Mets Merized Online » Rob Piersall Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:29:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Yo Gotta Believe! Reactions to Mets and Cespedes Reunion! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:12:35 +0000 cespedes yoenis blu

Yoenis Cespedes is coming back to Flushing after the Mets stunned everyone and agreed to a three year, $75 million dollar deal with a first year opt-out clause on Friday night. The right-handed slugger hit .291/.328/.542 with 35 homers, 42 doubles and 105 RBI last season, including a .287/.337/.604 slash line with 17 homers, 14 doubles and 44 RBI in 57 games after his trade from the Detroit Tigers to the Mets. Here are some notable reactions from around the media.

Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

He is not just any free agent agreeing to rejoin his old team. No, Cespedes became something else on Friday night. A symbol to fans. A reminder that not every player seeks every last dollar. A hero for however long he remains a Met — or at least until the first ball he boots in center field. The deal is an absolute triumph for general manager Sandy Alderson and Mets ownership, who never wavered from their three-year limit even after news of the Nationals’ superior offer emerged.

Jared Diamond, Wall Street Journal

Remember when Yoenis Cespedes restructured the clause in his contract and it seemed like a public relations move more than anything else? It wasn’t. A reminder: From August 1st through the end of last season, after they acquired Cespedes, the Mets led the National League in runs, home runs and OPS.

Bob Klapisch, The Record

What a coup for Mets to get Cespedes at three years, $75 million. Huge boost they needed.


Marc Carig, Newsday

Huge move by the Mets, who now have a more New York-appropriate payroll. Cespedes marches to his own drummer. Turned out it worked in the Mets’ favor. Lineup gets a huge boost. Just like at the trade deadline, so many things had to happen for it to be possible. The 2016 New York Mets — favorites to defend their NL East crown.

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Cespedes was already wildly popular with Mets fans after what he did for them last summer. And he’s going to be something akin to a folk hero after apparently turning down a larger offer from the Nationals and possibly one other team. Rather than follow the money, he stayed with the Mets for an even better reason. He’s happy. He likes his teammates, the city, etc.

The Mets’ entire offseason suddenly looks different. With the acquisitions of second baseman Neil Walker, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo, the defending NL champions are significantly better than they were on Opening Day last season.


Ken Davidoff, New York Post

The Mets are bringing back trade-deadline hero Yoenis Cespedes, and on their own terms, to boot: Three years at $75 million, pending a physical examination, with an opt-out after the first year. It’s nothing short of mind-blowing, and for the Mets, it constitutes an epic triumph of patience and goodwill.

Their leadership told us for months that Cespedes very likely wasn’t going to come back after his superb three-month fling, and they based that on a common-sense assumption. After all, the Mets didn’t want to give Cespedes more than three years, and the idea that he would settle for such a short deal after hitting 35 home runs and capturing so much attention appeared nothing short of preposterous.

But Cespedes’ eccentric personality, the same personality that had Mets fans more than happy to bid him good riddance following a bad World Series, ultimately worked to the Mets’ advantage. He really did want to come back to his fourth employer, it turned out. So much so that, even after an offer from the rival Nationals hit the nine-figure mark, Cespedes instructed his representatives at Roc Nation Sports to call the Mets and talk through that three-year deal.

Mike Vaccaro, New York Post

The Mets, hovering under a cloud of inferiority for so long, have emerged as a destination place. And why not? There’s all that pitching. There’s the NL pennant they’ll raise toward the sky at Citi Field on April 8. And now, there is Cespedes, who did the most incredible thing Friday night: He left a huge pile of money on the table in favor of a lesser pile of money. He wanted to be a Met. That’s not just a culture change. That’s a full-blown metamorphosis.

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John Harper, Daily News

So much as it may kill them, fans have to give the Wilpons credit for green-lighting Alderson’s decision and taking on a huge salary almost nobody thought they’d be willing to absorb.

Of course, it’s fair to say it took some extenuating circumstances to make it happen. For one, I believe the outrage from Mets fans on the issue did push ownership, and perhaps even Alderson, to get a deal done, especially after Cespedes made it clear he wanted to stay.

