Well, so much for leaving Fmart in the minors a whole year. According to Adam Rubin’s sources, Fmart has been elevated to stand by mode to potentially activated to fill in for a DL’ed Ike Davis. As every Met fan knows by now, the majors have not been very kind to Fmart. He has a career .248 average with 1 home run and 10 RBI’s in the majors. Compare that to just 19 games played in the minors this season where he is hitting .292 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI’s. Could this be the time that Fmart finally puts everything together? What would the theoretical impact be from an Fmart putting up those minor league numbers at the major league level?
To me, a successful campaign by Fmart may not have a whole overall impact other than maybe nudging the Mets to make a decision about Jason Bay. Jason is due 16 mill until 2013 with an option for 2014 that based of his current production, probably wont get picked up. Jason is hitting .213 with 1 homer and 5 RBI’s. Compare that to his “replacement” in Jason Pridie who is hitting .250 with 3 home runs and 8 RBI’s while making most likely a fraction of Bay’s contract. With Carlos Beltran almost certianly gone in my mind come the trade deadline (due to the ability or rather inability of the Mets to offer arbitration for him in the offseason to get something in return for his departure), Fransisco Rodriguez and Jose Reyes possibly going as well in order to cash in on some top tier talent in return that would help the club overall, it is not entirely out of the realm of possibility that Jason could be packing his bags as well. Some would call it a fire sale, some would call it salary dump, I would call it prudent given the Mets uncertain situation going forward.
Sandy already hinted at a lower payroll come next year(indirectly of course, he really said that he may not invest all the money that comes off the books on new contracts which logically would mean a lower payroll) so why not just go all the way and dump more dead weight. I dont know how much money the Mets would have to eat to move these contracts but as my economics teacher always said, money saved is money earned. Its not secret that the Mets have inefficiantly spent their money over the last 5 years and have only 1 division title to show for it. Its also no secret that even with a new minority stake holder, the Mets finances are suspect at best. Would it really be out of the realm of possibility to have an outfield of Fmart, Pagan, Pridie/Duda going forth after July and next year? This outfield combined I believe would cost the Mets less than one year of Jason Bay’s current contract.
Now admittedly, I dont know how strong Sandy’s Jedi Mind powers are to pull off a trade for Jason along with Beltran and/or Reyes but I would imagine he would have to at least kick the tires on this. By the way, when Ike comes back, for the love of god please send down Willie or Hu because there really isnt any need for BOTH of them to be up here at this point. Turner has done great and can cover 2b along with Pridie excelling at the OF spots. Do you guys think Jason will be traded along with the other potentials? Does he fit in for next year? What do you guys think we can expect from Fmart?