Sep 17, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) hits an RBI double against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Break Up The Las Vegas 51s


Break up the Las Vegas 51s.  No, really, break them up.  In the minor leagues, when players start to dominate, it signals the time to up their competition.

First, neither Wilmer Flores nor Allan Dykstra played first base on Friday night.  The base was occupied by Brandon Allen.  I mean no disrespect, but I’m forced to ask myself, why?

Brandon Allen, 28, is an 11 year minor league veteran, who also played some in Japan.  He was signed last November after the San Diego Padres granted him free agency (just as the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers had done previously).  On Sunday, he hit his first home run for the 51s to help stake Las Vegas to a temporary 2-1 lead over the Tacoma Rainiers, during the first game of a double-header.  (The first game was delayed by rain in the 7th inning with Las Vegas ahead 7-5, and later postponed).

He is a left fielder/first baseman by trade, which, between Las Vegas and the Mets, are two positions presently suffering from a combined log jam.  In the outfield alone, he figures behind fellow lefty Matt den Dekker, then Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Cesar Puello, and Andrew Brown.  At first base, he figures behind fellow lefty Allan Dykstra, then Eric Campbell, and even behind the transient experiment with Wilmer Flores.

With regards to relationships between parent clubs and their affiliates, there are both, a local team’s best interests, as well as organizational interests to be met.  Therefore, I say plainly, Brandon Allen’s roster spot could be better served by someone with a more viable future, unless other players are cleared out first.

There’s the rub.  This really isn’t about Brandon Allen.

Circling back to Wilmer Flores, Friday’s big night at the plate (4 for 5, 2 home runs) came with him back at shortstop.  He played shortstop again in Sunday’s game, marking his 22nd game at the position this season.

Although he has 19 minor league starts at first base, and was recently placed there again while recovering from a jammed finger, he is not likely to return.  Attempting to convert Wilmer Flores into a first baseman was indeed considered at one point, but, to continue would require a blind eye, and lack of consideration for Allan Dykstra’s productivity in his first season playing Triple-A ball, which also brings me back to Brandon Allen and why he started first base again on Sunday.  I digress.

Outside of perhaps becoming an more accomplished middle infielder, Wilmer Flores has nothing left to prove at the Triple-A level.  He already excelled over a full season for Las Vegas last year, when he placed 6th in the Pacific Coast League with an .887 OPS, 4th with 86 RBI, and 3rd with both a .531 slugging average and 36 doubles.  He additionally ranked 6th with a .321 batting average, but only posted a corresponding .357 OBP (36th in the PCL).

If his performance over the weekend was any indication, then it’s truly time to get him out of the PCL.  So far this season, he is off to another solid start and surging.  On Sunday, he cranked yet another home run – a three run blow.  It was his third of the series against the Rainiers, in Tacoma (and not at popularly criticized Cashman Field in Las Vegas).

The New York Mets are clearly getting sub-par production from Ruben Tejada, and prior to the start of the season, the club was already displeased with him for quite some time.  Off campus, like the other 29 MLB teams, the Mets do not seem interested in signing Scott Boras client Stephen Drew.  Nor have the Mets openly inquired about Seattle Mariners/Tacoma Rainiers shortstop prospect Nick Franklin.  The rumor mill has additionally been quiet.

In the absence of another plan, Wilmer Flores can certainly play a fair shortstop, or do little worse than Ruben Tejada.  The Mets also seem sure to benefit from Wilmer’s bat in the lineup over Tejada’s.

If it’s his defense that gives you anxiety, in 2,867 total chances at 2B/SS and a smattering of games at first, Wilmer has committed 109 errors, for a minor league career .962% FA.  In 4+ seasons for the Mets, Ruben Tejada owns a .971% FA.  The disparity may be wide for some, and negligible for others, but, even that should not dissuade Sandy Alderson from promoting Wilmer, giving him the shortstop job, and finally being done with this lingering situation.  If it’s Wilmer’s supposed lack of range you fear, then I have no defense, but would still suggest his positives outweigh this negative.

This is also about the organization acting decisively, as in, nothing ventured, nothing gained.  That’s my opinion.  Sandy Alderson can revisit the situation this July at the deadline, or next spring if needed.  But, so far, he has addressed the matter rather inadequately.

