With Mike Baxter Gone, Who’s The Mets’ Primary LH Pinch Hitter?

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Ah, the bat off the bench. Perhaps not the foremost thought in most minds when it comes to roster construction, but one that ends up being a major consideration at times, particularly when a game is on the line in the late innings. Bill James has held that the prototypical pinch hitter is a left-handed line-drive producer, able to take advantage of the natural excess of right-handed relievers in the game. He says that possessing a swing designed for hard, consistent contact when putting the ball in play is of the utmost importance.

For the past two seasons (and a small piece of 2011), Mike Baxter was the primary source of that element for the Mets, turning in a spectacular performance in 2012 with 11 pinch hits and 8 BB’s in 32 PA’s, good for a .458 batting average and an OBP of .559. While he dropped to a more pedestrian, but still respectable .286 average in the role in 2013.

Baxter’s overall numbers remain impressive: 21 hits and 11 BB’s in 71 pinch hitting appearances, good for a .350 BA and a .451 OBP. In addition, he knocked in 11 runs and struck out 11 times (guess there was something about the number 11) while also providing plus defense when being inserted into the game. Had he possessed a greater element of power or been able to play around the infield as well, the team might have considered retaining him as a utility player rather than allowing him to be snapped up off waivers by the Dodgers.

So who will take on the role now that the Whitestone kid has moved on to Chavez Ravine?

It would be safe to assume that another left-handed hitting outfielder will occupy a spot on the Mets’ 2014 bench, but with 2 ½ months or so to go until opening day and rumor of machinations involving Messrs. Davis, Duda, and Murphy still floating around, the composition of the roster that is fielded come April 1st may still provide some surprises.

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Regardless, if we go with the most likely configuration based on current personnel, the Mets should field a team with 13 position players, and among the 5 reserves will be one catcher (Anthony Recker most likely), 2 infielders and 2 outfielders. With Josh Satin and Andrew Brown seemingly in line as RH bench players, and with Sandy Alderson avowedly searching for an additional backup middle infielder, Eric Young emerges as the likely candidate to succeed Baxter.

This is assuming that Juan Lagares prevails as the choice to man CF going into the season, and that Daniel Murphy remains at 2B (and likely becomes the default leadoff hitter). While these conditions are certainly not a lock considering the team’s desire to get EYJ and his league-leading SB total into the lineup, it may still shake out thusly unless moves are made. If so, Young possesses some desirable elements as a late inning option. Chief among these is his speed, something that can turn a dribbler into a hit easier than for most, and decrease the odds of a rally-killing DP being turned off a grounder. Additionally, as a switch-hitter and defender capable of playing both outfield and infield, his versatility can provide Terry Collins with an important element of flexibility. As a starter, his less-than-stellar OBP has drawn criticism in past years, but as pinch hitters are generally encouraged to be aggressive at the plate, this dimension of his game may be less of an issue going forward.

If circumstances conspire to rearrange the Mets’ roster to the point that Young is made a starter in the outfield or at second going into the season, the next candidate as the “new Baxter” will likely come from a group including Lucas Duda (if he is not traded or installed at 1B following a trade of Davis), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Matt den Dekker. Of these, Nieuwenhuis has had the most experience and a surprising amount of success, registering 9-for-26 in the role over the past two seasons, good for a .346 tally. His 3-1 ratio of K’s to BB’s (12 K/4 BB) is the only cautionary mark, but one would hope that with Capt. Kirk’s history of adjusting to levels after advancement, we could anticipate a smaller percentage of whiffs if he finds himself on the big league club again.

As with many things with the Mets at this point, this role remains TBD. And while it is on the surface perhaps a minor element of the team, I’ve always valued a reliable bat in the pinch. Go get ‘em, Mike B., I’m sure the Dodgers will get your best effort. I just hope the Mets don’t have too much trouble finding a suitable replacement.

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  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Gee, I am gonna miss Baxter. his great intangibles and baseball IQ was good to see in the clubhouse. he was a jolly good teammate. who cares if he was a below garbage player and put up terrible numbers, the fact that he caught that ball to preserve the mets first no hitter ever should make him at least a MMO HOF contender. i think we have a few candidates to be PH players. maybe EY can be that guy for us going forward…

  • Benny

    “who cares if he was a below garbage player and put up terrible numbers, the fact that he caught that ball to preserve the mets first no hitter ever should make him at least a MMO HOF contender.”

    *FACEPALM*

  • Agee’s Catch

    Alex, he was awful after the shoulder injury. And he preserved jack. I’m still waiting for the first real no-hitter.

