Outfielder Collin Cowgill – As good as it gets?
Although finding a power hitter, particularly one who could man an outfield spot and bat righthanded, was one of the Mets top priorities this offseason, the strategy of waiting the market out has proved futile. Unless upgrading the outfield was never the priority that the front office wanted us to believe, lets call this a failure of execution.
The irony of it is that according to MLB Trade Rumors, the top available power hitter that is still on the market is old friend, Scott Hairston. Using ISO, MLBTR ranks the remaining power bats as follows:
Scott Hairston - .241 ISO
Adam LaRoche - .238
Luke Scott & Travis Hafner - both .210
Kelly Shoppach - .192
Yuniesky Betancourt - .172
Brandon Inge - .165
Miguel Olivo - .159
Scott Rolen - .153
The list of remaining righthanded outfielders offers no options that one would consider an upgrade.