At least that’s how the Mets are spinning it:
But how bad is this latest injury for the Mets? Now that they, too, are
playing for 2010, the Mets are using the next seven weeks to assess
their roster. If Delgado had returned, the Mets probably would have
felt obligated to start him at first base a good deal of the time, thus
taking playing opportunities from Daniel Murphy.
The idea, apparently, is to evaluate Murphy’s chances to be the Mets’ first baseman of the future. Given that he’s hitting .249/.311/.371 and has never even slugged .500 in the minors — and given that hitting is his supposedly his strong suit — I’m having trouble featuring him sticking at the position where offense is more important than any other.
First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.
Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.