Mets Aquire Another Player

The New York Mets have claimed infielder Travis Blankenhorn off waivers from the Seattle Mariners and will be active for tonight’s contest in Arizona.

In return, the Mets have DFA’d Wilfredo Tovar.

Blankenhorn has appeared in one game for the Minnesota Twins this season however has yet to have an at-bat.

Should Walker walk on over to Flushing?

Yes, I know that it would be a really long walk from Toronto, but the Mets could use one more starter at the end of their rotation. Now in a lot of cases, a team like the Mets with where they are, might make a move to acquire a veteran to fill that role, but Taijuan Walker would be a great pick, in my opinion.

Now looking at one of my newer favorite tools at the Baseball Savant website, I was shocked to see that Walker’s 2020 percentile rankings didn’t really match the actual results.

Baseball Savant

You don’t usually want to see this much grey and or blue when you go on a player’s Baseball Savant page, yet that’s what we’re seeing here with Walker. While he’s not blowing batters away with his fastball, his hard hit percentage is impressive. Not to mention he owned a 2.70 ERA in 53 innings in 2020.

RotoChamp

While none of these projections for the 2021 campaign are sexy, the Mets don’t need sexy. They need a pitcher that’ll give about 150 innings from the end of the rotation. I believe Walker can offer the Mets exactly that.

With Bauer off the board, I don’t think Walker is the best pitcher on the out there on the market, but it’s important to have contingency plans. Pitchers like Odorizzi, Paxton, and Arrieta are still in play.

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Robinson Cano to play baseball, again.

Disgraced New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano will join Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Winter League beginning starting on Sunday.

This will be the third time Cano has joined this team in his career. However, this time I’m sure it’s to stay in as best shape as possible as he won’t be suiting up in the Majors until at least the 2022 season.

This time around, Cano will also be suiting up with the young phenom from the San Diego Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr.

On the field, Cano hasn’t been terrible in his Mets tenure however, considering how much he’s making and that he’s also on PED’s, he should’ve had a better run.

Will Cano be back with the Mets in 2022? His contract says yes, but I’m sure that there’ll be discussions going on about how Steve and crew can get up out of it.

Photo from Bleacher Nation

Cano continues to let them know

Since being back in New York, well, technically Florida, Cano has proved his play is one of a 26 year old, as well. The Mets took on Dylan Bundy and the Orioles in Sarasota and, well, Cano is still hitting the ball and getting on base. The veteran second baseman went 3-4 with a double and a run scored before being removed for a pinch runner.

Cano is now batting .441 with two home runs and four doubles while driving in six runs in 19 games, but what has really come as a surprise has been his solid defensive play. While Cano continues to be a clubhouse leader, his leadership has definitely translated into his solid hitting, defense, and work ethic.

Last season in 80 games, Cano hit 10 home runs in 310 at bats, with 22 two baggers and 50 R.B.I.’s while batting .303/ .374/ .471/ .845 before he got suspended for the usage of PED’s.

Breaking down Former Mets Prospect Justin Dunn

Seattle Mariners top pitching prospect, right hander Justin Dunn was drafted by New York with the 19th overall pick out of Boston College in the 2016 Amateur Draft. He quickly rose through the lower minors and is beginning to make a case for the 2019/2020 rotation.

While it’s 100 percent likely Dunn won’t be considered early in the 2019 season however, with a long 162 game season full of injuries there very well may be an open slot for him down the line. We should get somewhat of look before the season starts during Spring Training.

Last season, Dunn made it up to the AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies, while he didn’t fare too well, he wasn’t exactly terrible either. He went 6-5 with a 4.22 ERA over 89.2 innings, striking out 105 batters at a 10.5 SO9 for 2018 and a 9.2 SO9 over 3 minor league seasons. It seems that the feeling within the organization is that Dunn is going to miss some baseball bats and I’m not hating the sound of that.

Binghamton manager Luis Rojas was quoted on The New York Post saying “His change-up needs to sharpen up” and that “He needs to be more consistent with his fastball at the bottom of the zone. He needs to know when to use his fastball to play up more. Once he becomes more consistent doing that, I know he’s going to keep moving up in the ladder, and he’ll be a big league pitcher one day”.

“He still needs to be finished off a little bit, but he has got all the fastball you need and it’s got life… The slider is real good, a great change up and is a real good athlete… He is heading in the right direction” said recently departed executive J.P. Ricciardi to Baseball America.

There are a few people out there that think that Dunn won’t be able to develop a third or fourth pitch and is destined to be apart of the bullpen. The righty is not unfamiliar with the bullpen either as he started his collegiate career in the pen before making the move to BC’s starting rotation during his junior year.

In my opinion, it’s a positive when you have a pitcher knowing the difference and understanding he’s a lot more valuable when a when a flame thrower is able to do both, especially with starters pitching fewer innings and relievers pitching more.

All in all, it’s kind of hard not to have a bro-crush and be excited about Dunn’s career when we keep hearing about his fastball and the life he has on it. I’m not a scout nor will I ever claim to be but my guess is that Dunn will start out the 2019 campaign in AA.

However, with the AA and AAA team not too far off from Citi Field, Dunn knows he’s going to have the Mariners Front Office monitoring his every pitch and is potentially a quick call away from suiting up in a Seattle Mariners uniform.

Source: LongBallsAndSuperKix.com

#MetsCrushMonday: Edwin Diaz

I genuinely love the off-season and this is apart of the reason why. Reading up on rumors and new acquisitions, and of course praying on a nightly basis that the owners will sell the team (to me, of course). However, I digress. Let’s take this time to read about one of the newer acquisitions from the Mariners, Edwin Diaz.

The Mets received Diaz along with Robinson Cano for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Justin Dunn, Jared Kelenic, and Gerson Bautista. Dunn and Kelenic project to be stars within the next few years so even though the Mariners chipped in $20M, the Mets still paid a hefty price.

While Cano is the one with a bloated contract and is on the decline, Diaz is the kind of player that would negate all the negatives tied in with the remainder of Cano’s deal. Executive’s are predicting that Cano has another 2-3 years of productivity left in his five remaining years.

Mets fans should find comfort in knowing that there’s a solid reliever in the backend of their bullpen for years to come. One person that’s finding comfort as well as excitement is sophomore manager, Mickey Callaway.

He was quoted saying this about their newly acquired closer;

Diaz was drafted by the Mariners in 2012 in the third round and debuted for Seattle in 2016 where he pitched in 49 games, 51.2 innings, and owned a 2.79 ERA in his rookie season. In 2017, he tossed 66 innings in 66 games while striking out 12.2 K’s per 9 innings.

However, last year in his age 24 season, pitched 73.1 innings in 73 games and struck out a tremendous 15.2 batters per every 9 innings. He has 109 saves over his three seasons in the majors.

As of now, Diaz is slotted to pitch the ninth to close out games but the Mets are still in the market for another late inning reliever.

Cano has a message for Mets fans

Robinson Cano took to Twitter via his account @RobinsonCano and let fans know that he’s thrilled to make his return to “The Big Apple”.

Of course Cano will be joining closer Edwin Diaz in the second baseman’s return to the city where Canó began his Major League career.

I wonder if Brian Cashman releases a statement on the trade.