Mets Merized Online » Mets News & Notes Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:37:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Winter Ball Update: Puello Breaks Out, Flores Unstoppable Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:23:17 +0000 cesar puello john munson

All statistics are for the week ending Friday.

Cesar Puello finally got some playing this week and he did not disappoint, in fact he broke out. He went 11-25 with 4 home runs, 8 RBI and also had 3 stolen bases. Puello has all the tools to be successful, he just needs consistent playing time.

Wilmer Flores isn’t letting all the Tulo talk affect him and continued his strong winter going 8-26 with a HR and 4 RBI. His overall winter line is now at .309/.356/.456.

*** This just in: Flores is already off to a big follow-up week, hitting two homers on Saturday and another one tonight. In the two games he had five hits, five runs, and six RBI. Hat tip to John Dreker.


Xorge Carrillo just will not stopping crushing the baseball, the supposedly defensive minded backstop went 7-16 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI. Boosting his winter league line to .283/.350/.522.

T.J. Rivera had another quiet week going 2-14 with only one RBI, however he is still hitting over .300 this winter.

Johnny Monell had a solid week going 4-11 with a double and 2 runs scored.

Jon Velasquez made two appearances, throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball and picking up a save.

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Mets Odds To Win World Series Are 25:1 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:35:12 +0000 sfgiantsworldseries2014 trophy

In their latest Baseball Futures, leading online sports bookers Bovada, cast the Mets with 25/1 odds to win the World Series, tied with the White Sox, Yankees and Royals.

Twelve other teams were favored in front of them with the Dodgers, Red Sox and Nationals the heavy favorites, respectively.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 15/2
  • Boston Red Sox – 9/1
  • Washington Nationals – 10/1
  • Chicago Cubs – 12/1
  • Detroit Tigers – 12/1
  • Los Angeles Angels – 12/1
  • San Francisco Giants – 16/1
  • Seattle Mariners – 16/1
  • St. Louis Cardinals – 16/1
  • Baltimore Orioles – 18/1
  • San Diego Padres – 18/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays – 18/1
  • Chicago White Sox – 25/1
  • Kansas City Royals – 25/1
  • New York Mets – 25/1
  • New York Yankees – 25/1
  • Atlanta Braves – 28/1

The Phillies, Twins and Astros hold up the rear with 150/1 odds.

These futures were generated on December 1 and do not include any of the over 150 players that have switched uniforms this month. It will be interesting to see how they change in January and which teams increase their odds for the better.

In a New York Times article, former Met Al Leiter said that fans have many reasons to be excited about the Mets, citing their young pitching. “They could be and should be a playoff team,” Leiter said.

The real shame here is that with better owners the Mets could very well steal the city back from the Yankees who have owned this town for two decades.

When you have the money the Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees have, it’s so easy to overcome mistakes and get right back in the game again in a year or two rather than a 6-8 year rebuilding process. The best free agent players in the game tend to follow the money.


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Troy Tulowitzki Will Not Be Traded To The Mets Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:44:21 +0000 tulowitzki

UPDATE: According to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation, Troy Tulowitzki will not be traded to the Mets. This report comes from Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Several Rockies beat writers including Tom Harding from say there’s absolutely no truth to Friday’s rumors that the Mets were discussing a deal for Troy Tulowitzki.

“Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to that the teams are not in any active discussions as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported this morning.”

Heyman said that the two reams are quietly engaged in a possible deal for the All Star shortstop, but another source told that the teams are not discussing any players.

Harding says Colorado’s top priority is obtaining starting pitching and that during the Winter Meetings the only discussion they had with the Mets was regarding Dillon Gee. Those discussions never went beyond a preliminary stage.

Six different Mets beat writers checked in with their own Mets sources and all of them reported that there have been no discussions between the Mets and Rockies since the Winter Meetings – and that there is no active dialog as some sites are pushing.

The New York Daily News called the possibility of a Tulowitzki trade “highly unlikely,” based on information from two Mets sources who say the contract is far too big of a hurdle.

As I said this morning, this has all the earmarks of the Wilpons spinning a bullshit story to create some positive buzz on the day that we’d learn the Mets placed no bid on Kang.

It was all a complete fabrication and there is no truth to any of today’s Tulo rumors… This was all just a concocted distraction that spun out of control.

