The Mets Junkies Podcast (Episode 7): Hey mom, I’m the GM!!

The gang kisses their moms on their cheek goodbye as they take on the role of Mets GM… well, kinda. Ok, not really, but listen to what we would do if we were GM’s.

Mets Trade Target: Joe Musgrove

On Christmas Eve, the Nationals made a move with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire first baseman Josh Bell. While Bell is far from being the best first baseman in a division that has guys like Freddie Freeman, Pete Alonso, and even Dom Smith, he still has the room to develop.

Why are we here right now, though? Well, if the Pirates are tearing it down and deciding to rebuild the system, the Mets could very well benefit just as much as the Nationals just did.

An interesting name on this Pittsburgh Pirates roster and pitching rotation is right-hander Joe Musgrove. It feels like Mets fans have kept tabs on the righty, but that might’ve just been me while playing “MLB The Show 20”. In all seriousness however, Musgrove is a crafty pitcher with sneaky stuff.

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What hurt Musgrove the most was being on a relatively bad team, in the Pittsburgh Pirates. While he pitched to a respectable 3.86 ERA in 8 eight games, it definitely did not translate into his record very well, as he finished off the 2020 campaign going 1-5. However, in 39.2 innings pitched, he’s struck out a whopping 55 batters.

While Musgrove doesn’t own a fastball that’ll leave a batter blown away, his K rate ranks among with the best in the league. And even when batters are making contact, they’re not hard hits as he’s in the 79th percentile in “Hard Hit” percentage.

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While I have the Mets also acquiring Polanco in the swap, I have him as a fourth outfielder or possibly even a back-up plan for centerfield. He doesn’t have the best jump, however he still ranked in the 89 percentile in OAA during 2020. He’s pretty fast and he covers a lot of ground.

Pittsburgh in return would receive two minor league prospects as well as former top prospect shortstop Amed Rosario. The Pirates do have a couple of shortstops in Kevin Newman and Erik Gonzalez, however if they’re in rebuild mode, I can see Newman on his way out.

Centerfielder Isiah Greene would be the biggest get in this deal for the Pirates, however Mark Vientos has proven to be a steady third baseman since being drafted into the Mets organization.

Back to the Mets, Musgrove would fit in nicely in the back-end of the rotation. Rotochamp has the righty 11-7 (with the Pirates) in 2021 with a 3.66 ERA in 155 innings pitched. I think it’s important to point out that these projections are aligned with the probability of Musgrove still being with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I see it working out a ton better for him while pitching in the spacious confines of Citi Field.

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Free Agent Target: Chris Archer

Recently on The Mets Junkies Podcast, we messed around with $50M of Uncle Steve’s money and acquired a few Free Agents on the behalf of brand new GM Jared Porter. While Archer didn’t make the cut, I wonder if I made a mistake in leaving him out.

The eight-year veteran owns a 60-80 lifetime record with both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In that eight years, the right hander has posted a completely respectable 3.86 ERA, however, since 2016 he’s consistently put up an ERA above four.

Also read: Free Agent Target: Garrett Richards

Archer did not pitch in 2020 due to a very familiar thoracic outlet syndrome. While many pitchers like Matt Harvey have not been able to return to previous form, Archer will come at a cheap price and his upside is high.

At his best, Archer pitched to a 3.23 ERA in 34 starts during the 2015 campaign. He put in 212 innings and averaged 10.7 strikeouts per nine, racking up 252 K’s that year. So while he only had a 12-13 record, he did have a solid 2.90 FIP alongside nasty stuff that was clearly missing a ton of bats.

Also read: Hello, is it me (NL CY Young finalist) you’re looking for?

Fangraphs has Archer bouncing back in 2021 with a 7-7 record while accumulating 147 strikeouts in 130 innings pitched. While he’s also projected to have a 4.22 ERA, that’s not bad for an end of the rotation type arm. However, ideally he’d eat a minimum of 20-30 more innings but for $4M, I’ll take it.

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Mets hire bench coach

The New York Mets aren’t done adding on to their staff as they’ve hired Dave Jauss to assume the role of bench coach.

Jauss worked for the Montreal Expos under the leadership of Felipe Alou in the past. Also in 1997, he served as the Red Sox first base coach. He’s even had served as a bench coach with the Dodgers in 2007 before taking a job with the Orioles in the same capacity.

Jauss has experience with working with managers like the legendary Felipe Alou, Grady Little, and even Clint Hurdle. So Jauss has been amongst some great company.

Source: Jon Heyman

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Mets acquire an Outfielder

The New York Mets have just claimed outfielder Guillermo Heredia off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and have optioned him to their Brooklyn training facility.

Heredia, a right handed hitter, has a career slash line of .239/.317/.339/.656 in 990 at-bats. He only has 17 home runs and 77 RBI’s throughout his career as well as only swiping seven bags and got caught stealing 12 times.