By Steve Keane at 10 November, 2014, 11:18 am
Welcome to the Matt Kemp to the Mets bandwagon. Step up still some seats available. It’s been awhile since we’ve had some passengers here on Kemp to Mets bus but hey better late than never I always say.
Last night Ken Rosenthal Tweeted that the Dodgers are looking to move at least one of three outfielders named Carl Crawford, Andre Either and the big prize, Matt Kemp. As I wrote back in October 2013, Kemp would make a perfect move for the Mets. Kemp has showed bounce back ability from injury that cost him time in 2012 and’13 and he is a right handed power hitting outfielder the Mets sorely need. Of course there is always an obstacle when it comes to the Mets making big moves, in fact there are two obstacles , money and Sandy Alderson’s over thinking that stand in the way of Kemp protecting the brand new right field fence of the Citi Field.
With about $107 mil owed to Kemp over the next 5 years, the Dodgers would eat some salary which I guess would be calculated to the quality of player the Mets would send back. The more money the Mets take the less in personnel they’d have to give up. We’ve heard the Wilpon’s yell from the owner’s box bully pulpit that they have the cash to spend, well here is the chance to step up and prove that not everything that comes out of Jeff and Fred’s mouth is an untruth.
The money part is usually a drawback with the Mets but the GM has to take a bit of heat as well for not being the most aggressive mangers in the game. Alderson at times is too precautionary when it comes to personnel moves which come from his background as an intellectual. Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and say “Fuck it, let’s go for it” if there were ever a time for the Mets to embrace that philosophy it’s this off season as Mets fans are waiting to see if moves will be made to turn a team with tons of pitching talent into a contender. If not, the Mets fans will be saying “Fuck it, let’s go to the shore” this summer.