Win projections, arbitration figures and weird baseball card photos

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.

Landon Powell's 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball card

Landon Powell’s 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball card

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.

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Posted on January 19, 2013, in New York Mets and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I like Ike. I really, really do. But he’s not a cornerstone of a championship team. I think the Mets offer was more than fair and I don’t think he’ll do better in arbitration. And Murphy’s insane to ask for that much. Landon Powell is 30 and a career .207 hitter. And both he and D’Arnaud are headed to Vegas? Who, exactly, do the Mets plan on putting behind the plate in New York? Cause, as Casey used to say, “You gotta have a catcher or you’re gonna have a lot of passed balls.” So our everyday man is 33 year old John Buck? And his backup is 29 year old “rookie” Anthony Recker–he of the .152 lifetime average? ZiPS is far too kind. And that Dickey trade looks worse by the day.

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