Mets Merized Online » Connor O’Brien Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:34:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Noah Syndergaard Will Officially Get Opening Day Start Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:00:54 +0000 noah-syndergaard

According to multiple reports, New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced that right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard will be the Opening Day starter.

Syndergaard, 24, went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 10.7 K/9 and a major league leading 2.29 FIP in the 2016 season. He was an All-Star, finished eighth in the Cy Young voting and 19th in the MVP voting.

The Mets open the 2017 season at home against the Atlanta Braves at 1:10 PM on ESPN.

Original Report – Jan 30

Noah Syndergaard will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. While an official announcement will not come until spring, sources tell Kernan that Syndergaard will get the nod.

At just 24 years of age, Syndergaard took the reigns of the Mets’ rotation with ease in his second year in the big leagues. The hefty right-hander posted a 2.60 ERA over 183.2 innings pitched in 31 appearances. He struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings while walking just 2.1 He also limited opposing hitters to just 11 home runs, finishing the year with a league-leading 0.5 HR/9 rate.

Syndergaard came up huge in the Wild Card playoff game this past season, tossing seven shutout innings against the Giants, allowing just two hits while striking out 10.

The young ace has already proven he can pitch on a big stage. He now owns a 2.42 ERA over 26 big league postseason innings, over which he has struck out an incredible 36 batters.

The Mets will begin the 2017 season on April 3 at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.

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Mets Interested in Cuban Free Agent Osvaldo Hernandez Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:41:44 +0000 glove bats bench

The Mets are interested in 18 year-old Cuban left–handed pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez, reports’s Jesse Sanchez.

Hernandez has been declared a free agent and can sign with any team he wishes. The other teams Sanchez reports to be interested ar the Padres, Reds. Astros, Braves, Rangers, and Red Sox.

According to Sanchez, Hernandez’s fastball currently ranges from 92 to 94 miles per hour, impressive for his age.

The Mets have stayed out of the blossoming Cuban market, but have spent somewhat heavily in recent years on other international signings.

In 2015, the Mets dropped $2.7 million between two top international players: shortstop Gregory Guerrero and shortstop Andres Gimenez.

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Syndergaard Adds 17 Pounds of Muscle Before Camp Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:12:19 +0000 noah syndergaard 2

One of the most common baseball cliches this time of year is the old “best shape of his life” descriptor. Sometimes it’s true and sometimes it’s all hype to feed an otherwise empty news cycle.

In a detailed profile of Noah Syndergaard written by Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated, it is revealed that the old cliche might just be true for the young right-hander. According to Reiter, Syndergaard has put on 17 pounds of muscle this offseason, and trimmed his body fat percentage from 15.1 to 13.5. He is now 253 pounds.

If anyone thought Syndergaard’s ability to throw harder than any starter in the game was only a temporary phase, think again. According to Fangraphs’ Pitch f/x data, Syndergaard’s fastball averaged 97.9 miler per hour last year, almost one and a half miles per hour more than the next-fastest starter. Syndergaard’s slider and changeup were both faster than all other starters in the game.

Syndergaard, 24, posted a 2.60 ERA over 183.2 big league innings in 2016 striking out 218 opposing hitters.

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James Loney, Jim Henderson Sign With Rangers, Cubs Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:49:11 +0000 james loney 2

First baseman James Loney and relief pitcher Jim Henderson will not be returning to the New York Mets this season. Loney has signed a minor league deal with the Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Jim Henderson will be headed to the Chicago Cubs on a minor league deal, according Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Loney, 32, disappointed in 100 games with the Mets in 2016. He slashed just .265/.307/.397 with nine homers, 16 doubles, and a triple, well below average both for the league and the first base position. He was an emergency acquisition to replace Lucas Duda, who missed most of the season due to injury. Loney was acquired from the San Diego Padres after playing two months in their minor league system. He owns a career .284/.336/.410 batting line.