December 19

“The Mets and Rockies have been quietly discussing a potential Troy Tulowitzki blockbuster for weeks, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. “Though it isn’t known yet whether New York will have a decent chance to complete such a deal.”

Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is said to be the centerpiece of the discussions that also includes a package of other young prospects.

“There’s said to have been a bit of progress in talks with the Mets over the winter, but people with knowledge of the discussions suggest there’s still a long way to go and that the financial part of such a major transaction isn’t close to being settled, irrespective of whether a player package can be agreed upon.”

Kenny Rosenthal said team source told him the Rockies have no interested in Mets shortstops Ruben Tejada or Wilmer Flores, and puts the chances of any deal at less than 10 percent.

I just can’t believe there’s any legitimacy to any possibility the Mets deal Syndergaard, Dilson Herrera or Michael Conforto, plus Kevin Plawecki and maybe more, essentially wiping out five years of rebuilding the minors.

I’d love to see Tulo at shortstop for the Mets, but I don’t see them overcoming the $118 million remaining on his contract, ignoring any health risks, and tearing down Rome to do it.

Trading for Tulo is not something I see Sandy Alderson doing, as he is one of the most risk-averse general managers in baseball.

To me, this smells like the Wilpons trying to create a diversion on the day that bidding ends for Jung-Ho Kang who I don’t believe the Mets have any intention of bidding on.

But just for shits and giggles, raise your hand if you would trade a sizable chunk of the top prospects in our minor league system for Tulo.

How many of you sign up for that?

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MLB Team Wins Rights To Jung-Ho Kang, Mets Did Not Submit A Bid Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:26:34 +0000 jung-ho kang

The New York Mets will not be the MLB team that signs Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets never submitted a bid on the power-hitting infielder.

KBO’s Nexen Heroes have in fact accepted a $5 million dollar winning bid for the rights to exclusively negotiate with their 27-year old phenom. To be exact, the bid was for $5,002,015. Clever.

Which MLB team submitted the winning bid has yet to be announced.

For several weeks, general manager Sandy Alderson maintained that the Mets had interest in Kang, and up until a day go kept alive the possibility that the team could place a bid but were still undecided.

Kang’s agent reportedly told one Korean news outlet that he is seeking a four-year deal worth $5 million per year.

However, Kang would also accept a three-year contract for $5.5 million per season, or a two-year deal valued at $6 million per season.

In other words, there’s a possibility that the team with the winning bid could sign Kang for a two-year deal for $17 million which includes the $5 million posting fee.

On Wednesday, Alderson confirmed again that there is a “very high” probability Wilmer Flores is the Opening Day shortstop.

That possibility becomes ever so certain with each passing day.


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Red Sox and LHP Craig Breslow Agree On $2 Million Deal Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:03:43 +0000 Craig-Breslow-Greg-M.-Cooper-USA-TODAY-Sports

The Red Sox have agreed on a one year deal with left-handed reliever Craig Breslow worth $2 million dollars according to Rob Bradford of WEEI Sports Radio.

The Mets met personally with Breslow at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, but the talks were brief and not substantial.

Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he will not sign any lefty relievers to a major league deal. Instead, he prefers a competition between recently signed Scott Rice, Rule 5 selection Sean Gilmartin and minor leaguers Jack Leathersich and Dario Alvarez.

If nobody emerges from that spring training competition, Alderson said, ‘then we’ll go with six righties.”

Breslow is viewed as one of the better left-handed relievers in the game, posting a 2.82 ERA from 2008-2013.

He went 2-4 with a 5.96 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in 60 relief appearances last season, however most teams are expecting him to bounce back in 2015 and return to his career norm. The 34-year old Breslow posted a 1.81 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2013.

(Updated 12/19)

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Mets Trade RHP Gonzalez Germen To Yankees For Cash Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:10 +0000 Gonzalez - Germen

The Mets have traded reliever Gonzalez Germen to the New York Yankees for cash, the team announced.

It’s the first trade between these two teams since 2004 when Felix Heredia was swapped for Mike Stanton.

Germen, 27, had a 4.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances for the Mets in 2014 with a 1.45 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings. He was designated for assignment when the Mets added Mayberry to the roster on Monday.

