Obviously, with the team constituted as it is, the Mets had no choice but to designate a player for assignment. Who that player was? Darrell Ceciliani. He simply did not have a role on a team with five legitimate major league outfielders.
Hindsight is 20/20, but I would have much preferred a different outcome.
On December 23, when the Mets signed Alejandro De Aza, it would have been impossible to know that the Mets would re-sign Cespedes.
Knowing what we know now, I would much rather have spent the De Aza money on an infielder, say Ryan Raburn. Raburn can play some outfield and corner infield, he could have been a very solid backup for both Lucas Duda and David Wright, who will need his days off.
Ceciliani still has some upside, I don’t know if that’s the case for Eric Campbell. Although he had his moments, I did not like what I saw last year from Campbell. Seems like he can barely make the throw from third to first and could not make contact in any big situation.
The smart money at this point would have been on a guy like Rayburn so Campbell could have been DFAd instead of Ceciliani.
But hey, no complaints, the offseason has been an A+ and I’m just nitpicking here.