Boyer In, Acosta Out, Bay To DL?

Contrary to reports from last night, Manny Acosta will NOT make the Mets’ Opening Day roster — he has been designated for assignment — and Blaine Boyer WILL be the final piece to the bullpen puzzle.

Personally, I agree with Matt Himelfarb, in that there isn’t all that much difference between Acosta and Boyer. Though, Boyer is “new” and “different” so maybe that makes him better in our minds.

To me, Acosta was similar to Jorge Sosa: someone who could throw really hard and get swings and misses, be effective for a short term, but inevitably get pounded and give up the long ball because he throws one speed and tends to get too much of the plate at too high a location. Acosta could change leagues and look awesome for a month, but eventually go back to being the guy he is — but because he looked lights out for a little while, the team might kid itself into believing he can do it again, and thus be continually put into situations to fail.

In other news, Adam Rubin is reporting that Jason Bay is injured and could be headed for the DL. Before you say “hooray, Nick Evans makes the team!”, you must understand that because Evans is already on waivers, he can’t be added to the 25-man roster. Thus, Lucas Duda (who has options remaining) is likely to make the team instead.

Is it me or does this roster mismanagement remind you of a previous regime?

Also, as Matt Cerrone points out,

… this could mean that, on days when Carlos Beltran gets a day off, the outfield will be Duda, Angel Pagan and Willie Harris. What just happened?

Though, Andy McCullough reports (via Twitter) that there’s a possibility Evans clears waivers this afternoon, in which case he could be added back to the roster to take Bay’s place.

Is your head spinning yet?

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. Walnutz15 March 29, 2011 at 11:57 am
    Tack on that Ronny Paulino will be on the D.L. after his suspension is served, due to “stomach and colon issues”.

    Ahh……it’s Baseball Season!

  2. Izzy March 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm
    The powers that be say no tie to his PED use…But thoise bad boys are known to do strange things to the bady. One never knows. But one thing for sure. If Minaya signed Paulino, the press and fan base would never stop screaming…. Alderson is getting a free ride on this very bad signing.
    As for Boyer and Acosta, does it matter, but do we give Alderson credit fro having two guys from the 2010 D-Back bullpen on our pen? Afterall it was one of the worst pens in history and we took two of them in?????
  3. Dave G. March 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    Yup, big mistake by the Mets here. What was the rush to put Evans on waivers? How about waiting until the final spring games are over, just in case no one got hurt? And guess what, someone did.
  4. Gavin March 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Is Evans really a superior player than Duda? Yea an outfield of Evans, Pagan and Harris sounds so much better than Duda, Pagan and Harris (when Beltran has a day off)….Give me a break
    • Joe Janish March 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm
      Who said Evans was superior? That’s not the point. The point is that Duda has options and Evans doesn’t.

      Either way, I agree — replacing Duda with Evans doesn’t make much of a difference in that outfield scenario. So I grant you the break you request, enjoy it.

  5. Joe March 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    Bay — the latest overpaid contract that turned disappointing. Not quite Castillo. But, too long and too expensive, mixed with desperation (we need to do SOMETHING big).

    Boyer looked good, fwiw, in the Spring, and has potential to give you an inning or two. Don’t know how he has been over the long haul, as compared to “good for a bit” Acosta.

    I’m unsure why a team wouldn’t claim Evans. Enough are mediocre that someone like him (cheap too) would be useful.

  6. argonbunnies March 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    I see waiving Evans as lose-lose. Either we get to keep a player nobody wants, or we lose a player with value. I guess we do at least get to find out… If nobody wants him, that could be a reality check for us “homegrown youth is good!” types.

    Acosta has consistently struck out a good number of batters, with too many walks and homers. Boyer has been all over the map, but his K rate the last 2 years has been awful (4.8!). If Boyer’s newly recovered from some injury, I like the move; if not, I’d have preferred Acosta.

    As for familiar mismanagement, how about putting a gimpy Beltran on the field prematurely? Did no one look at his .238/.328/.371 line in his first 53 games back last year? Do we really want that out of our cleanup spot?

    • Joe March 29, 2011 at 4:39 pm
      Public relations is apparently the reason for putting Beltran in the field on Opening Day, but “the public” who matters here weren’t born yesterday. Bay’s injury (even if it isn’t that serious) will remind even some who are about the Mets’ past mismanagement on rushing people back.

      Not that you expect it by now, but the smart thing is to ease him back with the hope he shows enough that in the Summer the team can trade him for some contender in return for something of value. Or, they can rush him back, he relapses and the OF is Duda-Pagan-Hairston.

    • Joe Janish March 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm
      What’s wrong with starting Beltran Opening Day and expecting him to play in 5 of the first 7 games? He just played 7 innings under the warm sun of Florida — isn’t that proof enough that he’s ready?


  7. Connor March 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm
    Where’s the Terry Collins conference call? I saw it on mets blog
    • Joe Janish March 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm
      I’ll have a post up around 6:30 AM tomorrow morning. It wasn’t terribly enlightening, but it was a good call nonetheless.