  • Justin Anthony

    Right now our bench looks like this:
    Eric Young
    Lucas Duda
    Josh Satin
    Wilmer Flores
    Anthony Recker
    Not a bad looking bench.. Good combination of speed, power, and contact

  • BCleveland3381

    I wouldnt mind seeing Andrew Brown as a 5th OF. Pretty good power bat and spot starter against lefties. If we were actually able to land Drew, Tejada would be a backup as well and we actually have a little depth at every position.

  • AJF

    Knowing Collins EY would get the start over Lagares

  • Agee’s Catch

    I somewhat talked myself into this line of thinking yesterday.
    We need a five man bench.
    1 – Recker will most likely get the nod as catcher
    2 – Satin will handle the corners and may get starts at first against tougher lefty’s.
    3 – Eric Young as 4th OF.
    4 – Middle infielder: could be Tejada if we sign Drew or make a trade for a starting SS. Could also be a veteran FA like Q. I’m still scratching my head over releasing Turner. .280 off the bench was pretty good. I might also work out Eric Young at SS.
    5 – 5th OF We could go with Andrew Brown, but this would make our bench very right handed. I don’t expect my 5th OF to make that many starts. Of the 486 available starts, I expect CYoung, Lagares and Granderson to make more than 400 of them. Why not Lucas Duda? He is patient enough to draw walks, strong enough to hit one out. He could still get a handful of starts (less than 5) in left field a couple at first and a DH when we visit AL cities. He could be this generations Rusty Staub, “Le Grand Débile”

  • Agee’s Catch

    Justin, who plays SS if Tejada needs a day off?

  • BCleveland3381

    Colon.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    agee, well, he did throw it. not sure what you mean by real no hitter. was his fake? if it’s in the record book as a no hitter then, it is i guess…

  • Agee’s Catch

    He would cover a lot of ground

  • BCleveland3381

    I see what you did there.

  • Agee’s Catch

    Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line

  • Benny

    He’s stating that the Beltran foul ball was actually fair, which would’ve actually been a hit breaking up the no-hitter.

  • DrDooby

    Flores won´t be on the bench. He´ll either start for the Mets or start for the 51s in 2014. And he´ll be up with the first injury at 1b, 2b or 3b.

    Replace Flores with some middle infielder and there´s your projected 2014 bench as of today, assuming Ike stays (and pushes Duda to the bench).

  • Justin Anthony

    Good point. Looks like Flores would the be the odd man out in that scenario. Tovar would probably be our best in-house option for back up SS

  • Agee’s Catch

    Did you notice the fair ball that Beltran hit? That one botched call probably cost Santana a year and a half of productivity and a lot of money in Free Agency. Guy threw something like 135 pitches. And his shoulder literally fell off. That was the costliest “no-hitter” in MLB history.

    Also, in my clouded mind, Armando Galarraga did throw that perfect game. Umpires bedamned

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Alex is just being Sarcastic LOL…since they say he’s too negative

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Okkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • Well it’s not Valdespin.

  • Agee’s Catch

    Thanks Benny. I’m not desperate enough as a fan to accept that as our first no-no.

  • Agee’s Catch

    Should I have that Snickers bar now?

  • Agee’s Catch

    Sad but true.

  • Benny

    That’s what I was hoping for…

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    THANK THE LORD MIKE BAXTER ISNT ON THIS TEAM ANYMORE…..

    PHEW!

    That dude was BEYOND TERRIBLE…I dont care if he was born in the bathroom stalls at the old Shea stadium, he SUCKED badly and Collins kept running this bum out there night after night,

  • Agee’s Catch

    That’s a tick up from negative?

  • BCleveland3381

    He was bad last year and got way too much playing time. But in 2012, he actually had a really good year.

  • Well it looks like he was another PH hitter that hit above . 300 for the Mets so that is 3 dude.

  • BCleveland3381

    We cant use an in house option. Tovar is completely useless offensively. He’s a career .256 hitter in the minors. You can’t have someone that can’t hit at all just because you need someone to play SS. Gotta sign someone.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Uh yah…It might be about that time…lol

  • Agee’s Catch

    I agree. Tovar is better off starting in Vegas. Just for the extra experience. He actually performed pretty well in Binghamton. He started slow, but actually posted an .848 OPS in July. there’s a little pop there and some plate discipline.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Lmao… being a realist these days is consider being negative. guess this is what the MMO community wants to hear…

  • RyanF55

    The Mets bench, outside of EY, is virtually nonexistent.

