Did I just wake up from a great dream? It’s been almost two months since the 2010 season ended, and the Mets organization has transformed the organization from the top down. Some of the great franchises in the game (such as Yankees and Rays) use a group of bright front office personnel to make those important decisions for the franchise. A great front office can really help new skipper Terry Collins be successful. An example of this can be borrowed from a quote from Joe Maddon from the TBO (where number crunching data gave Willy Aybar a rare start):
“I cannot take credit for that,” Maddon said. “This is something we do back at the office, and we really crunch numbers and do so many things. Willy came out on top versus Greinke.”
The thing that sticks with me with the Mets hiring of Sandy Alderson as GM is that their will be a deliberate culture change with this organization. This new direction will not always make the moves that will be popular, but will be part of their master plan. For example, instead of making a big splash in free agency at a player such as Cliff Lee, they will use the open market to fill in the roster with valuable players for the end of the pitching rotation, and position players who can supplement the existing position players.
With the team looking toward the future , it’s no secret that with the Mets All-star starting SS Jose Reyes will be moved. Especially since he has a track record of being injured often, and his attitude and work ethic has been questioned at times.
The Mets front office has clearly looked at what Jose Reyes brings to the team from a numbers perspective. In 2010, he continued to show some pop from the middle infield position with an OPS+ above 100. However, his production also includes a low 300 on base percentage and failure to take a lot of walks for a lead off player. From a defensive perspective, Jose Reyes has been below average :
- Rtz – Total Zone Fielding Runs above average -4
- RtzrD – Total Zone Fielding Runs above average on road -5
- Rtzhm – Total Zone Fielding Runs above average on road 1
- RF/9 – Range factor per 9 innings 4.16 (lg avg 4.31)
I would think the Mets would take a package for Reyes that begins with a SS of the future, and a couple of young arms. Tejada played SS in the minor leagues and could have a year two follow up on some of his quality play he began to show in his first year in the majors.
To be clear, the Mets defense did help the pitchers (who gave up almost 100 less runs as the season before) . The Mets defense not exceptional, but one of the better defenses in the National league. Moreover, from a defensive perspective the UZR showed they are at the bottom at 2B. They played a wide array of representatives working second base last season with Castillo (74 games), Tejada (50 games), Cora (47 games), Arias (13 games) and Hernandez (10 games).
One player who could be a nice bench player to be in the mix to fill the holes for the Mets in 2011 is Willy Aybar. In 2010, Aybar took the field only nineteen games at 1B,2B,3B due to Rays middle infield log jam. Over his career Willy Aybar has shown some pop, and could provide some needed offense up the middle.
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