The cash should help the Mets bolster their roster, I mean piggy bank.

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Where’s the Boldness and Creativity? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:00:34 +0000 sandy-alderson-mlb-winter-meetings-850x560

John Harper of the Daily News wonders if Sandy Alderson could learn a few things from San Diego GM A.J. Preller, who took over a franchise with a similar losing history and a weak-hitting roster with depth in young pitching and transformed the team in about five minutes.

“I’m thinking the majority of Mets fans would have been willing to take some risk to add firepower to an offense that has been nothing short of anemic in recent years.”

Alderson, he says, moved quickly to sign Michael Cuddyer, who will be 36 next season, is injury-prone, and cost a first round draft pick.

“In any case, weren’t the trades the Padres made exactly the type of deals Alderson was expected to make at some point, utilizing his surplus of young pitching to obtain a big bat?”

“Instead it seems that Alderson at some point became more cautious about the idea of trading the likes of Noah Syndergaard, the type of high-end arm that other teams want if they’re giving up an impact hitter.”

It looks like the Matt Kemp deal finally became official. In the second half of the season he hit .309 with 17 home runs and a .971 OPS. The deal for Wil Myers is still pending physicals.

Harper says that for most of the last two years, people in the Mets’ front office have admitted that with payroll more of an issue than they expected, they were going to be “creative’’ in upgrading this team’s offense. He wonders where that creativity is and if we’ll ever get to see any of it.

He concludes that for the second offseason in a row Sandy Alderson preferred to hold onto all of his young, power pitchers rather than take the risk of making a trade for a potentially difference-making hitter.

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Reality Check: Mets Offseason Is Essentially Over Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:49 +0000 The more I think about it, the more I believe there won’t be any further significant additions coming this offseason. I base this on the current lay of the land and some things that have recently come to my attention. Let’s review where we are:

Trading A Starting Pitcher

dillon geeWhile it remains likely that Alderson will deal Dillon Gee at some point, more and more it’s beginning to feel that this will drag on for a few more weeks.

“Between the Winter Meetings and the holidays, not a lot happens,” said Alderson on Tuesday. “I’d say activity will pick up significantly in January. We’ve had some conversations, but not many since the Winter Meetings.”

Additionally, none of the offers including one from Minnesota and another from Colorado have impressed the Mets.

It’s beginning to look like a super-solid B prospect might be a best case scenario for Gee. That and the salary relief that will bring payroll close to $90 million.

One thing now seems abundantly clear, Gee isn’t bringing back any significant major leaguer – and you know what? I don’t think they’re too bothered by that because major leaguers cost more money.

Second Lefty Reliever

Mets relief pitcher Scott RiceOn Tuesday, Alderson also said that picking up Scott Rice and Sean Gilmartin meant that no lefty reliever would be signed to a major league deal.

“I’d rather see the competition for that second lefty spot between what we have now, and if it doesn’t work out, we’ll go with six righties in the ‘pen.”

Maybe they bring in one more LHP on a minor league deal just to make the competition more interesting, but don’t count on it.

The Mets pursued and talked to a half dozen of the best available free agent left-handers and never got past the “Hi, this is Sandy Alderson” stage.

Initially categorized as one of his top offseason goals in October, in the end they roll the dice on a minor league deal and Rule 5 selection. It’s another glaring example that they are still being held back by money.

Right-handed Bench Bat

Philadelphia Phillies  v Atlanta BravesJohn Mayberry Jr. is the righty bat they were looking for and his addition pretty much completes the bench for the Mets.

The Mets didn’t want to bring back Eric Young Jr. for $1.8 million, so they swap some speed for power and save almost half a million dollars in the process. Always something at the forefront of any decisions.

Between Mayberry and Michael Cuddyer the Mets hope to improve on the worst OPS in the majors vs LHP in 2014. I’m certain they made some big strides with these two in that area.

What About Shortstop?

wilmer-floresEverything continues to point to Wilmer Flores as the Opening Day shortstop, which was my predicted outcome all along. Forget free agency, this team is still shackled by financial constraints. They’re interested in everybody, and yet sign nobody.

They don’t have the dollars to pursue any significant upgrades, and they are so fearful of trading young pitching to get something done. Mostly because they can’t afford to trade the wrong pitcher and then have it blow up in their faces.