  • TimFrith24

    Matt den Dekker will be the Mets’ new left-handed pinch hitter.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    He sucked to Kingdom come EVERY year…..No matter how you slice that Beef

    Dude was a GRADE A—-USDA APPROVED BUM!!!

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Salty Im going to have to ask JoeD. to start drug testing you before EVERY post….

    When the hell did Baxter hit .300?????

    What planet was I on when this happened?

  • Agee’s Catch

    I love MdD, but I’m not carrying him for his bat. If I had to start an outfielder with the grace of a Lucas Duda, I’d carry him as a late game replacement. But as a bat off the bench, I would not. Too many K’s. he also needs to get his work in in AAA. If he hits enough, he could get called up when injury strikes.

  • jason bay

    Baxter had a lot of success as a pinch hitter here and was a nice change up compared to the typical lumberjack normally produced during the recent era.

    Not a quality 4th or 5th OFer and that’s why he was obtainable as a book mark.

    Did a much better job than Trot Nixon, Brady Clark, Corey Sullivan, Jeff Francouer, GMJ, Chris Carter and other waiver wire guys and people we traded for.

  • agetting

    agreed

  • BCleveland3381

    Baxter hit .263 and had an OBP of .365 in 2012. That’s perfectly fine for a backup player. He stunk last year and got released. Move on, it’s not that big of a deal.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Lol….Yeah they want to hear crap like
    Bartolo Colon will have a great season this year like he did with Oakland

    And Bartolo Colon is the picture of HEALTH!!!!

    Unfortunately in reality Colon will be a nightmare and nowhere near worth 20mil.

    And Colon is the Picture of health for ELEPHANTS!

  • Agee’s Catch

    Baxter pre-injury was hitting .323 in 2012. After? .228. That game was very costly.

  • dealingwithidiots

    With human element involved that is how these things work. You can go back to any no hitter, and some of the K’s any pitcher got could have been questionable too. When you play a subjective game this happens. It’s still a No hitter for Santana and NY Mets fans.

  • Guest

    BAXTER SUCKS!

    What kind of Turd Polish are you guys using for Baxter…I want to try it out on my cats poo o_O

  • Agee’s Catch

    If I were commissioner for a day, I’d award Galaraga the prefect game. And in my heart, I will watch every game where a Mets pitcher enters the 6th inning with a no-hitter with the same (or more) anticipation I had when Santana pitched the first. I know it’s a no-hitter, but we’re the Mets where everything is complicated. Why did our first no-hitter have to be also?

  • Did you read the article above. “For the past two seasons (and a small piece of 2011), Mike Baxter
    was the primary source of that element for the Mets, turning in a
    spectacular performance in 2012 with 11 pinch hits and 8 BB’s in 32
    PA’s, good for a .458 batting average and an OBP of .559. While he
    dropped to a more pedestrian, but still respectable .286 average in the
    role in 2013.”

  • Agee’s Catch

    I know. It is a no hitter. It just feels cheap.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Facts remain that….

    BAXTER SUCKS!

    What kind of Turd Polish are you guys using for Baxter…I want to try it out on my cats poo o_O

  • BCleveland3381

    I would like to give your post some merit, but you were the guy trying to defend Jordanny Valdespin so it’s hard to take you seriously.

  • Agee’s Catch

    Baseball Reference.

  • Agee’s Catch

    He does now. But for a short period of time he was pretty good off the bench, and he preserved something I’m still coming to grips with.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Defend? No I was being honest…I dont know what Valdespin is since he didnt get any playing time. Rumor is he is an A-hole(attitude wise)…but I know he is better than that bum Baxter whom received consistent playing time and failed everytime.Collins kept running this bum Baxter out there and he kept sucking

    [P.S. I have no idea what disqus just did to my comment]

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Really? He preserved something lol

    I guess Endy Chavez is a stud then.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Im looking at his freakin STATS!!!

    And I dont see no damn .300

    Bro Ive seen countless hitters bat .400 in stretches that doesnt mean they are .400 HITTERS!!!

    What kind of games are you playing…this is ridiculous…talk about being VERY SELECTIVE…you are picking out time frames within a season now??? lol

  • bro Bro BROOOO These are his pinch hitting stats. You wanted to know earlier as a pinch hitter who batted over .300. You have 3 now. I am only answering your question stop being mad when you got a answer.

