New York Giants Want To Build Through Draft Rather Than Spending

New York Giants, John Mara, Dave Gettleman

Everyone knows that the New York Giants are in need of a rebuild, but not everyone is in agreement on what method that should take. The team has more cap space this year than they did in the recent past and a high draft position will bring at least one high value rookie into the lineup, even if that won’t be Chase Young thanks to the Giants’ failure to beat the Redskins out for the second pick.

The one that has the most control over the direction that the Giants go this offseason, of course, is John Mara, as the co-owner of the team who tends to act as the public face and make more of the big decisions. It was likely by Mara’s decision that the Giants retained General Manager Dave Gettleman for another year despite the disastrous results from his first couple seasons with the team.

Mara is also the one that recently spoke to WFAN about free agency and what strategy the Giants might be going with headed into it.

“The thing with free agency, it’s a double-edged sword. I mean, you can fix some holes pretty quickly, but long-term, I’m not sure that it really works… You still have to build your team through the draft. I think the best thing in free agency is it allows you to fill some needs so you can go into the draft and just take the best player available,” Mara said.

The Giants have done alright in the draft since Dave Gettleman showed up, but have still made a number of moves that can likely be considered mistakes at this point. Gettleman, however, has promised to put more faith in analytics from here on – we’ll see if that’s true or not starting with the upcoming draft and free agency period.

“If you think free agency is going to fix all your problems, you’re going to be sadly disappointed. So yes, we do have probably the most space we’ve ever had before, but we’re not going to go hog wild in there and spend it all,” Mara continued. “I think if you do that, you’re making a big mistake. We’re going to try to do it wisely, try to get the right guys in here, guys that we hope are going to be here for a while.”

At the end of the day, the Giants still have a number of holes to fill and whether they use all their cap space or not, free agency will be a crucial part of the offseason. One of the most interesting times of the year will almost certainly be when the Giants begin making acquisitions and giving fans a better idea of what their lineup will look like going into the 2020 season.

New York Giants: Julian Love Is A Versatile Building Block

The New York Giants were one of the youngest teams in the NFL last season. They had rookies start games in nearly every key position. The Giants were particularly young in the secondary, selecting three defensive backs in the 2019 NFL Draft (four if you count Sam Beal in the Supplemental Draft).

The Giants’ young defensive backs had plenty of ups and downs. However, the Giants’ fourth-round selection, Julian Love, showed plenty of promise in his rookie season.

Julian Love Stats And Highlights

The Giants’ fourth-round rookie out of Notre Dame primarily played slot cornerback in college. Due to some issues with injuries, Love primarily played strong safety in his rookie season. Julian Love brought some consistency and playmaking ability to the safety position after Jabrill Peppers went down with an injury.

Julian Love started in 5 games this season. He totaled 35 combined tackles to go along with 5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 3 passes defended, and 1 interception. Love played 405 snaps down the stretch and performed well in the run game and in coverage (PFF).

The Giants’ rookie lined up all over the defense. He played in the box, over the slot, and at free safety. Pro Football Focus listed Julian Love as a player who can “provide optimism” for the Giants heading into 2020. Giants fans should agree with that statement.

In this play below, Julian Love demonstrates his ability to make plays against the run. This skill will cause the Giants’ coaching staff to consider playing Julian Love more at safety/in the box in 2020.

Here is another play where Julian Love just shut down the flat, playing zone defense and making a strong tackle on third down:

Julian Love is not just a run-defending safety, though. The former college cornerback also flashed great potential in pass coverage. Here is Julian Love’s first career interception that came against the Chicago Bears:

Julian Love and Jabrill Peppers could be an excellent safety tandem in the 2020 NFL season. They are both highly versatile players. Peppers is a strong safety that can line up in the box and play linebacker. Love is a safety who can play strong, free, or line up out wide and play cornerback. The Giants’ young secondary has a bright future ahead.

New York Giants: Head coach Joe Judge makes decision at WR coach position

New York Giants, Darius Slayton

The New York Giants are expected to turn over several coaching staff positions in the coming days, as head coach Joe Judge has already reached out to former Browns’ HC Freddie Kitchens to gauge his interest in the offensive coordinator job.

However, the latest decision was at the WR coach position, a familiar spot for Judge, who coached the same group for the New England Patriots just a year ago.

