Alonso gets in wreck, then named the 6th best first baseman in Majors

Mets star first baseman Pete Alonso had a near death experience on Monday morning while heading to the team’s complex. The slugger said in an interview that his car flipped over about three times in an accident, leaving Alonso shook but also grateful.

Every day’s a gift. Man, today’s really special for me,” the 2019 home run champ said. “I just had a blast out there today, doing work, seeing everybody. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier showing up to Spring Training. It’s truly amazing how I’m here. I’m so fortunate that everyone’s ok.” Alonso conceded the incident inflicted “a lot of emotional toll” but noted he’s “here, happy and healthy.”

While he reiterates that he’s fine and should be good going forward in regards to his health, I’m sure Mets management is keeping a close eye on their clean-up hitter.

Also Read: Is Freddie Freeman a Good Fit for the Mets?

Later on that same evening, MLB Network ranked the 27-year old as the 6th best first baseman on MLB Now, landing him in the midst of some pretty impeccable talent.

In 1366 at-bats, Alonso has 63 doubles, 106 home runs and 249 RBI’s. This gives him an average of 28 doubles, 46 home runs, and 109 RBI’s per every 162 games.

However, Baseball-Reference.com projects the former Rookie of Year to slug 24 doubles, 35 home runs, with 87 RBI’s in the upcoming 2022 season. That would be a substantial drop in the power department from his 162 game average.

Photo Credit: Haley Alonso

Familia signs with Phillies

Well, this could end up being an addition by subtraction but I get the feeling the Mets may end up missing the righty. Jeurys Familia has signed a one year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Familia’s contract is worth approximately $6M and can go as high as approximately $7M. The sinker ball pitcher is a career 32-25 pitcher with 3.28 ERA in 498.2 innings pitched.

During the 2021 campaign, Familia went 9-4 with an ERA 3.94 in 59.1 innings.

The deal comes a few hours after the Mets and Athletics struck up a trade for starting pitcher Chris Bassitt.

Mets strike deal with Athletics

The New York Mets and Oakland Athletics have agreed on a deal that would bring starting pitcher Chris Bassitt to Queens. In return, the Mets would send highly regarded prospect J.T. Ginn alongside mid level prospect Adam Oller.

Also Read: #MetsCrushMonday: J.T. Ginn

While Oller is a lot older at 27 years old, Ginn would be the prize prospect in this deal for the Athletics, as he was the Mets fifth best prospect before the deal.

As of today, Bassitt, a sinker-ball pitcher, will slot into the number three spot of the rotation right behind Max Scherzer. The right hander also possesses a fastball, cutter, slider, change up, and curve, in his arsenal on the hill.

Last season, the right hander went 12-4 with a 3.15 ERA in 157.1 innings pitched while earning an appearance at the All-Star Game.

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Is Freddie Freeman a Good Fit for the Mets?

Major League Baseball is back, bay-bay! After the MLBPA and the owners have come to an agreement, teams are now again allowed to negotiate deals with free agents. One of those free agents that are set to garnish a lot of attention is first baseman Freddie Freeman.

The feeling and perception around the league is that Freeman has played his last games with the Braves and plans to be moving on, as reported by Joel Sherman.

There aren’t too many MLB teams that would refuse Freddie Freeman and what he has to bring to the table, offensively as well as defensively. While Freeman is already at the age of 32, he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down just yet.

It’s been rumored that the Tampa Bay Rays have shown interest before the lockout took place, as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers even offering Freeman a multi-year deal.

The first baseman hit .300/.393/.503/.893 in 600 AB’s for the Braves in during the 2021 campaign, along side 31 home runs and 25 doubles. Freeman took home the Silver Slugger Award while also leading the league in runs scored in what could be his final season in Atlanta.

The Braves did put an offer of $135M on the table throughout five years, however it’s said that the former MVP has his eyes set on at least a six year pact.

The deal is going to take some serious commitments in the form of cash and the amount of years involved. But with Steve Cohen seemingly willing to go the extra mile, it isn’t completely out of the question.

What if the Mets made a deal? How would it effect them?

It would give the Mets a number three hitter for at least two to three years in the form of a solid defensive glove at first. Former Mets catcher and current analyst on SNY, Anthony Recker has stated in a segment that Freeman is the type of player that still wants to be on the field.

It’s a valid statement considering we’ve heard the same from Pete Alonso, also a first baseman. With the DH set to take over, it does give the Mets the option to have both players in the lineup.

However, this would likely force Dom Smith off of the Mets roster. While he’d be an obviously great bat off the bench, a trade would give the team the chance to acquire a middle of the rotation arm or even replenish the MiLB system.

But the answer is “Duh!”, Freeman is a great fit for the Mets.