Henderson, 34, had an up and down season with the Mets, finishing the year with a 4.11 ERA over 35 innings pitched. Over that span he struck out an impressive 40 batters while walking 14. He missed most of June, July, and August with a bicep issue. He has a career 3.61 ERA in 137 MLB innings.

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Josh Edgin’s One-Year Deal Worth $675K Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:20:09 +0000 josh edgin

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter, the deal Josh Edgin signed to avoid arbitration is worth $675,000.

Original Post – Jan 13

The Mets have avoided arbitration with reliever Josh Edgin, agreeing to a one-year contract. The salary is not yet known. MLB Trade Rumors projected in November that he’d make $800,000.

Edgin, 30, had Tommy John Surgery after the 2014 season, missing all of 2015 and most of 2016. He returned to the Mets in August, pitching 10.1 innings over 16 appearances. He posted a 5.23 ERA and while he struck out 11 batters, he also walked six.

The lefty saw his velocity drop some after the surgery, with his fastball now sitting in the low 90s.

In four seasons with the Mets, Edgin has a 3.40 ERA, 8.7 K/9 rate, and a 3.3 BB/9 rate. This was his first year of arbitration eligibility.

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Wilmer Flores, Mets Will Go To Arbitration Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:40:40 +0000 Wilmer slam flores

This The Mets have agreed to sign nine of their ten arbitration-eligible players to contracts. The only one remaining is Wilmer Flores, who according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, will take the team to an arbitration hearing. According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Mets have filed at $1.8 million, while Flores is requesting $2.2 million.

The front office took a harder stance on arbitration this offseason, stressing that they are willing to go to a hearing if need be. Sandy Alderson set a 1 p.m. deadline this afternoon to settle with eligible players.

Flores, 25, had the best season of his career in 2016. Settling into a half-time role, Flores slashed .267/.319/.469 with 16 homers and 14 doubles over 335 plate appearances.

The young infielder stuck out for his incredible performance against left-handed pitching. In 107 plate appearances, he hit a jaw-dropping .340/.384/.710 with 11 home runs. He has, however, continued to struggle defensively at some positions.

This is Flores’ first offseason with arbitration eligibility.

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Matt Harvey Signs For $5.125 Million, Avoiding Arbitration Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:45:33 +0000 matt harvey

Matt Harvey and the Mets have agreed to a one-year, $5.125 million contract to avoid arbitration, reports James Wagner of the New York Times. The deal will reportedly include $100,000 in possible performance bonuses. He settled for slightly lower than the $5.325 salary projected by Pace Law School.

Harvey, 27, had a disappointing season with the Mets this year, two years removed from Tommy John Surgery. He went from one of the best starting pitchers in the league to one of the worst, finishing the season with a 4.86 ERA over 92.2 innings. He showed only occasional flashes of brilliance, struggling with command of his pitches all year. His walk, strikeout, and hit rates all worsened.

In July, Harvey underwent season-ending surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, which compresses nerves in the shoulder and neck. So far, the prognosis is good for Harvey, who is on track to return to full health in time for spring training.

In three previous seasons with the Mets, Harvey owned a 2.53 ERA, striking out 449 batters and walking 94 over 427 major league innings.

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Mets, deGrom Forego Arbitration With $4.05 Million Deal Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:55:02 +0000 jacob degrom

The Mets and ace Jacob deGrom have agreed to a one-year, $4.05 million deal to avoid arbitration, reports ESPN’s Adam Rubin. His contract will also come with performance bonuses. deGrom’s base salary is slightly lower than the $4.225 million projected by Pace.

deGrom had another solid season for the Mets, finishing the year with a 3.04 ERA over 148 innings pitched. He was plagued a bit by fatigue early in the season, watching his velocity drop from 2015. However, he still managed to pitch very well and saw his velocity rise after a few months.

