The Mets should have signed Yasmani Grandal and Marwin Gonzalez. Instead, in typical cost-cutting, short-sighted fashion, we have brought in Wilson Ramos and Jed Lowrie. In the latest head scratcher, the Mets signed Lowrie to a two-year, $20-million contract. It’s a reasonable deal for a good player, but given the crowded infield situation, it forces another move, plus it makes the questionable Robinson Cano trade seem even stupider now.
If the starting infield is Peter Alonso/Robinson Cano/Amed Rosario/Todd Frazier with Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis and T.J. Rivera on the bench, and Luis Guillorme, Gavin Cecchini and Dilson Herrera in AAA, where do we put Lowrie? Are some of these guys excess baggage/trade bait? Will one or two need to learn how to play the outfield? Will Cano get moved to first base?
A few more questions. Was Marwin Gonzalez, who is five years younger and can do everything Lowrie can do plus play the outfield deemed too expensive? Did Sandy Alderson make this move? Was this the Wilpons’ idea? It sure feels like yet another one of those maddening moves where the Mets balk at the asking price of the guy they really want and settle for a cheaper/older alternative only to regret it later. The list is long. Jason Bay instead of Matt Holliday. Ollie Perez instead of Derek Lowe. Todd Frazier instead of Mike Moustakas. Wilson Ramos instead of Yasmani Grandal. Are we collecting 34-year-olds at a time when the league is getting younger? Why are we collecting second baseman at a time when the league has a surplus of them?
Is Brodie Van Waganen really calling the shots here? Wasn’t he supposed to break dishes and flip tables? This feels like the same broken approach that has never worked out for this team – signing older/cheaper free agents who end up getting hurt or start looking old the minute they arrive in Flushing. If you can’t afford a Mercedes, buy a Honda. It aint flashy, but it’s reliable. Instead, the Mets are the guy who buys the used Mercedes – not the certified pre-owned one from the dealership, but the one off Craig’s List that’s been in three accidents – and then laments why it’s always in the shop. This is not how a New York team with a hot shot agent-turned-GM is supposed to operate. And it’s been proven again and again that this is not how you build a winner.
Unless Van Waganen has a really special follow-up move in the works, this latest one is a clunker.