Just as we saw with lefty relievers, the Mets were initially interest in many of the top available shortstops in free agency and trade. One by one they investigated and kicked the tires as the market was shrinking by 2-3 shortstops a week.

Now they’re down to the bottom of the barrel hoping they can snare 2014 bust Stephen Drew on some deeply discounted one-year deal that had his agent Scott Boras mocking them two weeks ago.

It’s a far cry from October when they were tossing around names like Troy Tulowitzki, Addison Russell, Chris Owings and Starlin Castro. Again, interested in everybody, acquiring nobody.

Final Thoughts

Mets CubsIn my heart of hearts, I believe the Mets’ offseason is essentially over. Nobody wanted to be more wrong than me when I said, “Enjoy this Michael Cuddyer signing, he may just be the extent of the entire Mets offseason.”

Essentially they took the Chris Young money and used it to get Cuddyer. It’s hard to do anything with a bottom ten payroll and two thirds of it invested in four players.

I don’t often agree with anything Terry Collins says. But when he said the biggest bat the Mets get in 2015 is a hopefully healthy David Wright, he wasn’t kidding. Our two biggest additions next season are Wright and Harvey.

Anyway, that’s the way I see things right now. That’s not to say we can’t win 85 games and get into the postseason with a little luck. I was there in 1969 and 1973 so I know anything is possible. That’s what makes baseball such a great game.

I guess what I’m really saying is that if we had better owners – our offseason wouldn’t have ended two weeks before the Winter Meetings. If we had better owners  – the front office would have the additional financial flexibility to do the things they really want to do. We’re still walking on eggshells.

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David Wright Back In The Swing Of Things Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:26:00 +0000 david wright

David Wright told ESPN New York he has “started to swing a little and the volume should increase soon.” in regards to activity at the plate.  The NY Mets captain and former All-Star third baseman struggled mightily last year due to “stretched out” ligaments in his non-throwing shoulder which ultimately affected his ability to swing a bat.

Wright, who will turn 32 on Saturday, plans to spend time working on his swing with new Mets hitting coach Kevin Long in Phoenix, AZ.  The hope for now certainly has to be that rehab was the correct choice for Wright, who opted to avoid surgery with the belief that the damage was bad enough to stagger his performance, but not severe enough to keep from healing naturally.

“Sure, everybody could use another bat, but the bat we need is No. 5,’’ Terry Collins said of Wright yesterday. “Believe me, when David gets healthy, that’s the difference. If he has a bounce-back year and does what he has done in the past, our lineup is completely different. That takes a lot of heat off the other guys.’’

The Captain will be a huge factor in the success the Mets this year, let’s hope all efforts during the offseason gets David back to the all star caliber player he has been for the majority of his career.

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Mejia Not Upset About Collins Calling Parnell Team’s Closer Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:10:41 +0000 jenry mejia

Jenrry Mejia is well aware of what Terry Collins said in San Diego when he proclaimed Bobby Parnell the Mets closer as soon as he is ready to return sometime around May. Collins matter of factly said Parnell was the Mets incumbent closer and also added that Mejia, Familia and Black would all get to close games this Spring.

Mejia said he was not upset about Collins’ comments despite his belief that he did everything that has been asked of him. He took the high road.

“Whatever job they give to me I’m gonna be there to help my team,” Mejia said. “I can throw seventh inning, eighth inning, ninth inning whatever. I got to be ready to play the game that’s all.”

Mejia saved 28 games last season and ranked second in the NL with 22 second half saves. He was reluctant to be moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen after failed attempts to close by Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth to begin the season.

But by early June, Mejia took hold of the closer role and never looked back, posting a 2.72 ERA in 56 relief appearances.

“Mentally, it’s same thing, come here and do my job,” Mejia said. “I feel happy to see Bobby Parnell getting ready, because we are going to have a strong bullpen with Parnell, Familia, Black and everybody.”

Mejia and Jeurys Familia both had surgery to repair a sports hernia in the offseason and are feeling great and have already begun working out . They are both expected to be ready to go come spring training.

Here’s video of Mejia and Familia from Ed “Rusty” Marcus who covered the Mets holiday party yesterday.


