The Mets brass has kept a patient roster approach in a not so tolerant market for too long. So how have they done? This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series to find out. The waiting still continues. The team has grown a lot of their own talent. Whether or not the guys are good enough for a competitive club remains to be seen.
How All Of The Mets Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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The success of most franchises usually occurs when a huge core is built up through a drafting system, and then the club can piece the rest of the club together.
The 2nd best way to create a winning squad is to trade for players with the organizational pieces you have supplanted in the Minors or Majors.
The Mets method of acquiring players is all based on the team’s finances of late.
Citi Field has not been a banner home ballpark to the club since it opened its doors for the 1st time in 2009.
The Wilpons inability to not spend money on payroll has hurt, and also a lot of the money was tied up in paying for players not with the team anymore.. ie..Jason Bay, Oliver Perez, Bobby Bonilla and Johan Santana.
For the most part, the current hitters were all brought up via the draft, or by Free Agency.
Travis d’Arnaud highlights one of the players that was brought in by way of trade in the R.A. Dickey deal.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
New York Mets 2014 Hitters Age/Position (Roster Tree)
David Wright (31) 3B: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 1st round (38th pick) of the 2001 amateur draft.
Curtis Granderson (33) OF: December 9, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets. 4 YRs/$60 MIL.
Chris Young (30) OF: November 26, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets. 1 YR/$7.25.
Daniel Murphy (29) 1B/2B/LF: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Ruben Tejada (24) 2B/3B: Signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Juan Lagares (25) OF: Signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Lucas Duda (28) 1B/OF: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 7th round of the 2007 amateur draft.
Eric Young Jr. (29) OF: June 18, 2013: Traded by the Colorado Rockies to the New York Mets for Collin McHugh.
Collin McHugh (27) SP: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Travis d’Arnaud (25) C: December 17, 2012: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays with Wuilmer Becerra (minors), Noah Syndergaard (minors) and John Buck to the New York Mets for R.A. Dickey, Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole.
Wuilmer Becerra (19) RF: Is currently in Kingsport of the Appalachian League.
Noah Syndergaard (22) SP: Is with Las Vegas of the PCL. Rated as the #11 Prospect by Baseball America in 2014.
John Buck (33) C: August 27, 2013: Traded by the New York Mets with Marlon Byrd and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later and Dilson Herrera (minors). The Pittsburgh Pirates sent Vic Black (August 29, 2013) to the New York Mets to complete the trade.
Marlon Byrd (36) OF: February 1, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets. 1 YR/700K in 2013.
Dilson Herrera (20) SS/3B/2B: Is currently playing in Binghamton in AA for the franchise.
Vic Black (26) RP: Black is up with the big club in a relief role.
R.A. Dickey (40) SP: December 21, 2009: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets. Made about $8 MIL with the team in 3 years.
Josh Thole (27) C: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2005 amateur draft.
Mike Nickeas (31) C: November 7, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
Anthony Recker (30) C: October 25, 2012: Selected off waivers by the New York Mets from the Chicago Cubs.
Bobby Abreu (40) PH/OF: March 31, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
Eric Campbell (27) RF/PH/1B: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (26) CF: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Wilmer Flores (22) 2B/SS/3B: Signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 2007.
Andrew Brown (29) OF: January 2, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
Matt den Dekker (26) CF: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 5th round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Josh Satin (29) 1B/PH/3B: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 6th round of the 2008 amateur draft.
Omar Quintanilla (32) SS/3B: January 5, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
Taylor Teagarden (30) C: January 6, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.
Juan Centeno (24) C: Drafted by the New York Mets in the 32nd round of the 2007 amateur draft.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
The Mets have the infrastructure (with good ownership) to be a perennial contender. It means drafting and scouting well, trading even better, and putting up some dollars to compete with the top teams in the National League. The pitchers version of this depth chart will paint a rosier picture. At the very least, the Mets fans can take solace in the fact the team may be better fairly soon. The league is a better place when this franchise is successful.
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