The Sandy Aldersons and Billy Eppler Mets strive for a type: good guys who can move.
After a season in which their depth failed them and their clubhouse perhaps failed as well, the three hitters they featured on Wednesday were all players who could help out on the field and also, the club hopes. , apart from this one.
These are the qualities that the Mets say are present in Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar, which were showcased on Wednesday.
“The addition of these three players really solidifies our roster,” Eppler, general manager, said at a press conference that didn’t really catch Max Scherzer’s attention. “It offers flexibility and depth of position and really allows [us] to take on many elements introduced in a 162-game season.
Marte only played on central court last season, but his legs (47 interceptions in total) and defensive reputation would open up a berth in the outfield. Eppler didn’t want to commit to whether Marte would take Brandon Nimmo’s place in center or move to the left, but that’s part of the point: The Mets are considering being able to move Nimmo and Marte.
Marte and Canha have both said they will play “anywhere”. Canha, 32, appeared in every outfield spot last season with Oakland as well as the first base substitute, which allowed the A’s to find creative ways to get him into the rosters. In 625 home plate appearances, Canha made 17 home runs and recorded a 0.358 based percentage.
If the Mets lose an infielder for a period of time, the 32-year-old Escobar could replace him. In his 2021 season split between Arizona and Milwaukee, Escobar played every spot in the infield (albeit just one shortstop) while hitting 28 home runs.
“I’m the type of player who as long as I see my name in the lineup it’s okay,” Escobar said via interpreter Alan Suriel.
Eppler said in conversations with the three men he told them they would “be moving a lot.” The Mets front office also asks them to be essentially nice.
The 2021 Mets will ultimately be remembered for the thumbs-down gesture, when they turned on their own fans amid the frustration of mounting losses and mounting boos. There was also the Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil fight, a public sign that something was wrong.
The Mets believe they have found personalities who will harmonize better with returning players.
“I think the [clubhouse] dynamics have changed over the season, ”said team president Alderson. “It’s not unusual when a team generally wins compared to when it isn’t as successful.
“What I hope is that those who were new last year will become more comfortable and adapt to the demands placed on them in a place like New York.”
Scherzer said part of the reason he was excited to be a Met was because of the presence of Escobar, who is known as a fun guy to have around. Canha and Marte played half a season with the A’s and are delighted to be back together.
Being useful in the clubhouse is “definitely an element and a yardstick that we’re looking for,” Eppler said. “How this group fits in, supports each other, that was very important to me. One of the things I like to talk about is, will our players make their teammates more important than they are? “
The Mets, who not only have had clubhouse issues, but recently employed disgraced Mickey Callaway and Jared Porter, as well as Porter’s acting general manager Zack Scott – who was arrested for drunk driving. drunkenness – understand how important culture can be.
They hope their search for personality in the clubhouse will be improved as well.