His numbers were slightly worse across the board than 2015, with deGrom seeing a higher ERA (2.54 in 2015), a lower strikeout rate, and a higher walk rate in 2016. Nonetheless, he was still the second-best starter on the team behind Noah Syndergaard.

deGrom’s season came to an abrupt end in September, when he had surgery to repair nerve damage in his right elbow. He will be ready for the start of camp in February.

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A’s Sign Santiago Casilla To Two-Year Contract Thu, 12 Jan 2017 01:57:15 +0000 santiago casilla

Another relief pitcher is off the board, and this time it’s Santiago Casilla, who has signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Oakland A’s. The deal also comes with $3 million in performance bonuses, reports Jesse Sanchez of

Casilla, 36, has spent his entire 13-year career in the Bay Area for both the A’s and Giants. Last year in San Francisco, Casilla posted a 3.57 ERA over 58 innings, striking out an outstanding 10.1 batters per nine. In seven seasons with the Giants, he owned a 2.42 ERA and collected 123 saves. He has spent the last two seasons as full-time closer, stealing the job from Sergio Romo in 2014.

With the relief market drying up fast, the Mets will need to move soon if they want to pick up anyone significant.

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Zack Wheeler, Mets Avoid Arbitration With One-Year Deal Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:10:41 +0000 zack wheeler 2

The Mets and pitcher Zack Wheeler have settled on a one-year deal avoiding arbitration that will pay the righty $800,000, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Wheeler has not pitched for the Mets since 2014, but is a significant part of the club’s plans going into 2017. In two seasons with the Mets, Wheeler has a 3.50 ERA over 285.1 innings. Over that span, he posted an 8.5 K/9 rate as well as a 3.9 BB/9 rate. He was, however, showing much improvement in the second half of 2014, putting up a 2.80 ERA from July onward.

In March of 2015, just before the start of the season, Wheeler tore his UCL, requiring Tommy John surgery. He required extra recovery time for another minor procedure on his elbow.

Last season, in his effort to return to the Mets by season’s end, he suffered numerous setbacks. Wheeler threw a grand total of 17 pitches in the minor leagues before being shut down.

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Cardinals Agree To Deal With Dexter Fowler Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:35:11 +0000 dexter-fowler

Update, 9:15 p.m.

The deal has been agreed to, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The exact details are yet to come, but Heyman’s sources say it’s at least five years at $16 million per season ($80 million total).

Original Post, 8:35 p.m.

Free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler will be in St. Louis for a physical with the Cardinals tomorrow, indicating a deal is close, reports Frank Cusumano of KFNS 560 The Fan.  While no details of a contract are public, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Cardinals made an “over the top” offer to Fowler.

Fowler had one of his finest seasons of his nine-year career, slashing .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, and 85 runs scored in 125 games played. Fowler set career highs in OBP, BB% (14.3), wRC+ (129), and fWAR (4.7). In terms of National League outfielders, Fowler ranked second on FanGraphs in fWAR behind only teammate Kris Bryant (ranked as both third baseman and outfielder).

Fowler also posted positive numbers in center field this season, the first time he’s done so over a full season, according to FanGraphs. Fowler posted a 1.0 UZR/150 while manning center, with one defensive run saved, and also posted a 2.7 defensive rating on FanGraphs as well, which was a career high.

Fowler was once thought to be the backup plan for the Mets before they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal, which remains the biggest contract signed by a free agent this offseason.

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Carlos Gomez Re-Signs With The Rangers Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:17:07 +0000 carlos gomez

Carlos Gomez will be returning to the Texas Rangers on a one-year, $11.5 million deal, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Gomez, once a Met and almost a Met again, had a fantastic end to the 2016 season with the Rangers after struggling in Houston. Gomez was dealt to the Astros in 2015 after the infamous Brewers-Mets deal fell through. He slashed just .221/.277/.342 in 126 games with there before being dealt to the Rangers in August.

Gomez got red-hot as soon as he arrived in Arlington, recovering some of his value on the free agent market. In 33 games, the outfielder hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and five stolen bases, helping the Rangers run away with the AL West title.

