If their prime decision-maker is to be believed, the New York Mets actually would like to have Bryce Harper or Manny Machado on their workforce. They simply have some pesky gamers which can be additionally fairly respectable in the best way.
Mets common supervisor Brodie Van Wagenen appeared on Mike Francesa’s WFAN present on Monday, and the dialog naturally turned to baseball’s two largest free brokers.
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Van Wagenen praised each gamers, however he additionally indicated that he doesn’t imagine they’re the suitable match for the Mets.
A transcript of the foremost a part of the trade:
Francesa: Any manner a workforce, comparable to your self, could be inventive and give you one thing that may entice them because it’s been a distinct yr for them in negotiations?
Van Wagenen: I hope groups are attempting to be inventive to get them. They’re good gamers and that solely is smart. Once more, as this dialog is an indicator, it’s not really easy to search out spots for all of our good gamers already-
Francesa: You’re telling me you don’t have room for them within the lineup?
Van Wagenen: In all probability not the perfect match for us.
Francesa: Brodie, are you telling me you don’t have room for them within the lineup?
Van Wagenen: You weren’t positive we had room for [Jeff] McNeil or-
Francesa: You’re kidding.
Van Wagenen: We like our membership. These guys make each workforce higher, however proper now, I feel we’re going to deal with the blokes we’ve now in camp.
Van Wagenen’s reasoning for not pursuing Harper or Machado isn’t notably outstanding, although it does serve for instance of how groups try and get round such scrutiny.
You see, the Mets have Jed Lowrie, Todd Frazier and Jeff McNeil on their third-base depth chart, so why would they want Machado?
That argument is, after all, ridiculous. For starters, Lowrie is a current acquisition, so he’s primarily an impediment the Mets put in entrance of themselves for signing Machado.
Frazier hit .213/.303/.390 in 2018 and isn’t the reply wherever, and whereas McNeil had a robust rookie yr hitting .329/.381/.471 and could be thought-about a good younger participant by some, his .322 xwOBA and .359 BABIP point out that yr on the plate may need been greater than slightly fluky. Oh, and McNeil, coming into his second MLB season, was additionally born in April 1992, which makes him older than Machado.
In the event that they felt any type of strain to signal Harper or Machado, just about any workforce may discover room for a kind of gamers. The Nationals supplied $300 million to Harper though they have already got Juan Soto and Adam Eaton within the nook outfield spots, and there are most likely fairly just a few groups who would reasonably have that pair than the Mets’ present duo of Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.
The reason for why Van Wagenen actually doesn’t need Harper or Machado might be monetary. The Mets, to their credit score, have been one of many few groups which have truly spent this offseason between taking up Robinson Cano’s contract together with Edwin Diaz and the Lowrie contract. However you marvel if spending much more on a participant like Machado would have been the easier, and more practical, manner of enhancing the workforce.
Perhaps the Mets actually simply wish to save up for a Jacob deGrom extension — which Van Wagenen instructed Francesa he intends to perform — or one thing else sooner or later, however the workforce’s historical past of spending and its insistence that it’s already the NL East favourite most likely shouldn’t encourage a lot confidence.
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