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Mets offseason grades for each of the free agent signings so far

By Jordan Leopold
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Gregor Blanco, OF

With A.J. Pollack and Bryce Harper still on the market, the Mets sign… Gregor Blanco to roam the outfield. Once a key piece of the Giants’ 2012 and 2014 World Series wins, his production has steadily declined and his playing time has diminished.

In 397 outfield innings primarily in left and center, he recorded 0 assists and 3 errors, accumulating a defensive WAR of -0.3. Blanco only completed 26 games in the outfield.

His offense was not much better. In 203 PAs, he hit a mere .217 while only walking 12 times.

Blanco has never been much of a threat offensively. He has never belted more than 5 home runs in a single season and is a career .255 hitter. The Mets will be his 5th team in what will be his 11th year in the bigs. Blanco has the ability to steal bases but is not very aggressive.

This signing does little to help the Mets. The minor league deal provides little risk but at what reward? There are such small expectations for Blanco and at this point in his career, there is no reason for the Mets to expect a breakout.

There are still only 4 outfielders on the 40-man roster, one of whom is injured slugger Yoenis Céspedes. There is no outfield help healthy at the AAA level. By lack of other options, it looks like Davis and Blanco will back up the Mets starting outfield.

Although all four outfielders can be a part of a scary lineup when all healthy, Cespedes is out for most of the year and the other 3 (Nimmo, Conforto, and Lagares) are all coming off of recent injury.

This deal fails to address the Mets’ need of current outfield depth and one could only hope that this deal is more fruitful than the John Mayberry Jr. signing.

Grade: C-

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While the offseason is far from over, the Mets have yet to make enough meaningful signings.  Although the roster as improved, they are still below the level of the Braves and Phillies and with every team in the division looking to add (except the Marlins), the Mets must continue to add to their major league talent if they want to compete in 2019.