  • Taskmaster4450

    Leroy,

    You might want to check the facts before making statements based solely upon your perception. So Baxter was run out there while Valdy was given a no opportunity? That is interesting. Look at the number of plate appearances each got:

    2012 Valdy 206 Baxter 211
    2013 Valdy 144 Baxter 155

    Amazing…they got almost the same number of plate appearances. Seems they both were given about the same opportunity.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Leroy, notice how deals like Alou and El Duque were being made as an example of bad mets FO yet the COLON deal was awesome and if you say otherwise you’re either a negative nancy or you hate sandy personally? i don’t get it… honestly i don’t…

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Who’s mad? lol…you are already familiar with my typing style….the caps arent me screaming I just dont want to waste time putting words of emphasis in bold.

    2012 – 24 PH At Bats, 11 Hits = .458 AVG
    2013 – 28 PH At Bats, 8 Hits = .286AVG

    So only 24 pinch hit atbats 😐

    Are you going to give me the Benny treatment now…and 5yrs from now tell me every player that hit above .300 once as a pinch hitter? Like you constantly bring up the Murphy batting 8thing for him?

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    “Baxter whom received CONSISTENT playing time and failed everytime.”

  • Off Topic for new MetsBlog folks especially Benny. See they don’t miss you in fact they are joking about you. This was a very calculated move to clean up their comment system to keep the focus on their message not yours.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    LMAO!!! THIS!!!

    You are correct you dont here Jason Bay waxing poetic about how horrible this deal is and I dont think Alou and Duque’s deals together combined added up to what they gave Fatsolo Colon

  • MarvelousMarv4ever

    Cheap and expensive at the same time….and Johan was supposedly on a post-surgery strict pitch count.

  • Andrew Herbst

    We could use a lefty PH like a Marlon Anderson type guy. I don’t see Duda or den Decker filling that role.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter how much we tried to prove these people wrong, sandy lovers are just that… i guess one more losing season and them getting the hell out of flushing is all we can hope for. and now we even have more of them, it’s a lost case at this point…

  • BCleveland3381

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Baxter landed with a major league team and Valdespin got a contract that didn’t include a spring training invite.

  • Justin Anthony

    Fixed.

  • Taskmaster4450

    LOL Leroy you are so full of it.

    How did Baxter get consistent playing time and Valdy not when they both has the same number of PAs over a two year period? Both had similar number of starts over those two years while each were primarily used as PH off the bench.

    If anything, a case could be made that Valdy had more opportunity based upon consistent playing time because he did have a couple stretches where he started everyday (albeit only for about 10 days or so).

    Either way, neither player showed exceptional performance. Ironically, Baxter was picked up by the Dodgers (a playoff team) and Valdy signed a minor league contract without a ST invite with the Marlins (a last place team).

  • 2aSupport

    The Mets Primary LH pinch hitter? Lucas Duda. That’s about all he is good for.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Did you watch the games last year???

    Collins gave Valdespin “3 GAMES” straight in 2013 and thats it to prove himself. And he didnt even let Spin finish those games he took him out after 3atbats for defensive replacement lol…and Valdy was a better defender than the guys they pulled him for lol..How many ttimes have we seen baxter starting because all he did was walk? when they threw strikes he couldnt do anything and he ended up being DEMOTED and he stunk in the minors.

    We will see in 2014 who is/was the better player.

  • Hotstreak

    Do you think SA will do better than Justin Turner?

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Baxter is CANNON FODDER in LA and you know it…lol…we will see whom has the better career…Valdespin will definitely be up w/Miami…

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Cheers to that

    #FIRESANDY2015

  • Hotstreak

    Murphy is my favorite Met. However for the good of the team he should be that lefty line drive contact PH. Clutch with RISP esp. two out.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Lol….you guys have those 7line T-Shirt freaks making fun of you too???

    Thats F’d up guess they dont want your business either…yyou metsblog refugees should boycott 7line as well lol…theyve been whoring themselves out at Mets games for a while now…

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    PINCH HITTER!!! WTF!!!

  • mikeb

    I made some comments on just this in another thread, about Mets needs. Someone here mentioned Marlon Anderson, and he was a good one. Over the years, the Mets have had some decent LH pinch hitters. Staub, of course, and the platoon of Mookie and Lenny had one of them available, Danny Heep for a bit, I think HoJo was a backup for a little while. Today, I don’t see Duda as a great one, but maybe den Dekker can sort of fill the bill. I really think he didn’t get enough of a shot. I would not have signed C Young, as this will really cut out den Dekker to a great degree.

  • EzRider

    Mets Bench Prediction.
    Centeno (C)
    Capt. Kirk (LH/OF)
    EYjr (OF/2B)
    Tejada (SS/2B)
    Satin (1B/3B).