According to Ian Rapoport, Judge will hold on to Tyke Tolbert, who helped develop Darius Slayton into a quality pass catcher in 2019. The 5th round pick was expected to have a No. 2 WR ceiling but has proven he can be a No. 1 option with the development of his route running abilities and consistent hands.

How did New York Giants’ Darius Slayton finish the 2019 campaign?

Slayton finished the season with 740 receiving yards and eight scores, leading all rookie wide receivers in the touchdown department. Tolbert, on the other hand, did a solid job getting him prepared for the regular season after missing the first two games with a hamstring injury.

Expect to see him develop even further in 2020, potential claiming the top dog role. His chemistry with Daniel Jones has progressed nicely during their rookie seasons.

New York Giants: Giant Hearts, Good Deeds of 2019

New York Giants

Although the New York Giants may have had their share of ups and downs, there were still some bright spots in 2019, most notably off the field!

Here are some of the heartwarming stories from the 2019 year:

January Highlights:

Michael Thomas deservedly made the Pro Bowl and participated in Pro Bowl Community Day, serving meals and doing other great deeds

New York Giants legends Chris Canty and Kevin Dockery spent the day at the New York City Montessori School in the Bronx, teaching kids just how essential education is in achieving your goals

February Highlights:

Michael Thomas was awarded the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at the NFL Honors for his extensive and substantial work in the community.  Thomas’ work has helped countless individuals in so many areas.  Thomas is truly the classiest, kindest most incredibly giving and this is truly the perfect way to honor all of the absolutely wonderful work he does for all!

Michael Thomas spent the off-season with congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee, learning and engaging with others to create change, proving he is a total game-changer

B.J. Hill and Nate Solder spent the day with individuals at Hackensack Meridian Fitness and Health’ Fitness Festival, stressing the importance of wellness

March Highlights:

Members of the New York Giants spent the day with individuals from the Special Olympics of New Jersey.  Garrett Dickerson spent some time on the sidelines with the Monroe Police Department, while B.J. Hill, Chad Wheeler and Kevin Dockery posed with the flag football participants

Former New York Giants running back Rob Martin was a substitute teacher for the second grade at his former elementary school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

April Highlights

Rhett Ellison talked to students at Ioan Prep, teaching them about faith and education and their importance in their daily lives

Zak DeOssie and other members of the New York Giants attended the America Needs You Golf Tournament to help students further their education

Michael Thomas, along with former New York Giants running back Paul Perkins attended the Food Bank for New York City’s #CanDoNYC event to eradicate hunger

Grant Haley, Kareem Martin and Markus Golden participated in the NFL’s Play60 initiative to get kids active

Saquon Barkley met with Jared at the 2019 NFL Draft party, a member of the Make-A-Wish-Foundation of New Jersey spending time with him and his family and posed for pictures

Saquon Barkley participated in this year’s March of Dime Superhero Sprint to bring awareness to helping mothers and babies

May Highlights

Michael Thomas was honored as a Hometown Hero at this year’s Gridiron Gala.  Thomas philanthropy and kindness most certainly should not go unrecognized!

Former New York Giants Jonathan Casillas, Avery Moss and Tae Davis and current member Markus Golden visited Lewis F. Cole Middle School to work with student’s and show them the importance of moving

Sean Chandler was honored at the ICL Gala for achieving his goals, overcoming adveristy and helping other do the same

Saquon Barkley hosted a football camp for kids at his alma mater Penn State, teaching kids the essential skills for football and beyond

Wide receiver Cody Latimer went back to his hometown to help those ravaged by a tornado

Former New York Giants Kevin Dockery, Evan Brown, Victor Salako, Nick Gates and Chad Slade worked together to paint a house for Habitat for Humanity

June Highlights

Garrett Dickerson hosted his “Crazy Legs Youth Camp” for a free day of fun and football!

