Archive for September, 2013

By Steven InmanRuben Tejada, Andrew Brown

Ruben Tejada has a broken fibula in his right leg, and is out for the rest of the season.

Tejada injured his leg in a collision with Andrew Brown in shallow left field during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 5-4 win over the Giants. He stayed in the game, but was replaced by a pinch hitter in the bottom of the inning.

Like Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada had a miserable year and is now done for the season with a tough injury. He didn’t hit even after being recalled from the minors last week and is highly unlikely to be the starting shortstop again going into next season.

Tejada is still just 23 so I don’t think he’s locked in to be the .210 or so hitter we saw this year but he doesn’t seem to be a favorite in the front office or with Terry Collins.

Tejada is not yet arbitration eligible so he will be back most likely in a utility job. The Mets will call up shortstop prospect Wilfredo Tovar to take Tejada’s spot on the roster. Like Tejada the question with the 22-year old Tovar have always been with the bat. He hit .263 with Double AA Binghamton.

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By Steven Inmanuntitled

Mets ace Matt Harvey will avoid Tommy John surgery for the moment and has elected to rehab his elbow, according to reports.

Harvey had a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews yesterday and will rehab for 1-2 months and then will begin a throwing program. Again he can need the surgery at any time but there is now a chance that he avoids it and is able to pitch next season.

The Mets are playing with fire here. The last thing the team needs is for the Mets to realize he needs the surgery in the Spring and then he misses a chunk of 2015 as well.

To be clear, Matt harvey MAY still need the surgery. The right-hander and the team have simply elected to rehab it for a few months instead and to put off the surgery for the moment. The future of this organization is dependent on this being the right decision. Only time will tell if it is.

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The Mets are expected to make some kind of statement on Matt Harvey’s future at some point later today.

After getting a second opinion with Dr. James Andrews yesterday, Harvey has still not made an official decision and still might throw one more time in front of Mets officials according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

The Mets are playing with fire here. The last thing the Mets need is to have Harvey miss the surgery and then they find out he needs it in Spring Training and he misses a chunk of 2015.

I don’t believe throwing can make his elbow worse at this point if he needs surgery already but I’m no doctor. Check out BrokeMets later in the day for more details….

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With a gaping hole at shortstop going into the winter, the Mets must address this position if they want to be a contender next year.

Stephen Drew should be one of the more appealing options at short in free agency. Drew, 30, is unlikely to go back to Boston with top prospect Xander Bogaerts ready to break out as an emerging star. Drew has hit a respectable triple slash line of .249/.331/.436 so far in 456 plate appearances for the Red Sox. That’s a significant upgrade over what the Mets were getting at short this season.

Perhaps more importantly Drew is a steady glove at short who can turn a double play perhaps as good as anyone in the American League. Besides having a cool first name, Drew will have plenty of suitors this winter in a very poor group of free agent shortstops. He should be able to get a multi-year deal in free agency and the Mets should sign him to fill their massive hole at short.

By Steven Inman

In our last BrokeMets post we talked about how Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will be eligible for arbitration this winter. That led to a @BrokeMets twitter question by a fan asking who are the other Mets eligible for arbitration this winter. Well here is the full list.

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Despite a rocky start, Dillon Gee is having his best major league season and will get paid for that in arbitration this winter

First Timers

Dillon Gee

Justin Turner

Eric Young Jr.

Lucas Duda

Second Timers

Ike Davis

Daniel Murphy

Omar Quintanilla

Bobby Parnell

Eric Young Jr. will be back as a 4th outfielder next year and won’t make a lot through arbitration. There is a good chance that Quintanilla is non-tendered with the hope of bringing him back in a utility role closer to the league minimum but the other guys are all expected to return. None will break the bank but Murphy and Davis are starting to get expensive through arbitration. If i were the front office i would seriously consider long term deals with Murphy and Dillon Gee. Murphy has had another strong season and is rated as a three win player by WAR despite his so-so defense at second. Middle infielders are hard to find these days and Murphy was the only hitter in the Mets lineup this season that could be depended on from April to September. Gee is finishing his best major league campaign and guys who throw a lot of innings like Gee does, usually get paid handsomely. His first time through arbitration isn’t a big deal it’s the next few times that could be a problem for the team.

 

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Davis and Duda both endured tough seasons that keep their futures with the team up in the air

By Steven Inman

The Mets are unlikely to pursue a first baseman from outside the organization this winter, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

“The Mets expect to have their first base answer in-house, between Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin,” Heyman wrote. “That will leave shortstop and the outfield corners as the main areas for import.”

This has been the speculation all along but it appears the Mets first basemen next year will likely be either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. Davis will be eligible for arbitration for the second time this winter and will get a raise on his $3.1 million salary despite his poor season. Lucas Duda will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter and will likely be tendered a contract. Josh Satin will likely be on the Mets bench next year after establishing himself as a major league player not a journeymen minor leaguer.

I still believe the Mets will wind up trading one of these guys to another team. While Ike has more upside he is coming off a second consecutive terrible year and is starting to get pricey in arbitration. We talked before the season that the Mets were only going to go as far as Davis and Duda took them. They took them to the curb and the Mets are looking at a 64-81 season so far. If the Mets can get anything that could help them in ’14 for one of these guys they will pull the trigger but if not expect both of them to be back next year with some kind of first base competition in the spring. My gut says they will give Ike another chance at first next year but it’s still too early to tell.

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In a move that makes a lot of sense multiple reports have the Mets very interested in Free Agent Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and are making him their #1 free agent target. Choo, 31, is finishing up a strong year in Cincinnati where he is unlikely to return in 2014. Choo will have plenty of free agent bidders including the Cubs and the Mets. Choo is represented by Scott Boras, doesn’t hit lefties and is on the wrong side of 30 for a baseball player, so he isn’t the perfect target but may be the most logical target for the Mets.

I believe their is a good chance the Mets end up with Choo. He has already come out and said he wants “Jason Bay” type money. (Why he gave that comparison I’ll never know) I don’t think he deserves that kind of money but in a very weak free agent market, especially for bats he might get a deal in the four year $60 million range.

Choo has a WAR of a 5 win player this year which is just outstanding with 20 homers and a MLB high .424 on base percentage. He’s a Sandy Alderson type player, he gets on base a lot and he has some pop.

If the Mets brought in Choo it would be to play right field not center. Choo has really struggled with his adjustment to center but he has a great throwing arm and could be a very good right fielder and leadoff option for the Mets in 2014. The Mets will try to bring in two outfielders this winter and Choo would be a very good option for one of those spots. I specualted that Choo would be a Mets target here back in May. Stay tuned this winter for more on the Mets quest to add Choo.