If the Mets (and fans) are so opposed to Wilmer Flores at shortstop, then trade him, as he similarly does not figure to unseat David Wright or Daniel Murphy any time soon.

A side note on Daniel Murphy – he will be eligible for free agency in 2016, which means the Mets should start contemplating their intentions.  If they have any inclination towards trading Murphy (and his .975 % FA) then I say do it relatively soon, as in this year’s trade deadline, and give the second base job to Wilmer Flores.  I admit however, that is a more speculative and precarious situation to ponder.

Therefore, before doing anything hasty, the club must once and for all, decide why they should let Ruben Tejada continue to under-perform versus handing shortstop over to Wilmer Flores.  In the Mets present condition, a .009% defensive differential (between Tejada and Flores) is an awfully small hook to hang a cap on.

Zach Lutz is another with little else to prove at the Triple-A level.  He is in the midst of his 5th partial, or full season in Triple-A.  Last season he posted a quadruple slash of .293/.444/.520/.964, with 27 doubles, 13 home runs and 80 RBI.  This season, in 100 at-bats prior to Sunday, Lutz owned a quadruple slash of .310/.444/.520/.964, with 4 home runs and 21 RBI.

Both Zach Lutz’ and Wilmer Flores’ careers are now standing still in a manner of speaking.  There is nowhere else for them to go but up, or, be sent to another organization for a more conducive situation.  The trade deadline is obviously still two months away, but it’s never too early to form a proactive plan for these, and a few other players of potential interest, like Eric Campbell, a pick of outfielders, and even Allan Dykstra, who presently poses the largest viable threat to Lucas Duda‘s hold on first base.

Once again, proactive is the word of the day.  Short term, the Mets need to rectify their Ruben Tejada/shortstop situation, and fortify the bullpen.  Of course, this is an open conversation, where I’m merely inventorying only some of the pieces at Sandy Alderson’s disposal.  That said, when combined with one of the organizations higher end pitchers, and/or someone from the MLB roster, then we’re talking a trade of real impact.  And, as Mets fans, we know the best trades have been the ones we never saw coming.

We know with certainty that Noah Syndergaard will not touch down in Flushing before June expires.  But, I question whether the Mets are really serious about promoting Syndergaard at all this season.  That remains to be seen.  Logan Verrett and Jeff Walters should definitely get used to Las Vegas though.  They need a full season.  In 2014, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom are most likely to enjoy a large bite of the Big Apple.

The New York Mets are already exploring the idea of incorporating starting pitchers Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom into the Las Vegas bullpen, for possible future integration into the Mets bullpen.  I am not opposed to the idea, rather, I am on the fence about it.  I do understand the St. Louis Cardinals employ this strategy with great success.  To that I’d offer perhaps the Cardinals have better people implementing their plan.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen fails to impress me, so I’m naturally skeptical of the Mets attempting their version, especially after the unsuccessful experiment with Jenrry Mejia.  Be that as it may, I see no sense in letting Rafael Montero (like Wilmer Flores) continue dominating the PCL any longer.  He must start facing MLB hitters soon, be it in the rotation, or the bullpen.  Unlike Montero, I’m more agreeable to having deGrom in the bullpen.

If reliever Vic Black can just gain slightly better control, he might also be on the verge of rejoining the Mets bullpen.  In 10.1 innings pitch since retuning from a pinched condition in his neck, he has allowed just one earned run on 6 hits, struck out 11, and owns an 0.87 ERA, but has issued 10 bases on balls which is too many.

Lastly, for as long as Terry Collins continues making very curious decisions, more so this season than in previous years, Wally Backman will continue being the 800 pound gorilla in Las Vegas.  It’s highly unlikely Backman would be shifted to Flushing in the event Sandy Alderson executes a mid-season firing.  Someone else would serve in an interim basis.  But, next season could finally open up an opportunity for Wally, who is a clear long time fan favorite, and also someone who has a nose for winning baseball games.

 

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  • roger roger

    Have to take issue with a bunch of things mentioned in this piece.

    First, Rafael Montero is not dominating the PCL, unfortunately. His ERA is 4.3-something, and he seems to be giving up 2, 3, 4 runs a game with regularity lately. Likewise, Syndergaard isn’t in the conversation yet probably because he’s not pitching especially well, either. His most recent outing was apparently the first that approached dominance at AAA. These guys are not banging down the door to the majors. If it’s anyone, DeGrom is the one who’s been dominant.