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Alderson Explains Why He Targeted Mayberry Jr. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:32:00 +0000 john-mayberry-

At the Mets holiday party on Tuesday, general manager Sandy Alderson explained why he targeted John Mayberry Jr. for the team. With the quotes courtesy of ESPN’s Adam Rubin, here’s what he said.

“We weren’t very good against left-handed pitching last year,” Alderson said. “I think we had one of the lowest OPS numbers in the National League, if not the entire game.”

“Signing Michael Cuddyer was part of addressing that problem. Mayberry? Similar motivation. We need somebody potentially to play against left-handed pitching, to come off the bench against left-handed [relief] pitching, and just help us be a little more balanced in that way. And he was prepared to accept the role, which is a big part of it. So we’re happy to have him. He has an excellent record against lefties over his career.”

Rubin points out the Mets had a .633 OPS against left-handed pitching last season, second-worst in the majors.

Mayberry, 31, has a .269/.324/.533 slash with 30 homers in 490 career at-bats against LHP, mostly compiled at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.

He signed a one-year deal with the Mets which is worth a guaranteed $1.45 million.

Mayberry has performance bonuses built into his contract that total an additional $500,000 based on plate appearances.

He will earn $50,000 each for 200 plate appearances, and each additional 50 through 450, and $100,000 apiece for 500 and 550.

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Matt Harvey Could Be Held Back Until Home Opener At Citi Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:05:38 +0000 matt harvey

Mets manager Terry Collins told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that he is looking at Matt Harvey like Bruce Bochy looks at Madison Bumgarner.

“He’s got the competitiveness of a stinkin’ bear. Matt and I just met a couple of days ago in New York and talked about how important it is for him to understand that we’ve got to be careful.”

Collins said the Mets are now considering a plan in which Harvey is held back at the start of the season, perhaps until the home opener at Citi Field on April 13.

He expects Harvey to be shut down for a few weeks in the summer as GM Sandy Alderson also mentioned as well during the Winter Meetings.


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Collins Still Talking Playoffs In ’15, Shares A Mets Lineup Preview Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:53:00 +0000 terry collins

Kevin Kernan of the New York Post spoke to Mets manager Terry Collins who continues to say the Mets are heading for the playoffs in 2015.

“I really like our team. I am so excited. There were always big missing pieces in the past. Now there’s not. We’re not going to put a number on it, but we’re going to win. I don’t think that there is any question that we should be playing in October next year.’’

Collins told Kernan that he will likely go with this lineup to begin the season:

  1. Juan Lagares
  2. Curtis Granderson
  3. David Wright
  4. Lucas Duda
  5. Michael Cuddyer
  6. Daniel Murphy
  7. Travis d’Arnaud
  8. Wilmer Flores

Look for Cuddyer to play right, where he is most comfortable, and Granderson to move to left. Against certain lefties, Cuddyer will shift to first, with John Mayberry Jr. in right.

He also went onto say that all of this needs David Wright to really work, whom he looks at as the difference maker.

“Sure, everybody could use another bat, but the bat we need is No. 5,’’ Collins said of Wright, who is returning from a shoulder injury and will start hitting next month. “Cuddyer is a great signing, but believe me, when David gets healthy, that’s the difference. If he has a bounce-back year and does what he has done in the past, our lineup is completely different. That takes a lot of heat off the other guys.’’

Starting pitching is still the key and the return of Matt Harvey, and the rebuilt young bullpen, have Collins most excited.

“Every night, we’ve got somebody who can compete on that mound,’’ Collins said. “When you’ve got guys who night after night compete, you don’t go into big losing streaks. It’s tough to beat those kind of guys every night.”

“I can see Zack watching deGrom and Harvey, saying, ‘I can do that. Matter of fact I might be able to do better than they do.’ So now he steps up. This kid has grown up.’’

Kernan points out that or the first time in his five years as Mets manager, Collins is finally thinking big.


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Mets Unlikely To Sign A Second Lefty Reliever Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:59:09 +0000 Mets relief pitcher Scott Rice

Speaking to reporters at Citi Field today, GM Sandy Alderson pretty much validated what I suspected a few days ago and said it’s unlikely the Mets sign a second lefty.

“Right now, it’s sign a guy to a major league deal and eliminate all the competition, or sign some minor league deals and create some competition together with what we already have,” Alderson explained.

