Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:48:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Settle With Rene Rivera at $1.75 Million Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:39:32 +0000 rene rivera

The New York Mets have settled with arbitration eligible catcher Rene Rivera for $1.75 million according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports. He was projected to receive $2.2 million by MLB Trade Rumors.

Rivera, 33, ended up being an integral part of the Mets 2016 run to the playoffs. As Noah Syndergaard‘s personal catcher, Rivera provided a level of defense and leadership that Travis d’Arnaud could not.

Despite his value in those departments, Rivera was not much of an offensive threat as he slashed 222/.291/.341 with six home runs and 26 RBIs.

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DeGrom To Throw Soon; Recovery Progressing Well Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:41:56 +0000 jacob degrom

Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom‘s recovery from ulnar nerve reposition surgery in his pitching elbow is progressing well, and the plan is to start throwing soon, the all-star pitcher said Friday.

DeGrom, 28, pitched to a 7-8 record, with a 3.04 ERA and 8.7 K/9 in 24 games started before going under the knife this past September.

“After I got (the nerve) moved, snapping my fingers was one thing I noticed would hurt, and there’s none of that anymore,” deGrom said, referring to how he has felt after the surgery.

The three-year veteran is arbitration eligible for the first time this winter, and the Mets have not approached him about a contract extension according to deGrom.

If a contract extension is not reached, deGrom is set to earn $4.2 million in 2017, and can become a free agent in 2021.

Regardless of all this, deGrom said the goal in 2017 is to win the World Series.

“We made a playoff push this year, and it was definitely exciting. We made it to the World Series (in 2015) and the same goal is to win it,” deGrom said. “I think everyone on this team has that goal, and that’s what we are shooting for from Spring Training.”

This is great news to hear, as both deGrom and Steven Matz have said they are feeling healthy and ready to go in the last 24 hours. Spring Training can’t come soon enough…

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White Sox Likely To Deal Adam Eaton Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:09:40 +0000 adam eaton

According to Jon Morosi on Twitter, the White Sox could be dealing center fielder Adam Eaton during the Winter Meetings. The tweet was in the context that he was more likely to be dealt than 1B/DH Jose Abreu, however both have been said to be on the trade block.

Eaton, 27, has been a very consistent player in his career. After being a backup outfielder in Arizona from 2012 to 2013, he went to Chicago and hit the ground running. In his three years with the White Sox, he has hit .290/.362/.422 with 29 home runs, 28 triples, and 47 stolen bases.

He finished 19th in MVP voting this season, after he hit .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs, nine triples (most in the AL), and 91 runs scored while providing solid defense in the outfield. This season he played mostly right field, but still logged over 300 innings in center.

He is a left handed hitter, however the handedness of the pitcher doesn’t make much of a difference to him. Since 2014, he has hit .282/.354/.343 against lefties and .293/.364/.450 against righties. His batting average and on-base percentage are very comparable, but he clearly has more power against righties as you can see in his slugging percentage.

Eaton is owed $4 million in 2017, $6 million in 2018, and $8.4 million in 2019. He has options of $9.5 and $10.5 million in 2020 and 2021 respectively, each with $1.5 million buyouts.

The Mets currently have an overflowing outfield, but that is destined to change once the Mets trade Jay Bruce and/or Curtis Granderson. They have Gold Glovers Yoenis Cespedes in left field and Juan Lagares in center field, however the addition of Eaton couldn’t hurt, especially if they trade both Bruce and Granderson.

Adam Eaton is a remarkably consistent player who would improve any team he plays for. His acquisition, though, would further curtail the playing time of both Juan Lagares, who is a vastly better player when he gets consistent playing time, and Michael Conforto.

Acquiring Eaton would take a fair number of prospects as well, and knowing how Sandy Alderson operates, I don’t see him coughing up young talent when he already has the option for a solid center field platoon with Lagares and Conforto. If both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson get dealt, Eaton would give Terry Collins some good flexibility in the outfield.

Against righties, Adam Eaton could play center field and Michael Conforto would play in right. Conversely, against lefties, Juan Lagares would play center field and Eaton could play in right.

