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  1. I would've rather have seen them get McCutchen who is coming off a pretty poor season. He'll probably bounce back but it's not like last season *didn't* happen, he's over 30, and the 2015 version of McCutchen probably isn't coming back either way. There's always the injury potential with a pitcher but Sale definitely makes the Nats better than McCutchen would have.
  2. Speaking of catchers... the D-Backs shockingly non-tendered catcher Welington Castillo. I'd be all over him if I were Sandy but I bet they won't be ("we're content with d'Arnaud/Rivera!"). Surprised they couldn't trade him, he definitely had some value.
  3. I'm not at all surprised teams like Granderson more. Their remaining contracts are close to a wash (1/13 for Bruce, 1/16 for Granderson) and it's really not even close to who has performed better over the last 2 seasons: http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=bat&lg=all&qual=0&type=8&season=2016&month=0&season1=2015&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=9892,4747 Teams are smart and see Bruce for what he is: a one-dimensional player whose a big negative in the field and has sucked at the plate in 2.5 out of the last 3 seasons. Granderson is at least a capable corner outfielder defensively, who can be plugged in CF in a pinch, and comes with a solid floor at the plate due to his walk/power combo. It also doesn't hurt that he's a major clubhouse presence guy (yeah, I said it). That doesn't mean the Mets won't be able to trade Bruce; I can pretty easily see some AL team wanting to plug their OF/DH hole while not committing or yielding much in return, but that's just it - the Mets won't be getting much of anything in return, it'll be a pure salary dump.
  4. Trading two outfielders would definitely make more sense from roster construction standpoint - by moving just one, the team still doesn't have an actual CF, but by moving two, you suddenly have room to bring in a real CF. But who would that be? They almost certainly aren't moving both to plop Lagares in CF. Bruce would be a pure salary dump, Granderson much less so, but I don't think you're getting back a starting CF for either of them. Conforto is the more attractive trade chip if you go down that route (Dave Cameron of Fangraphs reviewed this precise scenario here). Would they consider signing Fowler with the salary savings? I have to say, the trade-off of Bruce and Granderson for Fowler is pretty attractive - the outfield logjam would be cleared, the lefty-heaviness mitigated, the outfield defensive scheme no longer worrisome, and the Mets would probably even come out ahead in wins with that swap (plus you're getting somethings back for Granderson and Bruce).
  5. Fangraphs' Depth Chart projections have this team at 84 wins as currently constructed (Nats are at 88 for reference), but they expect the Mets to get zilch out of Wright (which may be fair) and the projections on Granderson, Cabrera, and Cespedes all seem a bit light. That trio combined for +8.8 WAR last season despite a banged up, 132-game output from Cespedes; the projections peg them for +5.3 in 2017. It's fair to reason that Granderson and Cabrera will regress given their ages, but projecting them to be worth a combined +2.4 WAR seems pretty pessimistic in my eyes. They'd also gain about a win just by dumping Bruce and replacing him with Conforto, so I see them closer to maybe 86-88 wins. The outfield defense will probably be ugly again unless the Mets go out and make two outfielder trades (I doubt it), but for me, the main priority at this point should be jettisoning Bruce and fortifying the bullpen a bit. I still stand by the idea of Steve Pearce for the bench and it would be nice to find a catcher, but they'll probably give d'Arnaud one more go at it.
  6. Tremendous news! Seems like both parties found a happy medium with supplying a higher AAV in exchange for not going 5 years. Either way, we NEEDED to resign him so this is awesome! Now it's time to make Jay Bruce go away. Conforto is younger, a better defensive player, cheaper, and so on. I would hate to see the Mets sell low on Conforto and keep Bruce. Dump him for whatever and sign Steve Pearce. Pearce would be a great fit here - he can serve as much-needed platoon partner for Conforto and Duda while also serving as an insurance policy if Conforto flops (I'd bet against that - Conforto still managed an .800+ OPS vs RHP last season) or if we get hit by injuries again.
  7. Yeah, I can totally see a scenario where the Mets reacquire him at the deadline if they need a back-end starter due to injury/ineffectiveness. To a somewhat lesser extent, this situation played out last season with Kelly Johnson. This goes without saying really but Colon is definitely one of the wonders of baseball at this point considering his velocity, pitch tendencies, age, weight, etc. It just feels like a package that is destined to explode with an injury or getting destroyed at some point, but who knows when that will happen. You can tell me April 2017 or never and I'd believe both. If he can maintain being the Big Sexy that we've come to know and love the past few years, and we have the need in July, I'd be happy to bring him back. But at least the Mets aren't taking the gamble of $12M+ blowing up in their face. They have far more pressing needs to throw that kind of money at. It just makes too much sense to ride one of the young guys like Gsellman for a fraction of the cost.
