Cutnpaste: – Brad Emaus, Jose Reyes, Going Public, John Olerud, and Ike Davis

Brad Emaus:
Emaus has put up solid numbers the last few seasons in Toronto’s minor league system. Last year, he hit .290 with 15 HR, 75 RBI, 32 2B and even 13 SB in 125 games between Double-A and Triple-A. Ike Davis and Josh Thole are left-handed, so the right-handed hitting Emaus could split up the lefties and provide a little punch at the bottom of the order. As shown in this clip, Emaus has a fluid stroke with a Fred McGriff-like over the top finish. Emaus also showed a great eye at the plate, drawing a walk in almost 15 percent of his at-bats. Seems like a good fit, right?  

Jose Reyes:

Reyes said on Thursday that he’s aware of the chatter, but is only focused on helping the Mets succeed on the field. “To be honest with you, right now, I’m not thinking about my contract,” Reyes said at Isaac Newton Middle School in Harlem. Reyes was attending a program aimed at scaling back truancy in NYC. “I’m thinking about helping this team win a lot of ballgames and see what happens,” he added.  

Going Public:
A few days ago, Forbes’s Mike Ozanian noted that the aggregate book value of the Mets franchise is -$225 million: with $375 million in debt associated with the team and $695 million in debt associated with Citi Field, the franchise has $225 million more debt than assets. So while the Wilpons are trying to sell a piece of the team just to dig themselves out from under their Madoff-related mess, the team is in a pretty dire need for dough. What if they went public?  

John Olerud:

But back to Mr. Olerud, who was chosen despite playing only three years in Flushing — though it seemed somewhat longer, and at the same time, wasn’t long enough. Going back in the memory banks, it feels like Olerud was on that last Mets team to make a World Series appearance (vs. the Yankees in 2000), but in fact he had already left for Seattle by then. He was, however, part of “The Best Infield Ever“, and a key performer on what was arguably the best Mets team since 1988 — the 1999 Wild Card club that went 97-66 but lost the NLCS to the Braves. Though, the best year of his career was the season before, when he hit .354 (incredibly, good enough only for 2nd place for the batting crown) with a .447 OBP, .551 SLG, .998 OPS, 22 HR, and 102 RBI.  

Ike Davis:
Ike Davis (born March 22, 1987), hit .264/.351/.440 (115 wRC+), .176 ISO, 12.0% walk rate, 2.8 Speed Score. – Admittedly I didn’t follow Davis’s rookie season all that closely, but I was surprised to see him on this list. He is a bit “young” for old player identification. He’s young enough that his batting average is still likely to be on the upswing, so he could play himself out of his category. Even if he doesn’t, the decline still isn’t likely to start quite so early, and he’s still going to be inexpensive for the next few years for the Mets, so if he does decline early, the Mets won’t be stuck with an onerous contract. In the meantime, they have a cheap, decent first baseman.  


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