Never spoke of being frank in his short time as General Manager, Brodie Van Wagenen talked to SNY’s Steve Gelbs today and said “… [I] Nternally, we would argue that we are the favorites of the division right now “( Twitter link with video). Van Wagenen expressed the pleasure of being able to add a pair of back-end relievers. Edwin Diaz Jeurys Familia ) as well as a pair of the best orderflies Robinson Cano Wilson Ramos ) . That said, rookie GM also said that Mets is not ready to add this offseason and indicated that they “still have some real money to spend.” Not surprisingly, Van Wagen did not come into specific about who might otherwise be a goal, but it seems that there is still work to be done as Mets looks like returning as challenger in an increasingly competitive division.
Some notes about what could still be stored in Queens …
- The Mets discussed at least the opportunity to run on Mike Moustakas Last Week, Tweets Mike Puma from New York Post . But as Puma notes, it is not clear if the addition of Ramos has reduced his desire to add another free-agent bat. The 30-year-old Moustakas met .251 / .315 / .459 with 28 homers between Royals and Brewers in 2018 – their fourth consecutive season with above average production on the plate (according to measurements of park-adjusted measurement values OPS + and wRC +). Metserna already has Todd Frazier a former client of Van Wagenen from his days as CAA agent, which was played to play third base next season. Frazier, 33 in February, fought for a .213 / .303 / .390 slash in 472 PA with Mets last season, although he still turned over average defense in 954 innings at the hot corner.
- Van Wagenen also told reporters today that teams have called for prisoners Travis Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki in the last month ( Twitter links via Anthony DiComo or MLB.com). The interest for both prisoners has increased, per GM, since the club agreed on terms with Ramos. Either dna Arnaud or Plawecki may be a logical trade candidate, especially considering both of less equal alternatives. However, DiComo notes that Van Wagenen has repeatedly spoken of Arnaud’s versatility and demonstrated that Arnaud could be used in either the left-hand field or at the first base in addition to his work at the prisoner. While GM has suggested that Mets be able to carry three detainees, it would be a less clumsy roster structure if Mets would find a Plawecki or Arnaud trading partner and dedicate what would be the third catchment to a more
- Also through DiComo ( Twitter link ), Van Wagenen suggests that AJ Pollock can no longer fit into Mets’ plans, suggesting instead that Ramos gives Mets the right hand, the middle of the order ball as wanted. Whether there is any degree of status left to see, but Pollock was always at least somewhat stretched as fit on a roster that already contains Brandon Nimmo Michael Conforto Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares . While Cespedes will miss a significant amount of time in 2019 when he recovers from surgery on both heels, a long-term deal for Pollock would finally have presented some degree of logjam. On the other hand, it would only be the case if all of these alternatives were healthy, and the majority of them have had some remarkable damages in recent seasons.