This year, the pickings are slim from the “second release” of free agents — i.e., those who were non-tendered on Sunday night.
I only see a few men worth kicking the tires on for the New York Mets:
A switch-hitting catcher who hits with equal mediocrity from both sides of the plate. However, his defense is above-average, particularly with his ability to throw runners out. Not someone to get terribly excited about, but definitely worth mulling over considering that the Mets catching depth consists of Josh Thole, Mike Nickeas, and nothing else.
His offense dropped off last year, and that’s his main value — other than the emotional tie of him being a former Met.
I don’t know why, but I have an obsession with this guy’s natural talent. He’ll be 28 by spring training, and at this point, it doesn’t appear he’ll be anywhere near the player he looked like he might become during his promising 2007 season as a 23-year-old. What the heck happened with him?
A rich man’s Joe McEwing, Theriot likely projects to be a better all-around second baseman than Dan Murphy or Justin Turner. But, it seems that the Mets will try to inJ.R. Murphy at 2B again.
Can’t ever have enough bullpen depth.
See Moylan, above. Hill is coming off of arm surgery but is expected to be back in action by April/May. He has potential as a LOOGY.
Thoughts? Did I miss anyone?
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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.