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Thursday, November 13, 2014

How NY Mets could avoid a Matt Harvey shutdown in 2015 - NY Daily News

The Mets are hoping to contend in 2015, and do not want Matt Harvey to become this year’s Stephen Strasburg, shut down for a playoff run. And while internal discussions about a plan for Harvey next year are in the very early stages, several creative approaches are possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, wilmer flores

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Can Wilmer Flores turn out to be a success story at shortstop for Mets?

Oh, I love it when we sign pricey, big-bopping outfielders! Great track record.

[Wilmer] Flores will never be a great defensive shortstop, but the Mets hope the 23-year-old will hit enough for his bat to carry his glove.

Or, as manager Terry Collins put it Saturday night: “You’re not going to make Wilmer Flores into [Andrelton] Simmons. He’s not going to be that kind of player.”... But he’s younger and can come cheaper than… potential free agents. He is a lot cheaper than Troy Tulowitzki, who is ending another season on the disabled list, this time with a torn labrum in his hip, and is owed $118 million over the next six seasons.

Trading for the fragile but immensely talented Tulowitzki is a gamble the Yankees can afford to take. Not the Mets…

“[Flores] makes the routine play,” Collins said. “If he hits the way everybody thinks he can hit and he can make the routine play, yeah, he can play every day in the big leagues at shortstop.”

There’s a great chance this experiment will fail… But the holes at shortstop and leftfield are gargantuan. Platooning Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell is nothing to get excited about. Both are 27 and without significant power. If they were going to be regulars at the major-league level, it already would have happened.

The Mets are going to have to spend to upgrade that position… If Flores can handle short, that gives the Mets a better shot to use their small-market checkbook to sign or trade for a pricey, big-bopping outfielder.

So give Flores a chance. Be pleasantly surprised if it works out, if it turns into a great success story. Maybe they’ll even make a movie out of it.

The District Attorney Posted: August 17, 2014 at 07:07 PM | 53 comment(s)
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