One of my complaints about the Mets of recent vintage is that they prefer to give a shot to someone outside the organization rather than to promote from within. Now, it’s one thing if the guy from outside was Mike Trout. But it’s never Trout. It’s always someone who was good three years ago.
Why play Jeff McNeil at 2B when you can overpay to get Robinson Cano?
Why play Dominic Smith at 1B when you can pick up Adrian Gonzalez?
Why give Dilson Herrera a shot when you can pick up James Loney?
They would have had to move guys around in that last scenario to make Herrera fit. But they could promote Herrera now and he would provide a better bench bat than Luis Guillorme. Yeah, I get it, Guillorme is here because he’s on the 40-man and Herrera isn’t. But now news comes out that they’re interested in Joe Panik, who was released by the Giants.
Panik was good in 2017. He’s not good now. Wasn’t good last year, either. Why jump through hoops to get him and open up a spot on the 40-man when you wouldn’t do that for Herrera? In Triple-A, Herrera has 22 homers and an .869 OPS. I’m willing to wager the MLB translation for that is better than Panik’s 3 HR and .627 OPS in 388 PA