Andy Martino, Daily News

This was the most remarkable free agent pursuit I’ve ever seen. They never pursued Cespedes, a top player, and got him anyway. Make no mistake — this is basically the one-year deal the Mets wanted all along.

Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

More than any other figure, Cespedes put the Nationals in their current predicament. His arrival in Queens at the trade deadline last summer completely altered the National League East race. Here, then, in January, he altered it again, taking less money over fewer years to remain with the Mets — securing the reigning National league champions’ position as the divisional favorite again, at the expense of their chief rivals.


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Market For LHP Antonio Bastardo “Heating Up” Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:51:40 +0000 MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks

According to Robert Murray of Baseball Essential, the market for top remaining relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo is “heating up,” and four teams are rumored to be interested, including the Blue Jays, Orioles, Dodgers and Mets.

The Cubs also met with Bastardo’s agents during the Winter Meetings, but it is unclear whether they are still considering the southpaw for their bullpen.

The Mets have been connected to Bastardo at different points during the offseason, but have made it known that they are unwilling to give him the three-year deal he is currently seeking.

Bastardo can very well be looking to get a deal in the same range as fellow reliever Tony Sipp, who returned to the Astros on a three-year, $18 million pact earlier in the winter.

Mike Puma of the New York Post also added earlier this month that the Mets are prepared to wait out the market for as long as it takes until they can sign a reliever on a one year deal – even if it means watching the remaining proven options come off the board as so many have already.

A long time Phillie, Bastardo spent last season with the Pirates and pitched to a 4-1 record with a solid 2.98 ERA in 57.1 innings over 66 appearances.

Additionally, Bastardo was effective against both left-handed and right-handed hitters, who hit at a .138/.233/.215 and a .210/.311/.315 clip against him, respectively.

Unless Bastardo is willing to take a one-year deal, I doubt the Mets sign him. I don’t see the Mets bending and doling out a three-year deal to get him. However, Bastardo could be the LOOGY the Mets have been seeking for their bullpen for quite sometime.

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Tigers Sign Justin Upton To Six-Year, $132 Million Deal Tue, 19 Jan 2016 04:10:18 +0000 justin upton

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the Detroit Tigers and free agent outfielder Justin Upton are in agreement on a six-year, $132 million deal pending a physical.

The deal also includes an opt-out clause after the second year, so Upton could potentially hit the free agent market again before his age 30 season.

Upton, 28, spent the first six years of his career in the desert with the Arizona Diamondbacks before bouncing around between the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres the last three seasons.

A three-time all-star, Upton had a very solid walk year for the Friars this past season, hitting at a .251/.336/.454 clip, with 26 home runs and 81 runs batted in.

For his career the veteran outfielder owns a .271/.352/.473 slash line, and will now be joining the Tigers for his prime years.

It seemed as though a guy like Upton, who is still on the younger side and with loads of talent, would have been snatched up by now, but after the Cubs handed out a monster deal to Jason Heyward, the rest of the market has been slow to develop.

Upton got almost exactly the same deal as Yoenis Cespedes has been hoping to get, with approximately $22 million annually for six years.

So, now that this domino has fallen, this leaves the aforementioned Cespedes as the most appealing free agent outfielder on the market.

I’m predicting it’s only a matter of time before a team doles out a very similar contract to the Cuban phenom. Only time will tell.


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Marlins Sign Dee Gordon To Five-Year Extension Thu, 14 Jan 2016 04:10:56 +0000 dee gordon

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Twitter, the Miami Marlins and second baseman Dee Gordon are in agreement on a five year, $50 million dollar extension, with a $14 million vesting option for a sixth season.

Gordon, 28 on Opening Day, was acquired last offseason by the Marlins in a blockbuster trade along with Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas from the Dodgers in exchange for top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Chris Hatcher.

Gordon enjoyed his first and best season in Miami, earning the National League batting title, hitting at a .333/.359/.418 clip, with 58 stolen bases and cementing himself as one of the league’s top second basemen.

