Braves preempt market on innings-eaters
In case you missed the news, the Atlanta Braves just made two player acquisition moves. News broke on Thursday that they had signed R.A. Dickey and on Friday that they had signed Bartolo Colon.
I think it’s a huge whiff on the Mets’ part to not bring back Colon. Was the team unprepared to negotiate? Was the $12.5M price tag way too steep? Were the Mets somehow not interested in Bart’s services?
Dickey would have been a fine back-up plan, another low-ceiling, high-floor innings-eater. But the Braves gobbled him up first.
I don’t think I need to be particularly pessimistic about the Mets’ young starters’ health to predict that we’ll be seeing a lot of innings from pitchers worse than Colon in 2017.
Plus, as a fan, it’s going to be hard for me to root against Dickey and Colon the 5 or so times the Mets face them this year.
Oh, and also, a division rival just got better.
As a Mets fan, I’m not happy with these developments, not one bit. What’s your reaction?
Bigger issues remain, chief amongst them being Cespedes with 1st base and catcher close behind.
3 healthy years later, I don’t think it’s an issue. He does what he does with incredible consistency.
As for Dickey, until he got bumped from the Jays’ rotation in September, he was 4th in MLB in innings over the last 4 years. I see him as one of the surest health bets in the game. The main question with him is walks and homeruns.
You might be right about the Mets needing more from the rotation than these two can provide… but man, I hope not. I hope the offense and defense and bullpen are good enough that the team could win with some back-end innings eaters. I really don’t think we’re going to get five aces.
Agreed on Cespedes and catcher. As for 1B, I don’t think Duda’s any worse than what we’re likely to field in LF, SS, 3B, etc.
Dickey’s knuckleball, Colon’s moving two-seamer, Hellickson’s change-up, Eickhoff’s curveball… all tough to hit if you only face them once.
Which is more valuable, that or the 222 innings (mostly about league average) Dickey averaged from 2012-2015? May depend on the team…
With respect to Dickey I haven’t seen him un awhile, but from what they say, that he can pitch endlessly without strain, because of the Bone and style and whstever, two o three innings, multiple days a week, sounds like a Maddon concept soon to be employed.
Speaking about Maddon, I believe that his use of the roster was increíble. Mixing in all his players and different positions the whole season, was definately different. If you think about it, all lineups depends on health, and the baseball season is not precisely conceived to proyecto health. The best way to give the players a better chance of staying healthy is giving them days off. That is exactly what Maddon did.
I dont know the stat but how many games did Flores get into for the first month? Grandy can still play and run. He proved it against SF. A platoon with Lagares plus an extra day here and there is perfect.
Conforto needs to stay and play wether Ces comes back or not. Give Ces, grandy and bruce a day off a week, plus an extra day for either one, and its plenty of playing time.
The Mets roster is set. They just have to bring Yo back and put in práctice and rest and play playbook that gives health and better chance.