Alderson said he likes likes the potential competition between recently signed minor leaguer Scott Rice and Rule 5 selection Sean Gilmartin and if nothing comes of it, he’s perfectly OK going with six righties in the bullpen.

There’s a chance, as I mentioned below, that they’ll bring in another lefty on a minor league deal.

December 12

The New York Mets officially announced that they have signed LHP Scott Rice to a minor league contract which includes an invite to Spring Training, with big league team.

Rice, 33, had season-ending elbow surgery on July 23 after making 32 appearances and pitching to a 5.93 ERA and 1.976 WHIP.

He was removed from the 40-man roster in October, but the two sides remained in contact.

With the addition of left-hander Sean Gilmartin via Rule 5 on Thursday, he’ll need to be kept on the 25 man roster or the Mets will have to return him to his former team,

That pretty much gives him a leg up as the second lefty in the Mets bullpen unless he completely flops in Spring Training like Vic Black did last March.

The Mets did meet with at least six lefty relievers during the Winter Meetings including Craig Breslow, Phil Coke and Neal Cotts, but nothing came from any of those discussions and Sandy Alderson later confirmed that there was nothing imminent.

I believe the Mets will try and sign one more lefty reliever on a minor league deal and then have him, Rice and Gilmartin battle it out this Spring. In other words, don’t expect the Mets to sign a lefty reliever to a major league deal.


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Alderson Says Mets Unlikely To Bid On Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:38:10 +0000 jung-ho kang

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang posted on Monday, according to his agent, Alan Nero.

This morning at Citi Field, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters the Mets were unlikely to bid on the 27 year old power hitting infielder.

The bidding for Lang is expected to be between $2-10 million dollars, with a contract ranging anywhere between $25 and $30 million for three years.

In addition to the Mets, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports the A’s, Giants, Cardinals, Padres, Yankees, Royals, Nationals and D-Backs have interest in Kang as a shortstop, second baseman or third baseman.

Keith Law of ESPN believes that Kang’s power can translate to the Majors, but his batting average will take a hit and be closer to .280.

December 12

One of the things we learned in San Diego this week was that the Mets are taking a real hard look at Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, or so they say. Sandy Alderson told reporters that he and his staff are considering placing a bid on Kang as soon as he’s posted and cleared by MLB.

When you couple that with something else Alderson said on Tuesday, it makes you wonder if there is more to this than the typical sound bytes we get whenever a new International phenom comes along.

When asked why the Mets have seemingly ignored the International market, the Mets GM responded, “We haven’t been in that category, but I expect we will be in that category soon.”

Obviously, what Sandy won’t tell you is that Fred and Jeff Wilpon have been unwilling to spend money like they once did when they were earning fictitious 15% earnings on all their investments. Back then they were willing to spend and even take risks because their monthly account statement were fatter.

But with Bernie Madoff behind bars and now faced with getting the same low interest rates as the rest of the country, and also trying to pay down incredible mounting debt, there’s no money to gamble and any risks are typically avoided.

Kang batted .354/.457/.733 clip with 39 home runs and 115 RBI in 116 games last season, and the 27-year old has played predominantly shortstop in Korea.

Alderson said that evaluating International free agents and trying to assess their ability to translate their talents at the major league level is quite the gamble and hard to gauge. And while many other teams are willing to spend $60-70 million to see if they struck gold, the Mets typically take on the role of bystanders.

But is there a new wrinkle here and are the Wilpons in a place where they may be willing to allow Alderson to exploit this market if he feels very strongly about a player like Kang?


The proof is in the pudding but it sounds to me like there’s some progress on this International front – albeit small.

Kang is expected to be posted next week and we’ll know for sure if the Mets are in fact turning a corner if they indeed do place a bid, especially given their stated desire to address shortstop.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be the winning bid, but any bid would be a sign of progress. We’ll see.


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Are Mets Overvaluing Dillon Gee? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:04:27 +0000 dillon gee

It’s no secret that Sandy Alderson is working hard to trade right-hander Dillon Gee who has produced a 3.91 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 103 starts over five seasons with the Mets.

The now 28-year old veteran is taking it all in stride and told MLB Network that while it’s been difficult at times, he understands it’s the nature of the business.