Gordon made his first all-star game in 2015, as well as earning the Silver Slugger award and a Gold Glove for his tremendous 4.9 WAR, and .992 fielding percentage, to go along with a +6.4 UZR and a +13 defensive runs saved.

With his new deal, the Marlins will buy out Gordon’s three remaining arbitration seasons, as well as his first two free agent seasons, and possibly a third if his option vests.

What a bargain for Miami, as they now have Gordon for his prime years, as he can hit the free agent market at age 32 the earliest.

Gordon is a guy that I would have loved the Mets traded for when he was on the Dodgers, as he would have given us the lead-off hitter we’ve so desperately missed since Jose Reyes left after the 2011 season.

Just a little food for thought, but Gordon is making less annually ($10 million) in 2016 than Neil Walker will likely get in arbitration ($11 million). I’m looking at you, Fred and Jeff. Extend some of our young pitching staff. Now.

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Yankees To Acquire Aroldis Chapman Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:58:50 +0000 aroldis_chapman_reds_0

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees have acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Reds, in exchange for right-handers Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham, third baseman Eric Jagielo and second baseman Tony Renda.

Chapman, 27, has been one of the most highly regarded and dominant closer’s in baseball since he defected from Cuba and made his major league debut in 2010.

The flame-throwing lefty owns a 19-20 record, with a 2.17 ERA to go along with 146 saves over the span of six seasons. He also boasts a career 15.4 strikeout rate and 1.97 FIP.

With that being said, the Yankees have officially established themselves as having one of the most feared bullpens in the game, as Chapman will complement Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller to finish off games next season. Good morning, good afternoon and goodnight.

Earlier this month, it looked like Chapman would be taking his talents to Los Angeles, but after being involved in a domestic abuse situation shortly after, the trade fell through and the Dodgers moved on to seek other options.

Though domestic violence issue is of concern, the Yankees will take their chances on Chapman with the hope of a big payoff on the field.

Since becoming a full-time closer in 2012, Chapman has recorded 30+ saves every season, and is widely renowned as one of the elite bullpen arms in the game.

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Nationals Are “Moving On” From Brandon Phillips Sun, 20 Dec 2015 06:47:22 +0000 Phillips Brandon

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports on Twitter, the Nationals are now “moving on” from Brandon Phillips and will pursue other options, including Howie Kendrick and former Met Daniel Murphy to a lower degree.

Phillips reportedly wanted an extension as part of a condition to him accepting the trade to Washington, according to Jon Heyman via Twitterso it makes sense the Nationals balked, as Phillips is already owed $27 million over the two years left on his contract, and is also going into his age 35 season.

Another option the Nationals could consider is trading for one-time top MLB prospect Jurickson Profar of the Rangers, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN. Profar was ranked the No. 1 prospect in baseball heading into the 2013 season by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and He had an outstanding AFL season and is attempting to comeback from shoulder surgery. The Rangers will wait until Spring Training to deal him to show teams he is healthy.

December 18:

The Nationals and Reds are in agreement on a trade that would send Brandon Phillips to Washington, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports via Twitter.

However, Phillips has yet to agree to waive his full no-trade protection, and has accepted deferrals in his contract to remain in Cincinnati for the duration of the deal, so talks with him are ongoing, Rosenthal also tweets.

Phillips, 34, made his major league debut with the Indians in 2002, but it wasn’t until he was traded to the Reds in 2006 that he developed into the player he is today.

In fourteen major league seasons, Phillips is a career .273/.320/.421 hitter, and comes with four Gold Glove awards under his belt.

The three-time all-star is coming off a season that saw him hit .294/.328/.395, with 12 home runs and 70 RBI’s, his best season in several years.

The Nationals had been linked to former Met Daniel Murphy earlier this week, but if this deal comes into fruition, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing Daniel in our division this season.

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Mets Odds To Win World Series Are 14/1 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:30:59 +0000 Matz Syndergaard deGrom

In their latest Baseball Futures, leading online sports bookers, Bovada, cast the Mets with 14/1 odds to win the World Series, tied with the Royals for fourth on the list behind the Giants, Cubs, and Red Sox.