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Nationals Discussing Deal For Chris Sale, Other Teams Still In The Mix Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:00:29 +0000 chris sale

Update, 10:26 p.m.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, other teams are still in the mix for Sale and that no deal is expected tonight. He also reports that the Nationals are refusing to give up Trea Turner in any deal for Sale.

Original Post, 10 p.m.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Nationals have a “legitimate chance” to land White Sox ace Chris Sale and are now “haggling over the final pieces” with Chicago.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds that a rival executive believes the chances are 80/20 that Sale ends up in Washington.

Rosenthal says the deal as of now would send top outfield prospect Victor Robles as well as fireball right-hander Lucas Giolito. They are the two best prospects in the Nationals’ system and Giolito is considered one of the top five prospects in all of baseball.

Sale, meanwhile, is coming off another superb season for Chicago in which he went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA over 226.2 innings pitched. He posted stellar strikeout (9.3 K/9) and walk (1.8 BB/) rates as well. He has been in the top six in the AL Cy Young Award results each of the past five seasons. Over that span, he’s fourth in Fangraphs pitcher WAR behind only Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, and David Price.

Needless to say, the Nationals would be adding a stud to an already-loaded pitching staff. Washington posted a 3.52 ERA last season, which was second in baseball only to the Cubs. As a staff, they struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings, second only to the Dodgers. Their 2.89 BB/9 rate was ninth in baseball.

Their starting staff was as good as the Mets in just about every metric. Nationals starters owned a combined 3.601 ERA compared to the Mets’ 3.61. They posted a higher strikeout rate (9.25 K/9 vs 8.07) but posted a worse walk rate (2.85 BB/9 vs 8.07). With Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, and Tanner Roark, this deal could give the Nationals’ staff the edge going into 2017 — at least on paper.

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Nationals Clinch NL East Title Sun, 25 Sep 2016 04:40:10 +0000 nationals-clinch-werth

With the Mets’ loss to the Phillies this evening and a win of their own, the Washington Nationals have officially clinched the National League East title, their third in five years.

Washington earned a 6-1 victory over the Pirates tonight, getting big contributions at the plate from Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth while squeezing 5.1 relief innings from Reynaldo Lopez.

Capitalizing on mid-season struggles by the Mets, the division wasn’t much of a race. (In fact, none of the divisions — especially those in the NL — are close right now.)

How’d they do it? An effective combination of strong offense and outstanding pitching. The Nationals currently own a team ERA of 3.44, which is second in baseball only behind the Cubs. Their 718 runs scored were ninth in baseball.

Despite Bryce Harper‘s production dropping off a cliff this season, the Nats’ offense has received much greater contributions than expected from the likes of Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, Trea Turner, and Stephen Drew.

If current standings hold, the Nationals will face off against the Dodgers in the NLDS while the Cubs will face off against the winner of the Wild Card game.

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Mets Set Franchise Home Run Record, Continue Winning Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:00:38 +0000 mets-win

With Curtis Granderson‘s two game-saving home runs in last night’s 3-2 win over the lowly Twins, this year’s Mets team officially shattered the franchise’s single-season team home run record, which now sits at 201.

The team came in tied with the 2006 Mets, who racked up 199 homers over a full season. Granderson’s second home run extended the already-broken home record of 101 in a single season.

The Mets are in the middle of a home run barrage, knocking 18 dingers in their last 11 games and 36 over their last 21 contests. It has been well-documented how much the Mets rely on the long ball to score runs, and they are very successful when they do it, owning a 69-37 record when they hit at least one.


Along with the rest of the Mets, Curtis Granderson seems to finally be turning a corner on what was looking like a pretty dreadful season.

The 34 year-old outfielder has eight home runs over his last 16 games, bringing him to a season total of 28, his highest since 2012. After many months of below-average production, Grandy is finally creeping up above league average, according to wRC+ and OPS+.