Michael Thomas hosted a football camp teaching kids the game of football as well as leadership both on and off the field

Kenny Ladler hosted a free football camp in his hometown to give back to the communtiy that bred him

Markus Golden hosted a  football camp for kids to learn the proper way to play and carry themselves in football and beyond

Former New York Giant Jonathan Casillas also hosted his Forward Progress Camp, helping the youth learn important aspects of football that they can carry with them in the game and life

Freedom Akinmoladun visited a football combine to let kids know how they should always work their hardest in everything they do

Antonio Hamilton’s football camp taught kids that with hard work and perseverance they too can achieve success

Chad Slade’s football camp supported future football players in their paths to the NFL

Tom Coughlin’s Annual Sundae Blitz saw current and former members of the New York Giants spending time with kids and their families

Michael Thomas and long snapper Zak DeOssie attended the Newark Mentoring charity gala

The New York Giants partnered with My Sister’s Place, an organization aimed at ending domestic violence

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard visited Stop and Shop, to bring awareness to food banks and their goal to stomp out hunger

July Highlights

Dalvin Tomlinson taught kids how eating well and physical activity go hand in hand

Saquon Barkley met with George Taylor a young teen diagnosed with cancer, who used Barkley as motivation and inspiration

August Highlights

Antoine Bethea and Michael Thomas gave a $10,000 grant to Binghamton Youth Football program, so that they have the equipment they need to excel in the game of football

Members of the New York Giants, including Kareem Martin, Jon Halapio and Freedom Akinmoladun worked with Project Kind to provide care for the homeless

September Highlights

Saquon Barkley supplied kids with book bags for back to school time

Members of the New York Giants offensive line, including Evan Brown, Spencer Pulley, Mike Remmers, Chad Slade, Will Hernandez, Jon Halapio and Nate Solder spent time with firefighters to thank them for protecting us

Jonathan Hilliman, Jake Carlock, Freedom Akinmoladun went to Burnett Middle School to stress how daily exercise can make a difference

Michael Thomas taught kids in Staten Island, New York about how we can be more in tune with our emotions and properly handle them

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, along with Aldrick Rosas, Jonathan Casillas and Will Hernandez hosted a fun filled day for kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson/Passaic for Hispanic Heritage Day

October Highlights

Members of the New York Giants whose families have been afflicted with cancer, stressed the importance of detecting it early

Kareem Martin surprised Matt Gray, an assistant football coach at Park Ridge with tickets to the Super Bowl

Will Hernandez went to Sop and Shop to collect food donations for the Food Bank of New York City

New York Giants rookies visited patients at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s hospital for a SPOOKtacularly BOOtiful Halloween day!

November Highlights

The New York Giants hosted members of the Wounded Warrior Project for practice and lunch and even got to play video games with players

Markus Golden, Garrett Dickerson, Grant Haley, RJ McIntosh, BJ Hill and Sean Chandler handed out turkeys to those less fortunate

Chad Slade, Will Hernandez, Mike Remmers, Spencer Pulley, Evan Brown, Nate Solder
Nick Gates and Kevin Zeitler served dinner in Harlem, New York for members of the
community
Saquon Barkley donated bowls of soup to the Covenant House of New Jersey
December Highlights
The New York Giants organization donated coats to keep the community warm
Saquon Barkley spent time with homeless youth serving as a pillar of hope and
inspiration for overcoming adversity
Jonathan Hilliman, Chris Peace and Mark McLaurin Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery to place wreaths for our nation’s fallen veterans
Eli Manning visited patients at Hackensack Medical Center and handed out toys for the holidays
Golden Tate visited veterans and their families at the Bronx Fisher House, showing support for their service
Members of the New York Giants offensive line, defensive line and tight ends met with foster kids to brighten their holiday season
Sterling Shepard partnered with Modell’s to give kids who are in poverty-stricken areas a shopping spree
These are just some of the kind gestures current and former members of the New York Giants did in 2019!  2020 is shaping up to be a great year!

New York Mets: Here is what the worst-case scenario could look like

A few days ago, we reviewed the New York Mets’ best case scenario. That means examining which things needed to go right for the team to advance and be a legit contender.

Now we flip to the other side. Which things may go wrong and derail the Mets’ season? These realistic scenarios may complicate the team’s outlook.

Robinson Cano’s troublesome left leg’s muscles act up

Robinson Cano had a disappointing 2019, with a .256/.307/.428 line and a below-average 93 wRC+. He went three times to the injured list, two with left quad issues and another one with a left hamstring strain. If his left leg’s muscles keep acting up, he won’t have the lower body strength needed to lift the ball and hit it with authority.