Remember, these odds can and will change at the drop of a hat in the event of a trade, free agent signing, or injury, but they’re still fun to think about and the fact that the reigning National League Champions have very good odds at harnessing a World Series title after coming up just short last year is a nice sight to see.

Here’s how the league stacks up:

San Francisco Giants – 6/1
Chicago Cubs – 6/1
Boston Red Sox – 9/1
New York Mets – 14/1
Kansas City Royals – 14/1
Los Angeles Dodgers – 16/1
Toronto Blue Jays – 16/1
St. Louis Cardinals – 16/1
Washington Nationals – 18/1
Houston Astros – 18/1
Pittsburgh Pirates – 18/1
Texas Rangers – 20/1
Arizona Diamondbacks – 20/1
Cleveland Indians – 25/1
Los Angeles Angels – 25/1
New York Yankees – 25/1
Detroit Tigers – 25/1

The Braves, Phillies, Reds, Rockies, and Padres hold up the rear with 100/1 odds.


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Mets Sign Jerry Blevins To One Year, $4 Million Deal Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:39:38 +0000 Jerry Blevins

According to Matt Yallof of MLB Network on Twitter, the Mets and relief pitcher Jerry Blevins have agreed to a one-year deal worth $4 million, with $1 million in performance bonuses.

Blevins, 32, was acquired by the Mets prior to Opening Day from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker, and appeared in seven games for the Mets, pitching to a 1-0 record with a pristine 0.00 ERA before being struck by a comeback line drive in April and subsequently missing the rest of the season after aggravating the injury later when recovering.

Blevins is a left-handed specialist that the Mets so desperately needed in their bullpen, and after a nice start to the year this past season, Blevins will take his talents back to New York and look to find the same success.

For his career, Blevins has held lefties to a .206/.257/.322 clip in parts of nine seasons, mostly with the Athletics, but making a stop in Washington before being acquired by the Mets in 2015.

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Royals Sign Dillon Gee To Minor League Deal Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:28:37 +0000 dillon gee

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Twitter, the Royals have signed former Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee to a minor league deal. He reportedly turned down a couple of major league deals to join Kansas City.

Gee, 30 in April, was designated for assignment in April by the Mets after falling out of opposition with the Mets’ ownership.

The veteran pitcher went 0-3 with a 5.90 ERA in seven games started this past season before being relegated to the bullpen, and then eventually demoted to the minors, where he would stay for the rest of the season.

In six seasons with the Mets, Gee pitched to a 40-37 record, with a 4.03 ERA and 4.25 FIP.

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Giants Sign Johnny Cueto To Six Year, $130 Million Deal Tue, 15 Dec 2015 01:03:28 +0000 johnny cueto 2

The Giants bolstered their starting rotation today, by signing Johnny Cueto to a six year deal worth $130 million with an opt-out clause after two years, according to Buster Olney of ESPN on Twitter, as well as Jerry Crasnick of on Twitter, who reported the length and value of the deal.

After signing Jeff Samardzija earlier this month to a five year deal worth $90 million, the Giants rounded out their rotation by signing the recent World Series champion and all-star Johnny Cueto today.

Cueto, 30 in February, pitched to an 11-13 record, with a 3.44 ERA and 7.5 K/9 last season between the Reds and the Royals.

For his career, Cueto owns a 96-70 record with a 3.30 ERA over the span of eight seasons, mostly with Cincinnati before the Royals made a trade for him for their World Series run at the end of this past season.

Cueto pitched game two of the World Series against the Mets, and tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits.


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Mets Make It Official, Announce Two-Year Deal With Asdrubal Cabrera Fri, 11 Dec 2015 22:51:53 +0000 adrubal cabrera

The Mets have officially announced the completion of their deal with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera who passed his physical today. The deal is worth $18.5 million over two years and includes a third-year team option for 2018.

Cabrera, 30, can play both shortstop and second base but will likely predominantly play shortstop for the Mets next season and possibly get some reps at third.

