Cutnpaste: – Robin Ventura, Outfield, Jose Reyes, Knees, Phillip Humber

Robin Ventura:

Robin Ventura: Value-wise, Ventura is remarkably close to Evans in career value. Ventura is one of those players who’s WAR total surprised me. I always thought of him as a decent enough hitter, and he was—.267/.362/.444 for a 114 OPS+ and 146 batting runs. That’s not bad. It certainly doesn’t scream Hall of Famer, though. Where Ventura shines is his 162 Total Zone runs. He trails just Robinson, Bell, and Clete Boyer in that respect. His peak wasn’t sharp, but he did average 4.8 WAR per season from 1991 to 1999. His 18.2 WAE and 0.8 WAM give him 74.5 wWAR.


In a perfect world for the New York Mets, their starting outfield—Jason Bay, Angel Pagan, and Carlos Beltran—make it through the season unharmed. They know, however, that there are no guarantees in life, and it is quite possible that Beltran’s balky knee sidelines him at some point—he’s missed a few days already this spring, and has tendinitis bothering his left knee (that’s the non-surgically repaired one). In the event Beltran does end up spending time on the bench or disabled, which of the Mets’ outfielders could become relevant in your fantasy baseball leagues?


Jose Reyes lifted his hands for inspection, bearing evidence from a day filled with switch-hitting. Callouses blotted his palms, beneath a mixture of dried blood and black residue from his Marucci bat. Reyes attacks his daily workload — the games of soft toss inside batting cages, the batting practice on back fields at the Mets complex, the at-bats he receives in Grapefruit League games.



Beltran’s health is one of a long list of things that have to go right for this team to have a chance to be a surprise contender. Who knows, maybe he can still have a big comeback season. At least you know he will push hard to be on the field since he is playing for a new contract somewhere and says he wants to play for another four or five years. However, Beltran has yet to play right field, and for that matter, has only swung the bat as a DH in only one game. So even if the tendinitis disappears quickly, he’ll be hard-pressed to be ready by Opening Day, and it seems more likely this will hang over the Mets as the season begins.


Phil Humber:
Phil Humber: Drafted by the New York Mets in the first round in 2004, third overall. Went 35-8 in 353 innings for Rice 2002-2004. Blew out his elbow in pro ball, came back with reduced velocity. Has bounced between Triple-A and the majors ever since, seems a Quadruple-A type but it isn’t impossible that he could still do something interesting. Career 5.26 ERA, 35/24 K/BB in 51 innings, 59 hits, WAR +0.1.


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