Wilmer Flores is not a prototypical shortstop, Sandy Alderson told SNY’s Joe Kraus.
However, he added, “There are a lot of shortstops that are not prototypical and are successful at the major-league level. In fact, if you look around baseball, there aren’t a lot of classic shortstops, who can do it all.”
Alderson recently told reporters he is currently working to address his shortstop situation.
“It’s definitely something we’ll be taking a look at over the next week and through the rest of the offseason,” he said.
Matt Harvey is not phased by the new, shorter outfield wall dimensions at Citi Field, he told WFAN on Tuesday.
“For us, if you throw three guys out there throwing 95-plus mph, to hit a ball out there you’re gonna have to crush it anyway,” he said. “We have to keep the ball down, move guys around anyway, so I don’t think it’s going to cause much harm.”
The Mets moved the right-center field fence from 390 to 380 feet, while the area near the bullpen moved from 375 to 370 feet.
According to Sandy Alderson, had the new dimensions existed last season, his team would have hit an additional 17 home runs, while opponents would have hit an extra 10.
Matthew Cerrone: In the end, I still think Sandy Alderson will end up trading Dillon Gee or Jon Niese and Rafael Montero to Seattle for shortstop Chris Taylor or Brad Miller. At which point, the Mets could trade Daniel Murphy and slide Flores to second base. Or, keep Murphy and let Wilmer and Miller or Taylor compete in Spring Training.
The Mets and Mariners match up well for a trade, according to a front office person, an agent and multiple insiders (Rubin, Nov. 11).
The M’s have a crowded middle infield, they need an arm. The Mets have a crowded rotation, they need options at shortstop. Gee and Niese are good, not great. Miller and Taylor are good, not great. Is it the blockbuster deal we hoped for? No. But, it’s a fit, and it’s where I think things will end up…
The way it stands, the White Sox aren’t trading SS Alexei Ramirez forGee, Niese or Colon. They want some combination of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom or Zack Wheeler. I see no evidence thatAlderson will do this deal; and the same can be said for the Cubs, whether they moveStarlin Castro, Addison Russell or Javier Baez.
The other thing is that the Cubs and White Sox, among others, are all now watching the Red Sox, who people speculate may try to move their young infielders to get another team’s ace, such as Phillies RHP Cole Hamels or Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmerman. The Cubs are rumored to have interest in this level of pitcher as well. So, to think they’re taking Wheeler, let alone Gee, for what might be able to net them Hamels or Zimmerman, is crazy.
My guess is Alderson is waiting for late December to approach the teams that don’t get Hamels, Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, etc., to see what he can get in trade for Gee, Niese or Colon. He’ll be competing against the Reds shopping Mike Leake and Mat Latos and the Nationals pushing Doug Fister, but he can better compete in this market, where a hitter like Miller becomes fair value.
The Mets and Mariners talked both early and late last off season, but nothing ever materialized, despite continuing to scout one another during Spring Training (Cerrone, Oct. 20).
For instance, the Mets offered Jon Niese for Miller last winter, but a deal never worked out (Gammons, Aug. 19). The Mets and Mariners also talked about a deal for 22-year-old 2B-SS Nick Franklin (Rubin, Feb. 24), who was eventually traded to the Rays in the three-team David Price deal.
According to Steamer Projections on FanGraphs.com, Wilmer Flores will have a more productive season than Xander Bogaerts, Jed Lowrie, Chris Taylor,Asbrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew, and a comparable season to Starlin Castro.