David Wright missed out on winning the Gold Glove this week – the powers that be decided Chase Headley of the Padres was more worthy. They know that the Gold Glove has nothing to do with home runs, right? In fact, Headley’s Baseball Reference dWAR was 0.0, while Wright’s was 2.1. So, essentialy, a replacement player (defensively) won the award.
Ah well, there are more important games afoot when it comes to Wright. Conventional wisdom around baseball has it that Wright will re-sign with the Mets for a 7-year deal in addition to his option year. Former exec Jim Bowden predicts it will cost the Wilpons about $18 million per year.
Of course, the Mets have other needs, most notably outfielder and catcher. A.J. Pierzynski has hit the open market. He would make sense for the Mets in the short term. He’s a solid backstop and a good hitter, but he’ll be 36 on opening day 2013. And he’s a left-handed hitter, which would make him less of a match with Josh Thole, who needs to stick around to catch R.A. Dickey. Perhaps the Mets could retain Shoppach and part ways with Thole, but that doesn’t seem likely. Of course, there’s no law against carrying 2 left-handed hitting catchers anyway.
But chances are, they won’t be signing any big free agents this offseason.
Meanwhile, the Astros have joined the Mets in going back to a more retro look. They accidentally leaked the cap on their website – I have to say, I like it much better than the recent look. So at least they’ll be well-dressed as they take a good beating by the AL West. Who else should revive the classics?
So, we’ll see what kind of offseason the Mets have in store for us. Stay tuned for the drama.
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