We will, of course, keep you posted on any developments.

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Mets Would Like to Add Two Lefty Relievers Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:57:00 +0000 jerry-blevins-mets-win

The New York Mets biggest need left this offseason is improving the bullpen and according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports, they intend to add at least two left-handed relievers.

One of those lefties could be simply re-signing Jerry Blevins who pitched for the Mets the past two seasons. Blevins had a 2.49 ERA, 1.085 WHIP, and struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings over two seasons with the Mets.

The left-handed reliever market has seen some action already this offseason with Brett Cecil (4 years, $30.5MM) signing and Marc Rzepczynski (2 years) on the verge of a deal.

Other names still available on the LOOGY market include Boone Logan, Travis Wood, J.P. Howell, and Mike Dunn.

The in-house options for the Mets that are on the 40-man roster are Josh Smoker (reverse splits), Josh Edgin (diminished velo), and Sean Gilmartin (bad 2016).

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A Blockbuster Trade That Could Help the Mets Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:00:22 +0000 zack wheeler whiff

It is officially trade season, the Winter Meetings begin this Sunday, December 4 and with a new collective bargaining agreement in hand, business is about to pick up on the hot stove.

Now that Yoenis Cespedes is back in a Metropolitans uniform, General Manager, Sandy Alderson will begin to shape his roster and ready his team for 2017. Joel Sherman of the NY Post takes a look at a potential blockbuster deal that could help the boys from Queens.

Sherman suggests that the Mets send Zack Wheeler and Jay Bruce to the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson and catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis.

It is an interesting trade on many aspects as Gregerson would give the Mets some much needed relief at the back end of the bullpen, especially with the uncertainties surrounding Jeurys Familia entering next season. Gregerson has been quite the steady reliever over the last few years.

In 2016, Gregerson pitched to a 3.28 ERA with a WHIP of 0.97 while picking up 15 saves for the Astros. He appeared in 59 games while throwing 57.2 innings. The trade could help the Mets get to that three-headed monster to close out games with a combo of Gregerson, Familia and Addison Reed.

The other part of this deal would bring the Mets some catching help in Evan Gattis. With the Astros recently dealing for Brian McCann, Gattis becomes expendable.

Gattis is not known for being a defensive whiz by any means but does pack a solid bat. In 2016, Gattis hit to a .251/.319/.508 batting line to go along with 32 homers and 72 RBI. Since making his MLB debut in 2013, he has hit 20+ homers in each season.

The Mets of course would be giving up Wheeler though in this deal, a pill that may be just too hard to swallow for this team. At the same time though, we have yet to see Wheeler now in two seasons and this is a win-now team. There is no telling what Wheeler may or may not be at this point.

It is an interesting deal, one that would bring the team a couple of pieces they could really use. As we approach the upcoming Winter Meetings, rumors are about to become plentiful. It is sure to be a fun and interesting time in baseball as the hot stove heats up.

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Steven Matz Expected to Have Normal Offseason Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:30:42 +0000 steven-matz

New York Mets left-handed pitcher Steven Matz was a guest on WOR radio last night and said he had been cleared by the team doctors to proceed with his normal offseason routine.

The doctors said, ‘You’re good to go, progress with your normal offseason,’” Matz told WOR.

Matz, 25, had surgery in early October to remove what was labeled as a “massive” bone spur in his pitching elbow. Matz was diagnosed with the bone spur earlier in the season, but decided to pitch through the pain.

Matz made his last start of the season on Aug. 14 before he was diagnosed with rotator cuff impingement that would officially get him shutdown for the year.

The young lefty went 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA, 1.209 WHIP, and posted a 2.7 bWAR over 22 starts in 2016. He struck out 129 batters compared to only 31 walks in 132.2 innings and finished sixth in the Rookie of the Year voting.

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Mets In Danger Of Being Non-Tendered Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:00:38 +0000 rene rivera

Today is the deadline to tender a contract to arbitration eligible players, of which the Mets have ten: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack WheelerLucas Duda, Rene Rivera, Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Travis d’Arnaud, and Wilmer Flores. Most of those players make the decision to retain them a no-brainer, however two might be in danger of being non-tendered and become free agents.