Pete Alonso suffers the “sophomore slump”

Teams discover a hole in Pete Alonso’s swing and exploit his high-strikeout tendencies (26.4 K% in 2019.) He fails to hit 35 home runs and his average plummets all the way to .235-.240. If that’s the case, the lineup will lose punch and the Mets‘ offense may struggle to score runs.

Jeff McNeil is “Statcast’d”

Jeff McNeil is a terrific hitter, but what if luck abandons him in 2020? He still has enough skill to be a dangerous in that case, but given that there is a disparity between his wOBA and xwOBA (.379 to .347) and his hard-hit rate is only in the 37th percentile, his offensive production figures to drop. He is also below-average in average exit velocity (38th percentile.)

Noah Syndergaard’s ERA is still significantly higher than his FIP

We know that Noah Syndergaard is better than the 4.28 ERA he had in 2019. Several factors (luck, infield defense, catcher framing and others) contribute to that number being substantially higher than his 3.60 FIP. However, the Mets need it to be the other way around! If Thor has a similar ERA or higher, then he won’t deliver on his number-2 starter promise and the rotation may lose the stability needed to fend off the other foes in the National League.

Bullpen woes

To be successful in 2020, the Mets are banking on returns to form from Edwin Diaz (5.59 ERA) and Jeurys Familia (5.70 ERA.) What if they implode again? What if they have similarly troubling seasons? The Mets blew lots of games last year and that could happen again this season if those two don’t rebound.

Dellin Betances’ recovery takes longer than expected

The New York Mets signed Dellin Betances on Christmas knowing that he has to rehab his partially torn Achilles tendon. Those are tricky injuries, and while he is expected to be ready for Spring Training, an aggravation will throw that timetable out the window. He needs to be healthy to produce.

The infield defense doesn’t improve

If the Mets play J.D. Davis at third and Amed Rosario doesn’t take a step forward (UZR favored him but he had a terrible -16 DRS at short) guys like Marcus Stroman and Thor will suffer a lot of headaches.

Disappointing seasons from Porcello and Wacha

Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello signed with the New York Mets and will compete for a starting spot. The former had a 4.76 ERA and the latter a 5.52 mark. If those are his numbers with the Mets, then there will be disappointment.

Thankfully, the chances are slim that all these scenarios actually present themselves. Sure, a few may materialize, but it seems far-fetched that every one of them will affect the Mets.

Do the New York Yankees have three aces in the starting pitching rotation?

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

Before the offseason officially began for the New York Yankees, owner Hal Steinbrenner was happy with his starting pitching rotation, especially with the return of Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery in 2020.

New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner stated:

“If the 2020 season was to start tomorrow, I would feel considerably more confident than I did a year ago at this time,’’ Steinbrenner said. “We will have both Severino and Montgomery back. We now know that [Domingo] German can pitch effectively at this level. And we know [James] Paxton can be the guy that we were hoping for when we made that trade. We have [Masahiro] Tanaka, [J.A.] Happ, [Jonathan] Loaisiga, and perhaps [Deivi] Garcia at some point. A very good rotation.’’

Fast forward several weeks, and the Yankees signed Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million, shattering the record for starting pitchers, hauling in $36 million per season. Cole will undoubtedly be the Yankees’ top option moving forward, but that shouldn’t discount the remaining two options that have ace-level potential.

Let’s start with Luis Severino, who missed virtually all of 2019 with injuries, making his comeback for the playoffs and the final three games of the regular season. However, in 2018, Severino put together an All-Star performance, boasting a 19-8 performance with a 3.39 ERA. The second half of 2018 went poorly for Severino, who ended up having a higher ERA in 2018 than 2017 when he finished at 2.98.

That’s two consecutive seasons that he had a sub-3.40-ERA, though, making him an incredible bounce-back player for the year ahead. Slotting him in behind Cole will give the Yankees the 1-2 punch they need to dominate important series, especially in the playoffs.

While Severino is set to have a significant impact, James Paxton can’t be forgotten. Paxton had a stellar second-half of 2019:

HALF IP K/9 BB/9 ERA GB/FB Ratio Soft Hit %
First 76.1 11.20 3.54 4.01 1.03 14.3%
Second 74.1 11.02 3.03 3.63 0.79 20.3%

Across the season, Paxton posted an ERA/FIP of 3.82 & 3.86, across 150.2 IP. Big Maple’s 3.82 ERA last season was his highest since 2015, which is quite impressive considering his injury history and streak of sub-4.00 seasons. If he can pitch an entire season’s worth of innings and remain consistent during 2020, the Yankees will have an intimidating top three starters.

