Ceciliani

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.

 

Year Age Tm G PA AB H HR RBI BB BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 32 CLE 87 277 243 66 16 55 29 .272 .357 .543 .901
2014 33 CLE 74 212 195 39 4 22 13 .200 .250 .297 .547
2015 34 CLE 82 201 173 52 8 29 23 .301 .393 .543 .936
Ryan Raburn’s stats from ’13-’15 provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/28/2016.

 

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.

  • Jake

    Eh. Soup has more utility in the infield. They already have 5 OF, no need for a 6th. Just nitpicking…

    • Jonathan Frankel

      If the De Aza money goes to an IF, Raburn or otherwise, than the Mets are sitting on 4 OF and can hold on to Ceciliana. Yes, post De Aza there was no choice but to DFA Darrel.

  • Mayo’s Mets

    If we’re going to play the hindsight game… they should have signed Rajai Davis as their #5 outfielder prior to pursuing their #4 outfielder (Span/Parra/DeAza). Also, Flores/Tejada can cover 2B/SS/3B and I’m willing to give Campbell another shot as a OF/1B sub. Campbell had a .230 BABIP working against him last year which will surely improve this year. As for Ceciliani, on a non-cespedes roster, he would of never gotten the nod for CF platoon with Lagares.