Hey, preemptively: can we avoid the “Wilfredo Tovar? The World Series is ours!” sarcasm? Well-run teams get this stuff right, and occasionally it redounds to their benefit. They also don’t bleed out their star players without compensation, year after year. I get that. I’ve written extensively about that.
But it is important to protect prospects, and maximize depth. Try and keep that in mind, those who would castigate the Mets.
Okay, with that in mind: the Mets added the following players to the 40-man roster: Zack Wheeler, Hansel Robles, Gonzalez Germen and Greg Burke, Darin Gorski and Wilfredo Tovar. Here’s the elite Jeff Paternostro on Robles. Tovar is a great glove, questionable bat. Burke was just signed, and adding him was an interesting twist to the night. Gorski is the rare lefty starter in the upper levels, though with a low ceiling. German is a big arm, questionable secondary stuff. Wheeler is the team’s best prospect by a mile, a reflection on both Wheeler and the upper levels of the farm system.
Will the Mets add in the Rule 5 Draft? You know, I’d be surprised if they didn’t. Lots of holes, $50K spent to fill one or more of them. Sure makes sense to try. We’ll get into the particulars of who they might take after the holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, on the Wright/Dickey front, you had Jeff Wilpon floating the idea of not signing them, or trading them for valuable talent, but just keeping them. You know, like Jose Reyes. It’s the bleeding out method of building a team. Hopefully, it was just talk. But he prioritized keeping them, no extension, ahead of trading them.