I hope the promotion of Dilison Herrera comes with instructions for the manager that (a) Herrera is to play every day the rest of the season and (b) is never to be put in the 8th spot of the lineup. If the instructions are carried out by Terry Collins, it will force Mets fans to watch the team for the rest of the season.
I was more than a little surprised that Herrera got the call to replace Daniel Murphy who is now disabled. It surprised me as this is not a typical Mets move. Herrera is only 20 years old and the Mets have some farm hands that are close to AARP eligibility. Maybe this is a step in a new and exciting direction as I’ve felt the organization is too timid with challenging their prospects especially those players who were drafted out of college. It also tells me that the payroll for next season will be about where it is for this season.
I’m sure the orders are play Herrera everyday even when (if?) Murph is healed and off the DL. If Herrera can show he can hit big league pitching and play a solid second base, then it’s good bye Murphy at a savings of close to $8.5-$10 mil which is what he’d get via arbitration.
Also the little nugget about Travis d’Arnaud getting a look-see in left field is both a miss-direction play and a money saver with health worries as a side dish. I’m sure part of the thinking of moving TDA to LF was discussed with his suffering of concussions as a concern plus Kevin Plawicki, a 24 year old, four year college player in the Big 10, proving nothing more in Triple A and needs to be brought up to the big leagues (same with Noah Syndergaard like Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler before him, he’s bored stiff with the competition of the PCL, he needs to be brought up to the big league NOW )is part of the this discussion as well. Oh and don’t forget money as the root of this thinking out loud move too.
You could look at the promotion of Herrera and the talk of TDA to the outfield as a way for the Mets to stop the flood of negativity from the fan base. This is season six of playing out the string and many Mets fans are ready to turn off their Mets fandom for the year and concentrate on their favorite football team’s season. Add in that school starts next week and the days getting shorter (I was taken aback a bit last night while walking thru Times Square at 7:30 it was kind of dark) the attendance at Citi Field could just nudge above five digits, so the organization needs something to save some relevance in the NYC sports scene. So instead of screaming about the awful in game managing of Terry Collins, Mets Twitter can now dissect each at bat of Dilson Herrera’ major league career.