Friday, February 21, 2014

Feedback on Jim Bowden Article

Former Nationals GM Jim Bowden penned an article which is pretty terrible (shocking). He wants the Mets to sign Stephen Drew. I do not want that to happen.

Article can be found here.

My issues with this article start in the first sentence. What great strides have the Mets made? They have some solid upper level pitching prospects, yes. When you draft in the top-15 every year, you are bound to have top prospects. (I know they dealt for Wheeler and Syndy and D’Arnaud too.) But, they haven’t made the playoffs in 7 years. They haven’t won more than 79 games since 2008. Because they have some prospects now, they have made great strides? Not buying it until I see some actual results on the field.

My issues continue when you say Stephen Drew is the answer to any question. He is the prototypical Mets free agent signing flop. Glaring holes in his offensive game with limited upside. Mix in some injury history and this has all the makings of a horror show.

At a reasonable price, sure he’s attractive but at $11m+, I would much rather save the money and go after a difference maker either at the deadline if the Mets are still in contention (unlikely) or next offseason.

[Of course this brings up another joke: Mets ownership. Thinking that a team playing in the largest media market in the world needs to “save” money is a travesty. Sell the team, Wilpons. We beg you. I digress…]

Another basis for spending $22m on Stephen Drew is because of the extra “pitcher confidence” gained by winning three extra games over a 162-game season? Really? Going from 88 to 91 wins puts the Mets in the playoffs. I can see a 3-win improvement there making sense but not for confidence’s sake. Going from 81 to 84 though doesn’t do anything for you. To think otherwise is idiotic.

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