Last night I was taking a break from writing a very long-winded post about how Chase d’Arnaud is an incredible Instagram follow, which he is. As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw this post from Amazin’ Avenue:
This is when my brain stopped functioning and I started to breathe very quickly.
If the Mets sign an infielder, Eduardo Nunez might fit. https://t.co/vUsrzXXnUM
— Amazin' Avenue (@AmazinAvenue) January 2, 2018
This piece, which can be found here, is not good.
The Mets should absolutely not sign Eduardo Nuñez because they have no need for him. At. All. Ever. Why? Why would you say that?
The Mets infield as of right now would look like this:
1B – Dominic Smith
2B – Wilmer Flores/José Reyes*
SS – Ahmed Rosario
3B – Asdrubal Cabrera
*- this is considering that the Mets resign him at the minimum, which they probably will.
Now while this isn’t the ideal infield we’d all want, it’s a pretty solid one. Adding Eduardo Nuñez does nothing. HOWEVER, I took the clickbait and went to see what they had to say.
A brief point here about Amazin’ Avenue, SB Nation’s New York Mets site.
When I first moved to Queens, New York, Amazin’ Avenue was recommended to me by a friend of mine. I fell in love with the deep insight and analysis and then sweet dulcet tones of Jeffrey Paternostro’s voice. The site wasn’t that bad either. SB Nation sites can be hit or miss, but Amazin’ Avenue always did a fantastic job of hitting the nail on the head.
What I loved most about them was the optimism they had. There wasn’t any “Terry Collins is GARBAGE,” or “SELL THE TEAM” nonsense. There’s a place for those kinds of articles and comments (looking at you #MetsTwitter), but Amazin Avenue took the high road. There was some masochistic sighing, there will be, but for the most part, there was a “dealing with the hand you’re dealt” feeling about them.
Now let’s get back to the current Amazin’ Avenue.
Around a few months ago, there appeared to be a shift in the site and they began to tip more to the side of Rising Apple, the Fansided Mets site. It became more negative, less about the analysis, the #HotTake movement had taken hold, and the podcast became less about what was going well for the Mets and more of a “this is how absolutely terrible things are and there’s nothing to be done.”
That to me is unacceptable. That is not what Amazin’ Avenue has ever been about.
They’ve gotten lazy, and the past week has given us two clear examples.
Let’s take this Eduardo Nuñez article they’ve written. In the first paragraph they say the following:
“If the Mets are looking to have a successful season in 2018, they need to explore signing some infield depth. So far this offseason, the team has been relatively quiet and kept its infield from last season intact. But they might want to add another bat, as their infield is still relatively young.”
First of all, the Mets will need a lot more than infield depth to have a successful 2018 season. Also, what makes you think they do not have infield depth already? Matt Reynolds, Gavin Cecchini, Peter Alonso, and more can fill the depth spots and they have for the Mets in the past. Infield depth is not their issue. Pitching injuries and Bullpen depth was their downfall last year. Matt Reynolds didn’t sink the 2017 Mets. WOOF.
The next sentence is correct, the Mets haven’t been making too much noise this Hot Stove season, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up. There’s a lot going on. Lorenzo Cain is still on the table and at this point, they could STEAL Neil Walker back for literal peanuts. However, this assumption that since their infield is young they might want to add a bat, is insanity.
The Mets current 2018 infield is batting .248 collectively and that’s including Dom Smith’s .198 in his two months in the Bigs and Reyes abysmal start to the season. They have the veterans they need, they don’t need anymore. This infield’s average age is 28. They are not the youngest bunch. I mean, Reyes is going to be 35 in 2018. This is an older infield.
So why would bringing in a 31 year old make any difference? … For real?
“If the team is willing to pay him, the Mets could try to lure Eduardo Nunez to Flushing. Nunez would definitely fit the bill of a veteran infielder who can play multiple positions. Last season with the San Francisco Giants and the Boston Red Sox, he played across the diamond including second base, shortstop, and third base. He would give the Mets a solid plan B in things go wrong on the infield.”
Okay. If the team is willing to pay for an elephant to play for the Mets, I’m sure they’ll get an elephant to play for the Mets and pitch middle relief. The Padres are trying to lure Eric Hosmer to San Diego’s “Carnival of Futility” with a $145 million dollar deal. Money does a lot of great things. The Mets also have a player who can play second, short, and third. In fact, they have three of them, and Flores can play first.
However, if the Mets are so cheap that they won’t spend money on anything, WHY ON EARTH would you think they’d spend Eduardo Nuñez money on a guy who does what three other current Mets already do. That’s throwing money into the wind.
This notion that Nuñez would be “a solid plan B in things go wrong on the infield.”
First of all, TYPO. IF things go wrong on the infield. IF they go wrong on the infield, the Mets have Reynolds, who they pay nothing, because he is under team control. Same with Cecchini, Rosario and even Smith. If you want the Mets to spend money, you should want them to spend the right money on things they need.
