Mets Running out of Shortstop Options Quickly

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

The Mets would have loved to add Jhonny Peralta to their infield

The Mets would have loved to add Jhonny Peralta to their infield

The Mets #1 shortstop target Jhonny Peralta is now off the board as he fills the Cardinals enormous hole at shortstop. Peralta got a 4 year $52 million deal to play for St. Louis, much more than what most expected him to get. The Mets were willing to offer Peralta a 2-year deal which wasn’t taken well by Peralta or his agent when they met at the GM Meetings in Orlando last week.

If I were the Mets I would have given Peralta four years. $13 million a year isn’t a bad deal for a shortstop who can hit. Now the Mets are left without a clear option at shortstop. Free agent Stephen Drew is expected to get more than Peralta. The Mets liked Peralta better than Drew so I don’t figure the Mets will be in Drew’s market at all.

That means the Mets are going to have to acquire a shortstop through trade. Trade options include White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez and Angels SS Erick Aybar. It is unknown if Aybar is truly available at this point but Ramirez certainly is. The Mets had interest in Ramirez at the trade deadline and he is probably the best available option left for the Mets.

I wrote about the Mets interest in Ramirez over the summer. You can check that out here.

Alexei Ramirez is the Mets best affordable option at shortstop

Alexei Ramirez is the Mets best affordable option at shortstop

At this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Mets have Ruben Tejada out there on Opening Day. The Mets clearly undervalued the free agent market and misjudged how much money their #1 free agent target would get. The Cardinals always seem to get it right and it appears at first glance that they did it yet again.

The Mets are now going to focus their free agent money on an outfielder like Nelson Cruz or Curtis Granderson. Shortstop continues to be a major hole for the Mets and it seems as if the hole gets bigger with each Mets target going elsewhere…

Who should be the Mets shortstop next year???

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – I don’t know who should be the Mets SS next year. The key sentences in your article are, “They Mets undervaluated this year’s FA market” and “the Cardinals always seem to get it right.” Those two sentences ubderscore the difference between a FO that doersn’t know what it is doing and one that does or the difference between a losing team and a winning team. The NYY filling their catching need by signing Brian McCann at $85 million for seven years is another example of a winning franchise doing what it needs to fill a need. When the Mets do that on a consistent basis they will tranform into a consistent winning franchise. That is what Mets fans are waiting to see this FO do. What or who is holding Sandy Alderson back? According to the Wilpons it is not them. Yet this has been going on for much too long. What do you say? Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Look the Cardinals are the brightest organization in Baseball by far in my opinion. I don’t think the Mets will ever get to that point but that doesn’t mean they still can’t be a championship caliber team. Again though I don’t think anything is holding Sandy back. They misjudged Peralta’s market. That’s clear but that shouldn’t ruin their offseason or 2014. At least i hope it won’t.

      They have 25 million or so to spend just to match last years payroll. The payroll is not going down. They still have enough money to go find a big bat, a starter and a shortstop if they spend wisely but quickly. Once they address who their target is they must act quickly. The rumors that last a while are usually the deals that fell through such as the Mets interest in Peralta. The Cardinals interest in Peralta was unknown until moments before he signed there.

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