Mets Monday Morning GM: Kudos on the Aaron Loup deal, Steven Matz trade
By Tim Boyle
Two weeks ago, the New York Mets had one of the rougher weeks we have seen this offseason. Beginning with the firing of general manager Jared Porter after we learned about what a creep he is, the team went on to lose in the sweepstakes for George Springer and Brad Hand.
The club did come back with some vengeance last week. Although it wasn’t thunderous, they did make two solid moves I would like to give them some kudos for.
First, the club managed to finally add their lefty reliever to the bullpen, Aaron Loup. They also managed to trade away Steven Matz and actually get back three young pitchers.
Mets had a good baseball week
While Steve Cohen was taking some heat on social media for doing his day job (stock trading), his largest asset (probably, what do I know?) was busy getting better.
The Loup signing seemed to come out of nowhere. Certainly not as impactful as Hand might have been, the Mets did get a solid southpaw. He’s a clear upgrade over everyone else in the organization, including Matz whose fate may have landed him in a relief role with the club had he stayed in New York.
As for Matz, the Mets’ ability to land three young arms for him has left me impressed. Likely, the credit should go to Sandy Alderson and not new acting general manager, Zack Scott. But who really cares which member of the front office gets the high-fives?
Mets opened up room for even more improvement
I think the Mets will remain busy up until Opening Day. There’s always room for improvement. With some notable free agents still on the board and depth roles they could potentially fill, I think these two transactions have opened up more opportunities.
The bullpen is beginning to get crowded which could mean the Mets have another trade up their sleeve to fit the best arms in there. Over in the rotation, it looks like Joey Lucchesi will get a fair shake as the fifth starter. I’m not sure if he’s much better than Matz, but I’m definitely willing to give him a chance.
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This offseason hasn’t included the number of blockbuster signings or trades I think some of us believed we’d see. However, winning moves like these can definitely put the club in a position to capture a pennant and maybe more.