The moment the Mets traded for Xavier Beaz for a few heartbeats before the trading deadline, I knew who I wanted to talk to. He’s a guy who knows things, a GWKT, he spent some time in and out of organized baseball for many years, mostly watching games in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Milwaukee. Just what
GWKT will tell you what’s on its mind, as long as you keep its name out of the public domain. It allows him to be honest. And what I wanted was honesty. And that’s GW KT, who has seen Bayez play hundreds of times live and has followed his entire career, he had to say:
“If there’s one player in baseball, I want to see your team, he’s a jerk. He’s fun. He’s going to die. He plays hard all the time. He’s a special level defender. He’s a talented baseman, and he impresses when he hits baseball. On your team, I’ll see him all day.
A pause for effect.
“On my team, I’ll pass, thank you.”
The GWKT gave reasons for this apparent contradiction, but the reasons are insignificant because we have already seen the length and breadth of the entire GVBZ experiment. We’ve seen all the good stuff, every few games make a defensive game that makes you shake your head. When he connects, he also converts the distance of five fences into three. He has amazing talent, never better on display than his crazy dash home at Cityfield the day the Mets scored five runs in the ninth to beat Marilyn.
It’s fun. Really, really fun.
But there’s also; well, other things. There is a crazy pile of eight beats in which he chases on non-competitive balls that never frighten the strike zone. This plate is part of a truly shocking lack of any glimpse of discipline. He is not above the moments he looks at me, which is different from the fun trash and turns into something deep.
and of course , It was “thumbs down.” A red flag with bright neon lines in red.
This is the same equation you are presented with when you ask yourself tough questions about the falcon, such as the Mets will be forced to ask themselves at the end of the season: Does the end justify resources? More importantly, do they justify extending the nine-digit deal and making Bays part of the Mets Corps for the next 10 years?
There is no wrong answer, honestly. If Bayez is willing to switch to another base permanently, that means the Mets will probably have the most dynamic double play combination in baseball, with Bayez and Landor sewn together for a decade. Much has changed about baseball, but a universal truth remains: you build the middle and then the outside.
Boys may well know that he wants to be a short stop, and the presence of a friend can eventually stop him. But we sometimes forget that now around the Mets, there is no fear of money but fuel. In principle, if Steve Cohen wants someone, he is going to get it, because he can pay it.
And Cohen likes Bayez very much, tweeting this week, “Where are Twitter experts complaining about Bayes now? They should be away by the end of the week. It’s all under their thumbs.”
But Cohen will have other big checks to write to, and soon. Pete Alonso has solidified his role as the current and future face of the franchise, and when he signs it will definitely be for epic money. You suspect that Jacob de Groom thinks he will get paid one more time when his opt-out comes out next year. Michael Conforto and Noah Sundergard are potentially qualified candidates, but if they agree, maximize their performance next year and become a legal extension. And never forget: Robinson Canoe is back to books starting next year.
Even Bobby Axelrod has his limits.
One thing is for sure: few players in the history of the Mets have a strange ability to work in a single game, which is why you shout completely contradictory things on your TV – “Extend it!” In the second inning, “DFA HIM!” In the eighth. Looks like a guy you’d love to see every day. You don’t have to be on your team.