FanGraphs published statistical projection for the 2013 New York Mets that predicts that they will win 68 games this year. I’m sure it won’t shock anyone to learn that the ZiPS system doesn’t like the Mets’ offense much beyond David Wright. It probably will come as a surprise that it doesn’t like the Mets pitching staff at all – even the starting rotation.
In actual Mets news, Sandy Alderson signed catcher Landon Powell to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training today. Adam Rubin believes Powell will be Travis d’Arnaud’s backup in Triple-A Las Vegas to start the season.
I mention the signing only to have an excuse to show Powell’s rookie card from the 2009 O-Pee-Chee set – some photo editor at Upper Deck at the time had an odd sense of humor or a dearth of photos to choose from.
Finally, Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis exchanged arbitration figures with the Mets on Friday. Davis is seeking $3.7 million, and the Mets offered $2.825 million. Murphy asked for $3.4 million and the Mets offered $2.55 million.
I’m not usually inclined to worry about baseball salaries, but it is worth noting that Murphy – long considered a “young and cheap” player – is not going to be either much longer. And Davis, who will be eligible for arbitration three more times, might find that he doesn’t fit the Mets’ budget before he reaches free agent status.