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AAOP: 2014 good, 2015 great

AAOP:

Projected 2014 lineup:

Position

Player

2014 Salary

2015 Salary

2016 Salary

2017 Salary

Starting Catcher

Travis d'Arnaud

500k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

Starting First base

Lucas Duda

1.8m

Arbitration1

Arbitration 2

Arbitration 3

Starting Second base

Daniel Murphy

5.8m

Arbitration 3

Starting Third base

David Wright

20m

20m

20m

20m

Starting Shortstop

Stephen Drew

11m

11m

11m

Starting Left field

David DeJesus

6 m

6m

Starting Center fielder

Juan Lagares

490k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

Starting Right Fielder

Shin Soo Choo

14m

14m

14m

15m

Back-up Catcher

Juan Centino

490k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

Back-up Middle infield

Justin Turner

800k

Arbitration 2

Arbitration 3

Backup Corner fielder

Josh Satin

490k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

4th outfielder

Eric Young Jr.

1.9m

Arbitration 2

Arbitration 3

5th outfielder

Matt Ded Decker

420k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

Starter #1

Jon Niese

$3,050,000

$5.05

$7.05

$9.05

Starter #2

Zach Wheeler

490k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

Starter #3

Dillion Gee

3.4m

Arbitration 2

Arbitration 3

Starter #4

Jason Hammel

2m

2m

Starter #5

Jehnry Mejia

490k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

Closer

Bobby Parnel

3.2m

Arbitration 3

Set-up man

Vic Black

490k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

7th inning man

Jeurys Familia

500k

Arbitration1

Arbitration 2

Arbitration 3

Middle relief

German Gonzalez

490k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

Middle relief

Latroy Hawkins

2m

LOGGY

Josh Edgin

490k

500k

Arbitration 1

Arbitration 2

Long man

Carlos Torres

500k

Arbitration1

Arbitration 2

Arbitration 3

Major League Free Agent Signings:

Stephen Drew, SS: 3 years $33 million

Shin-Soo Choo, OF: 4 years $57 million

David DeJesus, Of: 2 years 12 million

Jason Hammel, SP: 2 years 4 million

Minor League Free Agent signings:

Aaron Harrang, League Minimum

Dice-K, League Minimum

Total 2014 Payroll: $80.79 Million

Summary:

The Matt Harvey injury is assumingly going to crush the general plan that Sandy had to trade away surplus pitching for an impact bat, but that doesn’t mean Sandy will change his philosophy to not overpay for players past their prime or players that are not worth their agents inflated value. I believe that he is going to follow similar procedures this offseason to fill the rotation as he did last season, without over spending or committing multiple years to someone who will ultimately lose their job to Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaurd come this summer or spring training 2015. So rather than trying to replace Harveys’ excellence, he will merely replace the innings: Jason Hammel. Hammel has not been an excellent pitcher, but he has been relatively durable and his transition to the national league should help him some, but mostly he is a guy who can go out and pitch every fifth day and will cost rather little. The last slot in the rotation will go to Mejia, he has shown this season that he does belong in the big leagues, and he’s a starter in my book until he can no longer maintain his repetition as starter. As insurance policies Sandy will look to keep Harrang and Dice-K to cover any injuries. Short stop is a position that we have little depth at and locking up Drew for a few years will help with the stability of this team. In the outfield, we really only have one hope for the near future, and that is Cesar Puello who is not yet ready, and still comes with a bag of questions. So it should be a priority to sign two corners to hold down the fort until either Puello shows that he is ready or until the rotation is stable enough to trade away pitching depth for a power outfielder. Choo is the most obvious choice; he has been heavily connected to the Mets and does not require much further discussion. DeJesus is a player that I have always liked, and I would love to have his senior leadership in our club house, plus he is a guy that can easily be traded if Puello comes up and shines or if we make that big trade. I highly doubt the Rays pick up his 6m option, and think he would benefit from a move back to the NL. The rest of the diamond will be filled by guys we already know, if your wondering what happened to Ike Davis, he is gone, non-tendered. He is just not worth the 6+ million salary he will assumingly be granted and at some point we need to cut our ties. Though I have Duda as the starter and Sating as the back-up, I really would like to see a platoon here, it is a situation that grants it, and the two of them over a season could possibly provide a 2+WAR. Wilmer Flores I think will start the year in AAA, unless he shows he belongs in the Mets lineup more that Satin/Duda then I don’t see room for him. As much as I love his play I ultimately see his value at its greatest in a trade alongside one of our pitching prospects for a big bat following the 2014 season. At catcher, we need to give the whole season to Travis, if he is the catcher of our future than this is his time to shine, for back up, I love Centeno’s defense, but you can just as easily interchange him with Anthony Recker. I think our bullpen will be rather similar to what it was in August, the 1-2 combo of Parnell-Black will be strong and the rest of the youthful relievers: Gonzalez, Edgin, and Familia; can continue to be mentored by Hawkins. With Torres bringing up the rear and providing the depth of a spot starter without needing to alter a roster spot.

Though it may not seem glamorous to sign 4-5 guys I think this will all be part of the plan going forward, knowing that really the only player that can’t be moved easily after 2014 would be Choo. So if say Colorado wants to trade Tulowitzki and Gonzalez for whomever, then Sandy could easily then move Drew and Dejesus if that deal were to be made. This offseason is going to be less about a big splash or impact, and more about building a strong team for 2014, while putting us in position to have the flexibility to do whatever we please in 2015.

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