Davis has struggled immensely this season with a batting line of .161/.242/.258 and has been on a downward plane since injuring his left ankle in a collision with David Wright in May of 2011.
Baxter had sub-par numbers hitting .212/.333/.282 in 102 plate appearances for the team and Carson had an ugly ERA of 8.50 in 13 games out of the bullpen.
All three moves had to be made and hopefully all of the aforementioned players can fix what needs to be fixed, regain some confidence and make their way back to the big leagues to help the Mets in the future.
The team also designated outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment.
Ankiel hit a mere .194/.254/.387 for the Mets after they signed him to a contract after his release from Houston and despite his reputation for being a good clubhouse guy, his play on the field did not save him from losing his roster spot to Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
The Mets also selected first baseman Dominic Smith from Junipero Serra high school with the number 11 pick in the MLB entry draft and a deal between the two parties could be completed as early as this weekend, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
GM Sandy Alderson has obviously been busy of late in an attempt to improve his ball club in the present as well as the future.
The role of GM is one that every baseball enthusiast wishes they could play. We’ve all played the role of armchair GM and have been convinced that if we could be the ones pulling the strings, we’d have a championship calibre team every year for the rest of the franchise’s history.
Well, let’s do that today.
If you were Sandy Alderson, what would you do to fix the current state of the Mets?
What move or moves would you pull off to make this team a winner right now or in the foreseeable future?
Let’s be realistic and keep payroll in mind here. Saying that you would grab the best and most expensive players via trade without having the money to actually pay them doesn’t make sense, so let’s not even go there.
Here’s what I would do.
Promote Zack Wheeler, which Alderson is already going to do. Wheeler will hopefully give the Mets rotation a boost when he is promoted in less then a week. If he pitches to his potential, the Mets rotation won’t be half bad. Matt Harvey is still dominate, Wheeler could be great, Jonathon Niese is still effective, Shaun Marcum could still turn it around and Dillon Gee’s last three starts have been impressive.
These are the type of ball players contenders love to acquire at the trade deadline and the Mets could sell high on Byrd and Lyon and perhaps acquire some low level prospects. Although Hawkins isn’t having an outstanding year, his veteran arm and the knowledge transfer he provides to team-mates is useful to a contender for their playoff push, so the Mets could acquire something for him.
Moving these three players would allow them to give more playing time in the outfield to Collin Cowgill and make room on the big league roster for Collin McHugh and Gonzalez Germen and give them all a taste of what it’s like to play more frequently at the highest level.
Long story short, the best way for the Mets to move forward is to give these young guys the playing time that is necessary for them to learn.
Think of how effective the Oakland Athletics have been throwing their young players into the fire. Their young arms have been atop the American League in rotation ERA over the past few seasons and players such as Josh Donaldson (this season) and Josh Reddick (last season) have succeeded with more playing time.
Also, according to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Alderson estimates that the Mets will have $35-45 million in payroll flexibility come the winter, so money will be there for the team. Invest it in the future and let’s shoot for the stars in the years coming.
Trade your veterans when they have value and stockpile prospects, build your farm system and spend your money on signing your young talent long-term. The now isn’t working, but the years coming are beginning to look promising.
Winning now doesn’t seem like an option; winning later sounds more realistic. The key to it all is that the Mets win at some point. If they can do that, the franchise should be in good shape.