Nelson Cruz? No Thanks

This afternoon, MLB Trade Rumors posted their free agent profile on outfielder Nelson Cruz.  In their article, they guessed that Cruz would land a three year deal worth $39 million dollars.

Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) smiles while on the field for batting practice before the American League wild-card tiebreaker game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cruz, 33, was suspended for 50 games in 2013 after being linked to steroids.

Thoughts:

Despite the fact that he’s a poor defensive outfielder and a power hitter who’s coming off a PED suspension, some have suggested that Cruz might be a solid fit for the Mets.

Perhaps taking a gamble on Cruz for a year wouldn’t be a terrible idea.  However, if he will actually cost what MLBTR thinks he’ll cost, the Mets should have zero interest in him.

Cruz at three years makes no sense for the Mets.  If all of the outfielders on the market command a deal around that length, the Mets would be much better off gambling on Curtis Granderson (if they don’t sign Shin-Soo Choo or Jacoby Ellsbury).

 

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  • Ken Meoni

    Totally agree with you Danny.

  • Bill

    I agree with this . . The Mets do not need Cruz. If you are going to put a poor fielder in the outfield, they might as well keep Duda out there. My thoughts for this off season are: (1) Get a shortstop – either Peralta via FA, or trade for Lowrie or Hardy, (2) Get an outfielder – maybe 2. I do not like any of the free agent market – I think a trade for Andre Ethier makes more sense – compare his stats to those of Choo – virtually the same player and the same age (Ethier is about 3 months older). I kind of like the idea that has been thrown around about Chris Young – always liked his power potential, but never liked his average, altho as recently as 2010 and 2011 he had 330+ OBP for full year. Altho Legares hasn’t shown much running game (offensively), I’d prep him for the lead-off slot and see what he could do. As far as the rest goes, I like Bronson Arroyo and Scott Kazmir as the available FA pitchers – I think another lefty is really needed. For an alternate righty, Scott Feldman may be another low cost filler. The bullpen needs some work – maybe a return of Joe Smith?? I am not sure what to do with catcher – ideally, a decent left-handed hitting backup. I have heard rumblings of Saltalamacchia, but he is too much – only a back-up is needed. d’Arnaud should be handed the starting job right away.

    Lineup: Could be mixed up a bit – not sure Murphy is the best No. 2 slot , possibly drop him after Peralta and everybody else up that would give R-L-R-L-R-L-R-R.

    Lagares – CF
    Murphy – 2B
    Ethier – RF
    Wright – 3B
    Duda – 1B
    Peralta – SS
    C. Young – LF
    d’Arnaud – C

    E. Young as the 4th outfielder and 2B backup … other utility guy for ss and 3b (Turner?), Satin for 1b and Recker/other as backup catcher

    Rotation:

    Wheeler

    Niese
    Gee
    Arroyo
    Meija (is he healthy? – Probably not at start of the year)

    Kazmir

    Capuano (?) Not the best option, but an OK lefty

    Torres as a swing guy

    Pen:

    Parnell (closer)

    Black
    Smith
    Torres
    German
    Rice?
    Edgin?

    Another lefty?

    Hawkins ?

    Familia (is he healthy?)

    Ike Davis has been traded . . (maybe a three-way deal to get Ethier – I doubt the Dodgers need Davis)

    Syndergaard is off limits for trading. Montero only in a really good package.
    Not sure about deGrom

    That is a bunch of low to mid-range but possibly productive free agents that fill some holes . But back to the topic, not only does Cruz not really fill the need for reasons above, but it would also cost them a draft pick and a lot more money than the other options.

    I admit I haven’t looked at next year’s free agent class, but i’m not thrilled with this year – Ellsbury is too $$, Choo is too for what he brings – pretty one dimentional – OBP is nice, but his power would be zapped at Citi. Beltran is too old to commit to now, Granderson’s best years are behind him – and he is a Yankee Stadium hitter – I think his power would be gone in Citi Field. All of them would cost a draft pick and are not really the right answer anyway. Maybe the fill-in (Chris and Eric Young for 2014 and then get somebody real for ’15 (CarGo, somehow??)

    Thoughts?

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