The Mets seem to have a problem that is almost unheard of: too many position players. When general manager, Sandy Alderson, went into the offseason, he knew exactly what he was going for. He probably made up his mind on players that were staying and those who were definitely out.
Chances were high the organization would not sign Yoenis Cespedes. Everybody knew it. Nobody realistically thought they even had shot. Money was tight. Cespedes wants a payday. Alderson went after outfielders. He signed Alejandro De Aza.
The winter went on. Alderson continued talks with Cespedes’ agent knowing the Washington Nationals were offering him more money. He held his ground. The outfielder said he would take less money to be with a team he believed in and fan base that made him feel welcomed.
The problem now? A crowded outfield consisting of Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, Cespedes and Alejandro De Aza. According to Adam Rubin:
Heard a half-dozen teams are interested in acquiring Alejandro De Aza, but the Mets are searching for a team… https://t.co/lb1EQfiwnr
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) March 12, 2016
Possible teams include the Indians, Angels, Blue Jays and Cardinals. They key to making a trade happen is the $5.75 million. The Mets want the perfect suitor to take on the entire contract. Accroding to MLB rules, should the Mets succeed in finding a team for him, De Aza must approve the trade if it happens before June first.
Whatever the real reason for giving up on postseason hero, Daniel Murphy, Alderson and his crew decided it was time to move on. Maybe he just could no longer watch Murphy showcase the errors of his ways.
It seems the infield leper, Ruben Tejada, is next on the soon-to-be-ex-met list. It seems to be fate. Nothing can be had by having him at shortstop, right? I mean, what could possibly be gained by having a kid play consistently at a position? It isn’t like he can get better, right? That would just be crazy talk.
Welcome Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera.
Walker only cost Jonathon Niese who seemed to be on the outs anyway. His name consistently entered the rumor mill every year. It was only a matter of time when he would be traded.
Middle infield crowds include Walker, Cabrera, Wilmer Flores and Tejada. Cabrera is out with a strained patella tendon which could give Matt Reynolds a chance. Someone is bound to be trade bait. Some feel the injury to Cabrera could result in the Mets keeping Tejada around. But with Reynolds and Dilson Herrera waiting around, he could still be gone.
Reports have the Mets possibly looking at options for a veteran catcher. It was assumed Kevin Plawecki would be back up to Travis d’Arnaud. It looks like that may change. Manager Terry Collins told reporters:
If the conversation goes to, ’Hey, look, we need to have this guy ready to be an everyday guy,’ he may have to go play [in Las Vegas]. If we think we’re better off being able to get him two to three games a week at times [backing up d’Arnaud], then he’s got a good chance of making the club.”
Plawecki could start the season in the minors to get more playing time.
So where does this leave Alderson and his crew? With a conundrum unlike any they’ve seen since joining the organization.