Lefty reliever Josh Edgin, 29, is projected to make $800k next season through arbitration. Before appearing in 16 games in 2016, he had been working his way back from Tommy John surgery. When he last pitched in 2014, he was very effective, posting a 1.32 ERA in 27.1 innings with 28 strikeouts.

In 2016, he pitched 10.1 innings, striking out 11 and recording a 5.23 ERA. He has good stuff, and with time he could return to his 2014 form, but some pitchers have a hard time coming back from Tommy John surgery. It seems like $800k is good a low risk bet on him pitching well, especially with the only other Mets lefty being Josh Smoker. I don’t expect the Mets to non-tender Edgin tomorrow, but he is certainly on the bubble.

The player in the most danger of being non-tendered is veteran catcher Rene Rivera. Rivera, 33, ended up being an integral part of the Mets 2016 run to the playoffs. As Noah Syndergaard‘s personal catcher, Rivera provided a level of defense and leadership that Travis d’Arnaud could not.

Despite his value in those departments, Rivera was not much of an offensive threat as he slashed 222/.291/.341 with six home runs and 26 RBIs. The question the Mets face is this: Is he worth the $2.2 million he is projected to make in 2016?

The Mets have Travis d’Arnaud in whom Sandy Alderson has publicly said he puts his trust going to this season. The Mets also have young Kevin Plawecki who, despite his lack of production so far, has always shown a lot of potential behind the dish. They could have Plawecki back up d’Arnaud in the Majors, or start him in AAA where he can get consistent at bats and have Rivera return to back up d’Arnaud.

While d’Arnaud’s throwing got better towards the end of the season, it is certainly not close to where it needs to be. Unless he hits well enough to offset his lack of defensive production, it would be good to have Rivera available.

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Heyman: Fowler’s Camp Seeking $18 Million Annually Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:33:27 +0000 dexter fowler

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Twitter, Dexter Fowler‘s representatives believe the outfielder can land an $18 million annual, multi-year deal.

Heyman names the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays as potential suitors of Fowler’s talents.

Fowler, 31 on Opening Day, appeared in his first all-star game in 2016, while helping the Cubs take home their first World Series title since 1908.

In 125 games, Fowler hit to a .276/.393/.447 batting line, with 13 homers and 48 RBIs.

Originally acquired by the Cubs in 2015 from the Houston Astros, Fowler rejoined the Cubs on a one-year pact for 2016 for $8 million, and is now looking to capitalize on his all-star season.

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Pirates Could Make Lefty Closer Tony Watson Available Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:05:11 +0000 tony-watson

The Pittsburgh Pirates are shopping the face of their franchise in Andrew McCutchen and could also be looking to trade more pieces including their lefty closer Tony Watson according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Watson, 31, had a 3.06 ERA, 1.064 WHIP, and 15 saves last year for the Pirates in 70 appearances. In 67.2 innings, he allowed only 52 hits, but ten of them left the park. He posted a 1.3 bWAR after two straight seasons of being a 2.5 bWAR pitcher and an All-Star appearance in 2014.

The lefty is arbitration eligible this offseason and is projected to make $5.9 million according MLB Trade Rumors. He will become a free agent after the 2017 season.

The Mets have a need for a lefty reliever in their bullpen with Jerry Blevins being a free agent and most likely getting a multi-year deal elsewhere. They have the inexperienced lefty Josh Smoker (with reverse splits) and Josh Edgin who has yet to get his pre-Tommy John surgery velocity back as their two best current options.

Watson has been tough on both left-handed and right-handed hitters during his six year major league career. Lefties have a meager slash line of .204/.266/.284 and righties have hit only .217/.282/.352 off him.

Watson fits two needs for the Mets in the fact that he can be get lefties out and has experience pitching late in games. He would also allow the Mets to get a reliever on a one-year deal, but at what cost?

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Pitchers and Catchers Report on February 12 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:20:18 +0000 MLB: New York Mets-Workouts

The New York Mets have announced that pitchers and catchers will report on February 12 of next year.

