The New York Mets have some big decisions to make this winter. Assuming they are not willing to put up the money it’s going to take to sign Yeonis Cespedes, (left) or even better they don’t want anything to do with him – they will need to move on a trade to replace his bat – one that clearly rejuvenated a struggling lineup and powered them to the World Series. To do this, teams will be looking at their core of young starting pitchers saying “Okay, for this guy, we’ll give you him but if you sweeten the deal with HIM we’ll give you HIM”. So, what is the best move for the Mets?
A deal for “him” (20-25 home runs 75-80 RBI) could easily be made for a Jonathan Niese (right) . Niese rebounded nicely at the end of the season putting together 5 or 6 consecutive quality starts. He has market value since he will earn only (like how we say that?) $7 million and he’s on the back end of a five year deal. Question is though – if the Mets find a suitor – is the return going to be enough?
A notch up from Niese would be a Steven Matz. (left) Largely untested but brilliant from what we’ve seen, he would provide a bigger carrot to get a bigger stick. But, would he land a “Cargo” for example. Maybe, but it’s unlikely it would be a straight up one for one deal and the Mets would need to fortify the pot with one or two prospects. Negative, keep Matz because the upside is too good right now.
So, you see where I’m going with this, right? The biggest bang comes from offering a big bang yourself. Harvey, Syndegaard, and DeGrom……the prizes of the litter. The so called untouchables…..do you want a Carlos Gonzalez (right) in your everyday lineup? Or maybe a Miguel Cabrera ( the Tigers are dying for pitching with Price gone)……..
Jacob DeGrom, (left) despite Harvey’s valiant start in the final game against the Royals (he should have taken himself out after seven strong), is the true Ace (compare the stats) of the Staff. He stays. Noah Syndegaard (right) is in the top ten in average speed of pitches thrown – hitters complain he is just “nasty”. Plus, all signs point upward in terms of maturity and confidence witnessed in his body language on the mound. He stays…….so…..
That leaves Matt Harvey – the Magma Cum Laude of the graduation class. Look down the road ￼…..do you see Harvey resigning with the Mets in a couple or three or years when he reaches free agency or accepting a qualifying offer from the Mets…….ain’t gonna happen. So, why not get the best return when you can………plus as a bonus you rid yourself of “Matt The Brat” (search previous columns).
He’s the one who will land you HIM. Straight up. Harvey Kuenn (batting average) for Rocky Colovito (power) years ago………they’re still talking about that one. After all, the desert in Arizona, if a deal is made for Cargo (or any other HIM), is just a short hop to Hollywood for Harvey from there as a free agent……let him go and save yourself a lot of frustration (ask Terry Collins off the record) in having to deal with Harvey’s behavior and temperament………cut the cord while the cuttin’s good…….