The Mets are monitoring the Bryce Harper market: Van Wagenen has made it clear, according to sources, that he is interested in the All-Star outfielder, but there is skepticism within the industry that team owner Fred Wilpon would approve an outlay of $300 million-plus for that type of acquisition.
I would want Bryce Harper on the Mets. He is a premier player. In wins (517 games) he has batted .334 with 134 HR & a slash line of .436/.635/ 1.072 (OBP, SLG, OPS). In losses he batted .207 in 410 games. He is a game changer and would change the perception of the Mets.
In leverage situations:
High: 29 HR, 18 RBI – .266 BA, .396 OBP, .481 SLG, .876 OPS
Medium: 67 HR, 180 RBI-.291 BA, .398 OBP, .535 SLG, .933 OPS
LI (leverage index): A measure of how important a particular situation is in a baseball game depending on the inning, score, outs, and number of players on base, created by Tom Tango. Baselines: The average LI is 1 and is considered a neutral situation.
Harper is a career .273 hitter with 12 home runs and 35 RBI’s in 245 plate appearances at Citi Field. Slash line: .374/.502/.877
Signing Harper would give the Mets the major upgrade they need in the lineup. They would be counting on him to be the difference-maker they need with the absence of Yoenis Cespedes.
As bleacher report put it, “He’s positive. He’s fearless. He’s relentless. He’s everything Van Wagenen wants the Mets to be.”