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Monday, January 15, 2018

4 Reasons Mets Signing Adrian Gonzalez Makes Sense

1. He’s cheap.
2. He’s injury prone (so he’ll fit right in).

Sorry, that’s all I have.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2018 at 12:02 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Lassus Posted: January 15, 2018 at 12:42 PM (#5606641)
#2: Gonzalez is free and was good as recently as one year ago.
   2. Elvis Posted: January 15, 2018 at 01:48 PM (#5606680)
2016

Average NL 1B -- .264/.347/.462
Adrian Gonzalez - .285/.349/.435

He needed a .328 BABIP to record an OPS 25 points below league average. In 2015 he had a .294 BABIP and he had a .280 mark in the category last year. He was an above-average hitter in 2015, below average in 2016 and terrible last year. I don't see the point in gambling on guys who need to bounce back from both decline and injury. Maybe you give that type of guy an NRI. But if you're pinching pennies like the Mets apparently are, this doesn't add up.
   3. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: January 15, 2018 at 02:17 PM (#5606715)
It's the league minimum. Even for the Mets, it's basically irrelevant. And the Mets don't have a league average 1B to compare him to. They have Smith, who was overmatched in NY last year and projects to be a solidly below average hitting 1B in 2018. I don't think he's such a great prospect that they should just hand him the job, unless they don't think they can compete tho year.

I don't see the problem with adding more options on the cheap. It probably doesn't gain them anything here, but I don't see much risk either.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: January 15, 2018 at 02:56 PM (#5606748)
It's an issue if it keeps them from signing Duda, which presumably it does. Duda would have cost more but can still hit.

#3: Hopefully Gonzalez contributes to the post-game spread based on his full salary, not the league min, providing a serious upgrade to the quality of the cold cuts.
   5. Khrushin it bro Posted: January 15, 2018 at 04:27 PM (#5606811)
providing a serious upgrade to the quality of the cold cuts.


Maybe even chicken and beer!
   6. Hank Gillette Posted: January 15, 2018 at 06:10 PM (#5606910)
Harsh. But true.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 15, 2018 at 07:16 PM (#5606937)
Gonzalez is, I think, a dual Mexican/US citizen, so maybe he would bring in some barbacoa or something. That would probably make him very popular in the clubhouse.
   8. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: January 15, 2018 at 10:21 PM (#5607032)
Keeping the Mets from re-signing Duda is bad thing?
   9. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: January 15, 2018 at 11:32 PM (#5607059)
It is when the alternative is Adrian Gonzalez. But I wouldn't presume that signing Gonzalez for half a million means they'd pass on Duda at a good price.
   10. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: January 16, 2018 at 12:02 AM (#5607065)
Huh. I'd rather have Gonzalez for the minimum and then move on to Smith if/when he turns up dead rather than commit actual money (and possibly years) to a guy who probably isn't that much better.
   11. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: January 16, 2018 at 12:56 AM (#5607073)
Duda projects to be substantially better than either of Gonzalez/Smith. I (and Walt, I'd imagine) wouldn't endorse the Mets giving Duda multiple years at any real amount of money, but for 2018 alone, it's reasonable to think Duda would get the Mets an extra win or so. And it's not at all clear that it would take a multi-year deal to sign him.

Plus, he provides some sentimental value to most of us Mets fans who aren't Lassus.
   12. Meatwad Posted: January 16, 2018 at 01:08 AM (#5607074)
This is the type of signing the mets should be all in on. Minimum pay for a guy who a year ago was at worst slightly below average and has a big upside. If it fails it costs them nothing.
   13. formerly dp Posted: January 16, 2018 at 07:33 AM (#5607087)
Granderson just signed with the Jays for 1 yr/$5m. Much rather have Granderson, Duda, and Kendrick than Bruce and Gonzalez, especially taking health concerns into account. There's a decent chance Bruce ends up as an anchor by year two of this contract.
   14. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2018 at 08:59 AM (#5607113)
God, this thread is depressing.
   15. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: January 16, 2018 at 09:02 AM (#5607119)
13: Sure, but it's not Gonzalez that gets in the way there. It's Bruce and his baffling contract.

14: No argument there. This is very different than the roster debates of a decade ago.
   16. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 16, 2018 at 10:31 AM (#5607164)
Keeping the Mets from re-signing Duda is bad thing?

As long as the deal is 2 years, signing Duda is not a bad idea.
   17. formerly dp Posted: January 16, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5607189)
Non-depressing rumor: Mets trade for Shaw, if the Brewers sign Moose. If the Mets didn't have the parts to land McCutchen or Kipnis, I don't see them being able to deal for Shaw...but it would be a fantastic move if they could make it happen. If Cain's AAV ends up not much higher than Bruce's...erg.
   18. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2018 at 11:08 AM (#5607195)
As long as the deal is 2 years, signing Duda is not a bad idea.

I hate both the theory and practice of a Duda return, but I would have preferred that to this Hernandez nonsense.
   19. formerly dp Posted: January 16, 2018 at 11:52 AM (#5607252)
but I would have preferred that to this Hernandez nonsense.
Keith?
   20. Lassus Posted: January 16, 2018 at 12:09 PM (#5607272)
Whoops. Gonzalez.
   21. Nasty Nate Posted: January 16, 2018 at 12:13 PM (#5607275)
The next thing you know, he'll have you driving him to the airport.

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