We all know the Mets aren’t going to give Yoenis Cespedes the deal he wants, and they shouldn’t. I knew they weren’t going to sign Jason Heyward and Justin Upton won’t happen. The guy I want the Mets to get is Alex Gordon.
GORDON: I want him. (AP)
The Royals won’t bring back the three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner. Cespedes reportedly wants $125 million over six years. There are reports Gordon could take four years and $16 million to $20 million a year. Nobody knows for sure, but that would be more than reasonable to for a player who finished 12th in the AL MVP voting.
The Mets don’t need a 30-homer guy as much as they do a player who can play defense, is a doubles machine and might give them up to 20 players. Plus, he knows how to win.
Reports have the Tigers and Giants as some of the teams that could be interested. Truth it, this guy knows how to play and would bring a winning attitude and culture into the Mets’ clubhouse. Any club would want a player like him.
Cespedes tore apart the NL for six weeks then faded and did nothing in the postseason. If you could define Cespedes in a few words they would be “streaky awesome.” No question, when he’s hot he sizzles. What he did last August neared historic proportions.
However, the description of Gordon would be “solid and consistent.” That’s exactly what the Mets need and he’s worth the money, especially if they want to keep building with their young pitching staff.
Baseball-Reference.com lists Gordon’s 162-game average as .269 batting average and .348 on-base percentage with 37 doubles, 19 homers, 75 RBI and 12 stolen bases. And, for the new wave statisticians that comes with a .783 OPS.
Now, what team wouldn’t want that?
He can also play some third and first base, and I’m sure being the athlete he is, he could be the center fielder and also hit leadoff.
It’s not cheap to repeat, but he would be worth it.