Why would you sign a player who is looking for his mid-career big contract to sign as a backup player? As a plan B? Nuñez has been a hot commodity at the trade deadline these past two years, moving from Minnesota to San Francisco to Boston. Why would he sell himself short and sign as an infield option for the Mets? No way.
Asdrubal Cabrera – 14 HRs, 59 RBIs,111 wRC+
Wilmer Flores – 18 HRs, 52 RBIs, 106 wRC+
Curtis Granderson – 19 HRs, 52 RBIs, 115 wRC+
“But Nunez is best known for his speed on the basepaths. Last season, he swiped 24 bags. If you compare his stolen base numbers to the 2017 Mets, he would have tied Jose Reyes for the most stolen bases. After Reyes, the Mets didn’t have much success stealing bases, so Nunez would provide a much needed boost to the Mets’ base-running.”
The Mets don’t run. That’s been the case for a while, and you know that Amazin’ Avenue. And José Reyes’ stolen bases shouldn’t be a benchmark of success considering how often he failed to get on base. At the end of the day, all Eduardo Nuñez would be if the Mets were to sign him, is overpaid and more of the same.
After reading the article, and pouring myself a stiff drink, I sat back down at my computer. I took a sip of my Vodka Soda and almost spit it all over my laptop and dog.
Why? Because I saw this:
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Amazin’ Avenue…. who hurt you? Are you okay? What happened to you? With Dominic Smith figuring it out… Adam Lind…. useful bat? Are you taking crazy pills? I mean, in what world would ADAM LIND be a valuable bat to the New York Mets?
I would click on that article and walk you through the intricacies of Adam Lind’s career and how he fits in the Mets system. OR HOW ADDING A VETERAN PLAYER TO IMPEDE THE DEVELOPMENT OF DOMINIC SMITH AS A PLAYER ISN’T WHAT THEY DID WHEN THEY TRADED LUCAS DUDA TO TAMPA BAY LAST YEAR. What are you thinking?
The “Oh yeah, get hyped Mets fans” and “Why not? Oh right, he costs money” captions here are atrocious. No one was thinking the Mets should look into Adam Lind’s availability until YOU brought it up. These titular eye-rolls are aimed at your own analysis. Why? Why are you the way you are?
This is clickbait and it’s lazy. It’s lazy writing, it’s lazy reporting and it’s just nothing. This is a lot of nothing. This is #FakeNews.
But people will read it.
If the goal of these pieces is just clickbait and pot-stirring, that’s … not great and a serious departure from your past work, but I understand it. Anger sells, especially with the more red-faced Mets fans. But to lower your own bar to get clicks just isn’t worth it, Amazin’ Avenue. You used to be better.
Look, I’m all for raising your fist to the sky and cursing Terry Collins or The Wilpons, but this is manufactured anguish. No one brought up Nuñez or Lind as potions until you did, and then you couldn’t even backit up with stats or opinion. Who does that serve? It serves yourself. It doesn’t serve your readers.
Because if you don’t care, then you’re readers won’t. The reason we come to your site is not that it’s an echo chamber of hatred for the Wilpons and impatience with the budget, it’s because of the illuminating analysis and insight into the Mets organization. It’s because you guys used to care. Thinking Adam Lind and Eduardo Nuñez could help this squad is filler fluff that serves no one but to stir the pot.
If you’re just here to stir the pot, then we’re just trolling and nothing’s getting done. #2018isalreadyover
Amazin’ Avenue brought me into this beautiful world of Mets fandom, but they’re starting to be the Yankees fans at the coffee shop, spewing out vitriol just to get a rise out of the Orange and Blue faithful. Yes, the Mets had a rough year. Eye-roll. Yes, the Yankees are stacked. A sip of coffee. Yes, I wish they would spend more money on Free Agents. Flip through the Post. Yes, losing sucks a lot. Put headphones in. Yes, my mother still loves me.
What happened to the writers who were secretive 7 Line Army members? The guys who were #LoyalTilTheLastOut? The 7 Line even wised up to the inane chanting of Sell The Team in 2011. So why is Amazin’ Avenue returning to this slop:
The Mets should bring back Addison Reed, but they probably won’t. https://t.co/a7BSVTHJg6
— Amazin' Avenue (@AmazinAvenue) December 30, 2017
Because it’s easy. It’s lazy. It’s nothing.
Be better, Amazin’ Avenue. Because when the Mets put it together, you’re going to be on the wrong side of this. Don’t be surprised, be ready,… but they probably won’t.
How many Mets fans does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 9. 1 to change the lightbulb, 4 to say the Wilpons don’t spend anymore, 3 to say they spent the wrong money on the wrong players, and 1 to bring up how they were at Johan Santana’s No-Hitter.
8 of them write for Amazin’ Avenue.