Should the Mets target Grisham?

It seems like a lot of players had a shitty 2022 and Trent Grisham wasn’t an exception to that category, Unfortunately, that might factor him into being the odd man out of the Padres lineup for the 2023 campaign.

With Fernando Tatis Jr moving to the outfield due to the acquisition of Xander Bogaerts, the Padres could opt to move Grisham to the bench.

Grisham slashed an abysmal .184/.284/.341/.626 in 2022, which could very well work in the Mets favor if he’s on the block. With every single team looking to get their hands on prospects Fransisco Alvarez and Ronny Mauricio, the Padres have no right asking for either in this potential trade.

Obviously, Grisham has had a better career than his last year would suggest, however not so much so. His career slash line is .222/.316/.395/.711 while averaging 20 home runs per every 162 games played.

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While all that is great, what he would bring to the table for the Mets most importantly is solid outfield defensive options. He’s the best in the league when it comes to OOA (Outs Above Average), with a top tier ranking for outfielder jump and an above average arm.

The Burleson, Texas native was drafted 15th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft. That particular draft was headlined by shortstops Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman.

This wouldn’t be the sexiest acquisition, but how sexy can you get when it comes to a fourth or even fifth outfielder.

So even though I don’t see him getting 500 at-bats in this Mets lineup, they could find 300 for him. Especially with a manager like Buck Showalter calling the shots.

Mets sign Eduardo Escobar

The New York Mets and Eduardo Escobar have agreed to a two year deal worth $20M. The news comes from Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Escobar spent 2021 with both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers as he slugged 28 homers with 90 RBI’s. The infielder can play either third or short and has a career slash of .256/.309/.436/.745 in 11 seasons.

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It’ll be interesting to see what the Mets will now do with J.D. Davis and even Jeff McNeil, as well as how the team finishes off negotiations with Javy Baez.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Mets split twin bill with Brewers

The Mets once again played another doubleheader, this one coming against the Milwaukee Brewers back at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom took the hill in the first bout against the Brewers and immediately fell in the hole as he would give up a lead off home run to Luis Urias. The infielder would finish the game going 2-3 and now has a .238 batting average to go alongside a .746 OPS.

The Mets struck back almost immediately as Brandon Nimmo would cross the plate on a Francisco Lindor single. Lindor, although has been cold throughout most of the season, has been batting .300 with a .500 OBP in his last seven contests.

Jose Peraza appeared in the seventh inning as pinch hitter for Jacob deGrom and would take on of the elite relievers in the game yard. The game tying home run would come off of Milwaukee’s closer Josh Hader.

After Dom Smith and James McCann would set the table in the bottom half of the eighth, Jeff McNeil would single up the middle to bring in Dom Smith for the game winning walk-off run. This would count as McNeil’s very first career walk-off, which is almost surprising considering how well he’s hit throughout his career.

Edwin Diaz would collect the win in the Mets 4-3 victory, while deGrom now has an ERA of 1.08 after his 7 inning, 10 K outing against the Brewers.

The second game featured the newly acquired Robert Stock and right-hander didn’t fare all that bad. In four innings on the hill, Stock would strikeout five as he gave up just two earned runs on the evening.

Although the Mets would lose the contest, Stock could have and likely did earn himself another look down the line. The hard throwing right-hander now has an unimpressive ERA of 7.88 after making his first appearance for the Mets.

Nothing to write about on the offensive front as the boys in Orange and Blue were shut out by Brian Anderson and the Brewers bullpen in the 5-0 loss.

The Mets will host the Pirates tomorrow to kick off the series with Taijuan Walker on the hill against JT Brubaker.

Mets Trade for Outfielder

The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers have struck a deal that would send outfielder Billy McKinney to the Mets.

The Mets have sent back left-handed minor league pitcher Pedro Quintana.

McKinney is a former first-round pick and has 21 home runs in 511 Major League plate appearances. This year, the outfielder had a .207/.260/.359 before being designated for assignment by the Brewers.

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No Hand? No Springer? No Problem!

There are a lot of Mets fans that are feeling bummed out because the Mets were not able to sign either of the free agents target of CF George Springer or LHP Brad Hand. Despite all of the other moves that the Mets have done this offseason to improve the team, missing out on those two guys makes the offseason feel like a failure to these fans. When the news broke out that the Nationals signed Hand to a 1 year deal worth $10.5 mil, hearts were broken and some faith was lost in the Mets organization. It was reported that the Mets did try to get Hand and their lack of ability to acquiring him is not due to the Mets failure, but that the Mets could not guarantee Brad Hand a closer role. In DC, Hand looks like clear lock for the closer role, so the decision is a no brainer for him. It is no use to cry over spilt milk, there are plenty of other options that they can explore to fill in the teams needs.

One idea that I’ve been playing around with is that the Mets can trade for CF Lorenzo Cain and LHP Josh Hader from the Brewers by trading 3B/LF JD Davis and RHP Jeurys Familia.

Cain (right handed hitter) maybe an older player, but he still has some wheels and can get those outs at CF while being a productive bat. In 2019 he ranked in the 99th percentile in Outs Above Average and 80ths in Outfielder Jump. He did so with putting up some impressive numbers with his bat for a CF. He ranked 90th in expected batting average, 68th in Hard hit percentage, 75th in K% and 71st in Sprint Speed. Not bad for a 34 year old! He also puts the ball all over the field as evident in his 2019 spray chart.

Josh Hader is a guy that I have been dreaming about the Mets adding to their roster. Maybe it’s the hair or maybe it is the fact that he’s one of the games most dominant relief pitchers. Adding him to the mix to go along with Diaz and May, and the Mets will have a meanest back-end bullpen that would dominate all of the MLB stats! By now you’re probably tired of hearing me on the Metsjunkies podcast talking about Hader, but I will just drop his 2020 Baseball Savant percentiles.

If JD played in Milwaukee, watch out NLC. He would be one mean HR hitting machine. I would expect him to take over Daniel Vogelbach starting role at 1B while serving as a depth piece for Luis Urias at 3B and LF for Yelich if necessary. In terms of contract commitment for the players involved, it is as follows:

MIL Lorenzo Cain has 2 years left and $ 35 mil left on his contract.

NYM Jeurys Familia has 1 year left and $11 mil left on his contract.

MIL Josh Hader is under team control for 3 more seasons.

NYM JD Davis is under team control for 4 more seasons.

So in a nut shell, the contract obligations would work out pretty evenly for both clubs.

The move would also allow the Mets to start Brandon Nimmo in more games at LF where he isn’t too bad defensively. If the DH does make its way to the NL (which the MLBPA and Owners are currently negotiating) this move would allow Alonso to DH, Smith at 1B, Nimmo at LF, Cain at CF, and Guillorme at 3B… which got the making for a great defensive and offensive lineup. The Brewers would likely slip Rookie of the Year winner RHP Devin Williams into the closer role with Hader gone.

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