- Cutting Alex Cora was simply the right move. At .207/.265/.278 with lousy defense, he was no longer a major league-caliber hitter, and he certainly wasn't worth $2 million.
- Optioning Feliciano doesn't matter to me. Really.
- According to Baseball Prospectus' Playoff odds report, the Mets came into today with a less than 2% chance of making the playoffs. Obviously, then the focus of all of these roster moves is not about making the playoffs, but about figuring out who can be part of the next Mets playoff team whether thats in 2011, or some more distant time in the future.
- As the prospect guy, I'm supposed to excited about the kids going to the big leagues, right? Wrong. I don't think either Martinez or Tejada is done developing, or close enough to done, to belong in the big leagues now.
- But it's cool that Ruben Tejada will get to play everyday and prove he belongs. Color me skeptical that the 20-year old will enough. He hit .280/.329/.344 overall in 65 games in Buffalo. He was at .229/.288/.292 in 48 AB since his return to AAA. Is that the hitting line of a dude ready to contribute to the big league team?
- As for the Martinez discussion, which began below, the question to me is not whether he's ready. The numbers in AAA say he's not. Whether he's a better or worse option than Jeff Francouer is irrelevant. Is the learning he needs to do be a piece of the next Mets playoff team best accomplished at the big league level or AAA? The Mets have an answer that is now testable.
- Lucas Duda, two and half years older than Martinez is hitting .312/.376/.665 in 45 games in AA. Having just released Cora, there's a space on the 40-man. His OPS of 1.040 is over 200 points higher than Martinez's .787. He has 14 homers to Martinez's 12 in 23 fewer games. If there was a Bisons outfielder who deserves a look now, it's Duda.
I'm in Kingsport again tonight after spending a bunch of time with manager Mike DiFelice and 3B Aderlin Rodriguez today. Look for a bunch of that content to make its way to the site this week.
Dillon Gee is on the hill for Buffalo tonight. Box.
Jenrry Mejia makes his first AA start since June 27. Box.
The Gnats already dropped game one of a doubleheader 7-0 in Charleston. Cesar Puello, was 0-2 with a hit-by-pitch ended his hitting streak at 15 games, but running his consecutive games on base streak to 30, which is tied for the best in the SAL all year.