By Gem Tablak
There has been some talk by Terry Collins of the Mets about “shaking things up” recently but all that has really happened was a reliever going on the DL & Travis d’Arnaud was reactivated after spending several weeks on the DL with a shoulder issue. It wasn’t the exact “shake up” people were expecting however. No one was expecting a trade to take place over night but I personally thought that they would do more than reactivate their catcher after a rehab stint down in Florida.
One thing the Mets could have done was fire a coach. Now it sucks when someone has to lose their job but I’m not too worried about how Tom Goodwin will get by. That could of lit a match under the teams butt, however that’s not what the Mets did. They could of also DFA’d De Aza & brought up Travis Taijeron to take care of LHP or Roger Bernadina to basically be a clone of De Aza.
If the Mets really wanted to shake things up however, they should call up OF prospect Brandon Nimmo. With Conforto in the longest slump of his short career, it wouldn’t hurt for him to take some time off to clear his mind like the Mets did with TdA in 2014. So far, Nimmo has an impressive .323 average .407 OBP & a .506 slugging percentage. He only has 5 HR’s but does have 16 doubles & 6 triples with 33 RBI’s & 39 runs scored. I don’t expect the power to really start to show till the 2018 season but he shouldn’t have any problems finding the gaps. I don’t think his play would translate right away in the majors but I do think after some regular AB’s he should get the hang of things.