks dumb. Has any pitcher ever appeared to be less of a man or athlete because of a bat flip? Let's stop the hand-wringing.

 
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Would you start Lagares over Cuddyer against lefties? Also, any idea what the Mets are thinking in leaving Gilmartin off the roster? He's been excellent this year. It would seem that Niese would be the pitcher of least use to them at this point.

 
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Did the Astros pay less and get more than the Mets would have?

Jul 31, 2015 7:06 AM on Houston is Hip to Gomez
 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=51421">Alexei Ramirez</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=56761">Jean Segura</a></span> both seem like reasonable targets, though I wonder how much of up upgrade either would actually be over Tejada and Reynolds (assuming Flores's move off short could be permanent). I'm actually more concerned about left field. I think we may actually be seeing the beginning of the end for Cuddyer. If we exclude his Coors numbers and consider his age, I think this is reasonable to suspect. My concern is that the Mets will continue to turn a blind eye to his weak performance since he was a recent (costly) signing. I'd like to see them get <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=47142">Jay Bruce</a></span>.

Jun 26, 2015 9:32 AM on Steven Matz
 
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I like the 6-man rotation for the purposes of suppressing their starters' innings totals a bit, but will it be enough to keep their young starters pitching deep into the season (and playoffs, hopefully)? Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz, and to a lesser degree, DeGrom, run the risk of accumulating too many innings too soon. I feel like it could possibly be a better strategy to just give each young starter a 2-3 week break in August-September. They'd have enough depth maintain a strong 5-man rotation while doing that.

Jun 26, 2015 8:26 AM on Steven Matz
 
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Is there/will there be a ranking of Relief Pitchers?

 
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It seems clear that no other pitching prospect can touch Giolito's upside, but I wonder why Syndergaard's close-to-major-league-readiness and lack of injury history wouldn't make him the top pitching prospect in baseball.

 
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Seems overly bullish on d'Arnaud in terms of playing time and WARP. I hope PECOTA is right, though! I'd think that Plawecki would figure into the depth chart, too.

Jan 30, 2015 11:17 AM on October 6-13
 
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Thanks for the info. What do you think the impact is for Wilmer Flores? In spite of his underwhelming MLB performance to date, he's been needing playing time and this would theoretically cut into his. To me, it doesn't make sense have Flores and Herrera on the same roster, unless Flores gets time at 3B. But that's not going to happen since apparently Eric Campbell is the Mets' top priority.

Aug 29, 2014 9:42 AM on Dilson Herrera
 
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What does it actually mean to "wrap the bat?"

 
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I figured he wasn't far off- thanks!

 
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I was surprised that Dilson Herrera didn't get a mention. How much shine does his outlook have?

 
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Thanks! I'll check it out.

 
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I'm perplexed as to why teams seem use MRIs as a "last resort" of injury diagnosis- particularly for pitchers' elbows and shoulders. What is the harm/downside in having an MRI after the very first sign of a potential issue? Hell, what's the harm in giving a pitcher an MRI on his elbow and shoulder between every start? I doubt that teams should be afraid of having to pay the co-pays..

 
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I've been eyeing Michael Pineda to potentially stash. Any thoughts on him?

 
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would really like to see Montreal and either Portland or Vancouver, BC get teams. Montreal is the 19th largest metro area in North America (ahead of Seattle, Minneapolis, San Diego, St. Louis, Tampa, Baltimore, Denver) so it makes sense in terms of the market. Would be a matter of approving plans for a retractable roof stadium.

 
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Can we get a brief analytical update on the Shoppach trade, now that we know that Pedro Beato is the player the Mets sent to the Red Sox? I had liked the trade enough when I thought that the PTBNL would be a low-minors warm body, but Beato, despite his major league underperformances, seems like a high price to pay for a player that's a free agent in November and a team that's not contending this year. Beato does seem to have late-inning relief as a major league upside. He seems to have enough stuff..

 
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Isn't it more likely that Huston Street, K-Rod, and/or Jonathan Broxton get moved than Denard Span?

 
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You could have tacked A.J. Burnett onto this list, maybe with an asterisk. Ironically enough, he was traded (as a prospect) for Al Leiter.

May 29, 2012 9:31 AM on No No-No, No Cry
 
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If/when moved to the 'pen, would Mejia scrap one of his offspeed pitches? His problem, it seemed, when he pitched in the majors in 2010, was that he threw fastballs almost exclusively. He didn't miss any bats. Can/will he be able to maintain a fastball/change-up/curveball mix in relief?

 
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Kevin, What do you foresee the Mets doing with Jennry Mejia? Dan Warthen says he sees him as a future reliever, but is he basing that mostly on body type and mechanics? It seems that Mejia has the repertoire to start..

 
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At what point does this constitute a sort of soft embezzlement on the part of the Wilpons? The Mets, as a franchise, come with certain bounds in which they should/must be operated. Mets fans invested in their team with the expectation that ownership would use a standard percentage of revenue to re-invest in team payroll. Instead, the Wilpons are siphoning money out of team payroll in order to cover their gambling debts. If the owner of a large charity raises money for cancer research, the expectation is that he/she will invest the money in areas that are relevant to cancer research. If the owner's 16 year old son takes the family car for a spin, hits a pedestrian, and triggers a lawsuit against the owner, he/she does not have the right to skim money from the charity to cover this. Saying you were "blindsided", regardless of the charge, is irrelevant.

 
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The contract was indeed a part of the trade in that Santana would only have waived his no-trade clause after an extension with the Mets had been agreed upon (or at least that's what he said at the time). That's what makes the trade difficult to evaluate. On a pure talent level, the Mets are the obvious winners. But they're now saddled with an enormous contract with the distinct possibility that Santana may never pitch for them again. Hopefully Santana recovers and pitches well enough, though.

 
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this might be missing the Nats/Gio analysis?

 
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Kevin, Would you care to share a thought on Fernando Martinez going to the Astros via waivers? I understand that his stock has fallen far, but he's still just 23 years old and it boggles my mind that the Mets think it's more important to keep DJ Carrasco and his 6.02 ERA on the roster than to hold onto F-Mart.

 
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This is a bad deal when you consider the other options that were available. Between Ibanez, Burrell, Dunn and Abreu (not counting Manny since he\'s decidedly more expensive), Ibanez is easily the worst. He\'s older, not a good hitter for his position, plays terrible defense at an easy position, and left handed. Sorry, but a 36 year old DH who can\'t play left field, can\'t slug .500, can\'t get on base more often than Fukudome or Lyle Overbay and whose handedness creates a distinct lineup imbalance just isn\'t that valuable.