The New York Mets were swept in embarrassing fashion at home this weekend by the Atlanta Braves. They scored a grand total of four runs in three games against the National League’s worst team, underscoring the team’s lack of offense. Despite the recent acquisition for Kelly Johnson, New York may not be done dealing.
According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post (via mlbtraderumors.com), the Mets had been looking at Oakland A’s third baseman Danny Valencia prior to acquiring Johnson. However, the latter should be looked at as a bench player while Valancia is having his best season in the Majors. The 31-year old is hitting .326 with ten home runs and 26 RBI’s for the 28-41 Oakland A’s. He would fill a crying need for offense at the hot corner as well as provide versatility as he is a guy who has played first, second and left field throughout his career.
However, the asking price for Valencia will be high. He earns $3.16 million dollars this year and is under club control next year before hitting the open market. Also, as Davidoff points out, A’s general manager Billy Beane is content to wait for some injured players, notably pitcher Rich Hill, to come back before deciding whether or not to cash in on a player such as Valencia. It’s a fine line the Met organization has to walk right now as the farm system has been plucked to acquire Johnson (twice), Juan Uribe and Yoenis Cespedes. You would figure that the bounty for Valencia will be much higher than it was for Johnson and Uribe but a bit lower than Cespedes. Don’t forget the fact that other teams are also probably phoning Beane about him as well.
Do you pull the trigger for Valencia or wait it out some more for a guy that is almost as good and costs less? Let me know who that player might be.
Other Mets’ notes:
-The Mets are now 5-4 against the Braves and will travel to Atlanta for four games this coming weekend.
-New York is now 7-10 during the month of June
-With 250 runs scored, the Mets are 28th out of 30 teams. Yikes. Did anyone else realize it was that bad?
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