Listen, Francisco Alvarez is the real fuckin’ deal (Pardon my language, I’m dealing with a whole heap of depression and must take it out on my writing). The good folks over at MLB.com have updated their Top Prospects List, and yes, our Francisco is topped off at the number one spot.
There’s no telling how great of a career this youngster can have, especially once he’s completely comfortable in handling calling a major league game. That’s probably where the true test lies, knowing your pitchers, knowing your opponents, creating a game plan.
However, it’s so clear that we’re not the only ones aware of this tank sized catcher that’s about to take over a majority of the catcher’s duties going forward (Just my opinion, no official word has been released).
He’s hit at every level, except for his short stint with the actual big league club. However, his MiLB slash line is .274/.384/.526/.910 in 895 at-bats, just about two seasons of MiLB ball.
It’s no surprise to me, it shouldn’t be to any other Mets fans at all. But the cool thing is, now the rest of the league is starting to hear and learn about Alvarez, and I just don’t think they’re ready for this beast.
The big right-hander is continuing his post-Mets career as the Dodgers have signed him to a one year deal.
Syndergaard, of course was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, before making his way over to the Mets organization in the infamous R.A. Dickey trade. While there hasn’t been any championships, I still believe that the Mets are the winners of trade.
The Texas born righty would end up spending six years in Orange & Blue before departing for Los Angeles the first time as he signed a one year pact with Angels.
In those six years with the Mets, Syndergaard pitched to a 3.32 ERA while owning a 47-31 win/loss record.
The deal is for five years while Kodai Senga earns $75M, averaging a very affordable $15M per season. Senga does have the option to exit the deal after the 2025 season and become a free agent, which I 100% expect him to utilize.
The right-hander will be 30 years old by Opening Day, meaning he’ll be 33 by the time he’s able to opt out of the deal. This will give Senga the opportunity to hit Free Agency for the second time, and demand a higher pay day.
For now, I expect Senga to be slotted right behind Justin Verlander and ahead of Jose Quintana. However, Buck may choose to use left-hander Quintana ahead of Senga just to shake things up with a lefty smack dab in the middle of the rotation.
It’s hard to imagine a team, specifically a pitching rotation without Jacob deGrom, especially since he’s still an active player. However, there’s an argument to be made that this is actually a stronger team now, without deGrom.
The addition of Senga is a high upside move for a rotation that could go for upside instead of certainty. With the addition of Jose Quintana, the Mets added another arm to pitch quality innings and made this move for Senga even better. Senga will join a rotation with a lot of experience, and has a lot to learn about facing MLB Hitters.
I also believe a six man rotation should be a given now. Verlander, Scherzer, Quintana and Carrasco are all getting there in age. Senga is used to pitching once a week in the NPB, so for all starters there is a clear plus with having a six man rotation. This also gives a spot to either Megill or Peterson with the other likely being a swing man.
The Mets revamped their rotation with upside, depth and a lot of flexibility, in little over a week. Great time to be a Mets fan.
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The New York Mets and Brandon Nimmo have agreed to an 8 year deal that’s worth $162M, averaging roughly $20M per season and the deal contains a no-trade clause.
Nimmo, a Wyoming native, was drafted by the Mets in 2011, as their first rounder and 13th overall pick.
While many had doubts about Nimmo early on, he’s proved himself to be more than just an on-base machine. His power has increased dramatically over the last few years and he’s become a defensive presence in center field.
This is huge news for the Mets, as there were rumors swirling around about the Toronto Blue Jays and their interest in Nimmo.
This will allow the team to keep Marte in right field, hopefully protecting him from further injuries for the remainder of his contract.
Of course, Nimmo will continue to man down center field, as the captain amongst the outfielders, as well as lead-off with his “out of this world” on-base percentage.
This is absolutely a “feel-good” signing, keeping Nimmo in Orange and Blue for the rest of his career, just days after deGrom departed for Texas.
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To complete a trade made by the two clubs in November, the Mets will be sending center field prospect Jake Magnum to Miami. While the Mets will receive immediate help with Elieser Hernandez and Jeff Brigham, I expect that the Marlins will be putting the 26 year old to use this season, considering his advanced age for the Minors.
Magnum was drafted by the Mets during the June Amateur Draft in 2018. He’s hit at practically every level, except for a small nine game stint for Brooklyn in 2021. He still managed to hit .285 that season between Brooklyn and Binghamton, so that small sample size in Brooklyn looked more to be fluke.
While some were shocked that the outfielder was not protected from the Rule 5 Draft, he ended up not being selected. Miami benefits by not drafting Magnum, and not being forced to place him on the team’s 40 man roster.