Francisco Alvarez ‘not an option right now’ for Mets, says GM Billy Eppler
WASHINGTON, DC — For those eagerly awaiting the arrival of Mets top prospect and receiver Francisco Alvarez to the majors, you’ll have to wait a little longer.
General manager Billy Eppler admitted on Wednesday shortly after MLB’s trade deadline expired that the 20-year-old slugger was “not an option right now” for a team that was a strong contender in the market. from the receiver in recent days.
That means continuing a playoff push with Tomas Nido and Patrick Mazeika while starter James McCann returns from an oblique injury.
“Last night I felt like we were close,” Eppler said of his team’s chances of getting a receiver. “Today some things fell apart. We weren’t going to try and chase him down… We’ll be bringing James back here shortly and that will strengthen the position. We also have a young developing child… but I don’t think he be at a point where it’s going to take into account right now.
The Mets decided to create the designated hitter position by creating a platoon between Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf before acquiring Mychal Givens from the Chicago Cubs to bolster the bullpen.
Still, there’s no denying the Mets need an offensive boost in the receiver’s place, which is why they were on players like Chicago Cubs All-Star Willson Contreras. The team’s current trio sports a lean .523 OPSwho ranks dead last in the majors among the catching tandems around baseball.
Alvarez has certainly shown he can make a difference at home plate sooner rather than later. After sporting a .922 OPS with 18 homers and 47 RBIs in Double-A, he’s slowly finding his legs at Triple-A Syracuse — batting .278 with two homers and five RBIs in his last five games.
But his progression between the ears is just as important as his physical development, according to Eppler, who noted that Triple-A is a time when prospects find out whether or not they’re “mentally ready” to make the leap to the majors. .
This is why he is hesitant to consider the idea of Alvarez with the big club Queens.
“I’d rather have a player get muddled in Triple-A than be thrown into a pennant race where the stakes are higher,” Eppler said. “He has learned to do, but he is doing very well. We are so proud of him. One of the messages I gave him…he ticks those boxes when it comes to swing decisions. I couldn’t be happier with his trajectory.
“I could only answer for now. That’s all I can answer. All I can say is that it’s not an option at the moment.