Thursday, October 10, 2013
Cuban defector José Abreu is the most intriguing free agent in baseball this winter. Like recent fellow countrymen Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig curiosity exists over what the 26-year-old first baseman will command on the free-agent market and whether he can quickly justify what will likely be an expensive contract.
The Mets could in the market for a first baseman as they decide whether Ike Davis or Lucas Duda is the solution. They surely desire another power bat and were one of several teams on hand for Abreu’s showcase in the Dominican Republic last week.
A high-ranking Mets official said the organization had “a few guys from the U.S.” and “some of our international scouts” in attendance. The official requested anonymity because the team’s evaluation is ongoing. "I heard that his power was impressive," the official said.
The first baseman played five seasons in the Cuban Serie Nacional. In 2010, he produced one of the best offensive seasons in Cuban history, hitting .453/.597/.986 with a league-record 33 home runs and 93 runs batted in 66 games. A shoulder injury sidelined Abreu for 23 games. He was named the league’s MVP.
Last season, he posted a .387/.535/.735 slash line with 13 home runs and 37 walks in 42 games (the Cuban season was shortened).
In the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Abreu went 9-for-25 with three home runs and nine runs batted in. The performance wasn’t against top competition, however. Cuba played Brazil, China, Japan, and Chinese Taipei once, and the Netherlands twice before bowing out in the second round of the tournament.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
One of the many decisions the Mets have to make on their 2014 roster, is who is going to play first base?
The Mets have internal options at 1B in Lucas Duda and Ike Davis, but time may be running out for both. They also can move Daniel Murphy to first base, which would probably be the last resort. As for Duda or Davis, they are strong internal preferences. An ESPNNewYork.com survey found seven of nine scouts preferred Duda over Davis.
Mets insiders say in reports that they can go in another direction by going after a free agent first basemen or via the trade market. The Mets can try and use either Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, or Daniel Murphy as Trade Chips this off-season. If they trade Murphy (which I'm not happy with), the Mets can use Eric Young Jr. at 2b or they can even give prospect Wilmer Flores a shot over there. Of Course, Murphy in a trade would have to demand either a outfielder or shortstop that the Mets could use. So if the Mets don't get what they want, they would simply keep Murphy.
"We're at a point where we need to try to make a decision," Alderson said on WFAN. "Another factor frankly will be the trade market. What's the market for a first baseman with potential and power and the potential to be better? Ike is not that old. Any way we're getting to the point where we need to make a decision on those two guys or going in a different direction entirely."