    Line Up Prediction.
    1.Drew- SS
    2.Murph- 2B
    3.Wright- 3B
    4.Grandy- LF
    5.CBY- RF
    6.Duda- 1B
    7.d’Arnaud- C
    8.Lagres- CF

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Capy Kirk havent heard his name in a while.

    He was always a high strikeout guy but he played well in that 1st season til Hudgens tried to change his approach and swing now he cant even catch up to an 85mph fastball

  • mikeb

    I too am scratching my head over the release of Turner. At least he drove the ball, and he wasn’t too bad in the infield. He hit .280 last year in 200 AB’s, and has a career fielding percentage at 2nd of .980 vs. ,972 for Murphy. Not that he should play over Murph, but he wasn’t bad. Not much power, but still hit the ball pretty hard in many AB’s. A perfect bench player, IMO. .260 lifetime BA.

  • I have nothing against those 7Line folks, I just don’t like their shirts. I think getting groups together to cheer the team in other stadiums if cool but I have no desire to rock the gear.

  • EzRider

    Now you are bringing up the true bane of this whole team. I’m not a fan of some of the coaches on this staff. I’ll live with Collins for the year but i don’t see him as the manager of a winning team. I DON’T LIKE HUGGIES. Not a fan of Geren either.
    Tim Teufel will be the next Manager and i hope but not likely Wally Bachman will become the new 3B coach. Otherwise we’ll lose one or the other.

    As to the Capt. He just offers the best option. Hopefully he can get his swing fixed but he plays good defense and has good speed with a little pop. Plus he could be a good LH compliment to CBY or Lagares. Not a full timer but enough to be a real contributor. DenDekker still has some potential he just needs to learn to hit. A full time starting role in center in AAA is in the future. Hopefully he can capitalize on the power/speed combo with +defense and be in the outfield mix by the end of the year.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Getting the group together has everything to do with promoting the shirts.

    I dont care about e either way but when it comes to BUSINESS you dont publicly make fun of customers/potential customers/Mets fans especially when you only have a small niche to sell to…METS FANS!

    The joke wasnt aimed at me so doesnt boter me either way…but you have to be a moron to visit that site and continue to contribute to his traffic when they are showing just how much they dont give a damn about there commentors.

    With that said I cant wait til you guys STOP TALKING ABOUT METSBLOG! If you left leave it alone no need to mention them here and promote them

  • E1Guapo

    With his RISP performance last season? No thanks.

  • mitchpetanick

    He actually admitted in that thread to adding specific “blog names” to their profanity blocker. I told him it was insulting that they would consider a blog that I work hard writing for on the same level of profanity. I really took that to heart after I work so hard trying to put out quality articles for Mets fans…and I don’t get paid a freakin dime! I never really had a problem with Metsblog in the past but now my main mission is to show the Mets fans how pathetic all those hacks are.

    I told him rather than laugh and block specific blog names he should focus on fixing the problem.

  • E1Guapo

    “Their message” = rose colored Wilpon reality distortion field

  • Hotstreak

    It was hypothetical according to Bill James Murphy would be the prototype

  • E1Guapo

    “Cocaine is a hell of a drug” – Rick James

  • Yea I saw that. It’s amazing that the big boys in the game seem so defensive. The problems people are upset with won;t change because that is how Cerrone wants to conduct his blog. I like Andrew and feel that he has helped with many of the problems over there but they want that comment section in check and that is their right to do what they want. I don;t agree with the methods but they feel it works for them. They shouldn’t be so threatened of MMO and acting as such will probably makes things a little harder for them.

  • It’s only been a week and they are on step 5 out of their 12 step program. They will forget soon.

  • jason bay

    Murphy is definitely the prototype pinch hitter if he were ever beaten out for a full time gig and that is why I cannot understand the Mets not approaching him with some guaranteed money for his two arb years and another one and a club option.

    You would have probably gotten 3 years for the price of two if you guaranteed it and added another guaranteed year and included a buyout for the option, plus Murphy in a reserve role backs up 1B, 2B and 3B and can DH when it utilized.

    Murphy is also one of the very few LH hitters in the Mets Organization especially if Duda and ike go bye bye. Ceciliani and Nimmo are about it after them. Centeno as well but he’s not so much a bat and teams rarely would PH a backup catcher as they could be caught without one if the backup then goes down, gets thrown out or something.

