Mets Acquire Infielder

Former White Sox infielder Danny Mendick has signed a 1 year pact with the Mets worth $1M, in a surprising move.

Unfortunately, Mendick, a Rochester, New York native, will likely start 2023 on the Injured List as he suffered a torn ACL in June.

The former 22nd round pick played in 31 games last season and hit .289/.343/.443/.786 with four doubles, three home runs, and 15 runs batted in.

Once healthy, it could potentially mean that Luis Guillorme’s run as a Met could be coming to an end, however the newly acquired Mendick does still have two MiLB options available.

Who’s next?

Mets Trade James McCann

The Mets were able to find a taker for catcher James McCann, and hey, that’s all they needed. McCann will pack his bags and head for Maryland as the veteran backstop is now an Oriole.

As of now, the Mets haven’t received a player back in the deal. Also, Steve Cohen will assume a large portion of his $24M contract, $19M to be exact.

This move clears up the jam behind the dish, as Omar Narvaez will now only have Tomas Nido as his competition for playing time. This of course is under the assumption that rookie phenom Francisco Alvarez will start 2023 in AAA in order to refine his defensive skills.

The Mets currently have 42 players on the 40 man roster.

Carlos Correa signs with Mets

The New York Mets continue to be super aggressive as they’ve just signed Carlos Correa to a 12 year deal worth $315M.

Correa will likely slide over to third base for the next decade, putting a question mark next to prospects like Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio.

This of course comes hours after a deal with the San Francisco Giants fell through potentially due to a failed physical.

With the Minnesota Twins, Correa hit .291/.366/.467/.834 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI’s in 522 at bats during the 2022 campaign.

The dynamic infielder from Ponce, Puerto Rico has an amazing relationship with fellow countryman Francisco Lindor, which had a tremendous impact on his making this decision.

The two are projected to combine for 40 home runs and 145 RBI’s this upcoming year, which is ridiculously underestimated. Both players are still in their late 20’s as Lindor is 29 and Correa 28 years of age.

Merry fuckin’ Christmas!

More details to come soon.

Ottavino Returning to Mets Bullpen

Brooklyn native Adam Ottavino will return to the Bullpen for the Mets, joining Edwin Diaz as the second arm to be back from the 2022 season.

Ottavino will earn $14.5M over the next two seasons, however does have the ability to opt out of the contract after just one season. The deal also includes up to $1M in performance based bonuses and incentives.

Last season, Ottavino held an immaculate 2.06 ERA with 6-3 record after appearing in 66 games and throwing 65.2 innings. The 37 year old is showing no signs of letting up as he K’d batters and only walking 16, that’s a 10.8 K/9 and just 2.2 BB/9.

Hours earlier, rumors were swirling that the Mets could potentially be in talks with the White Sox for Liam Hendriks, however, this may put a halt on anymore speculation.

How we Would Handle the Catching Situation

There are ton of people across Facebook and Twitter that just DO NOT like this trade, and all I can really say to that is “oh well”. They must have high expectations of this kid and might be looking for him to catch 135 games, I’m definitely not.

It’s no secret that the Mets would’ve liked to move one of their catchers from the start of the offseason, but now since acquisition of Omar Narvaez, the Mets really don’t have much of a choice, they have to move someone.

So we should definitely expect for either McCann or Nido to hit the chopping block, and I could definitely see the Rangers being interested in both.

But let’s say hypothetically, the Mets have traded away McCann, this is how I would handle the situation behind the plate.

You can start Alvarez with Syracuse while Nido and Narvaez split the duties behind the dish to start the season. They would platoon with Narvaez facing RHP’s and Nido squaring up against the LHP’s.

With this kind of split, they would not been seeing action at a 50/50 split, clearly Narvaez will get a lot more looks.

Meanwhile, Alvarez needs to work on his skills as a catcher. Offensively, the kid is a monster and it’ll be very exciting to watch. Defensively, I just have no idea what we’re in for just yet. It would help tremendously if pitchers like Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander could take Alvarez under their wings.

Obviously this is something we never see, with two opposing positions, but if the veterans can teach Alvarez to catch and call the Scherzer’s and the Verlander’s of the league, then the Peterson’s and Megill’s should come a lot easier.

Now after showcasing Nido for a couple of months, the Mets could then move Nido via trading for a younger, mid level prospect.

Once Alvarez is called back up to the Mets, I let Alvarez start off by catching 65% of the games, while hopefully proving that he can more.

Corné’s Cut:

I didn’t like the move, I don’t see Narvaez as a clear upgrade, especially if you have to include value (money or player) in a way to trade McCann. But it is what it is and the Mets did make the move for Narvaez. So time to turn to wishing the best out of this situation and hoping “I am Wrong!”.

But how would I make this work? Before 2022, Narvaez was a very good hitter vs RH. In 2021, he had a OPS above .800 vs RH, so hopefully he will return to that form.

It’s clear that the Mets should give Narvaez the bulk of the time facing RH and Nido facing lefties (if McCann is the one traded). This way you should have a solid hitter vs RH with a mediocre hitter vs LH, but both solid defenders.

Alvarez should work on his defense at AAA, maybe learning from a veteran catcher on a minor league deal. I don’t like Alvarez being strictly a DH.