Their talent evaluation isn’t the greatest
So far, the only players brought in by Van Wagenen since taking over the general manager position who deserve a positive grade are Edwin Diaz and J.D. Davis. Anyone who knows baseball could tell you Diaz was already a fantastic ballplayer. However, to acquire him, the Mets did still need to give up two noteworthy prospects.
How this trade fairs depends a lot on whether Justin Dunn and/or Jarred Kelenic become successful big league players. Many believe Kelenic has an incredibly high ceiling and could become a star for the Seattle Mariners. It will take a few years to find the answer. Right now, Diaz is pitching well but for a team with more problems than the closer spot.
Landing Davis was a more impressive move although it did still cost several bodies. Again, the final grade for this trade won’t make its premiere for at least a few more years. Thus far, I’m digging it.
Others brought in by Davis have underperformed or not done so at all. Whether via free agency or trade, the talent evaluation of the BVW Regime did not have a good first few months.
With the benefit of hindsight, I, of course, have an advantage over them. There’s still no arguing what they did accomplish over the winter felt overwhelming.
It was much of the same. The highest paid player they brought to town was Robinson Cano. Things haven’t worked out well with him.
There was and still is hope a more analytical approach to the game could help improve the organization. I’m not sure the players they had under control fit the best with what the new front office has envisioned for the franchise.
When they get to pick their own guys, maybe we will see better results.