BrokeMets Podcast 3

By Steven Inman

Due to popular demand the 3rd BrokeMets Podcast is up and ready to be listened to after a one week hiatus. Join my partner Rob DeLucia as well as myself as we discuss the Mets issues with Matt Harvey, the resurgence of Travis d’Arnaud, a rough series vs. the Nationals, Terry Collins’ future and preview the Cubs Series.

 

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Expect Niese to be the Mets big trade chip this winter

By Steven Inman

Photo by NY Post

Photo by NY Post

With Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom continuing to get better and better, expect LHP Jon Niese to be the pitcher dangled in trade talks this winter for a bat. Niese, 27, is 5-7 with a career best 3.24 ERA. Niese is also very cheap over the next few years thanks to a shrewd move by Sandy Alderson a few springs ago to lock up the young southpaw before he had established himself. The Mets can control Niese through the 2018 season at a discounted rate. Niese will make $7 million in 2015, $9 in 2016, followed by a pair of club options at $10 and $11 million each. So why would the Mets move Niese?

It is simple. The Mets simply don’t have room for all of their current pitchers.

Many teams will be concerned with Niese’s injury history but he has drawn interest in the past and the Mets could get the bat they are looking for in exchange for their lone left-hander. The Mets have had serious dialogue on trading Niese with teams like the Blue Jays and Padres in the past.

The Mets believe that their first pick in the 2009 draft from a few years ago Ward Melville’s Steven Matz could fill in as the left-hander in the rotation rather quickly. “One thing that’s becoming clear is the Mets wouldn’t be afraid to trade their only established lefty, Niese, in part because the highly-regarded {Steven} Matz is blossoming so quickly.” – John Harper of the Daily News. Matz is 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in 116.2 innings between St. Lucie and Binghamton this season. He should make his debut at some point next season.

The Mets aren’t going to get a big bat from Colorado for Niese but perhaps they go to Chicago and see if they can pry a shortstop such as Starlin Castro, Javier Baez or Addison Russell away from the Cubs. (Most likely that’s the order the Cubs would be willing to trade them) Only time will tell.

If the Mets get an offer they like better for a Dillon Gee or Rafael Montero they could trade one of them for a bat instead of Niese but for now, it looks like Niese is the guy who could go. The Mets clearly need to trade for offense this winter.

 

A strong finish will win Jacob deGrom the NL Rookie of the Year

By Steven InmanJacob deGrom

Always overlooked by fans, media and even his front office by pitchers such as Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and even Rafael Montero. That is quickly changing for 26-year old Jacob deGrom who is coming into his own in his rookie season. With the way deGrom has pitched, he has penciled himself into the Mets future rotation and gives them a lot of flexibility in trading another young pitcher in the future for a bat. DeGrom has also put himself right in the middle of the National League Rookie of the Year race, a race that Wheeler and Harvey weren’t apart of.

DeGrom leads National League Rookies in strikeouts, innings pitched and ERA by a starting pitcher. He has been fantastic all year but even better of late. DeGrom has a 0.66 ERA over his last four starts.

His biggest competition for Rookie of the Year will come from the Reds Billy Hamilton and the Padres Jesse Hahn but as of now if deGrom continues pitching well, he will win the National League’s Rookie of the Year.

After being drafted in the 9th round in 2010, Jake deGrom is an excellent parting gift by former GM Omar Minaya and his staff.

BrokeMets Podcast 2

By Steven Inman

With the trade deadline just a few short hours away, join Rob DeLucia and myself on the second ever BrokeMets podcast. We discuss what the Mets could do at the trade deadline, recap the week as well as preview the series vs. the San Fransisco Giants. Plus our players of the week at the end of the show. Once again leave comments and questions in the comment section under this post to get yourself on the next show for next week.

 

Matt Harvey cleared to throw off a mound

By Steven Inman

Matt Harvey has been cleared to return to the mound for the first time since since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Harvey had wanted to be on a mound in June, but did not have organization permission. The Mets did that on purpose in an effort to slow down his rehab.

Harvey is highly unlikely to pitch in the big leagues this season but it’s possible Harvey will pitch briefly in the fall instructional league, which spans late September and early October in Florida.

Harvey is expected to be on an innings limit when he returns to the Mets rotation next season.

Met fans, don’t hold your breath on Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez

By Steven Inman

Both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki have done serious damage against the Mets

Both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki have done serious damage against the Mets

While the recent speculation that the New York Mets could acquire SS Troy Tulowitzki or LF Carlos Gonzalez from the Rockies makes a lot of sense, I wouldn’t expect a deal to be struck anytime soon for several reasons.

First Rockies owner Dick Monfort loves both of these players and hasn’t let the Colorado front office even consider accepting trade calls for either hitter yet. That isn’t expected to change any time soon unless one of these two players formally request a trade.

Secondly, the Mets have worked hard over a few years to build up their young pitching and are unlikely to part with multiple high-level pitching prospects in one deal. It’s probable that they trade one for a bat but not very likely they traded multiple pitchers for a bat.

Either way this is a trade that would happen in the offseason where more teams can be involved anyway.

Both Cargo and Tulo have an extensive injury history the Mets will be looking for a bat they believe can be on the field for 150 games a year when they eventually do give up some of their pitching.

Gonzalez, who turns 29 in October, had spent a good chunk of this season on the disabled list after having a benign tumor removed from his left index finger. He has started 140 games just once in four full years in the majors. Gonzalez is earning $10.5 million this season and has three years at $53 million remaining on his contract from 2015-17.

