Last time we met, I must sheepishly admit my ideas made me appear as the fat kid at Citi Field, wanting 10x toppings of sausage and pepperoni on top of a meat lover’s pie and not satisfied until my hot brownie sundae was filled to the top with every conceivable sugar high concoction I could get my hands’ on.
For the sake of keeping things as easy as a mac and cheese , cheeseburger and fries, or whatever comfort food suits you, let’s examine one of the off season moves Cohen and Met Fans would look forward to help end a miserable October draught.
Add a Starling to Broadway (pretty mac and cheesy eh?)
Long lost in the outfield shuffle with Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte has actually been a pretty solid ballplayer for most of his career as he has recorded 4 seasons of .800+ OPS seasons and 40 SB’s. He has also managed to sprinkle in decent amount of power as his career 162 average XBH slashline of 18 HR/ 33 2B/ 7 3B would surely help our anemic outfield. How about defense? I’ll spare you the crazy defensive metrics as no one wants to relive their high school Math class. The fact that Keith Hernandez, the best defensive 1B of all time has a career Defensive WAR of 1.3, should prove how inaccurate defensive Sabermetrics are.
Speaking of facts, when it comes to outfield defense, it is pretty simple. If you catch a lot of balls, chances are you are pretty good. If you throw runners out, chances are you are pretty good. From 2018 to 2020, he has placed top 3 in putouts in CF, last year in 2020, placing 1st (this year he has not played as many games, justifying his 2021 omission). But, wait. Even when he has not played as many games this year, from 2018 to 2021, 4 seasons running he has also placed top 3 in outfield assists in CF, ranking #1 in both 2020 and 2021.
Starling Marte would help the Mets proverbially kill two birds with one stone, or in this case help us fat kids get two scoops of Carvels for the price of one. Giving us a strong up the middle complement to Lindor, he would also move Nimmo to left, squeezing out Dominic Smith, and strengthening that position as well.
How much will it cost? Springer signed for $150 million and 6 years. Jackie Bradley Jr. signed for $24 million for 2 years. It’s fair to say that those two recent deals are the ceiling/floor for Marte. The most comparable player and deal is probably ironically his aforementioned teammate, Andrew McCutchen, who signed a 3 year deal at $50 million in 2018. McCutchen and Marte also was and are 32 years old hitting free agency. While McCutchen was on the downswing and Marte is having a career year, an extra year or a slightly higher AVS will get it done.
At the end of the day, if we were stupid enough to sign McCann to a $40 million dollar deal, an extra $50+ plus million signing is not unreasonable for the richest owner in baseball.