Saturday, December 17, 2011

You Can't Be Serious...


Now that makes sense.

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With the Colorado Rockies signing veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a three-year deal it leaves them with a somewhat crowded outfield.  Tracy Ringolsby of Fox Sports had a little tidbit in his writeup of the situation suggesting this will enable the Rockies to build a package around 29-year-old outfielder Seth Smith for 25-year-old New York Mets starter Jon Niese.

Smith hit .284 with 15 homeruns and 59 RBIs over 476 at-bats in 2011.  Niese made 26 starts for the Mets and went 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA, striking out 138 guys while walking 44 over 157.1 innings.

Nicholas Pugliese: Now I am not going to go and talk bad about Smith because he is a good player.  The problem is how would this benefit the Mets at all?

Smith has been a very consistent player over the last few years with 15 homeruns, 50 RBIs, and low strikeout numbers. However, he is slugging .140 points higher at Coors for his career. Not the kind of number you want to see when you are trading for a player.

I also see not fit for him.  He is a better fielder than Lucas Duda (that's not saying much), but I think Duda will show a significantly better bat if he gets a full year to start and Jason Bay isn't going anywhere with that contract.

I haven't even mentioned yet that the Mets would be dealing a young, controllable pitcher who still has a chance to improve—which I think he will.  For a team that is clearly trying to get younger and rebuild even if the General Manager refuses to say it this just makes no sense.  

I hope it is just one of those stories thrown other there without substance because I don't see how this is beneficial.  Trading Niese for Travis D'Arnaud makes a whole lot of sense for the Mets. For Seth Smith? None at all unless there is a pretty damn good prospect coming over with Smith.  

If this deal does happen it will just prove what makes the Mets, "the Mets".


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