Factor in Masahiro Tanaka, the postseason menace, and Montgomery’s return, and new pitching coach Matt Blake might be in for an excites season.

 

 

Yankees news, rumors: Is depth an issue in the infield? Aaron Judge hasn’t seen the money yet

New York Yankees, Thairo Estrada

Most would agree that locking down Aaron Judge for the next decade is a prudent move. The New York Yankees avoided arbitration with their top young gun, finalizing an $8.5 million contract for 2020. Some believed they would extend a massive deal for the slugger, but holding out for one more year makes sense, as he will undoubtedly cash in on his abilities.

Keeping Judge on the East Coast should be a priority after he grew up in San Francisco. He has become an icon in New York and resembles the toughness and resiliency of the Yankees, despite sporting injuries the last two seasons. When healthy, Judge is one of the best hitters in baseball, and with the Yankees’ home-run centric mentality, they shouldn’t be looking to let him walk after his contract expires.

Aaron’s offensive and defensive qualities make him in-expendable, so expect to see the big outfielder in Pinstripes for many more years. However, while the outfield has plenty of reserve depth in case of injury, the infield isn’t in the same boat.

The New York Yankees need to be careful in the infield:

The Bombers have Thairo Estrada, Mike Ford, Miguel Andujar, and Tyler Wade as their primary reserve options. Relying on them to carry the load might not be the safest move, but manager Aaron Boone made it work in 2019 with career-average players.

Estrada is an exciting player, though, as he made an impact in 2019, despite his small sample size of 35 games. He slashed a serviceable .250/.294/.438 with a .732 OPS and 91 wRC+. While those numbers aren’t noteworthy, he’s an active utility player that can slot in around the infield. At the very least, he can provide decent offensive support to supplement injuries.

Ford, who’s primary a first baseman, will sit behind Luke Voit on the depth chart, and he could be used more frequently than imagined due to his lefty bat. The Yankees might be testing their luck a bit in the infield, but they have some of the best starting-level players in baseball.

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Should the New York Mets Fire Brodie Van Wagenen?

When it was announced the new GM of the New York Mets would be Brodie Van Wagenen, agent Robert current Mets players Jacob deGrom and Yoenis Cespedes, some legitimate questions arose. And I think, with how the Mets brought Cespedes to the table to restructure his contract, we ought to re-examine those questions that could lead to major trouble for the team should Brodie go unchecked.

Conflicts of Interest

As reported by Sheryl Ring, Esq., Van Wagenen was Cespedes’s agent when he signed his $110 million contracts in 2016. Van Wagenen’s approach to convincing the Wilpon’s “This is the right move,” was to bring in headlines from the papers. The tact was to show Cespedes “puts butts in seats”. So Van Wagenen was there to work out every minute detail of the wording in the contract. Fast forward a few years, Van Wagenen is GM, Cespedes is hurt in an encounter with a wild boar, and Van Wagenen stops paying Cespedes to get him to come in and rework his contract. Or if Van Wagenen used the language he saw put into the contract as the basis for the grievance he filed with MLB, which he said he wouldn’t do because of conflict of interest, it seems Van Wagenen needs to have reigned in a bit for the sake of the Mets.

Collusion

Van Wagenen is a former agent with many former clients still playing. What happens if it’s revealed that he used his relationships with these players to lure them over to the Mets? The Clippers got in trouble for this with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George over this, what would stop Rob Manfred from following Adam Silver’s lead?

ESPN analyst, Jessica Mendoza, still broadcasts for ESPN but is a front-office employee under Van Wagenen. Mendoza is tasked with evaluating player talent, while also needing to provide color commentary ON THE TEAM SHE WORKS FOR! Van Wagenen could very easily use Houstonian tricks to pry insider info from Mendoza, who travels the country for her job, to try and get an early edge on the other GM’s in baseball, creating problems not only for the Mets but Mendoza and ESPN.

The Mets need to think long and hard about what Van Wagenen is doing, and if it’ll be worth getting punished by baseball for at a later date.

