Is Garrett Jones an Option?
While the Pirates pulled the rug from under the Mets and stole the coveted Jaff Decker away, they had to make a corresponding roster move: designating Garrett Jones for assignment. Might the Mets turn around and acquire Jones?
I know what you’re thinking: the Mets already have a glut of first baseman on the roster. But consider that Jones has played nearly as many MLB games in the outfield (296) as he has at first base (339). With one-time star-in-the-making Chris Young under contract to handle a corner position, and, righthanded hitting corner outfielders Andrew Brown and Cesar Puello protected on the 40-man roster, it might make sense to add a LH-hitting side to a potential platoon in either right or left field — and why not Garrett Jones?
Jones had a terrible 2013, but, when given 500 plate appearances, he’s hit at least 20 HR and posted an OPS between .720 and .938 — numbers that would seem to fit into the Mets’ strategy of focusing on power-hitting bats. He strikes out frequently, but an obnoxious amount when compared to other power hitters in today’s game. Sure, it would be nice if he drew more walks and/or played at least average defense, but considering what the Mets’ budget is and what’s available, Jones might be a good fit for the Flushing Futiles. I can easily see him paired as the lefthanded-hitting donkey of a platoon with the aforementioned Brown, with the two of them producing — offensively and defensively — what would amount to a poor man’s Adam Dunn. I know, I shouldn’t mention Dunn because Mets fantasy front office executive J.P. Ricciardi says Dunn hates baseball, but I get the feeling that both Brown and Jones like baseball a little bit, and am just using the back of Dunn’s baseball card to provide a comp for you. My apologies if anyone finds this offensive.
Of course, the Mets would have to wait for Jones to clear waivers and be outright released by the Pirates before picking him up; I doubt they’d trade any of their highly touted, valuable assets to acquire him. But considering that Jones is 32 going on 33 in June, and coming off the worst year of his career, there’s a decent shot he’ll be available free and clear a week from now.
If so, should the Mets pick him up? Why or why not? Answer in the comments.