With the Mets signing former Twins reliever Trevor May to a 2 year 15 Million Dollar Deal (7.5 Million Per) and former White Sox catcher James McCann to a 4 year 40 Million Dollar Deal (10 Million per), here are some signings I predict the Mets will make before Spring training approaches. Keep in mind, these are based under the assumption that the DH will return for 2021:
George Springer: 3 year 75 Million Dollar deal: Why 3 years you may ask? Springer is up there in age in the form of 31, turning 32 years old come September. Springer fills a gaping need for the Mets in Center field where they haven’t a true Center Fielder since Carlos Beltran. Having Springer will add a lot of pop to not only the lineup, but stability to the Outfield. I can tell you this, It will beat the ever-living daylights out of having infielders play the outfield (Dominic Smith & JD Davis). Don’t Square peg round hole the outfield. Have natural Outfielders play the Outfield and have natural Infielders play the Infield.
Brad Hand or Liam Hendriks: 2 year 16 Million Dollar deal: After witnessing the Mets bullpen Implode in 2019 and in the 60 game 2020, the Mets need a strong force in the Bullpen. Just having Trevor May isn’t going to cut it and the Mets after releasing southpaw Chasen Shreve need something with more liability (even though Shreve was one of, if not the most reliable relievers for the Mets. Personally, I’d take Brad Hand for the sake of him being a lefty and the need for a Lefty in the bullpen that can also go a few innings if needed. I wouldn’t mind Hendriks, but I’m more set on the Lefty and Daniel Zamora isn’t satisfactory to me and I think most will agree with me.
Jake Odorizzi or Taijuan Walker: 3 years 36 Million Dollar deal: With Rays ace Blake Snell just recently traded to the Padres and the price being too high for a trade for him, Other options have to be exercised. I’ve talked about this with some others and we’ve come to this agreement that whether the Mets sign Odorizzi or Walker, that they should get 3 years with 36 Million Dollars (12 Million per). Both options are veteran pitchers, both can serve as middle/end of the rotation arms and they can help the young pitchers (Syndergaard when he comes back), Peterson and maybe even Marcus Stroman to show them how to pitch rather than overthrowing. Either of them would be more beneficial to the Mets, not only for the Rotation, but the Bullpen and the Clubhouse and to the other kids on the team as well.
“Why no Trevor Bauer” or “Why didn’t the Mets sign JT Realmuto?”
Well in the Bauer case, While it was impressive that Bauer won the Cy Young in 2020, He also won that Cy Young while only playing in a 60 game season. He started 11 games with half of those starts against teams that couldn’t hit in the Pirates, Royals and Tigers. Yes, he had the best numbers in the National League and maybe even the American League, but overall, he’s been a proven head case. This is a player mind you, who in 2017 in a playoff game against the Yankees, got pulled and instead of supporting his teammates in the dugout, he went in the dugout, grabbed his phone, went on twitter and went on a humongous blocking spree mid-game. In 2018, He harassed an Astros fan for over 12 hours on twitter because she wasn’t a fan of is. While Bauer did apologize a couple of days later, it’s unacceptable to harass someone on social media because they’re not fans of yours. Also, Don’t forget in 2019 his little temper tantrum he had when he “yeeted” the baseball to center field when Terry Francona went to pull him, later resulting in the trade that sent Bauer to the Reds. Bauer has been a big social media advocate and while that’s usually fine and dandy, he’s pandering to fan bases due to his recent success, by ranking fan bases and trolling fans by wearing hats of other teams. Out of the nine years he’s been in the league, Bauer has had a grand total of two good seasons. One great Full 2018 season and a Great 11 starts in 2020. Other than those two seasons, Trevor Bauer has been an Average and maybe even a slightly above average pitcher at best. The last thing the Mets need is a player who’s more concerned about himself and his social media than the team he plays for. It would be an awful mistake to overpay for a Flash in the Pan and Head case in Bauer. He’s looking for 30+ million dollars in a Multi-Year deal. I don’t think the Mets should sign any pitcher unless they have the career that equals that or tops Jacob deGrom.