He batted .265 with 28 doubles, 15 home runs, and 58 RBIs in 551 plate appearances this year for the Rays and posted a 104 wRC+ and 2.2 WAR in 143 games. He finished the year with a strong second half, batting .328 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI.

As his career .267/.329/.412 triple slash line shows, he provides solid production and power from his position. Since 2011, he’s produced double digit home runs in every season.

A two-time All Star, Cabrera started 136 games at shortstop this season, where he posted a -6.0 UZR and -7 Defensive Runs Saved, almost identical to his 2014 metrics.

Assistant GM John Ricco was very pleased with what they were able to accomplish at the Winter Meetings, pointing to the added depth and flexibility they now have in the infield.

“We think we have some good players. But whether it be through giving them more rest or finding ways to get them at-bats in situations where they’ll thrive, that’s the goal,” Ricco said. “And trying to find pieces that allow us to do that is what we’ve been focused on.”


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Yankees To Acquire Starlin Castro Wed, 09 Dec 2015 01:33:44 +0000 Castro Starlin

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Twitter, the New York Yankees have acquired Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs.

Additionally, Jack Curry of the YES Network also reports on Twitter that pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named later are heading to Chicago in return.

Castro, 26 in March, has spent the last six seasons with the Cubs, hitting at a .281/.321/.404 clip, with a 10.3 total WAR.

The young second baseman/shortstop has been involved in trade rumors the last few seasons, and will now finally be on the move as he takes his talents to New York.


In return, the Cubs are getting a swing man type pitcher in Adam Warren.

Warren, 28, appeared in 43 games for the Yankees last season (17 starts), and pitched to a 7-7 record, with a 3.39 ERA and a 7.1 K/9.

Warren is a solid pitcher that the Cubs will add to their bullpen, but essentially, this was a Ben Zobrist for Starlin Castro swap. They had to move Castro to make Zobrist happen.

In one move, the Yankees have improved their second base situation and likely undermined the Mets at the same time, who now have to figure out what to do as a Plan B with Zobrist off the board.

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Royals Sign Joakim Soria To Three-Year Deal Mon, 07 Dec 2015 08:29:16 +0000 Joakim_Soria_DET

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick via Twitterthe Kansas City Royals and free agent reliever Joakim Soria have agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal, with a mutual option for a fourth season. 

Soria, 31, split last season between the Tigers and Pirates appearing in 72 games overall, recording 24 saves and posting a 2.53 ERA with a 8.5 K/9.

The Mets had preliminary interest in Soria, but were not looking to spend big dollars for the setup reliever they are looking to add this offseason. The Mets will focus instead on sifting through the second-tier relief market.

With the losses this offseason of Ryan Madson and Greg Holland from their bullpen, the Royals patched things up quite nicely with Soria, an established veteran who will now reunite with the team he started his career with in 2007.

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Mariners Sign Hisashi Iwakuma To One-Year Deal Mon, 07 Dec 2015 03:57:38 +0000 Hisashi+Iwakuma+Texas+Rangers+v+Seattle+Mariners+aJsVhMMUNiJx

December 18:

After problems arose with Iwakuma’s physical earlier today leading to his deal with the Dodgers falling through, the Mariners have now re-signed the righty to a one-year deal with vesting options for 2017 and 2018, according to the club on Twitter.

Iwakuma reportedly had a three-year, $45 million deal pact in line with the Dodgers, but a deal was never formally announced by the club, most likely due to the aforementioned complications with his physical.

It’s been a frustrating offseason for the Dodgers, after failing to re-sign Zack Greinke, failing to trade for Aroldis Chapman, and now having their deal with Iwakuma fall through. Yikes.

December 6:

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter, the Los Angeles Dodgers and starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma have reportedly agreed to a three-year deal. The dollars have yet to be reported.

Iwakuma spent the last four seasons with the Seattle Mariners, pitching to a 47-25 record and a 3.17 ERA with a 7.7 K/9, and has proved to be a top of the line starter since his debut in 2012.

After failing to re-sign Zack Greinke, the Dodgers needed to make a move to fill a big hole in their rotation.