    Let’s be frank: Wilmer Flores is a major downgrade from Ruben Tejada defensively speaking. He’s a major upgrade offensively, but I personally get very queasy in the stomach thinking of putting him in at SS at the major league level. It’s just not going to work there for him, so I agree the best thing is probably to play him at his best position (3B?) hope he hits really well, and package him (along with whomever else) in a trade for a real, major league two-way SS, a lights-out closer, etc.

    And – I don’t see Terry Collins being on the way out in any way whatsoever. The only mistake I’ve seen him make this season was on Saturday night, leaving Mejia in WAY too long. That one mystified me and cost them the game, although they still had a chance to win. Maybe he was concerned about bullpen burnout…

    Personally, I think the Mets should consider giving Murphy a 2-yr extension (to 2018?) if it can be done at reasonable money ($9 per year or so). Right now he’s making $5M-ish I think – the guy is simply one of the best pure hitters in the NL. He’s proven it for years, and he’s arguably more reliable than David Wright at the plate. His lack of home run power and only decent defense I think are more than compensated for by the steady output of line drives and doubles, day after day, year after year.

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      You have to take both pitching numbers, and offensive numbers with a grain of salt in the Pacific Coast League. If you have issue with my use of the word “dominant” that’s fair, but I still do not think Montero and Flores have anything more to prove. As far as Tejada, Flores, and shortstop, I just feel the club is suffering paralysis by analysis. I’m trying to battle the overwhelming sense of why not to do things. The search for the perfect player does not exists. Like I said, the situation can be revisited at the trade deadline, or next spring training. I’m not necessarily championing Terry Collins’ dismissal. I never really had an issue with him. This year however, I’m not inclined to be so forgiving. He has a bigger friend in you, than me,

    • roger roger

      It’s true the FO comes up with a lot of reasoning to not do things, and that’s really frustrating. They’re obviously super cautious about avoiding mistakes with longterm contracts, given the history, which is fine – but I don’t understand why Tim Hudson was never pursued; LaTroy Hawkins was let walk over a small amount of money; Joel Hanrahan was never really in play; and many more.

      As for Flores, he only recently got hot – like this past weekend. He didn’t produce offensively at the major league level last year, so he actually does have that still to prove. If you bring him up and he struggles, either defensively or offensively, you could end up hurting his value, not to mention his confidence. Maybe they’re just giving it a bit more time so he can settle in, build up some confidence. Not to mention, Tejada has played well on D, and he still is hitting roughly at the same rate as TDA, Granderson, etc. It’s not so dire yet that it merits a move; YET.

      I’d expect that if Tejada is still hitting .200 a month from now, and especially if the Mets are struggling offensively, you could start to hear more about Flores, Drew, and the rest. Montero, DeGrom, Syndergaard – I am sure we will see their faces soon enough as well.

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      I’m attempting to hold myself to a more cut throat agenda this season, because I feel rebuilding time is over, and among other things, the attitude, and the demand for performance needs to change as well. At the very least, this year should mark the end of coddling players in Flushing.

      How about all the relief pitching that was signed in December? That didn’t sit well with me. Sandy Alderson remained idle till February, when most all the best available relievers were gone. Farnsworth and Valverde? C’mon! Letting Hawkins walk was inexcusable.

      One thing we can both agree on though, the situation in Las Vegas is a good problem to have.

    • roger roger

      Oh, for sure, and just the fact that all the minor league level teams are in 1st place or close to it – I actually think that’s significant.

      But, the fact is the Mets are still a big bat away from being a legit contender. To me, that’s the main thing. Atlanta has Freeman; Miami has Stanton; Philly has Howard. The Mets and Nats both lack that big, intimidating bat to anchor the lineup, and maybe that’s why the Nats have underachieved in lots of people’s eyes. I do not think Duda, or Flores, or anyone else in the organization can play that role.

      Again, I personally would have at least tried to bring Beltran back, versus Granderson. Or sign both.

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      Couldn’t agree more regarding power/slugger/cleanup. That player is not in our minor league system – at least we don’t think so. Even perchance, Dominic Smith is years away. That’s why Mets need to go off campus. Start the turnstiles. Trading players, begets players, that beget players.

