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.

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