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  1. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    Funny you should say that...I was just thinking "Man, I guess Sandy should get a little credit for refusing to deal him"...and then like you said, he basically blocked him from getting meaningful ABs anyway. I think at this point, as long as they're healthy, you gotta keep Conforto and Nimmo out there (with the hope that Conforto finally gets hot for an extended period) and just deal with whatever downturns either one goes through...though it's not like Mets have much choice anyway, as long as Cespedes can't be bothered to play. And who knows what's going on with Bruce's keister.
  2. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    re: Nimmo, I hope the idiot masquerading as a GM is starting to see that guys who actually hit for a solid average AND get on base can bring more to the table that than the gabble of low BA-high K one-dimensional power bats that Sandy insists on parading through here. So maybe he's only a 10-15 HR guy from here on out...I'll live with that. Keep in mind that the OB% is probably a little bloated...he's been hit by 10 pitches this season. And his walk rate is actually a little DOWN this season...last year he walked in 15.3% of his plate appearances, and this season it's 12.4%. What's interesting is that he's now played in 161 MLB games...basically a full season's worth. Look at his numbers, and if he can approximate this over a full season from here on out, the Mets have found themselves a solid leadoff hitter: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nimmobr01.shtml The only way that I support trading deGrom is if it's not Sandy calling the shots. He hasn't earned the right to make that kind of a deal...if he botches it, he'll probably lose his job within a season or two after, but some other poor GM will have to deal with the fallout. I could see Sandy getting backed into a corner and then accepting maybe one ready-soon type, and then 2-3 low-level prospects...sure, maybe at least 2 of them are labeled damned near can't miss, but we've seen how much can happen as players ascend through the ranks. I need guys from deGrom that can help right away, especially with the year that he's having. I feel bad for him and think he deserves to pitch for a real franchise, so on that front, I'm OK with him going somewhere else. It would suck for sure though. The real keys right now to me are Conforto and Rosario. Conforto needs to follow Nimmo's lead and start hitting, and consistently...I'm getting sick of his Pat Burrell act (looking like a beast for some stretches, then being a complete non-factor during others). And Rosario is a really bad bat...I know he has moments, but for his young career he's slashing .247/.272/.380 (OPS+ of 77). This is not quite Rey Ordonez bad (Rosario hits for a little more power), but it's pretty bad for an everyday player, and made even more glaring by the many low-BA bats currently in the lineup. He just simply needs to start getting better at the plate. I don't think Smith has a real future here anymore...just don't think the brass has any faith in him. Guys like Frazier and Bruce are what they are...I don't expect much help from them. Cespedes doesn't want to play.
  3. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    In a lot of ways TC was terrible at managing, no question...and he never could seem to get a grip on how to handle a pitching staff, ever. But I definitely agree that the guy gave a damn, and though I don't think he was very bright, I think he always tried his best. I also think the majority of his players had some level of respect for him during his Met tenure...but in some ways he was as full of it as Callaway was, as he'd rarely hold anyone accountable (but of course this an organizational issue, has been for years and years) Unfortunately for Callaway, you have one big-time rotten apple in Cespedes, who I think could kill just about ANY manager, and especially one a completely inexperienced and overwhelmed one like Callaway. There's nothing worse than a room chock full of complacent mostly-haven't-won-jack veterans. I'm not going to pretend that Callaway would've found success under any circumstances, but yeah, I think with the toxic group of awful skillset vets that Sandy assembled, that a guy like Callaway was going to have no chance...that lockerroom thinks their manager is a joke. And Mickey didn't do himself any favors...you lose a group pretty quickly when you half-ass attempt to hold people accountable, and then don'f follow up at all.
  4. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    Kevin Kernan of the NYP with an excellent article about how Sandy and his band of merry men really need to stop giving other teams' no-hope rejects chances with the Mets. As far as a rebuild goes, assuming ANYONE can get through to the Wilpons, you tell them to get rid of that con man posing as a GM, get someone who actually gives a damn about doing the hard work that needs to be done, and let that guy make some decisions that will hurt initially, especially from a cost standpoint. Yeah, Sandy fvcked the Mets with the Cespedes contract...two con men who have plenty in common, sadly enough. But maybe you find a way to convince the Wilpons to eat the final year of Bruce's deal. And Vargas. The current veteran mix is toxic...like I said earlier, this is the playoff-drought Rangers all over again. A bunch of older guys cashing paychecks with zero comraderie or investment in the results. Get rid of as many of them as you can. Blow them out. Yes, the cost of dumping them will hurt, but the cost of just letting them stick around is greater...pretty soon no one will be going to the ballpark. Both the Wilpons and Sandy treat the Met fanbase with little respect and borderline contempt, but they're FAR smarter than they give them credit for. As far as Omar Part II goes...as happy as I'd be to see Sandy gone, I feel like Omar already got his shot here, and shouldn't get another one as the Met GM. Did he learn anything from his last go-around? Possibly. But I remember all of the befuddled press conferences, and more and more awful moves as his tenure went on. I like Omar in his current role, but I really want someone completely new as the next GM. And just fire Callaway already. I know he's got three years, but goddamn. EVERYONE can see how far in over his head he really is. It was a bold move in that he wasn't some retread, and sometimes you take your shot with a guy like that and hope he blossoms, so I can't kill the initial move...though I wonder what he said that dazzled Sandy and the Wilpons so much. As as much as I thought TC was a dope, his calling the ump a c*cksucker after Noah was ejected for throwing behind Utley is priceless. Video is out there, in case you haven't seen it.
  5. What’s your max offer for Tavares

