While not in Jeff Wilpon’s mind, it isn’t hard to imagine an even greater sense of urgency to the Mets to make a winter splash in the wake of the Yankees’ World Series title.
That shouldn’t include throwing $60-million stone in the Aroldis Chapman pond. That’s the reported starting point for the hard-throwing, lefty Cuban defector. Chapman’s agent, Edwin Mejia, said he’s spoken with both teams, and Mets’ GM Omar Minaya is still listening.
Many scouting reports are high on Chapman, but there have been a lot of rave reviews about players who’ve never made it. And, these are players scouts have seen regularly in college and the minor leagues.
One doesn’t have to look back that far to see another untested foreign pitcher ride a huge salary into the major leagues to not live up to the hype. You don’t think the Red Sox wouldn’t like a do over on that one?
Not many have seen Chapman pitch in Cuba. That’s not to say he might not pan out, but there’s a larger element of risk. And, with so many holes to fill, throwing $60 million at a question mark doesn’t seem to be the prudent thing to do.
Chapman could very well end up being a star, but the Mets have too many issues to make that kind of gamble right now. They already have four questions in their rotation, why spend that money on another one?