Watching the New York Mets this weekend in Cleveland reinforced the adage the best deals are the ones you don’t make.
The Mets were heavily criticized last winter for their choice not to sign free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn from Atlanta because they didn’t to give up the compensatory draft pick.
Bourn was supposed to give the Mets the leadoff hitter they lacked plus a defensive anchor in center field. For the first two months of the season the Mets lamented not getting Bourn as they went through ten leadoff hitters before settling on Eric Young, and used eight center fielders with Juan Lagares having the inside track heading into spring training.
As for Bourn, the Mets didn’t miss his .263 average with five homers, 40 RBI, paltry .317 on-base percentage and 22 stolen bases.
n the end, the Mets waited, filled two voids and saved themselves over $40 million in the process.
Harvey’s initial thought was to rest in the hope he’ll be ready for Opening Day 2014, but conventional wisdom dictates surgery. In that regard, a decision could be made as soon as this week after an exam with Dr. James Andrews.
The sooner the surgery, the sooner the rehab and the sooner the return, but it isn’t expected to be before the start of the 2015 season.
MORE CALL-UPS: The Mets are expected to include Ruben Tejada in their latest group of call-ups. Tejada his .288 with 24 RBI at Triple-A Las Vegas.
TODAY’S BATTING ORDER:
Eric Young, LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Josh Satin, DH
Lucas Duda, 1B
Justin Turner, 3B
Juan Lagares, RF
Matt den Dekker, CF
Omar Quintanilla, SS
Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP
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