Why the New York Mets Should Make a Run at Josh Donaldson

New York Mets, Josh Donaldson

Over the past few days, there has been plenty of noise surrounding the potential trade of Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies. Despite how good it would look to put an MVP candidate at third base, the New York Mets should put their focus on Josh Donaldson.

Arenado is undoubtedly one of the best third basemen of his generation, but the ramifications of the trade could hurt the Mets more than it helps. The Mets would be forced to give up more than Arenado is valued, when another quality third baseman is right under their nose.

Arenado is also due at least $35 million per year until the end of the 2025 season. For an organization that hopes to have their starting pitching and sluggers like Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto in their plans, the money will not be in place to keep the crew together.

Quality over Quantity

This is where Donaldson comes into play. He very quietly homered 37 times and had an OPS of .900. Since Donaldson is a free agent, there is nothing for the Mets to give up in place for him. Not to mention Donaldson had a higher WAR than Arenado.

Going into his age-34 season, Donaldson would not be in New York to carry the middle of the order the way Arenado would. His bat is still great among third basemen, and the Mets can negotiate a deal very similar to Dellin Betances’. Offer Donaldson a one-year offer with multiple option years along with incentives for specific statistical achievements.

Add to Depth

Donaldson played 155 games after dealing with injuries for the previous two seasons. With the Mets, Donaldson will receive more days off and only have to play 135-140 games. The Mets have multiple interchangeable parts, which include J.D. Davis, Jeff McNeil, and Jed Lowrie if he survives the offseason. Donaldson becomes the everyday third baseman while the outfield spots become a revolving door and, most importantly, keeps everyone fresh.

With having this much depth means it gives the Mets room to make trades. They can use another arm in the bullpen, prospects, or most importantly, an everyday center fielder. Signing Donaldson allows the Mets to part ways with Davis, Brandon Nimmo, or Dominic Smith without being hurt, but enables those pieces can bring back a solid return. Not to mention, there will be a team who will take a risk on Jed Lowrie as well.

Signing Donaldson will also allow the Mets to weaken their competition while getting stronger at the same time. The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals are the front runners for Donaldson, and whoever signs him becomes the favorite to win the division. It also gives the Mets a very dangerous and balanced lineup.

The Mets have been silent on making any moves since the Betances signing. Their current roster structure puts them in a perfect place to compete, but signing Donaldson makes them a front runner to take the National League crown.

New York Mets rumors: No arbitration hearings, extending Conforto and more

New York Yankees, New York Mets

The New York Mets had a very busy Friday, as they secured settlements with all of their arbitration-eligible players. Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Michael Conforto were among the players that reached deals.

In Saturday’s links, we will also include a review of the Mets’ top 31 prospects, courtesy of Fangraphs, and why the team should look to extend Conforto.

Here are the New York Mets’ news and links:

Anthony DiComo: As you probably know by now, the New York Mets reached one-year deals with all of their arbitration-eligible players. That means they avoided the stressful, troublesome hearing process that is so uncomfortable for both parties.

According to Anthony DiComo, the arbitration-eligible players make more than a third of the roster and a quarter of the total payroll.

Here is a breakdown of all the settlements:

  1. Marcus Stroman: $12 mil
  2. Noah Syndergaard $9.7 mil
  3. Michael Conforto: $8 mil
  4. Edwin Diaz: $5.1 mil
  5. Steven Matz: $5 mil
  6. Jake Marisnick: $3.3125 mil
  7. Brandon Nimmo: $2.175 mil
  8. Seth Lugo: $2 mil
  9. Robert Gsellman: $1.225 mil

Total: $48,512,500.

MetsMerizedonline.com: It is no secret that Michael Conforto is one of the Mets’ most consistent sluggers. He surpassed 30 home runs for the first time in 2019, hitting 33. He is reliable and patient, taking a lot of walks and clogging the basepaths.

The folks at MetsMerizedonline.com explored the possibility of extending Conforto. It makes sense from a financial standpoint, as he will make $8 million this season and still has another arbitration year left before hitting free agency in 2021. The Mets could save millions if they reach a long-term agreement.

Fangraphs.com: The Fangraphs’ prospects people, Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel, recently wrote a piece about the New York Mets’ top prospects. They reviewed 31 young players in total.

They said that recent trades thinned out the system. However, there are plenty of teenage arms that make the low-minors a very talented environment.