More Deals the Mets Didn’t Make
I don’t remember this much activity, this early in the winter. Maybe it’s my old age, or maybe it had something to do with the late arrival of Thanksgiving / early arrival of Chanukah. In any case, there have been so many deals happening these past few days, it’s hard to keep up. Though, there hasn’t been much activity by the New York Mets. Still, we should quickly review what’s been happening outside of Flushing.
Phillies acquire Brad Lincoln from Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen.
Mildly interesting, as Kratz seemed to find a place as the Phillies’ backup catcher, and the Jays just signed Dioner Navarro and cut J.P. Arencibia, leaving Josh Thole as the backup / designated knuckleball catcher for R.A. Dickey. Apparently, though, Toronto is not sold on Thole. Kratz showed some homerun power and good skills behind the dish in his first legit shot at semi-regular time in 2013, but also showed holes in his swing that limited him to a .213 average. His departure means the Phils are in the market for a backup backstop.
Speaking of catchers, the Rays acquired defensive whiz Ryan Hanigan from the Reds, and former Mets reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks, in a three-team deal. The Rays parted with minor league pitcher Justin Choate and a PTBNL, and Arizona also sent LHP David Holmberg to Cincinnati. I don’t see how this deal is relevant to the Mets.
Meanwhile, the Rangers dealt outfielder Craig Gentry and RHP Josh Lindblom to the wheeling-and-dealing Athletics for prospects Michael Choice and Chris Bostick. I know nothing about Choice and Bostick, but Gentry and Lindblom might’ve been useful to the Mets. Not a huge deal, though it would seem to free some roster and budget space for Texas to make another move, while Oakland continues to make improvements to their big-league roster despite small-market constraints.
That’s not all out of Oakland. Billy Beane also swung a deal with the Padres to add Luke Gregerson to the A’s bullpen. Beane traded outfielder Seth Smith, who was very close to being a non-tender candidate. For those who remember, around this time last year, the Padres supposedly were interested in swapping Gregerson to the Mets for Daniel Murphy. Honestly, I don’t know whether that would’ve been a good deal or not, nor do I know if it matters — it’s not as though such a trade would’ve made much difference in the Mets’ 2013 outcome. But it is interesting that Beane was able to acquire Gregerson for a fourth or fifth outfielder.
Finally, there is news that the Tigers have signed closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal, which means there’s a good chance that Brian Wilson will, in turn, sign with the Dodgers. Not that the Mets were in play for either.
Your response to these moves not made by the Mets? The comments section is open.