Tony B, a reader of MetsBlog
You’re a clown, Cerrone. You say the Mets should spend money, then say you’re fine with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin at first base. Abreu is going to go the Marlins and hit 30 home runs, but at least we’ll have Duda’s clutch walks and Satin’s soft singles, right? This team needs power and Abreu can provide it. What am I missing?
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m only fine with a Duda-Satin platoon if Sandy Alderson ends up acquiring power at other positions. I mean, if Troy Tulowitzki is standing next to David Wright and Shin-Soo Choo is in right field, then, yeah, Duda’s walks and Satin’s singles will be just fine. However, if it’s another year of Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter, first base HAS TO be more productive that what they can get in house.
That said, I’m just not feeling Abreu. I’ve never seen him play, so it’s difficult for me to intelligently say what he can or can’t do for the Marlins, Mets or anyone else.
The people I have talked with that have watched him all say, while he has the potential to hit for power in the big leagues, he also has massive holes in his swing that they expect will be exploited by big-league pitching. There is statistical evidence to suggest Abreu, Duda and Ike Davis would all deliver the same overall level of production, which Matthew Yaspan does a terrific job demonstrating in a post for Amazin Avenue. What’s more, while he can play first base, those who have watched him say Abreu is essentially DH in waiting.
I’m intrigued, but I just don’t see how (with a $90 million budget) it makes sense to pay $10 million for Duda-Davis-Satin combined production when they are already on the team, are much cheaper and when the Mets have so many other holes to fill and more proven ways to fill them.
By the way, I could never be a clown. My feet aren’t nearly big enough for those size shoes…