MLBtraderumors.com is the baseball site, with arguably the best predictions among free agent signings. They posted their TOP 50 free agents predictions earlier today and here are the players they picked the Mets to sign.
J.T. Realmuto 5/125: They picked the Mets to get the best catcher on the market for a 5 year deal, worth 25 mil per season. Although, in a recent article, I mentioned my desire to sign James McCann instead, it’s no secret Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball. Getting him, would improve the Mets in a big way. He is a good hitting catcher with great pop time/framing skills. He is one of the few catchers than can play all parts of the game very well. And for the deal he is expecting to get, it’s a solid move for a big improvement.
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Charlie Morton 1/8: According to MLBtraderumors, the Mets will miss out and settle for Charlie Morton to fill their rotation. Morton coming off an off year, but was his better self after returning from the IL. Morton pitched well again in the playoffs, to show his old form isn’t completely gone. I really like Morton, but not as the only addition to bolster the rotation, which was horrid. For 1 year at 8 mil, getting Morton is a great deal.
Overall this was a underwhelmed projection. I hope and expected the Mets to do more in the free agent market. Or will they be more active in the trade market? Fun offseason coming up.
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There is an expectation around MLB insiders that the Mets will have a new catcher named J.T. Realmuto in 2021. Obviously Realmuto is a great catcher, arguably the best out there. Him in Orange and Blue would be great, but not how I would spend the money. In comes: James McCann.
James McCann has been a very solid hitter for the White Sox over the last 2 seasons. He hit .273/.328/.460 in 2019, followed by a better slash line in 2020 (.289/.360/.536). This comes after years of under average hitting seasons. Looking at the stat cast numbers, it shows McCann average exit velo was up and he barreled more pitches up. He went from 180th in exit velo to 79th in the majors. A clear indicator he has been hitting the ball with more authority. It actually increased his whiff%, but who cares?
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On the defensive side, McCann was in the 88th percentile in framing, something Mets catchers have lacked in recent years. His pop up time to second isn’t great, but overall he was and still is a very solid defensive catcher. Even if he declines on the offensive side, he is still a solid defender that has shown little issues with his health so far in his career.
Contract wise, McCann is a far cheaper option than Realmuto. According to Fangraphs, McCann is projected to get a 2 year deal worth 7 mil per year. While I think McCann will get a better deal (3/24), I still think it’s worth while. IMO, that’s a better gamble than getting Realmuto for the contract he wants.
Again, love Realmuto as a player. He is clearly the best out there. But spending money, should be wisely, even if you can spend a lot. Sandy will try and work that way and maybe look at McCann or other catchers instead of the big gun.
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The BNNY crew over at SNY came together and spoke about if the Mets should sign catcher Yadier Molina. And while we know that many fans want a player like JT Realmuto, James McCann, or even Salvador Perez, Molina is a clear option for the most obvious of reasons.
Molina is a 9x All-Star as well as a 9x Gold Glove winner and 4x Platinum Glove winner that handles a pitching staff incredibly well. The scrappy Puerto Rican catcher has always been a grinder and is a determined winner, sounds like something the Mets could use as new ownership takes over.
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It’s not like Molina had a terrible 2020 campaign (.262/.303/.359/.662) but he’s definitely on a steady decline at 38 years old. So if the Mets do decide to make an acquisition, it may be on a platoon basis, or even a mentor role as a back-up catcher.
I’d imagine he’d take a mentor/back-up catcher role with the St. Louis Cardinals before anyone else, however Steve Cohen’s fat wallet may have the veteran reconsidering all of his options.
If he does come to the Mets, the future Hall of Famer would be a perfect mentor for the likes of Ali Sanchez, young phenom Francisco Alvarez, and even Tomas Nido.
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By Corné Hogeveen
Bold idea that I like the Mets to try, is getting Salvador Perez from the Royals. The boldest part is getting Danny Duffy in the deal for Perez. Why? To save us from giving up to much prospect wise.
Catching is a desperate need. Yes you have Realmuto and James McCann on the free agent market and yes, you can pay up for them. Most risky about getting them, is adding a over 30 catcher for multiple years. Perez, is 30 and has one year left on his deal at $13M.
After missing the 2019 season due to injury, Perez came back and was outstanding for the Royals. In 2020 he played 37 games, collected 1.9 bWAR and hit .333/.353/.633 with 11 homers. That is outstanding.
To get him, without giving up to much, is adding a bad contract. Danny Duffy is owned 15.5 mil in his last contract year. He is coming off a year were he pitched to a 4.95 ERA. Not great and costly. Over his last three seasons he has been below average. In 2019, he was solid with a 4.34 ERA and a ERA+ of 110. Obviously he isn’t worth the contract, but that’s why you save up on the prospect. You can still slide in Duffy as the fifth starter behind Jake, Peterson and hopefully Stroman or Bauer.
The Royals needs to eat some of the money. The better prospect they want, the more they need to give the Mets. Still overall the Royals would get ride of a lot of money and can get a decent prospect (depending on how much money they give the Mets).
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I should start this out by giving a shot out to Maria Teresa for bringing the news about Sal Perez’ injury to my attention as well as conceiving the notion to this potential move. Now, there hasn’t been any rumors that link these two teams together however, it makes a tremendous amount of sense.
With Sal Perez going down for a substantial amount of time, the Royals should implore the idea of trying to acquire the Mets backstop. d’Arnaud was actually the centerpiece of the trade between the BlueJays and the Mets, when the Mets traded away R.A. Dickey (who had just won the N.L. Cy Young) and Josh Thole for John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard and Wilmer Beccera.
The former first round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies doesn’t make a ton of money in comparison to his peers and although many would disagree with me on this, d’Arnaud still does have some upside.
I don’t expect him to throw out any burners on the path however he does work well with pitchers and was highly recognized as one of the best framers behind the plate, I believe that should count for something. Let’s not forget his ability to hit, while he hasn’t consistently blown anyone way, you can clearly see that the pop is there and can hit over .250, I just wouldn’t expect a heavy OBP from the right hander.
I don’t expect much in return from the Royals, but in this instance, I would pull the trigger just to see him flourish in another scene.