In the last 48 hours, even with the Mets out of any feasible playoff contention, the Mets Twitter-sphere was in total chaos, after it was disclosed that Jay Bruce was traded to Cleveland for single-A prospect Ryder Ryan; a relief pitcher who played third base in college.
There were also rumors that the Yankees were interested in Bruce, offering two prospects, but weren’t willing to eat up the entire $5 million owed to Bruce. In the immediate aftermath, most called out the Wilpons for being cheap (which usually happens whenever the Mets make a controversial move) and some came to the team’s defense, citing the unknown factor in the Yankees deal, and the fact that it’s $5 million dollars that can be invested elsewhere.
Even Nelson Figueroa, the Mets pre and post game host, defended the team by saying:
At it’s face, Mr.Figueroa has a point, even though he does make some bold implications, like how the five million could be used for one year of deGrom, Conforto and Syndergaard, which is absurd, as you couldn’t sign those types of controlled players for $5 million, and even if you did have organizational guys that were coming up, they wouldn’t be held up by the $5 million on the owners’ tab due to keeping Bruce.
Another issue was the fact that had the Mets held on to Bruce until the end of the year and offered him a qualifying offer, they would have received a 3-4th round draft pick had he declined, which would have been a little bit more promising than Ryder Ryan, who, along with his low draft status, has had poor statistics in his professional career.
I know that some people don’t want to call out the front office on this deal by calling it a salary dump, because that implies you think the owners aren’t thinking out for the team, but this is as close to the definition of a salary dump as it can get. I’m not the guy to rant non-stop on Twitter about the Wilpons being cheap, but it’s no secret that the fat cats upstairs (in any organization) have deep, deep pockets, and I’ve always thought the Mets owners are a little too inadequate in this regard, and this fiasco does not help their case.
In any case, Bruce is gone, and, while I don’t think we will see him back in the Orange and Blue, he was a real leader in the clubhouse, and I think all the Mets will miss his professionalism and dedication to the team. Best of luck in Ohio.