5 Realistic Moves New York Mets Could Make This Offseason
5 Realistic Moves
The World Series is over, the parade is done and the Boston Red Sox have a year to bask in the glory of their most recent championship. Players throughout the league will take some time off to spend with their families while others might play in winter leagues in Venezuela or around the Caribbean. Either way, they’ll be back in 2014 ready for a new season.
For general managers, however, 2014 is already underway. They have no offseason, no time to clear their minds and shut everything down. As far as they’re concerned, the pursuit of the 2014 World Series title has already begun.
One of the busiest GMs will be Sandy Alderson as he continues to rebuild the New York Mets. The team possesses a perennial All-Star third baseman, great young catcher and deep crop of pitching prospects. But there’s much work to be done before the Mets can be considered serious contenders.
Already, the Amazin’s have been listed as a potential landing spot for free agents like Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo, but each would require a huge contract. There have been reports the organization will not spend a nine-figure sum on one player, thus the Mets might refuse to pay Jay-Z and Scott Boras’ respective ransoms. After all, it was Alderson who laid the groundwork for the Moneyball A’s.
The Mets will, however, have to spend some cash on a shortstop, corner outfielder and maybe a first baseman, depending on how the Ike Davis/Lucas Duda issues play out.
Alderson will certainly be busy this winter. These are five realistic moves the New York Mets could make this offseason.
5. Trade Daniel Murphy
Rumor has it the Mets will aggressively shop Daniel Murphy this offseason. The second baseman batted .286/.319/.415 this year with 13 home runs and 78 RBIs – solid numbers considering he played half his games at Citi Field. He was also second in the National League in hits with 188.
Robinson Cano is the only player the Mets believe could be worth $100 million, but even if they don’t sign the superstar second baseman, there’s a good chance Murphy will not be back in Flushing next season.
4. Trade Bobby Parnell
Like Murphy, Bobby Parnell is a potential trade piece for the Mets. In fact, the closer probably would have been dealt this year if not for a neck injury he suffered in late July.
Before his season ended, he recorded 22 saves with a 2.16 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched. Closers are often overvalued, but many teams are in need of bullpen help. With Vic Black coming up from the minors, Parnell might be expendable to the Mets.
3. Trade Rafael Montero
The Mets’ pitching is deep enough that they can spare an arm or two. Matt Harvey might as well be the Borough President of Queens, and Zack Wheeler and minor leaguer Noah Syndergaard are likely off-limits, as well. Jonathon Niese is the sole south paw in the rotation and Dillon Gee would be difficult to deal.
Rafeal Montero, however, could be traded this offseason. Between Double-A and Triple-A this year, the 23-year-old struck out 150 batters in 155.1 innings pitched with a 2.78 ERA. Though it would be difficult to part with the electric young right hander, the Mets have enough pitching that they could potentially package Montero in a trade for one of the Dodgers’ spare outfielders.
2. Sign Jhonny Peralta
The Mets’ most desperately need help at shortstop. Ruben Tejada is terrible and Omar Quintanilla is not a long-term solution. Stephen Drew is one option since he’s going to turn down the Red Sox’s qualifying offer, but it would be stupid for the Mets to overpay for Drew just to watch his offensive numbers plummet after moving from Fenway Park to Citi Field (they've already been through that with Jason Bay).
The Mets are reportedly interested in Jhonny Peralta who could provide some pop at shortstop. In 107 games this year, Peralta batted .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs. Conversely, Mets shortstops combined for three home runs last year, the fewest in all of baseball. True, Peralta was suspended for his links to Biogenesis, but that isn’t enough to stop the Mets from targeting him to address the greatest hole in their lineup.
1. Sign Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson received a qualifying offer from the Yankees, but might decline it in order to seek a better deal as a free agent. The Mets need a power-hitting corner outfielder and could acquire one through a trade, but if they must resort to free agency, Granderson would be a cheaper option than Ellsbury or Choo.
His home run totals would no doubt decrease without a short porch in right, but he could still provide some left-handed power to a Mets lineup that desperately needs it. According to Andy Martino of the Daily News, Granderson is more likely to be a Met than a Yankee in 2014.