Position players will report on February 17 with the first workout scheduled for the 19th.

Original Report – Nov 15

The New York Mets today announced that the club will open its 2017 Spring Training Grapefruit League Schedule on Friday, February 24 vs. the American League East champion Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Florida.

The Mets first home game in Grapefruit League play will be at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, February 25 vs. the Washington Nationals in Port St. Lucie, FL.

The Mets will play 35 exhibition games in 2017, including 18 home games in Port St. Lucie.

Season, group tickets and special ticket packages including the Red Sox trip to Port. St. Lucie will go on sale Tuesday, November 29 at 10 a.m. online and at 772-871-2115.

Single game tickets will go on sale Saturday, January 14 at 10 a.m. More information is available online at, or by calling 772-871-2115.


After opening Grapefruit League play against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, the Red Sox will visit Port St. Lucie, FL at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8.

Overall, manager Terry Collins’ squad will play eight games vs. the Marlins, seven against the Astros, five apiece vs. the Nationals and Cardinals, four each with the Braves and Tigers and the two games against the Red Sox.

The Mets will open their 2017 Major League season on Monday, April 3 at 1:10 p.m. vs. the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mets single-game tickets for the 2017 season will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 18 at

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Nationals, Pirates Deep in Talks for McCutchen Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:28:05 +0000 andrew-mccutchen

It has been widely reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates are shopping star outfielder Andrew McCutchen after having the worst season of his eight year career.

According to Stephen Nesbitt of Pittsburgh Post-Gazettethe likelihood of a trade is increasing with the winters meetings right around the corner.

Stephen also says that the Pirates have had discussions with the Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners.

The Pirates are reportedly looking for a prospect heavy package for McCutchen and are targeting Nationals’ top prospect Victor Robles according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Robles, 19, is the 10th best prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline (one spot ahead of Mets top prospect Amed Rosario).

Jayson Stark of ESPN is reporting that talks between the Pirates and Nats have ramped up and that a deal could get done today.

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Seattle Mariners To Sign LHP Marc Rzepczynski Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:15:00 +0000 marc rzepczynski

According to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Mariners are on the verge of acquiring free agent left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski.

Rzepczynski, 31, has developed a decent reputation as a lefty specialist over the years. In 2016 with the Athletics and Nationals, he went 1-0 with a 2.64 ERA, striking out 46 batters in 47.2 innings.

This directly affects the market for free agent Jerry Blevins, who the Mets have said they would like to bring back. He remains as the best lefty reliever on the free agent market, excluding closer Aroldis Chapman. As of now, the Mets bullpen includes young lefties Josh Smoker and Josh Edgin.

This also affects the Mets’ trade market. The Mariners are in the market for an outfielder and MMO predicts them as a possible landing spot for Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson. With this signing, the Mariners have more than enough bullpen depth to deal from, an area which the Mets would like to improve.

Mariner relievers Nick Vincent and Steve Cishek would both make solid additions to the Mets bullpen, setting up Addison Reed in the 8th and Jeurys Familia in the 9th.

The deal is reportedly for two years and is pending a physical as well as some “last minute details.” This post will be updated when the final terms are reported and the deal is official.

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Orioles Showing Interest in Granderson, Not Bruce Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:27:39 +0000 jay bruce

According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the Baltimore Orioles have shown an interest in acquiring Curtis Granderson from the New York Mets, but they have not shown much interest in Jay Bruce.

Both Mets outfielders are on expiring deals, and both players are best suited to playing right field. Mark Trumbo was the Orioles primary right fielder last year. The All-Star hit .256/.316/.533 with 47 homers and 108 RBI. The Orioles made him a qualifying offer, which he rejected and it’s believed the Orioles are not interested in a reunion with Trumbo.

Last year, Granderson, 35, hit .237/.335/.464 with 30 homers and 59 RBI. Granderson spent most of his time in right field, but he was forced to move to center due to Yoenis Cespedes‘ quad injury and the acquisition of Bruce. He is due to make $15 million during the 2017 season.

