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Scouts on the Matthews trade: WTF?!

Jan 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Matthews.jpgBuster Olney canvassed his scouting sources for their views on the Mets going after Gary Matthews, and sums up the feedback thusly:

He can’t hit for average, can’t hit for power, his defense ranks
statistically among the worst outfielders in the majors and, to top it
off, rival scouts have been reporting that in recent years he has been
a clubhouse negative.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

Given that the Angels are picking up almost all of the dough it’s not like he’s going to kill the team or anything, but someone needs to explain to me why the Mets would give up a serviceable pitcher for a guy who will provide no more production — and likely quite a bit less production — than any of the youngins and quasi-youngins the Mets ran out there while Carlos Beltran was on the DL last summer.

Those guys are signing minor league deals.  Why couldn’t the Mets have done that?

  1. cowdisciple - Jan 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Stokes had a 45:38 K/BB and a 4.63 FIP last year. His career WAR is -.3 “Serviceable” is giving him too much credit, I think. Neither him nor GMJ are above replacement level.

  2. Xpensive Wino - Jan 23, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    This seems like one of those scenarios where everyone is so convinced that Matthews is going to be so brutal, that he’ll actually have a decent year. Based on today’s salaries, even for worthless guys, the Mets basically got him for nothing. Relative to his Angels contract he sucks………relative to what the Mets gave up and are paying him, there’s no downside for them.

  3. Brian - Jan 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Why? Because their GM is Omar Minaya. And in Minaya-land a player who once had a decent season and once was good defensively is worth trading for, regardless of how long ago those seasons were.

  4. YANKEES1996 - Jan 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    One below average player for another, with the Angels paying the bulk of Matthews salary for him to play for the Mets. I see the Angels side, especially if he is a disruption in the locker room, but exactly what are the Mets getting from this. Boy, Omar is a true genius when it comes to building a team.

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