    I'm right there with ya...like I said, hard to know what these guys are thinking about sometimes, especially from a fan's perspective.
  6. What’s your max offer for Tavares

    Some of these guys do just feel that loyal to the team that drafted them (or perhaps traded for them well before they became established), and some guys aren't really interested in signing for huge dollars somewhere else...maybe they're just that comfortable where they are, even if we see it from a distance and think that they're crazy to not at least test the market first. Lanny McDonald was actually crushed when the Rockies traded him, to the point where he was actually in tears, despite the fact that he hadn't been there that long (less than two full seasons' worth of games)...he loved Denver and the area, and really wanted to be a part of the solution. Teammate Rob Ramage basically told him that he was nuts, and that this was the best thing for his career. Sometimes it's hard to make sense of what these guys are thinking...like the guys who have a chance to get dealt to a contender, but invoke their no-trade clauses, even if they're on a team that looks to be hopeless for at least 2-3 seasons. If I'm JT, I think there's more than enough question marks with the Isles and their future that would keep me from signing with them before 7/1. But in spite of everything, it sure does seem like JT enjoys being an Islander.
  7. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    Brian Cashman is a FAR better GM than Sandy Alderson. Not even close...yeah, it's nice when you can take on a contract like Stanton's without issue, but Cashman did a fine job re-stocking his farm. I'm not saying what you're suggesting can't possibly happen, but to me, the only was it will is if: 1) Jeff Wilpon is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the Mets. He likes to think that he's a baseball guy, but he isn't, never will be, and all he'll do is meddle and get in the way. Unfortunately there's zero chance of Jeffy being completely cut of the equation, so all you can hope for is diminished involvement. 2) Sandy is gone as GM. To me, #2 is more necessary than #1...if you find the right guy (preferably someone young, fresh, sought-after, and energetic) and get Jeffy to stay out of things just enough (if I'm a legit GM I'd pretty much demand that before I take the job), then I think there's some hope for the future. I'm starting to think we might see Omar Part II if Sandy is ever given the boot. I'm not sure how I feel about that. Really depends on how much Omar learned from his past mistakes, especially his obsessions with race.
  8. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    AAA is pretty much barren. 1B Dominic Smith has been "graduated" for the moment, but the Mets are not high on him at all...the good news is that he lost weight in the offseason and has kept it off, but he was having a poor year (by PCL standards) with the bat in 2018, and he showed up late for a spring training meeting, which on top of his conditioning being up-and-down for much of his pro career, has soured the organization on him. Peter Alonso should soon be moving up to AAA, and he's quickly becoming the "hopeful future" at 1B. Mets have had their share of hitters rake at AA and not do much in the majors (Plawecki, Rosario, etc), so I can't go too crazy about Alonso...he's also not that young for AA (23.5 years old). C'mon, there's NO way in hell that the Mets go after Harper or Machado and you know that...it's a clear "they won't". I'm all for discussing scenarios that will help the Mets improve, but I think trading either deGrom or Syndergaard has more merit at this point than the Mets signing a mega-priced FA anytime soon. Daniel, Sandy is one of the least creative GMs out there. He's a complete zilch in that department. I'm terrified of him getting any chance to dictate a return for deGrom if the Mets go that route...deGrom is too good for someone to outright fleece the Mets, but I can definitely see a "That's IT?!" kind of haul if Sandy moves deGrom. If you read through this thread, you'll see that I rip Sandy plenty, and I think a big problem is that he's basically a disgruntled employee who doesn't give a fvck anymore. He's been taking the same approach to building a team around the starting staff that he mostly inherited (or was able to bring in thanks to a pair of Omar signings having big years at just the right time)...he completely ignores defense (see Bruce, Jay), doesn't seem to care too much about BA/OB% (see Bruce, Jay), or how much a guy strikes out (see Bruce, Jay), but seems to favor HRs over everything else, in a ballpark that is SCREAMING for a small-ball kind of offense, full of contact hitters who can get on base, put the damned ball in play, work pitchers, and keep the train moving. If you look at Sandy's past offseason, you can't tell me that he didn't completely mail it in...those were moves made for the sake of making moves...everyone else knew to steer clear of Vargas after his rotten second half, but not only did Sandy sign him right up, he gave Vargas TWO YEARS! Oh, and of course, no one is ever held accountable for anything. That's why a nothing like Jose fvcking Reyes can do nothing for half a season last year, get to come back to do NOTHING again to start this season, and STILL SOMEHOW TAKE UP A ROSTER SPOT. I would feel some level of optimism if the Mets had a GM that could actually be bothered to do homework, have the slightest bit of creativity, etc. But they don't. And as long as that lazy disinterested condescending POS gets to stick around, there's no hope for this franchise.
  9. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    If MLB was a neighborhood and each team had a house there, and trash day came along, Sandy would show up in a rusty ol' pickup and start throwing sh!t in the back with a great big smile on his face. That is literally the only way the Mets acquire players now. How many times have we seen it? It's fvcking nauseating.
  10. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    Oh I know, I was really just joking with you (I have to laugh to keep from losing my fvcking mind over this franchise), but at least the team you primarily root for should be a contender for years to come. For me, '7', Has and too many others, it's "Jesus H Christ here we go AGAIN." It's fvcking STUNNING that we're here AGAIN. This team is nowhere near a championship. Who knows when they will be.
  11. What’s your max offer for Tavares

