Rate the Mets Free Agent Targets

With a four-day weekend coming up, you’re bound to have some downtime. During those doldrums, have fun rating the Mets Free Agent Targets. There are 83 players to vote for, on a scale of 1 through 10. It’s completely up to you to decide what those numbers mean.


Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. isuzudude November 25, 2009 at 10:01 am
    Thanks for putting this together Joe! I enjoyed doing this last year and am glad to see it back.

    My votes were based on how beneficial their signing with the Mets would be, taking into consideration injury history, projected salary, age, and ever other intangible. 1 being not desirable at all, 10 signifying a “must sign.”

  2. joejanish November 25, 2009 at 10:13 am
    You got it, ‘dude! It’s fun for me too. Though I have to admit my vote is based on the thickness of the player’s hair.


    Enjoy voting and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  3. Mike November 25, 2009 at 10:48 am
    Joe I just wanted to ask if you thought these rankings should be about the player or the player+contract demands. Obviously Holliday and Bay are ideal choices, but with the contract demands they bring definitely no on Bay and probably no on Holliday. Also some other guys would be great on low base salary, incentive laden deals but now guaranteed deals. That was fun though thanks. I really enjoyed seeing the high ranking on Vlad Guerrero, proof that like elephants Mets fans never forget. Also don’t let go of grudges like, uh, bad horror movies…
  4. joejanish November 25, 2009 at 10:56 am
    Mike – good question. I think you have to incorporate the expected salary/contract into the equation, because ultimately, that is a big part of what the player comes with (in addition to his experience, skills, durability, etc.).

    If this were a Yankees blog, obviously the money is not an issue. But knowing the Mets do have a budget, and are prone to irresponsible spending, I believe the contracts should be taken into consideration.

    In addition, I have given Justin Duchscherer a lower rating simply because I can’t spell his name correctly without looking it up.

  5. Mike November 25, 2009 at 11:12 am
    I feel the same way about Frenchy. This is why I call him Frenchy. Francouer? Francoeur. I’ll never remember that.

    Duchscherer is not too hard, nothing will ever top Meinkiewicz, simply because none of that is phonetic. I’m just glad I’m not a Duke basketball fan because of coach Krzyzewski. I mean that is just not fair.

    Have a great Thanksgiving everyone