The narrative of a team being unable to win when the majority of runs are scored via the long ball has plagued the Mets throughout this year (although ironically only when they are actually successful). However, they are proving that you absolutely can rely on the home run… if you hit a ton of them.

Perhaps Sandy Alderson will be able to shore up the offense a bit this winter and add some guys who can get on base at a higher clip. But for now: bombs away!

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Lagares to Come Off The DL Today, Will Be Strictly Defensive Replacement Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:05:02 +0000 juan lagares

Juan Lagares will be activated from the disabled list before tonight’s game, the team announced this afternoon.

Lagares has been out since late-July with a torn ligament in his left hand, which he had been dealing with for months prior to opting for surgery. He has not yet taken any live batting practice, so he will be strictly a defensive replacement for the time being.

Lagares was batting .243/.303/.386 (87 wRC+) with three homers and four stolen bases in 156 plate appearances. His last month before hitting the DL for the final time was brutal for Lagares at the plate. He hit just .160/.263/.300 in the month of July.

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Mets Release 2017 Regular Season Schedule Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:51:20 +0000 citi field fans

The New York Mets have released their full regular season schedule for next year, which spans from April 3 to October 1.

They will open the year with series against the Braves and Marlins at Citi Field. All 25 April games will be against NL East rivals.

The Mets and Yankees will continue the recent trend of a four-game set split between Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, which will take place August 14-17. The rest of the interleague schedule will be against the AL West (Angels, A’s, Rangers, Astros, and Mariners).

At first glance, June is looking like it will be a very tough month for the Mets, who have series against the Pirates, Rangers, Cubs, Nationals, Dodgers, Giants, and Marlins.

Highlights of the 2017 home schedule include:

  • Opening Day at Citi Field, April 3 vs. the Atlanta Braves.
  • Subway Series vs. the New York Yankees, August 16-17 at Citi Field and August 14-15 at Yankee Stadium.
  • Memorial Day, May 29 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Interleague Series at Citi Field include: the Angels (May 19-21), the A’s (July 21-23) and the Rangers (August 8-9).
  • Rematch of the 2015 NLCS vs. the Chicago Cubs, June 12-14.
  • Father’s Day, June 18 vs. the Washington Nationals.
  • Weekend Series vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, August 4-6.
  • Labor Day, September 4 vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

Game times for the 2017 campaign will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here is the full schedule:


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Matz Scratched From Thursday Start Tue, 30 Aug 2016 20:58:53 +0000 steven matz

Steven Matz‘s left shoulder impingement will keep him on the DL for the time being, meaning his start scheduled for Thursday is a no-go, he told reporters this afternoon.

Matz said he felt discomfort in his throwing session yesterday and told the coaching staff. He says doctors have found no structural damage within the shoulder, just irritation.

“Just a little irritation, it’s still bugging me a little bit,” Matz said. “I don’t quite feel like I can let it go yet. …I felt like I was making progress, and then I threw off the mound a little bit, and I felt OK coming out of the there. And then the next day, which was yesterday, I tried to throw and it was kind of barking at me a little bit again.”

Matz has a 3.40 ERA in 132.1 inning with the Mets so far this season. He has struck out 129 opposing batters (8.8 K/9) and walked 31 (2.1 BB/9). He has struggled through numerous health issues the past few months, including  a bone spur in his throwing elbow that will require offseason surgery to remove. He has a 4.21 ERA since May.

“The reports are there’s no real structural damage, so we’re not worried about rotator-cuff stuff and we’re not worried about torn labrums,” Terry Collins said.

“We’re worried about a stiffness in his shoulder that’s keeping him from being confident that he can pitch. So until that stiffness goes away — and yesterday he felt fine but all of a sudden threw one pitch and he felt a sensation in his shoulder that irritated it — he’s too valuable down the road to just continue to push it and say ‘you’re going out there anyway.’”