    I hear ya, but as a Met fan, I remember when it was "Well what happens when we have to re-sign Harvey, deGrom, Thor, Matz, and Wheeler?" One of those guys' careers is already on life support and he's not even with the Mets anymore, and three of them can't stay healthy. The only guy who looks like he'll be worth a big-money deal is deGrom at this point. Of course, the guys that we all think have big money coming to them might very well play more than well enough to get it...more saying that you really just never know. Yeah, as far as "worst plausible case" goes, you have to go in knowing that the last 2-3 years of such a deal could really be, well, not good...but if you get four at or near prime-type seasons, you take it. At least JT won't be ancient in hockey years by then (though he's another guy who started pretty early).
  12. What’s your max offer for Tavares

    It's funny...it's exciting and scary at the same time. Sure, it's cool to not only be talking about bigger-name free agents, but to actually have the NJ Devils be a realistic destination for them...not knocking Lou for anything, but that was simply something that we knew wasn't really a possibility for the Devils during his tenure (though obviously the Devils did have some big-name players while he was the GM). It's scary because you REALLY lock yourself into certain guys...of course there's no certainties with ANYTHING, but man would it suck if Tavares and/or Carlson came here and were suddenly much lesser players than they had been previously, or just never quite performed up to expectation. Sadly as we know that does happen with free agents...especially since they're technically paid for what they were, as opposed to what they are and will be as they age. That being said, I'd be excited as hell if Tavares actually came here, especially considering what such a move would represent. That's about as big of a "We're really back and damned do we MEAN it!" move as there is.
  13. New York Mets 2018 season thread

    Typical Sandy/Met trash bin move...reliever Chris Beck claimed off waivers from the White Sox: https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/beckch02.shtml Yep, career 1.70 WHIP, and a guy who both walks people AND gives up a lot of hits...but on the plus side, he also gives up a lot of dingers, and doesn't really strike out many guys. But at least he's in the Land of 1000000 Chances now, so he'll get LOTS of looks.
  14. What’s your max offer for Tavares

    I'd go more one year/$3.5 - 4.5 mil if I was interested (I can't say that I am). He's missed a total of 48 regular season games the last three seasons, and he managed just 108 points (59 goals, 49 assists) in the 198 regular season games that he did play. He wasn't much better in the playoffs...8 goals and 6 assists in 29 playoff games. Of course depending on what he's being asked to do, the Nash that he is now might be a fit somewhere...just leery of bringing in aging and fading stars, even on the cheap. He's also an "old" almost 34 years old...his NHL career started very early (started as an 18-year-old).
  15. What’s your max offer for Tavares

    I do think Ray could do a hell of a job selling JT on coming here...it's not like this stopped being a work in progress with a playoff appearance. And it's not like high-priced FAs always pick that seemingly fully ready-to-win-just-need-one-last-piece team to play for. So I'm kinda-sorta optimistic that if JT does actually get to UFA, that the Devils will a decent chance to land him.
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