Well, it’s not just Scott Boras using Jon Heyman like a puppet (although it’s doubtful that Boras likes to do it whenever possible, whether it’s a tactic or a real leak or just a guy playing with his toys. me). Carlos Correa doesn’t want to do anything with Mets’ NFL Contract Deals after his original deal with them ran into an ankle disc problem. And so he will return to the Minnesota Twins on a six-year contract that could turn out to be 10 years, depending on whether Correa’s ankle splits, picks up a leash, and hops on a bus to chase his own Hollywood dreams.
That means the Mets are basically back where they started. For all the fuss about their season (some of it being me), they’re basically just going back to 2022. Edwin Diaz and Brandon Nimmo return. Justin Verlander replaces deGrom Kodai Senga and Carlos Quintana take the place of Chris Bassitt and Taijuan Walker.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because 2022 sees them win 101 games with just a few starts from deGrom and several misses from Max Scherzer, too. Just because they had three bad games against the Padres doesn’t mean they should be ignored in the NL second place tie. team over 162.
However, Mets fans and Mets media have had a few weeks to dream up the left side of Correa and Francisco Lindor’s inner court. The Mets are not only improved from the 2022 team, but they are also improved to the size of Correa. It could be history, the kind of combination that few teams in history have succeeded in. It’s hard not to get dizzy if you blue striped decoration.
And now the harsh reality of Eduardo Escobar sprinting on March 30 in Miami. Escobar is the definition of fine. Had a public offensive season in his career, but was most are just above average (97 career wRC+, but averaging 109 over the past four seasons). He didn’t put the gloves on his head in third place. But he definitely has a “fill in the seat” vibe to him.
Which is what he was before the offseason. He was the seat-filler for Brett Baty. Baty is the No. 2 ranked lead customer for the Mets, after Francisco Álvarez, who is also currently in the underworld between the AAA and the majors. Baty made a brief appearance in August for the Mets when a courtyard injury crisis hit, and provided a great moment. Sadly, it was his first AB, and the next 41 saw a lot of hitting the ground and some luck (both Baty’s GPA and falls are low). about 100 points more than he expected through the contact he was making, according to StatCast). And then he got Mets-itis, which means he needed thumb surgery.
Baty only had six games at AAA last year, after he completely destroyed AA in 89 games last year (.415 wOBA, 160 wRC+). He will start the season in Syracuse, but it’s hard to believe he’ll be there for so long unless his thumb is replaced with an old-fashioned Atari joystick. And it’s easy to see him in Queens before that too long.
Go with ghosts
Of course, Baty will not inherit the position of Eduardo Escobar now. He will take over the specter of Correa. If the Mets were behind the Braves at any point before the All-Star break, Mets fans would look into the hot corner at Citi Field and start play songs by Sarah McLachlan and see outlines of something only in their field of vision. For now, Álvarez and Baty are the only hopes for the Mets to be significantly better than they were last year (it’s remarkable, however, that a team can rise to the top after 101 wins in a division that features two other playoff teams). ). Otherwise, people just hope to run again.
That means as soon as Baty returns to the Mets, he won’t be the new third sentinel. He’s going to be the one to make Correa lose, again a player the Mets never really had but certainly envisioned, OK. He will be considered a lifesaver. He will be seen as a shield to all the ridicule and memes that will throw the Mets’ way after signing Correa definitely went METS. Mets watchers won’t want Baty to hit, they will need him to hit. Otherwise, it will still be the ghost spot on the field.
Is Baty to it? Likely, but nothing is certain. He’s attacking enough, but balances that out with a lot of walking. But he hits the ground a lot, and is more of a dribbler when he’s on the pitch than he is in the air. His swing, while smooth as a baby’s ass, looks more like a doubles guy than someone breathing fire, and the Mets were short of homers last year (15th in the league). Baty’s start in Syracuse will definitely be focused on Get more balls in the air. But unless he’s the darling of Brooks Robinson and Mike Schmidt, you know what headlines and tweets are like. He would be unlikely to be the first prospect to be devoured by expectations in New York, but one of the few to compare with someone who hadn’t even been there.