Tulowitzki, 30 in October, has started 140 games at shortstop just three times in seven full years in the majors. He is being paid $14 million this season and then has five more years left at $104 million.

It is unlikely the Mets payroll expands to over $100 million anytime soon.

David Wright commented about how great of a fit Tulo would be with the Mets. Wright said he would have no problem recruiting Tulowitzki to New York if he needed convincing to waive his no-trade clause. “So just from knowing him through the All-Star Game and playing against him for a few years now, it seems that if he does want to be moved, a place like New York would be perfect for him.”- Wright to the NY Post.

These two players on paper would be perfect for the Mets lineup but they will cost too many prospects and money for the mid-market Mets. New York’s best bet to acquire bats will likely come elsewhere.

Which player would you rather have and how much would you give up?

BrokeMets Podcast Episode 1

By Steven Inman

I’m very proud to announce a project that has been in the works for several months. BrokeMets has been playing around with the concept of a BrokeMets podcast for some time which is now happening. Below you will see our first ever BrokeMets podcast. It includes myself as long with my former radio partner Rob DeLucia from our old show “The Three Till Three” on WSJU Radio.

We get to a variety of topics including Travis d’Arnaud’s resurgence, Tejada’s beaning, Colon’s trade value, Wheeler/deGrom development and so much more. You can also tweet us a question or comment for next weeks show @brokemets or just place in the comment section below this post. Thanks and Lets Go Mets!

 

Mets farm system continues to get better and better

By Steven Inman

If the Mets were right, Michael Conforto can breeze through the minor leagues

If the Mets were right, Michael Conforto can breeze through the minor leagues

When Sandy Alderson became general manager of the New York Mets, his plan was to build a competitive team in the short-term while creating a great minor league farm system in the long-term. While the former hasn’t happened the ladder is actually coming together. The Mets farm was ranked in the mid-20’s when Alderson and company took over. In Keith Law of ESPN’s bi-annual prospect ranking he ranked the Mets farm fourth best in all of baseball.

In Law’s top 50 midseason prospect rewrite (Insiders Only), four Mets prospects made his top 50. Noah Syndergaard (16), Michael Conforto (32) Brandon Nimmo (34) and Dom Smith (49) all made Law’s top 50.

Syndergaard has had a rough year in Triple-A. His ERA is over five, he has spent time on the disabled list, and there is a chance now that we don’t even see him in the majors this season. That being said in the extreme hitter friendly PCL him just racking up innings has to be seen as a positive. Syndergaard is actually only 21 and seems to get better every time he advances a level with exception of this season of course. He should be fine and compete for a rotation spot early next season.

LF Michael Conforto made his professional debut for the Cyclones a few days ago. Unlike other top picks in the Sandy Alderson era, Conforto is expected to reach the big leagues rather quickly. Some have even predicted he would be the first from the 2014 draft class to reach the majors. While I wouldn’t go as far to say that since the Mets are generally much slower at advancing their prospects, Conforto should provide the Mets power rather soon.

Brandon Nimmo is the surprise on this list. He was constantly compared to all-star starter Jose Fernandez after Miami selected their flamethrower one pick after the Mets selected Nimmo. Nimmo didn’t show much power until this season when he escaped Savannah. Savannah’s park has always seemed to zap left –handed hitters of their power. Nimmo is hitting .282 along with a .411 OBP, nine homers and 40 RBI in 92 games between High-A and Double-A this season. Nimmo looks like he can legitimately contribute in some way to the Mets next season.

Lastly Dom Smith has also performed well against older completion in Savannah. The first basemen is hitting .299 with a .357 OBP in a tough place to hit. Like Nimmo it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he breaks out “power wise” next season when he gets away from the Sand Gnats.

It is very surprising to me after all of these years that three of the Mets four top prospects are now position players. The Mets are going to need to continue to develop these guys to help fix what is currently a poor major league offense.

News and Notes as Mets Head into Second Half

By Steven Inmanindex

The New York Mets  has won three straight games. The club won a season-high four consecutive games from July 6-9.The Mets are 8-4 this month. The eight wins in July are tied for the third-most in the majors

The Mets are in sole possession of third place in the National League East for the first time since after their game at Colorado on May 4.

David Wright is hitting .375 (27-72) with a hit in 17 of his last 19 games…He has 15 RBI in that stretch with four home runs. Over Wright’s last 17 starts, the Mets are 12-5.

The first half of the 2014 Mets season looks very similar to the 2009-2013 Mets. All of those teams seemed to hang around in the first half until the road trip after the All-Star Break where they tailed of quickly. The Mets haven’t had a winning record in the second half since 2008.

Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .295 (18-61) with three home runs and 10 RBI with a .338 on-base percentage in 16 games since returning from Las Vegas (AAA) on June 24. D’Arnaud must improve on his defense most notably balls in the dirt over the course of the second half. He has bounced back nicely.

The Mets continue to get on base as Sandy Alderson wants. (Which is what every other GM and coach wants to) The Mets lead the National League and rank fifth in the majors with 335 walks. Curtis Granderson is fourth in the NL with 54 walks.

New York is tied for sixth in the majors with 66 stolen bases which has a lot to do with Eric Young Jr. Despite his dip in playing time, Eric Young, Jr. is fourth in the NL with 25 stolen bases

The next 10 game road trip will determine if the Mets sell off pieces according to Sandy Alderson. Unless some player they love falls into their laps (unlikely) the team will not be buyers. Bartolo Colon is really the only player the Mets have that has a decent chance of being traded.

 

How do you feel about the Mets going into the second half?

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