You question, we response. The Write-up is fielding issues from viewers about New York’s most important pro sporting activities groups and finding our defeat writers to reply them in a sequence of frequently posted mailbags. In today’s installment: the Mets.
What are the odds Brodie Van Wagenen will be replaced as GM with the ownership alter? — @goredstorm
Just as Van Wagenen at the conclusion of previous period noticed an possibility to employ his own supervisor, the likelihood is powerful that a new proprietor will want a handpicked GM, specifically supplied that Van Wagenen is not proven in the mildew of a Brian Cashman or Theo Epstein.
But there are variables that would have an result on this sort of a potential modify.
For occasion, if a deal to promote the workforce isn’t finalized in advance of the start of the offseason, would they really want to overhaul the entrance office and conduct a GM research at a time the Mets will be focused on addressing the roster? Also, if the Mets have been to make a run deep into the postseason, would that give a new operator pause in instituting improvements upon arrival?
There is also this factor to take into consideration: The Mets’ electric power composition, as presently constituted, has Van Wagenen reporting right to Fred and Jeff Wilpon. A new owner could extremely properly decide to increase a different layer, with a crew president who would oversee the overall business and decide on the GM.
Van Wagenen will only be halfway via his 4-year deal following this time. But a new operator paying upwards of $2 billion for the franchise probably isn’t heading to be concerned about a possible buyout settlement.
I know I’m wanting way ahead, but if Yoenis Cespedes is balanced and the DH is listed here to remain would the Mets convey him again? — @ChaseMonkey1
Cespedes has currently returned to the Mets two times just after he experienced options to depart, so I would not rule out anything at all. But the Mets have so numerous solutions to fill that DH part — starting with Robinson Cano, who will be compensated by 2023 — that the group may possibly be much better served employing the opportunities now signed or below club regulate. J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith are two other bats that could element into a future DH job. And if the Mets choose up Wilson Ramos’ possibility (or sign J.T. Realmuto) they would in all probability want to have that DH location available at the time or 2 times weekly to maintain the catcher fresh.
Let’s get a little darkish for a minute. Who on this team has the opportunity to be the subsequent Justin Turner or Jeff Kent? — @TheGHThree
The Mets did not recognize what they experienced in Turner or Kent, each of whom were being late bloomers. You could in all probability include Daniel Murphy to that listing, though his 2015 postseason was an indicator that workforce brass disregarded during his cost-free agency.
On this roster, I can visualize Dominic Smith obtaining missing in the shuffle, buried driving Pete Alonso and miscast relatively as a corner outfielder. If the Mets traded him to a group that could give him 500 at-bats in a time, it would be interesting to see the remaining item. But the Mets are surely more informed of Smith’s prospective than what they experienced in gamers these kinds of as Turner and Kent.
What is the Mets’ great batting order? — Calvin Hill
Elegance is in the eye of the beholder when it arrives to developing lineups. In a vacuum, I would go Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario. But the data the Mets have on pitchers will very likely enjoy a sizeable job in Luis Rojas’ day-to-day selections.
Has Brodie Van Wagenen talked about something about the state of the Mets’ farm process? — @jonjy36
Van Wagenen is bullish on the farm process, but his optimism primarily stems from the decrease levels and the players who have entered the organization above the final two seasons. The Mets believe that they hit the jackpot in the past two newbie drafts, introducing better-end gamers in Matt Allan, Brett Baty, Pete Crow-Armstrong and JT Ginn, but it is early. Prime prospect Ronny Mauricio is continue to most likely two or three years absent. Van Wagenen traded Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson to deal with the present, but is still waiting for these offers to bear fruit.
Now that the plan has been produced, what is the Mets’ toughest projected stretch of the season? — @FoxxyFied5
Let us go with the stretch that starts on Sept. 15 and concludes the regular year. The Mets will facial area the Phillies, Braves, Rays and Nationals about 13 games. All four of all those teams task as playoff contenders. How pleasurable would it be if the Mets arrived in Washington for the remaining four game titles with the NL East at stake?