Connor O'Brien

Connor O'Brien is a second-year economics student in the Rutgers University Honors College, a lifelong Mets fan, and an editor here at MetsMerized Online. He embraces a sabermetric point of view in his articles, but doesn't believe this conflicts with scouting or player development. Follow him on Twitter @connor_obrien97

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Yoenis Cespedes Is Still Not The Answer

An article by posted on December 12, 2015 0 Comments
Yoenis Cespedes Is Still Not The Answer

With Michael Cuddyer‘s sudden and shocking retirement this weekend, the Mets 2016 payroll is right around where it was at the beginning of the offseason. With two holes filled essentially for free, many Mets fans are now calling for Sandy Alderson to sign Yoenis Cespedes to play center field. As exciting as it would be […]

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Phillies Trade Closer Ken Giles To Astros For Five Prospects

An article by posted on December 12, 2015 0 Comments
Phillies Trade Closer Ken Giles To Astros For Five Prospects

One of the most useless pieces for a last-place team is a dominant closer. The Phillies capitalized on that this week by dealing their dominant 25 year-old closer Ken Giles to the Astros for a package of prospects which included former number one overall draft pick Mark Appel. In two seasons in Philadelphia, Giles has […]

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Mets Still Open To Full-Time Center Fielder

An article by posted on December 10, 2015 0 Comments
Mets Still Open To Full-Time Center Fielder

While it seems ever more likely that the Mets will be looking for a platoon player in center field in the coming weeks, Assistant GM John Ricco won’t rule out the possibility of acquiring a full-time center fielder. It appears likely that Juan Lagares will enter next season as part of a platoon, but there […]

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Mets Working To Re-Sign Bartolo Colon

An article by posted on December 9, 2015 0 Comments
Mets Working To Re-Sign Bartolo Colon

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets have now “stepped up their efforts” to re-sign Bartolo Colon for the 2015 season. Meanwhile, a source told ESPN’s Adam Rubin that Colon is interested in returning to the Mets as well. Colon would serve as the fifth starter in light of the Jon Niese trade this […]

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Under The Microscope: Jason Heyward vs. Yoenis Cespedes

An article by posted on December 9, 2015 0 Comments
Under The Microscope: Jason Heyward vs. Yoenis Cespedes

Now that the Mets have struck out in their pursuit of Ben Zobrist, it is possible that they could now turn their attention to one of the premier outfielders on the market. Leading that group are Jason Heyward and Yoenis Cespedes. If the Mets choose to go after one of those high-priced outfielders available in […]

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Mets Looking At Asdrubal Cabrera As Fallback Option

An article by posted on December 7, 2015 0 Comments
Mets Looking At Asdrubal Cabrera As Fallback Option

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Mets remain interested in free agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, possibly as a  fallback option if they don’t land Ben Zobrist. On Monday, sources told Cotillo that the Angels, White Sox, and Yankees have also expressed interest in signing Cabrera. He is expected to make a decision […]

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Mets Monitoring Daniel Murphy In Case Zobrist Pursuit Falls Through

An article by posted on December 4, 2015 0 Comments
Mets Monitoring Daniel Murphy In Case Zobrist Pursuit Falls Through

Assistant GM John Ricco told reporters today at the winter meetings that the Mets are still in contact with representatives for Daniel Murphy and are interested in re-signing him if a deal with Ben Zobrist doesn’t materialize. Ricco also said the team is willing to go into next year with Dilson Herrera as the starter […]

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Cesar Ramos Could Be The Cheap Lefty Mets Are Looking For

An article by posted on December 3, 2015 0 Comments
Cesar Ramos Could Be The Cheap Lefty Mets Are Looking For

Another bullpen option hit the free agent market last night as the Angels non-tendered left-handed reliever Cesar Ramos. Ramos, 31, had an excellent season with Los Angeles this past year, posting a 2.75 ERA in 52.1 innings spread over 65 appearances. He struck out 43 batters (7.4 K/9) and walked 15 (2.6 BB/9). His 3.02 […]

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MMO Mailbag: Trading For Todd Frazier, Moving Wright To First Base

An article by posted on November 23, 2015 0 Comments
MMO Mailbag: Trading For Todd Frazier, Moving Wright To First Base

Tom K. asks… I am not a big Lucas Duda fan mostly because his cold streaks drive me nuts. He has like four hot weeks spread out over a six month season. If David Wright is eventually going to be moved to 1B for health and durability issues, why not do it now and trade […]

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Mets Have Expressed Interest In Red Sox Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

An article by posted on November 15, 2015 0 Comments
Mets Have Expressed Interest In Red Sox Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, the Red Sox are likely to break up their young outfield trio this offseason, with Jackie Bradley Jr. likely being the one headed out of town. Bradley, Bradford reports, is already drawing interest from both the Royals and Cubs, who each have outfield slots to fill. But according to a […]

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Lagares Likely To Platoon In Center Next Season

An article by posted on November 10, 2015 0 Comments
Lagares Likely To Platoon In Center Next Season

Today at the annual GM meetings, Paul DePodesta told reporters that Juan Lagares will not be displaced as center fielder, and instead will probably form half of a platoon next year. “We didn’t have it as much in 2014, when Juan basically played most of the time,” DePodesta said Tuesday at the GM Meetings. “He […]

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