Mets Should Pick Up Smaller Pieces First

Like most teams, the Mets usually focus on big-ticket items at the start of their offseason shopping. For the Mets, that’s Yoenis Cespedes, but even if they do bring him back, he shouldn’t be their first order of business.

The Mets should start with the smaller pieces and that’s what they appeared to do with the decision of exercising their option on Jose Reyes.

REYES: Bringing him back. (Getty)

REYES: Bringing him back. (Getty)

With the uncertainty of David Wright, plus Colorado responsible for paying Reyes $41 million over the next three years – including $22 million for 2017 – it was a no-brainer. The 33-year-old Reyes hit .267 with eight homers, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases in 60 games. That production is definitely worth the major league minimum $507,500 the Mets will pay him.

It was an obvious decision, as was the one not to pick up Jon Niese’s $10-million option. While it would have been good to have Niese as a fallback considering the health issues of their starting rotation, there’s no way they would have gambled being stuck carrying his $10-million contract.

They haven’t done it yet, but bringing back Bartolo Colon – who made $7.25 million last year – is another no-brainer. Colon, at 43, lead the Mets in games started (33), innings pitched (191.2) and victories (15).

There’s no guarantee how the four Mets starters coming off surgery – Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler – will respond from surgery, so Colon is essential. They should have given him a contract as he was cleaning out his locker.

Another imperative decision is bringing back Addison Reed, who had 40 holds to set up closer Jeurys Familia.

Other lower-profile decisions should be made on utility infielder Kelly Johnson and catcher Rene Rivera.

Cespedes, Jay Bruce and Neil Walker represent more costly choices, but they are just three of 25 players on the team. The Mets will need these other less expensive pieces, so they might as well take care of them now.

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5 thoughts on “Mets Should Pick Up Smaller Pieces First

  1. How about Dickey? A good 6th or 7th inning reliever and would make Familia,Reed, Robles tougher.

    • I’m a fan of Dickey, and I own a jersey with his name on it, but I can’t fathom there being a spot for him to take. And I’m not sure he represents an upgrade of any kind, unless he comes dirt cheap and reuniting with Warthen in the NL rejuvenates his career.

  2. No thanks on Dickey! As for Robles, he has the stuff but I’m worried about his confidence and inconsistency, especially in big situations. Neise was an embarrassment and couldn’t have been shown the door fast enough. Bart needs to come back for a final season since their are so many concerns with that starting rotation. Wheeler hasn’t pitched in more than 2 years so it’ll probably take half a season, if he’s lucky, to find his groove should he find it at all. Harvey may never return to superstar form and may just be an average pitcher for the rest of his career. Matz has been fragile his whole short career and will more than likely be so in the future. Let’s hope Thor doesn’t head down the injury road and deGrom works back from surgery just fine. Lots of “if’s”, but as a Met’s fan those “if’s” are always a fact of life. So let’s just hope that “if”everyone can stay relatively healthy in 2017, and everyone performs up to expectations then just maybe…..

  3. Cespedes is, and should be, at the top of their “things to do” list. He can’t opt out until the World Series is over. So naturally they’re going to address the ‘small pieces’ or transactions that are available to them at this time.

    Make no mistake – Cespedes staying or leaving will be the deciding factor of the off-season, and the earlier it can be addressed or decided the better. He enters a market flush with home run hitters, but he’s not someone you wait around for. I understand that worked last off-season. It won’t work again.