Iwakuma, going into his age 35 season, was most likely appealing to Los Angeles because he wasn’t seeking a long term (4+ years), expensive deal, but should still prove to be a quality addition to the Dodgers rotation.

The Dodgers have been actively looking to bolster their pitching staff, as there were also reports that they were linked to Aroldis Chapman earlier today as well.

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Diamondbacks Sign Zack Greinke For Six Years, $206 Million Sat, 05 Dec 2015 01:43:27 +0000 Zack Greinke

According to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Diamondbacks and ace Zack Greinke have agreed to a six-year deal, pending a physical. Greinke will receive $206 million (with deferrals) over the life of the contract, according to Rosenthal, putting the average annual value at an MLB-record  $34.3 million.

Greinke, 32, was one of the most sought after free agents this offseason, after going 19-3, with a 1.66 ERA in 32 games this past season for the Dodgers.

A three time All Star, Greinke has spent the last three seasons with the Dodgers, and has established himself as one of the game’s top starting pitchers.

This deal comes as a bit of a shock, as it developed so quickly. It was reported earlier this week that Greinke was set to sign with the Dodgers or the Giants by the end of the week.

However, Rosenthal had tweeted earlier this evening that the Diamondbacks were in pursuit of the right-hander, and now it looks like Arizona has made a huge splash by signing Greinke.


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Orioles To Acquire Mark Trumbo Wed, 02 Dec 2015 03:56:05 +0000 1449028268338

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Dutton reports on Twitter that pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser is the second player headed to Baltimore in the deal.

Riefenhauser, 26 in January, spent this past season with the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching to a 5.52 ERA in 17 games.

Riefenhauser was just traded to the Mariners last month along with Nate Karns and Boog Powell for Logan Morrison, Danny Farquhar and Brad Miller, but will now be on the move yet again.

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According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Seattle Mariners have a deal in place that would send first baseman Mark Trumbo and a second player to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for veteran catcher Steve Clevenger

Trumbo, 30, split last season between the Mariners and Diamonbacks, and combined to hit .262/.310/.449 with 22 home runs and 64 runs batted in.

Trumbo averaged 32 home runs a season in his time with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2011-2013, but after an injury plagued 2014, Trumbo was not able to match that total in 2015.

However, with Chris Davis potentially leaving the Orioles via free agency, Trumbo’s potential alone makes him appealing to Baltimore.

Dutton adds that Baltimore is also getting a second player in the deal, which we’ll report as soon as it is announced.

The aforementioned Clevenger, 29, hit .287/.314/.426 in 30 games for the Orioles in 2015 in a reserve role. He projects to backup newly acquired catcher Chris Ianetta in Seattle.

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Colby Rasmus Accepts Qualifying Offer; Returns To Astros Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:32:05 +0000 Rasmus Colby

Free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus has become the first player since it’s inception to accept the qualifying offer, and will return to the Astros on a one-year deal for $15.8 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Rasmus, 29, hit at a .238/.314/.475 clip and hit 25 home runs for the Astros in 2015, after signing with Houston last offseason on a one-year deal.

The centerfielder had a tremendous postseason for the Astros, as the lefty hit a robust .429 and ripped three home runs in twenty at-bats, including the game winner in the wild card game against the Yankees.

What’s most notable about this deal is that Rasmus will be the first player to ever accept the qualifying offer, which is most likely going to see a change within the next couple seasons.

In my opinion, Rasmus would have been a nice fit for the Mets outfield, but I didn’t see the Mets forfeiting a first round draft pick for him.

Rasmus will now look to have a solid season and seek out a multi-year deal next offseason.

By the way, Daniel Murphy has until 5:00 PM tomorrow to accept or decline his qualifying offer.



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Hot Stove: Angels Acquire Andrelton Simmons From Braves Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:16:48 +0000 andrelton simmons

According to Jesse Sanchez of, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have acquired shortstop Andrelton Simmons and catching prospect Jose Briceno from the Braves in exchange for pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis, as well as veteran shortstop Erick Aybar.

