Feldman, McLouth, Jones, Arencibia, Morneau Off the Table
There has been a flurry of activity just prior to the opening of the annual winter meetings.
Here is a quick synopsis of the most recent non-Granderson developments:
Scott Feldman signed a three-year, $30M deal with the Houston Astros. The innings-eating Feldman would have been a nice addition to the Mets rotation, but maybe not on those terms. I imagine Houston had to overpay a bit to convince someone to join the worst team in MLB.
Two slugging first baseman that might have been considered for Flushing have agreed to terms elsehwere: Justin Morneau with the Rockies for two years, $12.5M, and Garrett Jones with the Marlins for two years, $7.5M. The Marlins have been busy so far this offseason, and this latest move would suggest that they’ll shop first baseman Logan Morrison at the meetings next week. We explored the possibility of the Mets picking up Jones a few weeks back, but if that is the price necessary to convince him to play for a non-playoff-contender, it’s probably best that the Mets passed. The cost of Morneau doesn’t seem so steep in comparison, but then, my image of him is as the beast he was five years ago; he’s been a shell of himself since entering his thirties.
J.P. Arencibia agreed to join the Texas Rangers, where he presumably will back up Geovany Soto. The slugging backstop gets $1.8M guaranteed, another $300K possible in incentives. I know many people are down on Arencibia, but he can put the ball over the fence, and costs a heckuva lot less than John Buck did (about one-third, in fact). Considering Sandy Alderson’s infatuation with homeruns, I’m mildly surprised there wasn’t more of a push for him by the Mets. In Texas, I see him developing into Mike Napoli Lite. Anywhere else, he’s a modern version of Gene Tenace.
Finally, Nate McLouth has agreed to join the Washington Nationals outfield, which already consists of Bryce Harper, Denard Span, and Jayson Werth (not to mention the heavy-hitting Tyler Moore). McLouth reportedly will receive $10.75M over two years. It’s a good match for both sides, as McLouth seems to do his best as something more than a part-time player. However, since he’s a lefthanded hitter, one has to wonder if the Nats will shop Span (who is also a lefty hitter). I can see Werth, McLouth, and Harper all splitting time in center field, while also mixing Moore’s big bat in the lineup. Washington could use Span as bait for whatever it is the Nats still need — more bullpen help? An extra starter?
What do you think? Were any of these players fits for the Mets? Sound off in the comments.