I’m starting to get that feeling that the Mets are going to throw their fans a bone. That isn’t necessarily a good thing, but I’m getting the sense that Alderson would like to sign a player like Bourn (an impact player) as a sign of good faith, that the team will not forget the fans and the massive amounts of money we pay to watch the team play. As long as the first pick is protected, I support the Bourn signing with all my heart and think that he would become a stellar part of the lineup.
Supposing that doesn’t happen, I’m already reading posts from people who expect the Mets to be players for Jacoby Ellsbury or Carlos Gomez. The Mets will get a season to see if Ellsbury can bounce back from his 2012 woes and a season to see if Gomez can maintain his competence with the bat. Both players make sense. Both players could become leadoff hitters or fall to 2nd or 3rd in the lineup should their power remain real. I simply can’t see the future to know if either player will still make sense.
So now… that we’ve talked about reality… speculative reality. Let us talk about fantasy for a second. Let us say that the Mets DO sign Michael Bourn this offseason. Let us then say that in the next offseason we have money to spend and turn around and sign both of the others. Can you imagine that outfield? Three outfielders who are all capable of playing dynamite centerfield patrolling the vast and difficult expanses of Citi-Field. The fact that they could well hit 1,2,3 ahead of David Wright, Ike Davis, Travis D’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada would be gravy. Really… I just like imagining the outfield defense with enough speed to cover a large park.
I’m just being silly, right?
Maybe, but can you say that off a base of around $35 Mil the Mets could not afford to add those three players to the fold? Especially when our young pitching should be coming up for practically peanuts the Mets could spend heavily to secure one of their two spottiest areas. It makes additional sense if you think of Bourn signing a three year deal and Brandon Nimmo being about 3 years away. Beyond that there is always the point to be made that Lucas Duda is a DH/1B and not an outfielder, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter are best as 4th or 5th OFs and that the odds are against Matt Den Dekker’s K-Happy ways becoming any less K-Happy in the near future. So… how farfetched is signing 100% of our future outfield through free agency? Could those three players be had for a total falling around $50 Mil annually? I know it’s silly… but a guy can dream.