Simmons, 26, is arguably the best defensive shortstop in the game right now, and is still under control through the 2020 season on a very lucrative deal.

A career .256/.304/.362 hitter, Simmons’ real value comes in the field. However, the young shortstop possesses a very high ceiling and is entering his prime years, so a progression at the plate is a realistic possibility.

Simmons is a two-time Gold Glove winner and has a career 15.2 dWAR over the past four seasons.

The Mets had inquired about Simmons recently, but the Braves wanted either star pitchers Jacob deGrom or Matt Harvey in return, which the team refused to agree to, and understandably so.

It was reported earlier that the Braves were discussing trading the shortstop with a team from the West, and the domino has finally fell, as Simmons will take his talents to Los Angeles.

Also heading to the Angels in the deal is catching prospect Jose Briceno.

Briceno. 23, ranked as the #25 prospect for the Braves according to However, the young catcher only managed to hit at a .183/.215/.267 clip this season at High-A in 88 games.

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In return for Simmons, the Braves are getting back promising young pitchers Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis from the Angels.

The two pitchers ranked as the Angels’ number one and two prospects respectively, as well as Newcomb coming in at the nineteenth top prospect league wide.

Newcomb, 22, was drafted fifteenth overall in the 2014 first year player draft by the Angels out of the University of Hartford.

The young lefty reached as high as AA this past season, and pitched to a 9-3 record, with a 2.38 ERA as well as a 11.1 K/9 cumulatively at all levels.

Ellis, 23, was drafted in the third round of the 2014 first year player draft by the Angels out of the University of Mississippi.

A righty, Ellis split his season in 2015 between High-A and AA, and pitched to a 11-9 record with a 3.90 ERA as well as a 8.4 K/9.

It is apparent that the Braves are taking a similar approach to the Mets and are building their future on the foundation of promising young arms.

Also in the trade heading to Atlanta is veteran shortstop Erick Aybar, who has spent the entirety of his career with the Halo’s since making his debut in 2006.

Aybar, 31, owns a career slash line of .276/.315/.378 and will immediately slot in to the starting shortstop role for the Braves.

Aybar is projected to work as a stop gap for prospect Ozhaino Albies, who – though being a few years away – is progressing quickly through Atlanta’s system, and is viewed as the future shortstop for the Braves.

Well, as much as I would have loved to have Simmons patrolling the left side of the infield for the Mets, it was crystal clear that the Braves were not going to trade the shortstop to a division rival.

It’ll be nice to have Simmons out of the equation for Atlanta this year, as it seemed that Simmons always killed the Mets when we played them.

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The Kansas City Royals Are World Series Champions Mon, 02 Nov 2015 05:42:31 +0000 royals win

The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets by a score of 7-2 tonight at Citi Field, winning the World Series.


Curtis Granderson, who has just had such a fantastic season as well as postseason, continued his hot hitting, as he launched a home run to lead off the game for the Mets to give them an early lead.

Royals’ starter Edinson Volquez pretty much kept the Mets at bay after Granderson’s home run, until he hit a bit of a wall in the sixth inning.

The Mets threatened to blow the hinges off the door, as they loaded the bases with no outs. However, after Yoenis Cespedes fouled a ball off his knee, and then subsequently popped out, Lucas Duda was able to hit a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the Mets were unable to inflict real damage as Edinson Volquez was able to pitch his way out of a huge jam.

Kelvin Herrera replaced Volquez for the seventh inning, and would go on to keep the Royals in the game by pitching three scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

Luke Hochevar contributed two scoreless innings of his own, before handing the ball over to closer Wade Davis for the bottom of the twelfth.

The dominant Davis shut the door in the twelfth, and secured the win to give the Royals their first World Series victory since 1985.

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It would be an understatement to say that Matt Harvey pitched a good game. The appropriate thing to say was that the Dark Knight helped a city that was in desperate need of a savior.

Harvey lived up to the task in the biggest game of his life, and fired eight fantastic scoreless innings. After arguing with Terry Collins and getting his way, Harvey went back out to try and pitch a complete game.

