According to Martino, a high-ranking National League (non-Mets) executive predicts that Hughes will end up signing for less than the five-year, $80 million deal given last winter to Anibal Sanchez, who has similar career stats.
In Martino's opinion, Hughes would be a perfect fit for the Mets because he can stay in New York and his approach and stats will play well in their larger ballpark.
Also, Martino continues to report that the Mets are "big-game hunting for trades in Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Gonzalez territory," "which seems like a more appealing route than pursuing the available free agents."
I've heard the same thing, with Gonzalez being talked about as a more realistic possibility, because the Mets have talent that interests the Rockies and Sandy Alderson will have room for Gonzalez, who will have four years and $60.5 million left on his deal after next this season.
The 27-year-old Gonzalez is currently hitting .315 with a .407 OBP, 5 HR, 15 RBI and 9 doubles.
In regards to Hughes, it's an interesting idea. I mean, I think Matt Harvey is the pitcher the Yankees hoped Hughes would be... and so far he hasn't lived up to those expectations. Sure, Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate, Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Hughes and Dillon Gee on the mound, with Gonzalez in the lineup and maybe another free-agent outfielder in the mix, all would be a significant, significant upgrade from where things stand today.
This all seems "possible," given the way the team talks about its finances and given what other organizations expect from Alderson this summer and winter. However, I'm looking for action, not talk. Intentions and hope and ideas do not win rings or make for exciting baseball. Action and results are all that matter. We're waiting...