    • Ken Meoni

      SA seems to be very slow when it comes to making moves. Things just seem to backlog. Let’s make trades already.

    • RONBO19

      Mike, whats up my man? Hey, speaking of Zach Lutz, has anybody seen Zach and Josh Satin in the samme room together in person? These guys came to the Met’s at about the same time, they are almost identical physically in terms of Ht, Wt. and skill set. Talk about redundancy, are there any two more similar players in this organization?

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      S’up!!! They’re all mules – dollar on the muscle. When organizations draft according to body types, this is what you get – clones. Long Live Branch Rickey!

    • Teddy

      Satin was a 2nd baseman in the minors who’s had to move to 1st in the majors cause he’s too slow footed, but he’s got a nice glove at 1st base. The problem with Satin is his lack of skill at the plate and lack of speed which keeps him off some other positions he might play if he was a little faster (2B, LF). He’s got a great eye at the plate – that’s why the mets like him. He draws walks but the lack of hitting skill is hard for him to make up and will probobly lead to a demotion sooner rather than later.

      Lutz is different, he’s less defensive at 1st, but probobly better with the bat, though Vegas numbers will always be inflated and Lutz’ K rate is a little too high. He’s thicker and stronger than Satin too. I never thought they looked that similar physically.

      The mets probobly want a righty in that spot to compliment Duda’s lefty and they probobly don’t want to go with Wilmer in a bench role. They want him playing every day.

      Eric Campbell could be the next in line to replace Satin. Campbell is more versatile in the field than either Satin or Lutz and he doesn’t strike out quite as much as Lutz has. He can play 1B, 3B, 2B in a pinch, Corner OF and like Satin, he has a good eye at the plate and will draw a few walks. Don’t get me wrong, in the majors he’s a backup who’ll probobly never be a guy you’d want playing every day but he could be a more useful backup than Satin or Lutz. Campbell’s problem is a 40 man roster crunch. The mets can drop Satin and Lutz from the 40 but they will want to add Montero and Syndergaard later this year. I think Campbell would probobly be on the roster already if not for the 40 man roster squeeze. The mets might want to add a bullpen arm too, maybe Joel Carreno. All that makes the 40 man roster a touch crowded.

      The problem is, guys who can hit 300 plus with power in Vegas can’t always hit in the majors. The pretty numbers don’t mean that much.

      Allan Dykstra, Brandon Allen (and Matt Clark in Binghamton) – all rocking great stats, all lefty bats. But as long as Duda is playing well enough, those guys are likely out of the mix.

    • RONBO19

      Thanks Teddy, actually I pretty much knew most of what you said but the info is appreciated none the less as it was nice of you to take the time. My thinking here pretty much goes along with what you say here. It just seems this organization is loaded with AAA or even AAA+ players not good enough to be difference makers at the major league level. its hard to imagine any organization as bereft of positional talent as the Met’s organization? i saw a recent moc draft that had the Mets taking a 6 ft 1 inch catcher with questionable defensive ability in the #10 slot. Geez, I hope there’s better talent than available at that slot next month.

    • Teddy

      Thanks for the kind words, Ronbo.

      I don’t follow other teams well though I gather, mets are somewhere around the middle or a bit better farm system wise, not a top team. They did well via trade recently but so-so in the draft. Only 1 top 10 pick since 2005. (#7 – Matt Harvey). They gave up their first round picks in 2006, 2007, 2009. At least some of it can be explained away with not having too many top picks. The #10 pick this year is the 2nd highest pick they’ve had since 2005. For a team that’s been as bad as they’ve been, that’s not a lot of top picks.

      I think a lot of those guys, Lutz, Campbell, Satin – college players drafted by Omar. I think Sandy’s team has done a bit better looking for a few higher upside guys out of HS.

    • RONBO19

      Yeah, Alderson and his guys have picked some good pitchers no doubt, but the position players not so much! Its nice to see Nimmo finally producing but its also frustrating when you think about the Fernandez kid the Marlins picked right after we picked Nimmo, and of course the kid the Cards picked after we picked Cecchinni (who’s basically looked awful so far) Geez, can you imagine a starting staff of Harvey,Jose Fernandez,Michael Wacha, Gee and Neise with Syndergaard,Montero,Matz & Fullmer soon to follow?

