November 17th, 2014

Anything going on behind the scenes shortstop related?

As I do on most days, I was reading all of the daily articles from the Mets Bloggers & Reporters, and I read this article by MMO’s Joe D. He reports here, that the Cubs are gaining an additional middle infielder (Tommy LaStella). That seems strange considering the Cubs, have by far the most depth there. Players include: Javier Baez (22), Starlin Castro (25), Addison Russell (21), Kris Bryant (23), and Arismendy Alcantara (24). So, why would the Cubs make this trade?

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Well, La Stella is no Kris Bryant or Jimmy Rollins, but he is a “good addition” to most clubs. The Cubs are in dire need of pitching. And no one has more pitching than the Mets. To put this in perspective, it would be like the Mets trading Matt den Dekker for Ryan Vogelsong. It really doesn’t make sense unless, the Cubs are going out to trade a shortstop. If so, Starlin Castro, is a prime candidate.

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Here is Castro’s annual salary through 2019:
2014 $5,000,000
2015 $6,000,000
2016 $7,000,000
2017 $9,000,000
2018 $10,000,000
2019 $11,000,000
I never thought I’d say this, but that’s a bargain for a high-end slugger. The Mets should aggressively go after Castro. The return? Niese and Montero would be sufficient. And with the Niese-Collins feud, I’m not sure the Mets want to hang on to Jon. Montero is an add-on. Why? Click here!

Terry Collins shares optimism on 2015

http://m.mets.mlb.com/nym/video/v36919507

Terry Collins says “We should be playing in October . . . Our young guys are starting to grow, with the addition of some offense, and … we’re not done. I don’t think Sandy by any means [is done] . . . we’re going to make some more moves before spring training starts . . . I think 2015 is going to be a good year for us.”. Collins optimism is legit based on Mets GM Sandy Alderson’s aggressiveness early in the offseason signing Michael Cuddyer.

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The Mets could be in the market for a shortstop. A dedicated post on that matter will be posted tonight.