    The argument against it is would you spend 5 M a year for a backup, PHer and occasional DH but why not? Murphy has been a very good hitter especially with RISP and even more so with RISP and 2 out. That’s a very valuable commodity to have out there and he’s no deer in the headlights if he’s asked to play 1B, 2B or 3B and this is a team that has been undone by a lack of depth numerous times in the past

  • Biggle Boy

    IMO:
    The 25 man roster is not in place, yet. If they unfortunately trade Murph and his $6M, EY is at 2B and leading off. If they can’t deal Ike, then he’d be at 1B – and the lefty PH when Satin starts.

    Bench thus far seems to be:
    Satin (RH PH, corner IF)/Ike(LH PH)
    Brown(RH PH, corner OF)
    Recker(RH PH, C)

    But they’ll add a SS (Drew/Other), and then Tejada (RH) is 2B/SS Bench. Final 5th Bench spot would probably then be some LH PH, corner OF.

    If Murphy is not dealt, then EY is that LH PH, corner OF. But as I said, the 25 man is far from set, at this point.

  • Nmartz

    I think Davis will be in the roster instead of Duda.

  • EzRider

    Thats fine because it means he performed during ST. Otherwise he will be released to save some money, IMHO.

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    All this Mike Baxter hate is really over the top. He’s gone. Move on…

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Stating the facts…that he sucked isnt hate.

    Its being realistic…now me having to defend that statement is over the top

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Not arguing with you. Just think you’re devoting too much of your precious time (and I mean that in the best possible way) stating the obvious. He’s a footnote and at this point not really worthy of further discussion…

  • Duda.

  • Bail4Nails

    If Wally Backman becomes the manager, any chance he could get Nails to be the Hitting Coach? It would be nice to get The Wild Boys back together again. Plus, I think he needs a job.

  • EzRider

    Yeah, cause we all know SA, Fred and Jeffy Poo would go for that one. Maybe they could get some investing tips or buy a new luxury jet. 😉

  • Bail4Nails

    Haha!!!! Nailed it.

  • EzRider

    They have all that real estate to develope now. How about a car wash or two?

  • vigouge

    I think he might have a leg up on the others given that he can also fill in at 1b.

  • vigouge

    Hey Joe get this guy to wrote on the front page. Anyone who references The Princess Bride deserves a wider audience.

  • mitchpetanick

    Lol

  • metstastic

    I think the reason that Murphy is not locked up yet is because the Mets are looking for a better defense 2B with all the stud pitching they have. We should be able to fetch a good prospect for him right before he hits free agency.

    He won’t be a be a backup under most circumstances (short of stinking it up).

  • metstastic

    So this is where you went Andrew. The grammar has been atrocious since you left!

  • jason bay

    It all comes down to what he might get us but Murphy with a few years of team control left could probably get us something better than Murphy with just a year and a half or less.

    Things can change quickly but the rotation we are looking at of Harvey, Wheeler and Noah earn a lot of outs via the K. Nieses gets GB’s but more of them go to the left side than the right. Defense at 2B is probably more critical with Gee, Montero, Mejia and probably deGrom on the mound.

    Defense at 2B IMO can be sacrificed with Matt, Zach, Niese and Thor and unless we got a SS (Diaz?) we don’t have a better defensive second basemen than Murphy anyway.

    An OFF/DEF platoon of Murphy/Tejada depending on pitcher handedness against us AND who our starter is could be a very effective platoon but that is dependent on getting the SS and not just a mediocre 1-3 year one especially if it costs us a draft pick and ties up a lot of salary.

  • You can’t play Duda off the bench unless you move him back to the OF and I don’t see that happening. It will be Duda or Ike at 1B, neither guy will be considered for a bench role. One of them will be traded, or one will start in AAA. Eric Young is probably the top candidate as the article suggests. The article forgot to mention Seratelli who’ll compete for a roster spot in Spring Training, he could fill the Baxter Role and I’d say he has a legit shot. They could also sign a lefty backup SS, though those guys tend to not hit very well.

  • Unless the Mets relent, I expect Davis to not get traded and be the Opening Day 1B. Duda could go to AAA, but he’d be stealing at bats or playing time at 1B from Wilmer’ that won’t be good. Left-handed power and ability to get on base would be very good for any bench. Also this front office seems content with EY Jr. getting lots of starts so I don’t think he can count as the LH bat off the bench; he’d be a great pinch runner, but he doesn’t hit, or get on base enough to be relied on as your primary pinch hitter. Seratelli is a guy to keep an eye on, especially as a backup middle infielder, but I would easily choose Duda over him as my LH bat off the bench.