That being said, Sandy Alderson said it best when he did not opt to go after a backup catcher, he wanted use that money to fix the pen and bring in multiple arms and he did. How much quality did Alderson get back? Well with what monetary units he has to work with, it's almost amazing he got anything done..
The signing of Frank Francisco was not a surprise , who Steve Popper (of the Bergen record) nailed it and said would be the closer of the Mets as Mets Chronicle posted.. Getting Jon Rauch too was a surprise.. I did not think were going to get both, but it was good to see Sandy and Crew upgrade the pen a bit.. The Mets have some attitude in the back of the bullpen again with Francisco and Rauch..
FRANK FRANCISCO'S STATS
|2011 Regular Season||54||0||0||0||50.2||49||21||20||7||18||53||1||4||17||2||4||1.32||3.55|
JON RAUCH'S STATS
|2011 Regular Season||53||0||0||0||52.0||56||28||28||11||14||36||5||4||11||4||5||1.35||4.85|
|Both off into the sunset|
In a classic swap of players coming off disappointing seasons, the Mets dealt outfielder Angel Pagan in exchange for Giants Center Fielder Andres Torres and right-hander Ramon Ramirez Tuesday night.
All three players were eligible for arbitration and not certain to be tendered contracts by Monday’s deadline. The deal, the structure of which was first reported by Bay Area News Group, is pending a physical and might not become official until later this week.
Torres and Ramirez were hugely productive in 2010 while helping the Giants to the NL West title on their way to the World Series. Torres, in particular, emerged as a fan favorite because of his energy and gallantry, along with his gliding defense in center field. But he struggled mightily with physical and mental issues in 2011 and was no longer seen as an everyday solution.
ANDRES TORRES' STATS
|2011 Regular Season||112||348||50||77||24||1||4||19||42||95||19||6||.221||.312||.330||.643|
Pagan also had a come-down from a big 2010 season but is seen as a more bankable producer in the leadoff spot. The 30-year-old is also two years younger than Torres. He hit .262 with a .322 on-base percentage and 32 steals; he had 24 doubles, four triples and seven home runs among his 127 hits.
As I said many times, the Mets were not enamored by Pagan's play.. Did the Mets get better here? Probably not from a offensive standpoint.. The Mets hierarchy must think that maybe a change in scenery for Torres in the bright lights of New York is what is needed here.
The Mets are said to value defense in center field and they consider Torres a clear upgrade over Pagan in that regard. Anyone who watched Torres play said he probably deserved a Gold Glove in 2010.
Pagan played all of his defensive innings in center field, and committed a whopping 10 errors. (Arizona’s Justin Upton (13) was the only NL outfielder to commit more.) While it’s easy to assume the Pagan acquisition will bump Melky Cabrera to left field, the Giants wanted to give Nate Schierholtz more competition for the everyday right field job, too.
Ramirez was sensational after being acquired at the 2010 trade deadline and he was almost as good last season, posting a 2.62 ERA while tossing 68.2 innings in 66 appearances. But the Giants have a lot of right-handed relievers in their system — prospect Heath Hembree is coming quick — and considered Ramirez more expandable.
The Giants likely saved at least $2-3 million in the trade and they could use that flexibility any minute now. Sources said the Giants are far down the road on a second trade proposal with an American League club, possibly involving infielder Jeff Keppinger.
The Mets still have to fill some more holes on the moneyball system..They want one more outfielder probably Endy Chavez and one utility player.
Tomorrow the Mets may enter the Rule V Draft looking for extra parts.. To see who will be in the MLB draft pool click here..