Garrett Jones does not fit the Mets

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Despite his pop, Garrett Jones really doesn't fit the Mets

Despite his pop, Garrett Jones really doesn’t fit the Mets

Pirates 1B/OF Garret Jones was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday. Jones,32, hit 15 homers for the Pirates in a down year in 2013. Jones was due over $5 million in arbitration so he was designated for assignment. The Pirates now have 10 days to trade Jones before he is released.

A few Mets fans have tweeted the BrokeMets account asking if Jones is a fit. He has a ton of power but he is not a fit for the Mets.

Jones is really just a first basemen who can play a poor right field. The issue with Jones is he really only hits right-handers. Jones hit .095 in a very short sample against lefties in 2013. in 491 career at bats against lefites Jones has hit just .193 compared to .271 vs right-handers. Sounds awfully similar to Ike Davis and Lucas Duda.

Also the Mets really can’t afford Jones’ price tag right now on their budget. They could bring him in if he gets released I suppose, but he would likely look for a better opportunity for playing time then.

The Mets are looking to unload one of Davis or Duda because they are too similar. They don’t need to add a third first basemen that is likely a platoon player.

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