I wasn't surprised, I felt they may be dragging their feet for a while, but the Mets never get anything done without making a drama out of it. I think they knew without DW they had no product to sell.
This is the point, when it comes down to it, the Coupons will not finish the team off, they left Omar's teams unfinished and would not help in July, year after year.
A winning team to them is one that can sell tix for 6 months, not one they have to spend to put over the top. Meaningful games in September, that was their stated ambition.
AdamRubinESPN Been asked whether #Mets would watch Cubans Dariel Alvarez & Aledmys Diaz at Sat. workout. Person w/ organization believes it was postponed.
AdamRubinESPN Mets currently are having their annual scouting meetings in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Peter Bjarkman, the author of books about Cuban baseball, said conversations with scouts confirmed his own impressions of Diaz as a heady player without great physical skills.
"He's certainly no Alexei Ramirez as far as range, glove or arm,'' Bjarkman said, referring to the Chicago White Sox shortstop and Cuba native. "He's nowhere near in the same category. He's a good, solid player who doesn't make a lot of mistakes, but he doesn't have any overwhelming tools."
Alvarez, 24, played in six Cuban league seasons. He enjoyed a breakthrough year when he batted .363 in 2010-11 but dropped off markedly and averaged less than eight homers a season. His most impressive skill is his arm, and Torres said some teams may consider Alvarez as a pitcher, especially since he did some relief work in his first three seasons.
Bjarkman cautions against expectations on the heels of the terrific debut season by Cespedes of the Oakland A's, saying, .
Bjarkman said Diaz and Alvarez don't rank in the same category as prospects as Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, who has yet to establish himself with the big club after signing for five years and $15.5 million in May 2011.
"You're not looking at somebody who is going to be an impact player in the major leagues like Cespedes was,'' Bjarkman said. "What you're looking at are a couple of guys who might possibly make it to that level if everything goes right."
I am beginning to think I was wrong.
He sounds a waste of money, I would not bother here. If you're gonna spend big in IFA then get a Chapman or a Cespedes, or try a tried and tested MLB player.