Mets Make Some Moves

So the Mets have made roster moves on each of the last two days.

Sorry I’m a little late recapping said moves. I was just busy celebrating the fact that THE WILPONS MAY BE SELLING THE TEAM!!

God, I’m happy. But more on that later. Let’s talk about these transactions.

Mets acquire OF Jake Marisnick from the Houston Astros for two prospects, LHP Blake Taylor and OF Kenedy Corona.

Well, I guess we don’t have to read more Starling Marte articles.

The Mets got what they were looking for. A right handed center fielder. They also stated publicly that they wanted to improve their team defense, and Marisnick will certainly help them do that.

I like the move.

I’ll probably get killed for this, but I could have been talked into bringing Juan Lagares back. So, I’m certainly happy to welcome Marisnick on board. He is an elite defender with a little bit of pop. I believe he’ll fit in well here.

There’s one thing I don’t love about this deal. Marisnick is a glove first platoon type player who is only under control for one more year. Isn’t it kind of strange to give up prospects for a player like that?

Oh well. I guess how the team will operate (using prospects as capital) until our Lord and Savior, Steve Cohen takes control of the team.

I’m not crying over the players we gave up though. You won’t find either of these players on the Mets top 30 prospects list, which given the state of the farm, is telling.

Taylor, who the Mets acquired for Ike Davis in 2014, has seen some improved results since the Mets converted him to a full time reliever. Somehow, Taylor is only 24 yet he came over in the Ike Davis trade. What was he drafted at age 12?

It wouldn’t have shocked me to see Taylor in Queens this season.

Kenedy Corona is a lottery ticket. He’s a young (19) toolsy outfielder. The Astros seem to have a thing for these types of players. They acquired a similar prospect in Adonis Giron from Miami last year.

It’s always a little scary when teams like the Astros like your players in the low levels of the minors, but I do feel like Marisnick was a solid acquisition.

Mets sign RHP Brad Brach to a one year, $850K deal with a player option for  $1.25M in 2021.

The Mets bring back Brad Brach. Say that ten times fast!

I like this reunion. Factor in the price and I love it. He was solid at times for us down the stretch last year, and he could be a good bullpen piece going forward.

What’s the opposite of a LOOGY? Let’s make Brach that. .575 OPS against righties.  1.139 against lefties.

This is basically a prove yourself deal. As per Ken Rosenthal, the deal is relatively cheap but incentive laden.

Brach’s base salary on player option for 2021 will increase by $125K for 20 games pitched, $350K each for 30, 35, 40, 50, 60 and 65. Also has incentives for 2020: $100K each for 50, 55, 60 and 65 games pitched. In 2021, those incentives are $100K for 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70.

Show us what you got Brad.

In order to make room on the 40 man roster, the Mets designated Chris Flexen for assignment. Hard to shed tears for a guy with a career ERA over 8 (🤮) but he was effective when used correctly. (Out of the bullpen.)

I would have cut ties with Rhame personally.

Now we wait for the Wilpons to be DFA’d.