OK, with Sano on rehad assignment that means we are getting closer to decision time.
After going 0-3 in his first game he now has an exciting slash line of .313/..421/.750 for a 1.171 OPS. with just TWO strikeouts in 18 ABs!!!!!
PRETTY EXCITING!!! Except for the fact that it against Rookie League talent, so this should be the expected baseline. Still it is better than the alternative.
What are the plans for when he returns? Kirilloff is starting to hit. Miranda is hitting as well now. so that covers 1B & DH. Maybe We move Kirilloff back to the OF and Miranda to 1B with Sano DH? BUT Nick Gordon is actually playing very well also. Plays a better defense (forget last nights play), and has actually been more productive than Kirilloff, so do you want to make that move? You could move Miranda to 3B and have Sano DH, but while Urshela has not been spectacular, he has been pretty good overall. The comparison here is not who is better between him or Miranda (would clearly be Miranda lately) but is it better to have Urshela's bat in the lineup over Sano, here is where it could be a push.
Someone has to go when he comes back. It will most likely be someone like Garlick. No big loss there. But Does Sano come back as bench player? He doesnt have much positional flexibility, and you would like bench players to be able to play some defense. There is the R/L platoon option with Kirilloff and Sano.
What about trade values?
Sano;s trade value would be low, unless he comes back on fire. Even if Sano comes back and is "above average" is he "$14M" good for next year? very doubtful. So more than likely he is gone after this year anyways, so do we really care what we get in return (as much as I hate seeing him go)?
So the question is...
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH SANO BEFOR ETHE TRADE DEADLINE WHEN HE COMES BACK???
This is not an educational article, but an "I am curious to what you all think" article. What would you do?
Personally I would dangle an underperfoming Sano who still has TONS of power potential to the Mets for 2 players who have underperformed but have potential. potential for potential.
Sano for Dom Smith & Thomas Szapucki.
Dom, is a potential Gold Glover who alos has the defensive flexibilty to play the OF. He has hit poorly the last 2 years, but he has shown he can hit, and has historically been a "2nd half hitter" and has shown some signs lately. Thomas Szapucki, is a AAAA type pitcher with great stuff who has had difficulty staying healthy. He could help the rotation. a career 3.02 MiLB ERA, with a 3.86 this year, he has been built up to over 5+ IP per game. He could also be a great lefty out of the bullpen as evidenced by his 65K in 49 IP (to go along with a higher than you would like 24 BB). With Scherzer and deGrom both coming back there is no need for Szapucki in NY, and the one area they could use help at is getting more pop out of DH. To me this is a perfect swap. Low risk on both sides, high potential on both sides. positional fits on both sides.
This does not necessarily SOLVE any big problems/holes, but it also does not inhibit any other potential moves either.
What say you