Diamondbacks Steal Cody Ross from Mets
Just when the Mets were on the verge of considering taking a look at Cody Ross as a possible topic for an upcoming front office meeting, the Diamondbacks swooped in and signed the veteran outfielder to a three-year, $26M contract.
No grass grows under those Diamondbacks’ feet … er, I guess it would be under their belly, eh? In any case, take Ross off your fantasy board of outfielders the Mets would never afford anyway.
Not that it’s a big loss; by himself, Ross was not going to catapult the Mets into the postseason. And that’s the easiest way to explain away this winter: keep every single signing in a vacuum. Because it’s true — even the reincarnation of Babe Ruth, on his own, wouldn’t be enough to make the Mets a contender. Never mind the nonsense theory of something being more valuable than the sum of its parts.
So, where do the Mets go from here? Well, they already locked up Collin Cowgill, so maybe they don’t need any more outfielders. We looked at the remainder of corner outfielders a week ago, and it was pretty sparse — with Ross or Nick Swisher as the best of a weak lot. Those left include Swisher, Delmon Young, Bobby Abreu, Raul Ibanez, Austin Kearns, and Matt Diaz. Chances are pretty good that Swisher is out of the Mets’ budget, so Young may be the best possible option on the free agent market.
Oh, right, I keep forgetting — many Mets fans consider Scott Hairston an option. I suppose he is, but, like most of the others available, he’s a platoon player — a fourth outfielder. And now he’s seeking a contract similar to what the Red Sox gave Jonny Gomes – two years, $10M. Considering how little the Mets have in their budget, is that how much you’d want them to spend on someone not playing every day? I might rather put that money toward two players to fill a full platoon, or a skill-position player (i.e., center fielder or second baseman), or a starting pitcher.
What’s your thought? Are you happy the Mets passed on Ross? Is there someone you’d rather see them go after to fill a corner outfield spot? Or are you confident that Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter, and other in-house alternatives will be just fine. Answer in the comments.
Those are some names still out that they should kick the tires on. Could they afford them? Who knows, but each are a better option than Saunders.
I can’t imagine this front office signing Carlos Zambrano.
Colby Lewis is still property of the Rangers. He’s coming off a major elbow injury and Texas hopes to see him return by midseason.
Ben Sheets retired, as far as I know.
I’ve heard Dice-K wants to go to San Diego, possibly to be closer to Japan? Though, perhaps he’s an option for the Mets.
Randy Wolf is coming off a pretty bad year, and he usually alternates good/bad, so by that theory 2013 could be good.
I don’t know – the pickings are getting slimmer by the day.
If you think the Mets were ever going to seriously consider spending what it would take to sign Cody Ross, then you are seriously deluded.
Funny stuff. However I think you’re wrong on Hairston. Give him 2/8. We need his bat to platoon and pinch hit, if not more.
The Mets need to spend 40% of their winter budget for someone to start only against LHPs and pinch hit? Seems extravagant to me, but we can agree to disagree.
I’m still concerned about who is going to play CF and RF regularly, and would think finding starting players would be a priority over filling out the bench. But, what do I know?
Then again, maybe the Mets plan to have platoons at all three OF positions – in which case, they better move quickly and better increase the budget.
2nd to 6th in the lineup the mets might have had
a good balanced hitting lineup but now we will
never know? I don’t think three years at 26
million was over priced for 22 hrs & 80 rbis
a year for a 31 year old right hand hitting
right fielder! While the mets ponder who to sign
nobody will be left! Its not like we have a lot of
choices in our minor’s or on our team!!
Cody Ross had a .684 OPS away from Fenway Park in 2012. In 2011, at home in SF, a park similar to Citifield, he had a .735 OPS. He will probably hit well in Arizona because it is a big time hitter’s park, but I just don’t see this guy bringing value to the Mets for that kind of money. Yes, they really need an RH OF bat, but I’d rather them give those ABs to Duda and Captain Kirk instead of overpaying for 3 years for a borderline 4th OF in his mid 30s.
I wouldn’t think twice about trading Niese for Upton, though I’m sure there are legions of Mets fans who disagree. My opinion is that NIese has hit his ceiling, and though he’s valuable, for a team like the Mets that is rebuilding, his greatest value is in trade for younger players with the potential for impact. So I’m with you.
All free agent options don’t even seem possible for a starting OF spot in the majors… The best outfielder is Duda… In 2014 when the mets plan to turn the page, who’s going to be in the OF!?! Nimmo won’t be ready and you could potentially have all 3 spots vacant. I think they will sign another 4th outfielder and then mid season, look for Johan Santana to be traded, potentially to Sox for maybe Jacoby. Mets will not just let Johan walk as they let Reyes walk when they could have gotten someone like Matt Moore from the Rays…if they do something like that and the young arms are for real then 2014 could be fun in Queens.