The Mets and their fans are riding high these days. They have a six game winning streak going for them. They are two games up on their National League East rivals, the Washington Nationals. The entire NL East is looking up at them as they stand in first place.
It has been a great week for the New York Metropolitans and their fans.
Fans continue to be excited about Yoenis Cespedes. But in typical Mets fan fashion, there are many who are already wondering what will happen in the offseason. What will general manager, Sandy Alderson, do to keep this team competitive?
There are many who are vying for Alderson to get a deal done with Cespedes. One fan is so determined to make this happen he went onto the CitiField of Dreams Facebook page asking for fans to go on Twitter and Facebook and use #SandysignCespedes to get the attention of the front office.
Here is the thing with Cespedes. There is an interesting clause in his contract, which was explained on Metsblog, which says,
“The Mets have to release him if they can’t work out a contract extension between now and five days after the World Series.”
He would then become a free agent. The team would have to wait until May 15 the following year to re-sign the player.
Sure you would love the Mets to sign Cespedes to an extension. My question to you becomes: What happens to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto who will need a permanent home on this team next year and beyond?
Going into 2016, your outfielders will be Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson. Michael Cuddyer has a two-year contract, but can always be designated for assignment. Alderson can get creative with that.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis will always have a question mark about him being consistent. He is just a bench guy.
I do not see Lagares coming off the bench. Bryan Zarpentine at Rant Sports pointed out, he is owed $32 million over the next five years ($23 million for four years and a $9.5 million option for the fifth). Unless Lagares gets the elbow surgery he appears to need, it is a very crowded outfield.
So there is only one spot open.
Here are your options.
You can give the last spot to Michael Conforto allowing him to play left field, re-sign Cespedes and perhaps go with a platoon. But then what of Nimmo?
No matter what you do, someone will be the odd man out. You do not want Conforto, Nimmo or Cespedes as bench players. You also do not want to prevent kids from moving up to the big leagues if they can contribute.
If you ask me, with the young kids being such big contributors from the pitching standpoint, I see the Mets continuing to use the kids in an effort to remain competitive and using the veterans like Granderson to teach them the ropes.