This coming offseason has one big prize that multiple clubs would love to sign and his name is Mike Moustakas. The left-handed hitting third baseman is the #1 wish list item for all the many teams who are wondering who they can nab as the third baseman.
The Mets are currently paying David Wright $20 Million to play the position but it seems entirely likely that my favorite player of the Post Piazza Era will never play another game in the major leagues. This means that with no free agent acquisitions the team has approximately $75 Million tied into players who are on the roster and formerly on the roster (see Bobby Bonilla and Carlos Beltran). This is still a payroll with plenty of room for the Mets to make some costly acquisitions.
There is a pretty good case for why the Mets should invest that money in some of the players that defeated them in their last World Series bid (Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis). They don’t really have many internal options.
Wilmer Flores – While Flores has proven to be an absolutely elite Lefty Smasher, his defensive game remains fairly questionable. Specifically you have to wonder if the Mets trust his arm at third. It would be better, if you intend to keep his bat in the lineup, to have Flores play second base.
Gavin Cecchini – Still in the midst of a late season surge, one might ask the question if Cecchini could be an internal solution to third base. His defensive issues seem to stem primarily from the environments in Las Vegas and he’s shown a good ability to get on base. The issue remains that his hitting profiles as a backup player in the majors and not as a corner infielders.
David Thompson – Has some considerable power and goes through stints where he looks every drop a major league prospect, but he also goes through extended droughts where his tendency to strike out is fully on display. Thompson is a longshot to be a major leaguer and is clearly not ready to be handed the job in 2018.
Jhoan Urena – At the age of 22 Urena has a shot of developing into a major league talent. After poor showings in 2015 and 2016 his prospect stock had plummeted but a resurgent 2017 has him back on people’s radars. The issue here is that he’s only in Advanced A and is a long long way from contributing to a major league club.
Hansel Moreno – A player who earned a mid-season promotion from the GCL to the APP Moreno is a twinkle in Alderson’s eye. Moreno is, at minimum, three years from being a viable option in Queens.
All of this adds up to the Mets needing to reach outside the organization to get things done. With Matt Harvey in his last year and looking to sign Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and others to long term contracts, this could be a difficult proposition but the case has been made.
AAA: Las Vegas 51’s
AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Patrick Mazeika has a strong debut – Having now played 5 games since his promotion, Mazeika has 5 doubles.
Kevin Kaczmarski missed his buddy – With Mazeicka back on the team, Kaczmarski is suddenly hitting again.
P.J. Conlon continues in relief – All signs point to Conlon getting a look when rosters expand.
Marcos Molina has a nice outing – Only 1 earned run and 1 walk in 7 innings.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
Peter Alonso has a ho-hum “good” week – He only hit .282 in has last 10 games. Would love to see another blazing hot week to end his season.
Nabil Crismatt may be showing us his limitations – After blowing through the lower levels of the minors Crismatt’s numbers are finally beginning to match his average “stuff”.
A: Columbia Fireflies
Andres Gimenez is a lonely bright spot – He’s supposed to look good in the field, he runs well and shows some power… and he is starting to show better plate recognition.
A-: Brooklyn Cyclones
Guillermo Garandillo skips Kingsport – The Mets promote this 20 year old prospect to Brooklyn after a strong short season.
Jeremy Vasquez continues to look strong – He’s taking Brooklyn in stride and has likely earned a spot on a full season squad for 2018.
R1: Kingsport Mets
Rigoberto Terrazas readies for 2018 – He’s going to start to have a spotlight shined his way next season.
Juan Uriarte has a strong week – Hitting .389 for the last 10 games is worth noting.
R2: GCL Mets
Ranfy Adon looks promising – He’s a tall and skinny outfielder with good speed who could develop power.
Mark Vientos waking up – He’s trying to end his season strong so he can headline the Brooklyn team in 2018.