    • paqza

      So your biggest gripe is a relief candidate signing? That’s pretty much picking hairs…

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      This one is a foul ball my friend. I responded to Roger’s comment on LaTroy Hawkins. My gripe was specifically Sandy Alderson not being involved in December when the run on relievers took place.

      When did I make that an issue in my post?

    • Teddy

      The mets liked Hawkins and had an offer on the table to the 41 year old (yeah – he’s 41), but Colorado offered him the closer role and that was the deal breaker and not Sandy’s fault. The money was the same, but at the time Parnell was healthy so the mets couldn’t make the closer offer. Too bad they didn’t have a crystal ball.

      They also made a sizable offer to Grant Balfour, which, based on his numbers so far this year – it looks like they dodged a bullet. I’ll never give a team a hard time for signing guys to minor league deals like Farnsworth and Valverde, as well as Dice-K and Lannan. Those kind of pickups are always worth a shot. It’s the big money deals that cost you, not the 1 year contract / minor league signings.

      They also picked up Joel Carreno – who we might see on the roster later this year and Socolovich – both with major league experience and Ryan Reed off waivers. Bullpen’s are often patched together with waiver pickups and minor league contracts like that. Hawkins was a minor league signing last year.

      agree with you on the Vegas “problem” though. Depth never hurts.

    • paqza

      Daniel Murphy isn’t a better hitter than David Wright. Not in this universe. In fact, David Wright with literally a broken back put up better numbers than Murphy’s career numbers. That’s saying something.

    • roger roger

      I didn’t say better, I said more reliable. In other words, in terms of making contact and getting hits. Murph’s lifetime BA (.291) is comparable to Wright’s (.301), probably a tick better over the past 4 or so seasons since David’s best seasons were earlier. And he strikes out WAY, way less than Wright.

      Look, I’m not suggesting he’s a better player (yikes) or even as good an overall hitter because Wright’s power numbers are way better. I’m a huge Wright fan like any other Mets fan, but there are people who want to trade Murph or otherwise run him out of town (see Joe Janish, Mets Today), and I think that’s ridiculous. He’s an excellent hitter and the team badly needs him.

  • Teddy

    Agree on Brandon Allen. Nothing against him at all but Vegas is crowded in the corners with him on the team and will be even more so when Puello starts playing every day again. Disagree on Mejia. Mejia had an ugly outing recently in Colorado but in his 6 starts the mets are 4-2, he’s pitched very well in 3 starts, so so in a 4th and badly in 2. Combined with solid starts last year, Mejia’s earned at least another start or two. If he struggles, Dice-K is already up and Montero could be called up – either way, the mets have an alternative ready. To call Mejia an “unsuccessful experiment” is silly. He’s been, if anything a successful experiment, but even so, if he has a couple more bad outings and he might have to move to the pen.

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      Ted, make no mistake, I want Jenrry Mejia starting. It’s just that in 2010-20111, the Mets were very indecisive with him, bringing him up as a starter, then putting him in the bullpen. He wound up needing TJS. Baseball is a game of failure, and people seem to be losing more and more grasp with that. Struggling is the norm. That’s why only 1/100 make it to the HOF.

      On Brandon Allen, yeah, I wish him no ill will. It’s just a numbers game, and he seems unlikely to outperform anyone we mentioned.

    • Ken Meoni

      I agree Mike. I don’t like for pitchers to go back and forth from starting to the pen. I really feel it messes them up. Mejia isn’t the only pitcher this has happened to. Not to bring up the dreaded Yankees but Joba was also messed up this way. Allen needs to be released.

  • paqza

    I’m not worried about his errors. I’m worried about his range, which errors don’t take into account. He can’t mess up on a ball he can’t get to, plain and simple, but it still reflects poorly on his defense. The best we can do is package him for a need – a real shortstop is very high on the list.

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      Thing is, I agree with you. But, I am also willing to give him till the summer. Maybe we also disagree as to where the Mets will ultimately wind up in the standings this season. Our perspective could be passing each other by.

  • paqza

    I appreciate your desire to write about this team, but it seems like you really have no clue about what’s going on.