Bruce, 30, is coming off a year where he hit .250/.309/.506 with 33 homers and 99 RBI in this time split between the Reds and the Mets. Bruce mostly struggled in his 50 games as a Met hitting just .219/.294/.391 with eight homers and 19 RBI. Despite these struggles, the Mets picked up Bruce’s $13 million team option.

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New CBA Notes: All-Star Game Will No Longer Determine Home Field Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:00:33 +0000 rob manfred

The new collective bargaining agreement was finally agreed to last night by Major League Baseball and the MLB Player Association as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The new pact is for five years and is great news with the beginning of the Winter Meetings coming on December 5.

One of the new changes is the All-Star Game will no longer decide who gets home field advantage in the World Series according to the Associated Press. Home field will now go to the pennant winning team with the best regular season record. Players on the winning ASG team will now receive a monetary bonus.

Another important piece in the agreement is MLB cutting back the disabled list minimum stay from 15 days to 10.

Here are more changes in the new CBA:

  • The luxury tax will rise from $189 million to $195 million for the 2017 season and rise incrementally each year until it reaches $210 million in 2021. There will also be new penalties for going over the luxury tax. The first time comes with a 20% tax, which increases to 30% for a second year and 50% for a third.
  • New MLB players will be banned from using smokeless tobacco (it’s already banned in the minor leagues) while current major leagues will be grandfathered.
  • There will not be an international draft but instead there will be a hard cap of $5 million on each team for international signings. Cuban players who are at least 25 years old that also have six years of Serie Nacional experience will be exempt from these limitations.
  • Starting in 2018 the season will begin mid-week, helping to create extra off-days.
  • Also starting in 2018, it’s possible that MLB will have games in Mexico and London.
  • The major league regular season will span 187 days starting in 2018, it currently lasts 183 calendar days.
  • The compensation for signing a player that received a qualifying offer will change next offseason. The compensation will now be broken down into three categories. Revenue sharing recipients would lose their third highest draft choice. Revenue sharing contributors would lose their second and fifth highest selections and also sacrifice $1 million in international signing availability. Teams that don’t fall into either of the previous categories would lose their second highest pick and $500K of their international bonus pool.
  • A player can only receive the qualifying offer once during his career and will now have 10 days to make his decision.
  • The league minimum for the 2017 season will be $535 thousand, will be bumped up to $545K in 2018, $555K in 2019 and then will see cost of living increases for the final two years of the new CBA.

One notable area that wasn’t change was September roster expansion. There was talk of MLB limiting the September roster expansion to 28 players and the Player’s Association agreeing to that if the everyday rosters were increased to 26 players.

We will update as more details come…

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Sandy Alderson Reiterates Stance on Catcher Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:30:45 +0000 sandy alderson 2

Amidst the signing that kept Yoenis Cespedes in Queens for four more years and the trade that sent Logan Verrett to Baltimore, General Manager, Sandy Alderson reiterated the team’s stance on their catching circumstance.

The Mets GM advised that the team will not be pursuing an “external upgrade at catcher” as per Matt Ehalt of

With Rene Rivera reportedly being a non-tender candidate, that leaves the Metropolitans with just two viable options at backstop. Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki will yet again have every opportunity to prove they belong behind the dish for the New York Mets.

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The Mets incumbent starting catcher, d’Arnaud has been unable to prove that he deserves to be starting due to a lack of production and a constant struggle with the injury bug. Travis is coming off of two injury plagued seasons that have shown a drop off in his offensive prowess while also struggling defensively behind the plate.

In 2016, d’Arnaud’s toughest season yet, he hit to a .247/.307/.323 batting line with just four homers and 15 RBI. Defensively, baserunners had begun to run at-will on d’Arnaud, further complicating his ability to be the team’s starting catcher.

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Plawecki, a once thought of top catching prospect that would ultimately battle d’Arnaud for the starting spot has yet to capitalize on any opportunity presented to him. He has shown an inabiliy to consistently hit at the Major League level thus far.

Since his debut in 2015, he has played in just 121 games and has a combined .211/.287/.285 batting line with just four homers and 32 RBI in 365 at-bats. A strong spring training could possibly tip the scales in his favor as the team may be willing to do something different entering the 2017 season.