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Mets Sign Jose Rodriguez to a Minor League Deal

According to Jacob Resnick, the Mets have signed Jose Rodriguez to a minor league deal. Rodriguez had 10 appearances with the Angels between 2019 and 2020, pitching to a 2.53 ERA over 21.1 innings. Over that span Rodriguez owned a 6.73 FIP, so small samplesize low ERA is definitely part of the story.

Last year the 26 year old righty pitched to a 4.47 ERA between AA and AAA for the Braves. He totaled a 100.2 innings with 21 starts and 2 relief outings. In that span he had a 1.22 WHIP and 8.3 strikeout per nine rate.

Rodriguez will fill in as depth in the upper levels for the Mets.

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Analytical Management: The New Feel For The Game.

Here’s a thought:

When the Mets fired Dave Eiland back in 2019, the pitching started to get better. His methods were “Old school” and players were having trouble adapting to his methods and teachings. When Phil Regan (GOAT/Vulture) took over, the Mets pitching seemed to have gotten better. Regan followed the Analytics while also implementing his own experience, but mostly putting the analytical data first.

Chili Davis and Tom Slater had old school methods and approaches. Now that they’re gone, the Mets are going with…You guessed it, more of an analytical approach. Hense why they brought Hugh Quattlebaum and Kevin Howard. Both worked in the Minor leagues. Hugh as the Minor League Coordinator and Howard as the Farm director….In other words, heavy in analytics.

The Struggles of Francisco Lindor didn’t help their case, but neither did the struggles of the offense as a whole, including struggling with RISP with the exception of recently in the Series win in Philadelphia.

As for Luis Rojas, his job is completely safe. He’s an analytics first manager like most in the league, meaning that most/If not all of his decisions are based off of Analytics. This includes writing the lineup (Written for him), In game decisions, which pitchers to bring in at which times, you name it. No manager has full say anymore in today’s game with everyone so heavily sold on analytics, with the exception being the Phillies in Joe Girardi, who demanded he have control of writing the lineup before he signed on to be the manager for Philly.

Although I don’t agree with it at all, MLB has been trending in this direction since if I were to guess, 2016/2017. The art of a manager actually managing a game, those days are long gone now. The manager is now a scapegoat while the analytics department gets the ultimate free pass. Every team now invests heavily in analytics. It’s the way of the game nowadays sadly. You can say to hell with the stats, but that’s ultimately what’s driving the game. It’s no longer a feel for the game anymore, unless you feel the analytics.

Mets-Nationals 2021 Opening Day Postponed

The New York Mets and Washington Nationals Opening Day game has been postponed due to Covid-19 issues. What we know now, the Nationals have two players that have now tested positive. Over five others need to quarantine because of contact tracing. MLB has announced that the Mets will not make up the game tomorrow, April 2, and the earliest the series can open is Saturday, April 3. We are awaiting more information.

It does seem that this may lead to SNY getting to call the opener, as someone on Twitter said could be a possibly.

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Here’s what the Mets offered Lindor

Recently we found out that Steve Cohen and Francisco Lindor enjoyed a night out at a restaurant, a lot of speculation has arisen since. However, thankfully Andy Martino was able to gain a “pretty accurate” figure, according to a source.

The offer was for $325M over a 10-year stretch, which is more than double from when David Wright signed his franchise setting contract. Of course, Wright’s deal was an extension and was for $138M over the course of an eight-year period.

Jon Heyman is also reporting that this will be the final offer from the Mets to Lindor.

It’s unclear if there were any opt-outs included, but I imagine so. I’m not sure if Lindor is holding out for a bigger offer from the Mets, or if he’s just dead set on entering free agency.

While all of us fans are ecstatic to have Lindor manning down shortstop all year long, we’re also eager to see a long-term come about. Yes, there’s going to be a few shortstops hitting the market after this season, I’m not sure any of them are as exciting as Lindor is.

Mets release Montgomery

After a bad outing today, the Mets have released left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery. Montgomery had an option to opt out in his contract.

Montgomery appeared in four games this Spring and pitched to a 6.14 ERA in 7.1 innings. While he was hit around a bunch, he did also manage to strike out nine batters.

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Hunter opts out

Tim Healey is reporting that it’s looking like that veteran right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter has opted out of his deal with the Mets.

Hunter appeared in five games this spring and pitched to a 3.60 ERA. The righty had a 1-1 record in 5.0 innings pitched and struck out three batters, he also held the opposition to a .167 batting average.

Throughout his career, Hunter has posted an ERA of 4.08 in 863.1 innings pitched. However, the Mets have a ton of depth in relief with pitchers like Miguel Castro and Drew Smith, just to name a couple.

A few years ago I would’ve said that Hunter could find a job relatively quick but the truth is that a lot has changed over the years. Good luck to Tommy Hunter!! Unless he’s pitching against us, of course.