The Mets overpay for great offense:
Jason Bay is a good player. And the Mets didn’t necessarily fail,
they basically did the same thing the Red Sox would have done. They
paid a little too much for what is close to, and probably will become,
a one-dimensional player.
Bay can hit, and we know that he can hit it out of the vast land
that is known as Citi Field. We know he will work the count, get on
base a good amount, and of course slug the crap out of the ball.
We also know he will strike out a ton, hit for a mediocre average,
and most importantly, in all his flaws, will have trouble tracking down
balls, in an area that will only accentuate that deficiency.
That being said, the Mets needed someone. And Bay gives them another good player, albeit, an expensive one.
But the next two years of Bay should be generous to Mets fans.
You’ll wonder why he can’t get to that ball that Carl Crawford would
have caught 99 times out of 100, but when he gets hot, you will wonder
how you ever lived without those timely home runs off mistake pitches.
Pay for production now, overpay for decline later. Many large
market teams do this. The Mets now have to understand that they will
most likely want to trade Jason Bay at the end of this contract, but
that he will most likely be immovable, the same thing that would have
happened to any other team that signed the left fielder.
But for now, they brought in a really good hitter.
The less risky signing; Kelvim Escobar:
I wouldn’t say “great move by the Mets.” Good will do just fine.
These are the kind of signings any team can afford, and could pay huge
Escobar was a really good pitcher, but of course has been mostly absent the past few seasons due to injury.
But it is completely understandable why the Mets did this. They
need a few arms, and one can completely get why they didn’t want to
give some of the free agent starters a boatload of money for not being
great over their careers (with the exception of Lackey).
Kelvim brings a sense of hope, although that hope may not be ready
by opening day, it is hope nonetheless. He was cheaper than most of
the other “prayers” (Sheets, Bedard, Harden). And he still has the
Although do not get me wrong, I am not the one scouting him. The
scouts have looked at his stuff, I assume, and have come to a
conclusion as to whether or not he still has “it.” I am just sitting
back looking at past numbers, and thinking that he may be able to
rekindle some of what made him a solid top of the rotation starter.
But regardless, Escobar is a solid acquisition to increase the depth
of the staff, something that is generally needed by seasons end.
And what is great about it is that Escobar is not Tim Redding. Trust me, that is a very good thing.