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With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...
@parthsrule: What do you think about doing something unorthodox and offering Syndergaard a club friendly (and now player security friendly) multi year extension?
It's not a bad idea, but the Mets are right up against the luxury tax and are unlikely to exceed it. That makes any contract extension tricky. Plus, they've never shown a desire to keep Syndergaard beyond next year.
@MetsSouthFla: Now with Noah being out, do you see Lugo getting a chance to start? Or just go with Matz and Wacha as 4/5?
The Syndergaard injury creates a perfect opportunity to get the latter two in the rotation. The Mets assured Wacha and Rick Porcello of rotation spots. Now Matz's spot is no longer in jeopardy, and in my view, it never should have been.
Unfortunately for Lugo, that means more time in the bullpen. Pitchers typically prefer to start because the industry values rotation more than bullpen, in terms of free agent dollars. This role for Lugo likely means less money earned through his career.
@CDiPalma_BTL: Could it be worth it for the Yankees to unload an abundance of prospects with no logical fit to go all-in and acquire Lindor to combat the Dodgers' Betts deal?
The Yankees don't typically worry about position fits when it comes to prospects. Once players develop, they'll take the depth.
Having said that, you can't rule them out on Lindor once Cleveland moves decisively to trade him. Gleyber Torres is more likely a second baseman or even third baseman long-term. Lindor has the skills and personality to thrive in New York, even if briefly before free agency.
With less than two years of team control now, Lindor's value is also decreasing. If the Indians wait until this offseason, look for the Red Sox return for Betts as a guideline. The Red Sox got a controllable big league piece in Alex Verdugo and MLB Pipeline's No. 44 prospect in shortstop Jeter Downs. An approximate comp for one year of Lindor could be Miguel Andujar and Clarke Schmidt.
@rhude_dude: Which four Mets would you assign to the four Beatles and why?
John = Jacob deGrom: Brilliant at his craft, dark and moody.
Ringo = Pete Alonso: Always with the affable smile, and way more skilled than people initially thought.
George = Dellin Betances: A gentle soul with a shy smile.
Paul = Michael Conforto: A friendly but serious craftsman.
@MustachePaxton: I think it's a foregone conclusion that Jordan Montgomery will be in the rotation, but what role do you think Jonathan Loaisiga will play? Will they start him because of his raw talent, or keep him in the bullpen for 2-3 inning stints because of his injury history?
The Yankees used Loaisiga a few times this spring late in games, against the softer parts of spring training lineups. That suggested to me that he wasn't at the top of the list for fifth starter. They certainly can plug him into that spot and know what they're getting -- a relatively polished young pitcher who tends to be vulnerable to injuries if he throws too much.
The Yanks are clearly intrigued by Clarke Schmidt, but it's more likely that we'll see him later in the year. Michael King is also probably refined enough to do well in the fifth spot.
Don't forget, the Yankees tend to think in terms of filling innings. Rather than assign a starting pitcher to the fifth spot in the rotation, they could play with that role by using openers and bulk guys. That's probably Loaisiga's most likely role -- a bulk guy.
I am, yes.
@JaffeJofer19: Where do things stand with the sale of the Mets?
The Mets are for sale. The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty across all industries, and could impact any franchise's revenues and short-term value. But I've heard nothing specific to suggest that Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz have changed their plan to find a buyer for the team.
@TmanAmongBoys: Is there gonna be baseball?
I believe so. There's no predicting the trajectory of this virus, but MLB and the Players' Association plan on doing everything they can to get a shortened season in.
Expect a summer start date, if possible. Expanded playoffs and games into November or December are under discussion. The league and union are working hard through a number of complex issues, and plan to launch the season when they can.
Doing so will create numerous logistical and health issues with travel and crowds. And another wave of the virus this summer could wipe the season out for good.