  8. Love getting Walker back on the QO; perfect outcome for the Mets, in my opinion. Gonna suck to see Big Sexy in a Braves uniform - not because of the talent swing but just sentimental feelings. I'd be surprised if Mets fans boo him when he visits Citi Field for the first time... he was too likeable. I'm keeping my fingers crossed this team finds a way to get rid of Bruce and bring back Cespedes.
  9. I'm not too worried right now; it's only 6 games, the shots are there, etc. For what it's worth, compared to last season, he's seeing about 3 minutes less time on ice per game at even strength and about 30 seconds less of time on ice per game on the powerplay. I'm sure it doesn't help that the Hynes has shuffled the lines a gazillion times, either.
  10. Ducks finally signed Hampus Lindholm - 6 years / $5.25M AAV. That's nearly identical to the deal Ristolainen got, except Lindholm is a much more well-rounded player. Great deal for the Ducks in comparison.
  11. Arizona will play surprisingly tough early but Schneider will make some great saves. The Devils offense will finally "find it" and jump out to a 3-0 lead through 2 periods. Coyotes find the back of the net early in the 3rd only to be answered back by the Devils before the 10 minute mark of the 3rd period. Arizona then manages to find the back of the net with 5-7 minutes left giving us very slight anxiety but the Devils hang on to win 4-2. Book it. LGD.
  12. Will do! I got these tickets free via the Devils app promotion that ran a couple weeks ago. It was my wife's first hockey game ever and suffice to say, she had WAY more fun compared to Mets games we've gone to (she doesn't understand baseball whatsoever but can relate to hockey a little bit since she's familiar with soccer). I was actually surprised on how well she was able to pick up on things... and it doesn't hurt Newark is home to some great, authentic Brazilian restaurants to grab dinner before a game. Definitely will be more games in the near future for us.
  13. DUDE! I was in 126 with my wife.... totally could've met if I knew you were going!
  14. Yep, parked in lot next to Immigration building last night for $7.50 - I believe their rate is double that but it's $7.50 if you buy online ahead of time using ParkWhiz app. I believe it was you who mentioned the app in the parking thread in the other sub forum so big thanks! I used my promo tickets for last nights game with the wife. Sat in section 126. Fun finish!
  15. For the person above who mentioned ParkWhiz - thanks. Was very easy to find parking last night using the app and buying online ahead of time only cost me $7.50 (I think the lot is called LA Parking Corp). It's basically right next to the Immigration office; easy walking distance to the Rock.
  16. Practice lines this morning: Taylor Hall-Adam Henrique-Blake Speers Beau Bennett-Travis Zajac-Kyle Palmieri Mike Cammalleri-Pavel Zacha-P.A. Parenteau Sergey Kalinin-Vern Fiddler-Devante Smith-Pelly We're not really going to try Speers on the 1st line, right? But more to the point, I can't stand this constant line shuffling. I understand we need goals, but can we let these guys gel together for at least a few games? I'd throw this out there and see what happens: Hall-Henrique-Palmieri Cammalleri-Zacha-Parenteau Boucher-Zajac-Bennett Kalinin-Fiddler-DSP Extras: Josefson, Wood (Speers back to juniors) Auvitu has been a definite bright spot among the defensemen and Quincey has been pretty good, too. On the contrary, the Moore-Lovejoy pairing has been downright bad. I think they should be broken up or maybe one sits for Santini (I'd give the benefit of the doubt to Lovejoy). Only problem with the latter is after Greene, Quincey and Lovejoy who is the 4th defenseman you can trust on the PK? And maybe Santini is just a case of the grass isn't always greener. Anyway, those are just some of my thoughts through these first handful of games.
  17. Didn't see it posted here, but General Fanager (Tom Poraszka) was hired by Las Vegas as a Hockey Operations Analyst. Awesome for Tom, sucks for us!
  18. Don't really like splitting Henrique and Hall after just one game but glad DSP is flipped with Parenteau. DSP had no business playing on that first line, flukish-late-season-goal-outburst or not... Carp - Bennett is on the 3rd line, Josefson out.
  19. Same here, tickets are in my Apple wallet. Never had an issue using Apple wallet tickets to other events before (Fandango movies / Mets games) so should be fine for Devils games too...
  20. Felt like NJ was outplayed severely at times, but Florida is a great team - happy to steal a point on the road in a tough matchup. Also, nice to be reminded again how terrific Cory Schneider is.
  21. Happy to see the Nats knocked out. No rooting interest in either series, although the Cubs and their fans really deserve a WS title.
  22. Out of my own necessity, had to pick a Saturday game so went with vs Wild on 10/22. I kept running into an issue with selecting a pair of seats where it was basically saying I needed to find a row where they were at least 4 open seats together. Didn't quite understand that but happy with free tickets and decent seats nonetheless.
  23. Bennett, Boucher, and Santini are healthy scratches per AG so the projected lines in the original post seem accurate, with Quincey in for Santini. LGD!
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