    There are a number of points that you bring up that show how little you know about the club. I’ll just point out a couple

    1) You use # of errors as a justification of defensive prowess without thinking about range. Wilmer Flores is not .009 worse than Tejada at shortstop. He doesn’t have the same range. He can’t get an error on a ball he doesn’t get to.

    2) “But, I question whether the Mets are really serious about promoting Syndergaard at all this season.” – How professional. Also, it ignores how this Mets’ team works. Like clockwork, we should expect Noah right around when Wheeler was called up and before Harvey was called up (Harvey still had control issues).

    3) “Pitching coach Dan Warthen fails to impress me” – other than the fact that Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, etc swear by his work? You don’t have to like him but you can’t deny that Niese and Gee are punching above their weight and that Harvey has one of the best sliders in the game (taught to him by Warthen). Wheeler and Mejía are also growing as pitchers.

    4) “especially after the unsuccessful experiment with Jenrry Mejia” – Two bad starts is a “failed experiment”? This after he absolutely dominated last year and has had several good outings this year? In all seriousness, he has had two bad innings while looking dominant and efficient in his other work – I take it you scout the stat line and don’t actually watch the games.

    Come on bro – write something better and don’t waste our time with this nonsense.

    • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

      I appreciate you more.

      1) – I said flat out – “If it’s Wilmer’s lack of range you fear, then I have no defense” didn’t I? I merely started a debate you are clearly opposed to. I know (we know) he’s no Ozzie Smith. I think we both advocate being strong up the middle. But, in light of Tejada’s performance, and the current state of the Mets, what’s the harm in giving Flores shortstop till the trade deadline? Maybe I’m growing more forgiving in my old age. The only thing I was really adamant about was I feel he has nothing left to do at AAA, except improve his defense. Otherwise, I leaned no more towards giving him the job, than I did in saying trade him. I believe I proposed scenarios, nothing more. I also said this was less about fielding percentages, than it is me wanting the club to act more decisively. I’m growing tired of them coddling players, and the change (Flores), I feel, could do them some good, instead of constantly lugging an umbrella around for the dark cloud over Tejada.
      I’ll say it again – nothing ventured, nothing gained.

      2) – I do not include September call-ups. Unless the Mets are in a pennant race, they are inconsequential. They’re just that – September call-ups. So, I believe we are talking about Syndergaard after the S2 date. Twenty starts at triple-A seems to be the magic number. I get that. But don’t you think we’re looking at a log jam, if, say, Colon isn’t traded, or unless Alderson starts deleting some pitchers from the bullpen? Is the plan to stick ALL these guys in the bullpen first? On top of Montero and deGrom, the latest scuttlebutt is they’re contemplating putting Mejia back in the bullpen too. Really? That’s ponderous to me, so, yes, I’m starting to question their logistics and intentions. Sue me. As 2015 is the “re-calibrated” year for contention, I personally would prefer Noah reach his innings limit, as a starter, in Vegas.

      3) – Do we need to get into Dan Warthen? Sometimes, people are fans of some, and not of others. People don’t always agree. My confidence in him sways. I definitely liked the tough love he administered Niese and Gee earlier in their careers. I want to eat dinner, so I’ll just say, philosophically, I disagree with a certain school of grips which I believe are harmful, that Warthen seems ok with. That’s just one example. I hope that somewhat supports my vote of no confidence. He’s been here awhile now, so someone obviously likes him.

      4) – Jenrry Mejia (see #2) – It is very possible, he needed TJS because the organization was so wishy-washy as to whether to let him start, or convert him into a reliever – or not. You nonetheless should have recalled the 2010/2011 experiment.

      I guess the sarcasm didn’t come through. I also said this was an open conversation, right?

      Did you really think I meant break up the Las Vegas 51s? They’re off to a great season. On a side note, I wonder what will happen in this September’s open period.

      And lastly, because I’m a full service participant here, I probably watch slightly less than half the games to their conclusion on MiLB. Those games start late for us east-coasters. So, sometimes yes, sometimes no.

      C’mon bro, can we be friends now?

  • http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.blogspot.com/ MikeLecolant.BTB

    On 5/8/14, the Mets DFA’s Omar Quintanilla, and officially called up Wilmer Flores. I’m sure Flores is not coming to Flushing to back up Ruben Tejada.