As for JT Realmuto, He definitely is the Best catcher, maybe even the Best in the league, But for what he wants, the Mets were right to take James McCann. Why? Put it simply, In a recent press conference, Sandy Alderson mentioned that while the Mets were in contact with Realmuto, he (JT) was not ready to sign with a team yet. Had the Mets waited, they would’ve missed out on other options that would come at a more affordable price. Where McCann signed for 4 years, 40 million dollars (10 Million per), Realmuto wants what he has stated as a “Historic Deal”. Rumors suggest he wants 5-6 years 180-200 Million Dollars and that amounts to about 33 Million to 36 Million Dollars per. For Realmuto, let alone a catcher with bad hips such as Realmuto recently had this past season, it would be too much of a high risk to sign him to a deal of that Caliber. As I mentioned, he may the best out there, but to sign him to a deal that high isn’t worth the risk at all. Keep in mind, Realmuto is turning 30 Before the season starts. To sign a catcher for 5-6 years entering his 30’s isn’t the smartest thing to do. Before you say anything, Yadier Molina is a different breed of animal and can’t be compared. Some say that McCann was overpaid and got too many years. That may be true, but by the time McCann reaches year 3 or 4 of his deal, the young Mets catching prospect Francisco Alvarez may be Major League ready. McCann can be a good mentor to Alvarez and probably be the Backup catcher by that time.
You’re getting the help in the rotation with Odorizzi or Walker at least until Syndergaard comes back, I think that Lugo will stay in the Bullpen where he thrives. Steven Matz may be a fill-in as the #5 spot until Noah comes back and then from there, you bump to the Pen so he can not only be another lefty in the pen, but also a possible reliable long relief arm as well. That’s when you have deGrom, Stroman, Syndergaard, Peterson and Odorizzi/Walker in the rotation.
You’re filling out the Outfield, more specifically with Brandon Nimmo in Left Field, George Springer in Center Field while having Michael Conforto in Right Field with either Guillermo Heredia or Mallex Smith on the bench for Outfield. James McCann is a more serviceable option for catcher, older yes, but he is loved by his past teammates he caught when he was with Detroit and the White Sox.
I don’t think the Infield changes much. Personally, I think that the Infield stays as is with Alonso as the DH and Dominic Smith as the Starting First Baseman, Jeff McNeil at 2nd Base, JD Davis at 3rd base and Amed Rosario or Andres Gimenez at Shortstop. I think Amed Rosario is the Starter and Gimenez starts the year off in Syracuse. Just remember that Robinson Cano is suspended for the entire year due to his second PED violation.
Here’s the Starters the Mets would have:
Infield: Dominic Smith 1B, Jeff McNeil 2B, Amed Rosario SS JD Davis 3B
Outfield: Brandon Nimmo LF, George Springer CF, Michael Conforto RF,
Catcher: James McCann
Designated Hitter: Pete Alonso
Rotation (Before Syndergaard returns): Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, Jake Odorizzi/Taijuan Walker and Steven Matz.
Rotation (When Syndergaard returns): Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, David Peterson, Noah Syndergaard, Jake Odorizzi/Taijuan Walker.
Bullpen: Hand/Hendriks, Betances, Castro, Lugo, Familia, Brach, May, Diaz.
Bullpen (After Matz is bumped from the Rotation): Hand/Hendriks, Betances, Matz, Lugo, Familia, Brach, May, Diaz.
Bench: Nido, Mallex Smith/Guillermo Heredia & Luis Guillorme.
Those are my Predictions.
Remember, Steve Cohen said he will spend, but not Drunk Sailor Spend. The Mets will sign who they need to sign in terms of Springer and other pieces, while also leaving room to sign the three key free agents: Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard & Michael Conforto.
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