2018-12-04 18:41:171 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Mets Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz with GM Brodie Van Wagenen and owner Jeff Wilpon. (Image Source: Mets.com)
On Tuesday, with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and owner Jeff Wilpon on hand, the New York Mets introduced the two newest members of the organization, second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz.
There has been much debate around the world of baseball, as well as Mets fans, if this was a good move for the Orange & Blue. Some love it. Others hate it.
What’s there to like?
In Cano, they receive an eight-time All-Star whose .845 OPS in 2018 was right around his career average of .848 and would have been second only to Brandon Nimmo among New York’s regulars. He’s a middle of the order bat which is something the team needs. In addition, they added an elite closer in Diaz, who saved 57 games last season with a ridiculous WHIP of 0.79, a 1.96 ERA, and 124 strike outs in 73.1 innings. He’s only 24 years old and the Mets have him under control for the next four seasons.
So, what’s the problem?
Well, Cano is 36, was suspended for PED use last season, and is still owed a boatload of money even if some of it is offset. The Mets also gave up two of their top prospects as part of the package to make the deal.
No one can debate the fact that this move makes the 2019 Mets better but that only matters if this trade is just the beginning for the organization.
“This trade should be a signal to our players and to our fans that words alone will not define this franchise,” Van Wagenen.
From the words spoken today, Van Wagenen appears to understand more work needs to be done.
“We did not make this move to have this be the last move,” the general manager continued. “We have talent already on the roster. We want to bolster the team, improve our production next season and add more players around this. That’s our mission.”
We understand if Mets fans are hesitant to get too excited about the offseason. It’s been over a decade since the big-market club has gone all out to put a winner on the field.
“The New York Mets and ownership group … we have a winning mindset and collectively we believe everything is possible and nothing is impossible,” Van Wagenen added. “It is that conviction that led us to this moment.”
Before a true grade can be given out on this trade the entire offseason picture needs to be unveiled. That means keeping Noah Syndergaard—which Van Wagenen indicated is the case (“He’s critical to what we’re trying to do now.”)—as well as adding rotation depth, another bullpen arm, a legitimate starting catcher, and another bat, probably in the outfield.
Sounds like a lot but that’s the task at hand if the Mets truly have a winning mindset. After all, nothing is impossible, or so we were told. Let’s see if the Wilpons put their money where Van Wagenen’s mouth is.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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