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Today in Baseball: Is Wilmer “The Future”?

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I remember on June 10th, 2003, when some guy named José Reyes played his first game in a Mets uniform. Entering the game, he was ranked the #3 prospect in the MLB by “Baseball America.” The 20-year-old Dominican shortstop was so highly touted that, on his debut, the Mets gave out mini-bats with Reyes’ picture and “the future” plastered all over them.

So yeah, he was pretty good.

He ended up playing nine seasons with the Mets. In those nine seasons, he totaled 370 stolen bases, a .292 average, 99 triples, 81 home runs, and 423 RBIs.

Here’s a clip just to remind you how electric Jose was…

…how fast he was…

…and how much the fans loved him.

And then, after a phenomenal 2011 season in Flushing, he was gone.

On December 7th, 2011, Reyes inked a deal with the Miami Marlins.

Reyes has expressed that he wanted to stay in Flushing. As the story goes, the only reason he bolted is that Sandy Alderson didn’t even schedule a meeting with him.

But, regardless of the reasoning behind it, Reyes is gone, as he has been for the last four years. And ever since he left, the Mets shortstop position has been constantly in flux.

Since Reyes has been gone, we’ve seen 276 games of Ruben Tejada, 126 games of Omar Quintanilla, 51 games of Wilmer Flores, 28 games of Justin Turner, 27 games of Ronny Cedeño, 8 games of Wilfredo Tovar, 5 games of Jordany Valdespin, a game of Eric Campbell, and even a single game of David Wright at shortstop!

Wilmer Flores, the third man on that illustrious list, is slotted as the Mets’ Opening Day shortstop.

It’s becoming increasingly evident with each passing day that Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have a lot of faith in Flores. They’ve passed on Troy Tulowitzki, Ian Desmond, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jung-Ho Kang, Jed Lowrie, Hanley Ramirez, and more, in favor of sticking with Wilmer.

This aforementioned faith in Flores isn’t unwarranted…

The 23-year-old is taller than the average shortstop, standing at 6’3″. He possesses nice power and has the potential to become a very good hitter.

While he often looks like a subpar and sloppy defensive shortstop, the numbers say otherwise… In 51 games at shortstop this past season, he had a .979 fielding percentage, which would put him tied with Adeiny Hechavarria for 7th amongst all shortstops last season (albeit small sample size). Wilmer had just four errors in 51 games, or .078 per game- during his Mets tenure, Jose Reyes, largely looked at as a nice fielder, averaged .1 error per game. While Flores is far from a defensive wiz, he’s an acceptable defensive shortstop. His lack of fancy plays, among other factors, unfairly gives him this reputation as a defensive liability.

Do I want the Mets to acquire a better, more proven shortstop? Yes, of course.

However, I don’t think that they will do that until AT LEAST the end of next season.

Flores certainly isn’t Reyes… He certainly isn’t “the future.”

But one thing is for sure- Flores has a whole lot of potential. The question is- can he make good on it?

Trade Talk Tuesday: Nothing New Here…

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On this day, there’s really no other trade proposals that I can make… I’ve already posted about Starlin, Javy Baez, Tulo, and Alexei. And while I think that Ben Zobrist would be a nice addition, I think his age, the fact that he only has one year left under contract, and his lack of history at the shortstop position all lead me to believe that Sandy won’t make a play for him.

I have just one thing to say…

SANDY, GO GET TULO!

Trade Talk Tuesday: Offseason Blueprint Edition

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Usually, Trade Talk Tuesday consists of me laying out a potential trade and explaining the logic behind it.

However, due to the offseason moving along swiftly, the model for this weekly post will be modified. Every so often, I will post an Offseason Blueprint Edition of Trade Talk Tuesday…

Here’s a blueprint for the Mets Offseason:

Sign Yoan Moncada
Yoan Moncada is another Cuban teenage sensation, who has recently been declared an MLB free agent. Moncada is a switch-hitter who possesses great speed and power, and can also hit for a very good average. He has even drawn comparisons to LA Dodgers’ superstar, Yasiel Puig. The 19 year old phenom can play anywhere in the infield, including at shortstop, which is of course a major area of need for the Mets. Rather than trading a lot of young talent away for a star shortstop like Starlin Castro, Troy Tulowitzki, or Alexei Ramirez, the Mets can acquire Moncada without giving up any assets. Adding him to the lineup at shortstop would greatly benefit the Mets, and likely make them a bona fide playoff contender.

Sign Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller was a shutdown reliever with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles last offseason. As a free agent, he’s expected to receive the biggest contract for a relief pitcher with no closing experience in MLB history. He’s also a southpaw, and the Mets are in serious need of a left-handed reliever, otherwise they’d end up overworking Josh Edgin tremendously. With Miller added, the Mets bullpen would be one of the best in the league, with 4 very good relief pitchers (Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell, Andrew Miller). While he is fielding interest from many teams, the Mets should use their resource and location to beat out the competition and lure Miller to Citi Field.

Sign Jonny Gomes
The Mets are in need of a backup corner outfielder, and Gomes fits the bill, The 12-year veteran would solidify the Mets bench. He is a very good leader, and has a playoff (and World Series) experience. He’s also known as one of the best hustle players in the MLB. Gomes could fill in for Michael Cuddyer in the outfield when Cuddyer fills in for Lucas Duda at first base against left-handed pitching. Due to his intangibles and his level of play, Gomes would be a perfect fit for the Mets final bench position.

What do YOU think about the plan that I laid out? Did I miss anything? Do you disagree with anything?

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Trade Talk Tuesday: Yoenis Cespedes

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The Boston Red Sox have made it clear that Yoenis Cespedes, their high-profile trade deadline acquisition, will be on the trade block. They acquired him as the centerpiece of a deal that sent star pitcher, Jon Lester, to the Oakland A’s. Cespedes is an extremely fun player to watch, and has a good amount of star-power. Not to mention, his level of power is up there with some of the best home run hitters in the league.