All that said, with the team lacking an identity at the catching position and with some good chips to possibly trade in their glut of outfielders, it seems worth exploring any potential deal that may be out there. The Mets need a steady catcher behind the plate and neither d’Arnaud nor Plawecki have proven that they have the ability to be that stabilizing force just yet.

With the Winter Meetings getting ready to start this coming Sunday, December 4, it will be interesting to see if Alderson had something up his sleeve this whole time or if the team will truly go into spring training without any other backstops.

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Should Lagares And Conforto Be Untouchable? Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:34 +0000 lagares conforto

Per Anthony DiComo on Twitter, teams have inquired about outfielders Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto. However, DiComo reports that the Mets have made the two untouchable.

The Mets are actively shopping right fielder Jay Bruce. They are also listening to offers for Curtis Granderson, however they would prefer not to trade him.

Lagares, known for his glove, has underperformed at the plate recently. Many have attributed that to his lack of consistent playing time, as he appeared in only 79 games this season, hitting .239 with three home runs and four stolen bases. When he gets consistent at bats, as he did the previous three seasons, he performs at a higher level.

From 2013-2015 he hit .261/.297/.364 while playing unbelievable defense, winning the Gold Glove Award in 2014. Even though his batting average was 20 points lower in 2016 than 2015 (.259 – .239), he raised his on base percentage by 12 points (.289 – .301).

Elbow issues severely impacted his throwing ability and therefore his overall defense in 2015, but his arm is now back to full strength. Juan Lagares has a lot of potential, and as he is still only 27 years old, it seems the Mets believe he will fulfill it.

Speaking of potential, Michael Conforto was made unavailable as well. After blasting on to the scene in late 2015 and early 2016, his numbers have fallen off the face of the earth. Even with one of the best April’s in the Majors, the 23 year-old finished 2016 with a .220/.310/.414 slash line with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs.

He showed glimpses of what he can be at the very end of the season, driving some balls the opposite way to left field, but it remains to be seen if that progress will carry over into spring training and the 2017 season.

Just because the Mets say these two aren’t going anywhere doesn’t mean teams won’t still try to yank them away. It is entirely possible that a team blows the Mets away with a deal that Sandy Alderson is inclined to consider.

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Lenny Dykstra: Terry Collins Is A Loser Thu, 01 Dec 2016 12:00:54 +0000 lenny-dykstra-3

1986 Mets World Series champion Lenny Dykstra was on CBS’s Jake Brown Show and had some choice words to say about current Mets manager Terry Collins:

“As long as Terry Collins is there, they’ll lose. I can’t take him. He’s a joke. At our 30-year reunion he’s shaking everyone’s hand… I said you’re lucky you got good mother-(expletive) pitching… When he was in Houston and had [Jeff] Bagwell and [Craig] Biggio, those guys hated him. When they hate you, that’s a problem. He’s never won. He’s a loser and he chokes. I don’t know how he has a job if you can’t win with those guys. He’s a losing manager.”


I can’t speak for the Astros, but the Mets players have shown nothing but love for Terry Collins. He has been handed some pretty tough situations from bad teams with no injuries to great teams with too many injuries to count. He has led the Mets to two consecutive playoff berths, including of course a World Series appearance in 2015 against all odds.

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MLB Owners and Players Union Agree On New CBA Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:54:38 +0000 manfred-rob

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB Owners and the MLB Players Association have agreed on a new collective-bargaining agreement that will run for five years.

This is great news as they were able to avoid any work stoppage, lockout or disruption of the Winter Meetings.

We’ll have all the details once the new CBA is posted.


Original Report – Nov. 29

MLB Owners and the MLB Players Association continue to negotiate around the clock in Dallas, TX as the current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on Thursday, December 1.

However, if sufficient progress on the new CBA is not made in the next few days, MLB Owners will not send any of their front office contingencies to participate in the upcoming Baseball Winter Meetings, according to a report from Buster Olney of

The MLB Winter Meetings are scheduled to begin on Dec. 5 in Washington D.C. and run through Dec. 8.