After letting up a walk to Lorenzo Cain, followed immediately by a stolen base and an RBI double from Eric Hosmer, Harvey was removed in favor of Jeurys Familia.

Familia came in, and induced a ground ball off the bat of Mike Moustakas, which moved Hosmer up to third with only one out.

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The next batter was Salvador Perez, who sawed off his bat and hit a soft ball to third base. David Wright fielded the ball, and though he looked Hosmer back at third before firing it to first, Hosmer broke for the plate.

Lucas Duda got the out at first, but fired an errant throw home which allowed Hosmer to score the tying run, forcing Harvey to settle for a no-decision, as well as handing Familia a blown save.

Familia kept the game at 2-2 to end the ninth, and pitched a scoreless tenth as well, to keep the Mets season alive for the time being.

Jon Niese pitched a scoreless eleventh, but the Royals took the lead in the late goings against Addison Reed in the twelfth as the Royals tacked on two runs to go up 4-2, before chasing him from the game.

Bartolo Colon came in with the bases loaded in the twelfth and served up a double to clear the bases and bust the game wide open as the Royals went up 7-2, which put the nail in the coffin.



There’s nothing more to say other than the Mets made their own beds this series. After failing to seal the deal in both games 1 and 4, the Mets lead this game until the ninth tonight and again couldn’t end it. The Royals were relentless and did what any good team would do, in making the Mets pay for their mistakes. The Royals were hungry after losing in the World Series last year, and came ready to play, and the Mets didn’t.

As for the Amazins, this World Series loss stings, but we have a bright future ahead of us. And I know that doesn’t help right now, but I doubt this is the only time we see this group make it this far. Our pitching is going to be a force to be reckoned with for years, and if we can solidify our bullpen and add a bat or two, we will be in the money.

Congratulations to the Royals. You deserve it. See you Opening Day.


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Ya Gotta Believe! Mets Rout Royals 9-3; Cut Series Deficit To 2-1 Sat, 31 Oct 2015 03:51:23 +0000 believe mets fans citi field

The New York Mets defeated the Kansas City Royals by a score of 9-3 tonight at Citi Field, and in the process cut the World Series deficit to 2-1.


Noah Syndergaard got the ball for Citi Field’s first ever World Series game, looking to get the Mets back on track.

After being slapped around the first two innings, allowing three runs on six hits, Thor buckled down and set down the next twelve batters.

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In the sixth inning, Syndergaard ran into a bit of trouble, as he loaded the bases, with the Mets only up 5-3 at the time. However, the young righty was able to get Alex Rios to ground out to end the inning and keep the lead in tact.

Ultimately, Syndergaard would pitch six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out six.

With the Mets exploding for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, the pressure was taken off Addison Reed and Tyler Clippard, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings respectively, and kept the Royals off the board.

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Jeurys Familia came on in a non-save situation for the ninth inning, and shut the door as he recorded a 1,2,3 inning.


After the Royals had taken an early 1-0 lead, the Mets retaliated right back, as David Wright hit a no-doubt two-run home run to left field.

With the Royals regaining the lead in the second 3-2, Curtis Granderson contributed a two-run shot of his own in the third, and giving the Mets the lead for good.

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In the fourth inning, the Mets tacked on another run on a single from Michael Conforto to give them a 5-3 lead at the time, and chased Royals’ starter Yordano Ventura from the game in the process.

In the sixth inning, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores reached base for Juan Uribe, who was making his first postseason appearance this year. Uribe then promptly smacked an opposite field single to drive in Lagares from third.

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David Wright came to the plate later in the inning with the bases juiced, and drove in two more runs with a single up the middle, his third and fourth RBI’s of the game.

Yoenis Cespedes then put the final nail in the coffin, as he drove in the Mets ninth run of the game, with a sacrifice fly to left field.

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The Mets will look to even up the series tomorrow night, as they send Long Island native Steven Matz (4-0, 2.27 ERA) to the mound to take on Chris Young (11-6, 3.06 ERA). First pitch is at 8:07 PM.

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