Motte the Met and Other Musings


Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  The arrival of the holiday season also means that right on time, the hot stove is blazing away. The Mets offseason acquisitions are once again likely to be of the smaller type, as GM Sandy Alderson and his brain trust appear fully confident that last year’s 79-win team only needs some minor tweaking to blossom into a contender.

Since it is Thanksgiving, we’ll use a restaurant analogy: unlike the Boston Red Sox, we won’t be dining at Daniel this offseason. Instead,  we’ll  get to pick from one of the many options at the Bergen Mall food court.

Recent Metsblog speculation has the Mets interested in former Cardinal closer Jason Motte. This is one of Matthew’s more intriguing rumors.  After a brilliant 2012 season, including a league-leading 42 saves, Motte missed all of 2013 following TJS. His 2014 was a lost season and observers noted that his 2014 velocity was down at least 3 MPH over 2012 (a cautionary tale for Matt Harvey). However even at partial strength, he held lefty batters to a .211 BA, even lower than his career norm. Yes, I know, small sample size.

If and it’s a big if, Motte can return to the pre-surgery form, he gives the Mets a formidable late inning arm. He also has a cool beard and has done some good charity work. Any hey, he used to be a catcher, which counts for something, at least on this blog! Alderson can probably get him for cheap. He should try.

Besides Motte, here are some other names associated with our team lately:

  • Craig Breslow: On the surface, he is a better choice than Motte, as he is the epitome of the LOOGY they need. He’s a New York guy, but then so was Nelson Figueroa. He really fell off a cliff last year and will turn 35 during the season.  Just my own gut feeling, but I think Breslow is done and I would rather take a chance on Motte, who if nothing else, has a much bigger upside.
  • Jonny Gomes: For openers, he is an ex-Padre and ex-Athletic, which is the type of player that Alderson likes to acquire. He was one of the heroes of Boston’s 2013 World Championship team and does bring many intangibles with his game. Caution: his 2014 performance dipped as the year wore on and he has put up a below average slash line for two consecutive years. He might be a fun guy to have around, but either Kirk Nieuwenhuis or Matt den Dekker are likely to outhit him (albeit from the other side of the plate) at this stage of his career.
  • Ryan Ludwick: Another ex-Padre, he OPS’d .683 for the Reds last year. Hard to believe he is 36 already. He is at the top of this class of outfielders, which is somewhat akin to being the top of the Delta pledge class in Animal House.
  • Delino DeShields Jr.: Here is an excellent article on some of the players available in this year’s Rule V draft. Before parenthood and career responsibilities occupied more real estate in my brain, I spent a lot of time delving into that draft, so I appreciate that someone has picked up the banner. Experience reminds us that for every Johan Santana  left unprotected, there’s also a Brad Emaus, a Pedro Beato, a Doug Simons or a Mike Draper out there just waiting to clog up a roster spot.
  • Daniel Murphy to the Giants? I have also read and heard speculation that the San Francisco Giants’ loss of Kung Fu Panda to the Red Sox has them eyeing Murphy to play third base. In reality, I would think that Murphy is somewhat way down on the Giants list of options; plus any deal is likely predicated on the Mets first acquiring a shortstop and sliding Wilmer Flores over to second. Hard to decide which of these  scenarios is the more unlikely.

At the end of the offseason, we will probably have to be satisfied with the additions of Ludwick/Gomes/Breslow or Motte, along with Michael Cuddyer and a healthy  Harvey. Would that work for you? Or do you have a Murphy to the Giants trade proposal? How about a realistic one for a shortstop? Let’s hear it.


A Mets fan since 1971, Dan spent many summer nights of his childhood watching the Mets on WOR Channel Nine, which his Allentown, PA cable company carried. Dan was present at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and the Todd Pratt Walkoff Game in 1999. He is also the proud owner of two Shea Stadium seats. Professionally, Dan is a Marketing Manager in the Bulk Materials Handling industry. He lives in Bethlehem PA with his wife and son, neither of whom fully get his obsession with the Mets.
  1. friend November 28, 2014 at 10:33 am
    Jason Motte is an interesting question: Will he be the big apple or just applesauce? (someone had to say it)
  2. argonbunnies November 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm
    Interesting. DeShields looks like a great get, but should be gone by the time the Mets pick, plus they’d need to dump someone for the roster spot. What are the Astros thinking, giving up on a prospect like this? If they don’t want him, surely he’d make a great trade chip. I guess if the Mets see a LOOGY they love, they could always drop Puello, who’s out of options.

    As for trading Murphy, I think he’d help a lot of teams, but most of those teams don’t have what the Mets need back. The Giants mostly have pitching, while the Blue Jays have nearly emptied their farm. A 3-way deal for a Mariner could work (probably Brad Miller), but honestly I’d rather package Murphy and a starter for a more elite player, rather than adding to our stable of guys who may or may not quite be everyday major leaguers.

    If Terry’s going to suddenly start embracing platoons, then Gomes or Ludwick would be nice. But I doubt that’ll happen, so we’re probably better off with the defensive subs we have.

  3. RICH November 30, 2014 at 9:23 am
    There is so many options out there as far as SS goes but the one I would love to see is Elvis Andrus. I am thinking he won’t cost a top prospect maybe something like Montero, Den Dekker and Cecchini or if they are looking more seasoned Gee, Den Dekker and Cecchini. Yes he makes a lot of money but he is still young and tied up for 8 more years and after a year his contract will look like a bargin. He can fill two needs SS and lead off, he steals bases, hits doubles and plays in 150+ games every year. On a team with Wright, Lagares, Cuddyer, Grandy and Duda we don’t want to add to the list another guy that can’t play a full season. If money is the only issue with this guy then the Wilpons should look to move this team out west with the A’s and Padres or seel the team. This in a NY team they play in a big market it is time they start acting like it. Yeah I understand they are recovering from the Madoff deal but it is time to bounce back, we have the young studs for us to be a very good team for many years to come. Let’s surround these guys with some talent and give them a chance to lead us to the big prize. JMO
  4. DanB December 1, 2014 at 9:58 am
    Joe, it seems like you are trying to build a championship team. I don’t think the Mets have the nerve to trade prospects in a big trade (if a big name was available) nor the willingness to spend the money to maintain a champkonship quality team. I think they would be happy with a $95 million payroll and 85 wins and being on the cusp of the wild card. And I don’t just mean this year.
  5. Mike December 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm
    I would like to see the Mets add a veteran bat off the bench ( Jonny Gomes fits the best bill). They could use another reliever, but they do have Bobby Parnell making his way back. I also think they need to decide rather quickly if they want to keep Murphy or trade him. I have to think that they are planning to be in the playoff hunt, so Murphy’s value could be close to the highest it may get. Dumping him for prospects if he isn’t in the long term plans would be a good idea, but I am not sure how well the Giants line up prospect wise. But if the Mariners were to trade Paxton and walker while taking back Hamels and Marlon Bryd. The mets would then line up great to say get a shortstop in Brad Miller straight up for Dillon Gee (He has upside, and has pitched pretty well the last couple of years). Gee can slot in behind Hernandez, Hamels, Hisakashi, Gee, Elias. Making the Mets lineup looking for like Granderson, Miller, Murphy, Wright, Cuddyer, Duda, D’Arnaud, Lagares, and Harvey (Assuming they keep Murphy, at that point Flores will slot in the 8th spot if they trade him). A lot has to take place here but I think it could possibly happen and be affordable for the mets short term and long term.