MLB Network show “MLB Now” took the time to break down the off-season of both the Nationals and Mets while critiquing the team’s movement. Former Cleveland and Atlanta General Manager John Hart stated about the Mets “They have gone about it” which is good to hear from someone that has a long history with putting teams together.
Brian Kenny started by saying that initially he wanted to chose the Nationals over the Mets, however looking at the names acquired it’s hard for him to not choose the Mets as well. BK then eluded to how the Mets brought in the best reliever in baseball in Edwin Diaz with elite second baseman Robinson Cano and a strong catcher in Wilson Ramos.
What I found interesting was Brian Kenny pointed out that the Mets bought high with Lowrie while the Nationals bought low with Dozier. Kenny went on to elaborate that the Mets need to perform for the next two season, Lowrie’s age 35 and 36 season while the Nationals are counting on Dozier to bounce back from his worst offensive season.
Last season, Dozier had a slash line at .215/ .305/ .391/ 696 alongside 21 long balls and 72 runs driven in with 12 stolen bases.
Hart went on to say that the Mets made the right move in acquiring Jed Lowrie and that him being a switch hitter is better suited for the Orange and Blue over Dozier. Former Pitcher Ryan Dempster added that he likes the Mets moves over the Nationals and that it should excite the New York fanbase.
It’s been quite an interesting off-season and with Spring Training just over two weeks away, I can’t wait for Major League Baseball.