Jacob deGrom‘s start will be moved up a day to compensate for Matz’s scratch and pitch Thursday rather than Friday. Robert Gsellman will remain in the rotation to face Washington on Friday.

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Terry Collins Wants to Return in 2017 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:57:32 +0000 terry collins

Terry Collins wants to return as manager of the Mets in 2017, according to a report by Marc Carig of Newsday.

“If I’m back – and hopefully I am – I’ll go after it the same way,” said Collins, who has one year left on his contract.

“And if I’m not, I will say thanks a million for the fun, great relationships, and I’m going to walk away with a smile on my face.”

Original Report – Aug 19

The Mets are not currently mulling firing any of the coaching staff or Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson told ESPN’s Adam Rubin before today’s game.

Alderson would not, however, offer any guarantee that Terry Collins or the coaching staff would survive the rest of the season. ”Do I ever make any statement unequivocally?” he said. “There are no present plans to make any changes.”

He emphasized that he understands the frustrations with the way the team has played since April. “We all have an expectation of winning. None of us uses injuries as an excuse. That’s true inside the organization. That’s true for our fans as well. That’s why I understand the frustration.”

This all comes on the same day that Jon Heyman listed Collins as the most likely manager to be fired before the end of the season. He is losing allies in the front office, and it appears Alderson isn’t much of a fan.

Collins and the Mets have a tough stretch in front of them with 11 of 14 games against contending teams.

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Cespedes and Cabrera Activated, Kelly and Rivera Optioned Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:02:57 +0000 yoenis cespedes 2

The Mets have officially activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the disabled list and optioned both TJ Rivera and Ty Kelly to Triple-A.

Cespedes has been out since August 3 with a strained quad, and had been playing through the injury for weeks before that. He and his .289/.362/.548 batting line will provide a much-needed boost to a struggling Mets offense. Cabrera left the Mets’ July 31 game with a strained patella tendon. He was in the middle of a bad slump, slashing just .212/.238/.368 in his previous 20 games.

Kelly, 28, has gone back and forth between the big league club and Triple-A a few times this year, and has been decent at the plate. He owns a .250/.351/.375 batting line on the year.

Rivera, 27, has impressed in two short weeks with the Mets. He’s hitting .355/.344/.419 in 32 plate appearances over nine games.

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Stanton Out For The Season, Marlins Considering A-Rod and Gomez Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:26:07 +0000 Giancarlo-Stanton-Marlins1

Faced with the loss of Giancarlo Stanton for the rest of the season, the Marlins are considering both Alex Rodriguez (unconditionally released) and Carlos Gomez (designated for assignment) according to various reports.

MLB Network Radio’s Jim Bowden says it’s inevitable that the Marlins could sign Rodriguez to play first base, according to his sources.

Marlins team president Michael Hill confirmed interest in Rodriguez, though he’s unsure if A-Rod has a desire to continue playing this season.

“We’re going to look at everything,” Hill said. “There has been information out there about his situation. I have no idea what his interest level is to continue playing.”

“This team has played too well for too long. We’re right in the thick of this thing, and we’re going to do everything in our power to help in any way we can. If it’s him, if it’s someone else, we’re going to try to find a way to make it happen.”

Original Report – Aug 14

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will miss the remainder of the season with a groin strain, Don Mattingly told reporters this afternoon. Stanton was injured on the final play of last night’s 8-7 loss against the White Sox attempting to stretch a single into a double.

This is no doubt a huge loss for a Marlins team right in the playoff hunt, currently tied with the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.

Stanton is certainly having a down year by his standards, slashing .244/.329/.496 (117 wRC+) in 103 games, the worst showing of his career. However, he still has 25 home runs and remains a legitimate power threat. He leads Marcell Ozuna, who has 19 homers, for the team lead.

Stanton’s spot in right field will presumably go to the 42 year-old Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is having his best year since 2009, slashing .313/.389/.390 (113 wRC+) in 240 plate appearances. He recently picked up his 3000th big league hit.

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