While the Players Union say they are willing to continue operating under the old agreement until a new one is worked out, Team Owners have already threatened a lockout which would not only shutdown the hot stove season, but potentially interrupt Spring Training and the start of the regular season as well.

The lag in trades and signings this offseason can be attributed to most teams being unwilling to vigorously attack their offseason goals until they know what the new Luxury Tax threshold will be.

Other things at stake are the possibility of an International Draft and eliminating the current Qualifying Offer System. But the biggest issue as always is dividing up the record revenues as the players want a bigger piece of that pie.

Meanwhile, until something can be worked out, the biggest free agents on the market may have to wait before they can start agreeing to their new multi-year deals. That includes Yoenis Cespedes who is expected to re-sign with the Mets once this CBA is finally worked out according to one person I spoke to with knowledge of the situation… If not sooner. (woo hoo!)

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Mets Officially Reintroduce Yoenis Cespedes At Citi Field Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:33:54 +0000 cespedes press conference

In a press conference held at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon, the New York Mets officially reintroduced outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the media. Cespedes, who agreed to a four year. $110 million dollar deal on Tuesday, signed his new deal today.


“The last two years in Mets history have been about winning,” GM Sandy Alderson said. “It has been clear that when Yoenis Cespedes plays for the Mets, the Mets win.”


After COO Jeff Wilpon presented him with a Mets jersey, Cespedes weighed in on his return, saying he was “very proud to once again be back with the New York Mets.”

My favorite part of the press conference was when Yoenis Cespedes said ”I wanted to be with this team… and God-willing I want to finish my career with this team.”

That by itself would be enough to make my day, but it got better when Sandy Alderson added, ”God willing and a no-trade clause.” That no-trade clause was actually an integral part of the negotiations.

“Yoenis is a dynamic player who can beat you in many ways,” said Mets manager Terry Collins in a statement. “It’s a great holiday present for the Mets to know he’ll be in the middle of our lineup. He makes everyone around him better.”

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Mets Trade Logan Verrett To Orioles For Cash Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:36:46 +0000 logan verrett

The Mets have traded RHP Logan Verrett, 26, to the Baltimore Orioles for $50,000 in cash.

This move is to free up a roster spot for Yoenis Cespedes.

In 2016, Verrett went 3-8 with a 5.20 ERA. He appeared in 35 games (12 starts), striking out 66 batters in 91.2 innings.

Verrett has been briefly acquainted with the Orioles before. They picked him from the Rule 5 Draft in 2014, but when they couldn’t find a spot for him, they put him on waivers. The Rangers picked him up but he shortly returned to the Mets organization, who had drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft.

This is not surprising as the Mets have Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo all on track to be healthy by spring training.

This move could mean that the Mets are not planning on offering Lugo or Gsellman in any trades, as if they were, they probably would have kept Verrett.

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Mets To Hold Yoenis Cespedes Press Conference At 5 PM Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:05:46 +0000 yoenis-cespedes

The re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes is official. Rejoice.

There will be a press conference today at 5 PM ET at Citi Field to re-introduce him.

Original Report – Nov 29

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Mets have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The deal is for four years and $110 million dollars, a little lower than my $115 million prediction.

Rosenthal adds that this is the largest free agent deal in team history and the $27.5 million average annual value would match A-Rod for seventh-highest in MLB history and is the highest for an outfielder on a multi-year deal.

Readers of this site shouldn’t be too surprised as I’ve been writing that Cespedes would sign with the Mets before the Winter Meetings for two weeks and that it would be a four year deal.

I was told a couple of weeks ago by two sources that the Mets and Cespedes were getting very close to finalizing a deal and all that other stuff about the Nationals, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants was all “background noise.”

Cespedes has made it well known that his true desire was to stay with the Mets and just yesterday I said it would take a big overpay to pry him away from the Mets at this point..

So here are the numbers… The deal breaks down as $22.5M, $29M, $29M and $29.5M over the next four years and Cespedes gets a full no trade clause.

Welcome back, Yo….

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