Cutnpaste: – Anderson Hernandez, Jose Reyes, Fred Wilpon, Rick Donnelly, Akeel Morris

Andy Handy:

Hernandez spent parts of six seasons in the majors, accumulating one full season’s worth of plate appearances. His hits poorly with a .241/.300/.314 career slash line. Bill James likes to say one should talk about what a player can do, not what he can’t do. It’s tough with Anderson. He walks a decent amount, 55 times in 703 PA, and he can knock out the occasional double. He gets on base decently against left-handers, so he does have some use pinch hitting against LHP leading off an inning, especially in the pitcher’s slot.  


Reyes wants to stay here in New York, and the Mets should want to keep him, because I don’t see them getting anyone better. So if the Mets want to keep him, they will. It’s as simple as that. If they want to trade him it’s only because they want to change the direction of the team and rebuild. Also, if the choose to trade him they are going to ask for a ton in return, because they don’t really need to trade him.  


At the most basic level, the story of the Mets under the Wilpon family is one filled with great expectations, and great disappointment. Running one of the highest annual payrolls in the game, in baseball’s biggest market (strip out the Yankees’ dominion, and the Mets still own enough territory and mind share to make your average Royals fan die of envy), the Mets have fielded one underachieving team after another.  

Rick Donnelly:

For the last three decades the 63-year-old from Steubenville, Ohio has worked along side a who’s who of big league managers: Jim Leyland, Buddy Bell, Grady Little, Bobby Valentine. Not a bad list of co-workers. He has coached all-time legends — Nolan Ryan, Jeff Kent, Barry Bonds, and Nomar Garciaparra—and up-an-coming all-stars like Prince Fielder, Matt Kemp and Andrew McCutchen. He’s even been a member of a World Series Championship squad as the third base coach who waved in Craig Counsell with the winning run for the Florida Marlins in Game Seven of the 1997 World Series. But to paint Rich Donnelly as only experienced baseball coach is to tell only half the story. The man who has spent the last two seasons working as a motivational speaker has a story to tell that can not be limited to just between the foul lines.  

Akeel Morris:

Morris was a marked exception to the Mets 2010 college pitching-heavy draft strategy. The 17-year old out of the Virgin islands is about as raw a pitching prospect as you’re going to find but fortunately, the Mets just couldn’t pass on an arm like his in the 10th round last June. Morris possesses a fastball that lives in the low 90’s and touches 94 mph, pretty incredible when you consider he didn’t turn 18 until two months after the season ended. Pair that with the makings of a hard-breaking curve as well as extremely impressive arm strength/speed and you’re looking at a premium teenage talent. At 6’1″, 170 lbs, Morris doesn’t have the largest build but his long, wiry frame definitely leaves room for a little more projection and his excellent 2+ ERA with a .148 average against in 2010 certainly point to dominance down the road.  


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