Even though I’m a bear when it comes to the MLB prospects of Jake Mangum, I’m shocked that the Mets did not add him to the 40-man roster and left him unprotected for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. You want guys on the 40-man who can give you something and Mangum was hands down the best player in the org to provide CF cover for the club in the majors. And that seems especially important given the free agency status of Brandon Nimmo. Instead of Mangum, the Mets have Khalil Lee, Darin Ruf and a bunch of non-descript relief candidates. My opinion is Lee isn’t worth much but there are people who still believe otherwise despite all evidence to the contrary. There’s no way my 40-man would have Sean Reid-Foley over Mangum.
In other recent Mets news, the club hired Jeff Alpert to be the team’s director of hitting. Alpert comes to the Mets after stints with the Astros and Cardinals. He served as the hitting coach for St. Louis the past three seasons and did not exactly win raves from the fanbase in his role. However, the organization wanted him to return. But Alpert didn’t stick around for more verbal and virtual abuse. This addition comes on the heels of the club hiring Eric Jagers as their director of pitching. Put me down as thinking that these two positions will provide more value to the organization than a PoBO.
Last but certainly not least – congratulations to Buck Showalter for winning Manager of the Year! Having someone in the dugout who knows all of the angles is so, so, so much more important than having a great communicator who can charm the press. May the masses never fall for that form of snake oil ever again.