“I can almost guarantee you it’s tougher for my wife and my mom,” Gee said. “I’m not going to lie. It’s hard, especially because I’m on Twitter, so I see stuff a lot. But I’m the type — I’m going to put it away until something actually happens, because that’s the only way I can deal with it.”

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a little exciting to know that there are other teams that are asking about me…Yeah, it’s a little bittersweet because you’re leaving the team and your friends, and really the Mets have been like a family to me.”

There was a lot of buzz surrounding Gee during the Winter Meetings with some reports having the Colorado Rockies “definitely” interested, and the Mets also had something cooking with the Texas Rangers until they suddenly backed off.

They even turned down an even swap for Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Escobar batted .275 with 35 doubles, six home runs and 52 runs scored last season for Minnesota in 465 plate appearances.

An MLB source told the Daily News that Sandy Alderson is overvaluing Gee.

Gee is expected to earn about $5-6 million in his second year of arbitration and is under team control through the 2016 season.

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Hot Stove: Royals Sign Alex Rios, Yankees Sign Chase Headley Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:33:13 +0000 alex rios

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Kansas City Royals and outfielder Alex Rios have agreed to terms on a one-year, $11 million deal.

Rios, 33, spent last season with the Texas Rangers, hitting at a .280/.311/.398 clip, with 30 doubles, 8 triples and 4 home runs. He tallied 54 runs batted in while scoring 54 runs and stealing 17 bases.

For his career, Rios is a .278/.323/.439 hitter. He will likely take Nori Aoki‘s spot in the Royals outfield.

He was considered an option for the Mets before they signed Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract early in the offseason

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The Yankees also made a free agent acquisition today, as they agreed to terms on a four-year, $52 million deal with Chase Headley.

Headley, 30, was acquired by the Yankees mid last season from the Padres in exchange for Yangervis Solarte and RHP Rafael De Paula.

Last season between his time with San Diego and the Yankees, Headley had a slash line of .243/.328/.372.

Headley can also earn up to $8 million in incentives.

Other moves from around baseball today also have the Cubs signing reliever Jason Motte to a one-year, 2.5 million deal, and the Dodgers signing LHP Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million deal.


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Mets Announce John Mayberry Signing, DFA Gonzalez Germen Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:40:22 +0000 Philadelphia Phillies  v Atlanta Braves

As was widely expected, to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder John Mayberry Jr. the Mets have designated right-hander Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

Germen spent parts of two seasons in the Mets’ bullpen, posting a combined 4.31 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 65 innings.

December 12

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirms that the Mets have signed free agent outfielder John Mayberry Jr. as first reported by Jon Heyman. Boom.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports that the one-year deal is worth $1.45 million dollars. He can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $50,000 each for 200 and each additional 50 through 450, and $100,000 apiece for 500 and 550.

The deal has yet to be confirmed by the Mets, but I’m betting an email from Media Relations is on the way as soon as Mayberry passes physical.

“Mayberry, who turns 31 later this month, is expected to start in the outfield against left-handed pitching, allowing Terry Collins to use Michael Cuddyer at first base over Lucas Duda if the manager chooses,” writes Rubin.

Mayberry was acquired from Philadelphia on Aug. 31 and hit .208 with one homer and two RBIs in 15 games with the Blue Jays.

Combined with the Phillies and Blue Jays, Mayberry batted .212 with a .310 on-base and .425 slugging percentage.

However against left-handed pitching he posted a .913 OPS in 82 plate appearances last season and has an .857 OPS against them for his career.

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Winter Ball Update: Flores Stays Hot, Carrillo Has Big Week Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:31:46 +0000 Wilmer-Flores

Here’s how the Mets have fared at Winter Ball over the last week:

Wilmer Flores had a nice week going 7-21 with a homer, 4 RBI and 3 stolen bases. He played SS in all five games and batted cleanup in four of them. He’s batting .310/.370/.452 for the season in 42 at-bats.

Gonzalez Germen got into two games and pitched 2 scoreless innings. Have to wonder is he loses his 40 spot when the Mayberry signing becomes official.

Johnny Monell was 1-6 with a solo HR and 3 walks.

Jon Velasquez made only one appearance but pitched a clean inning for the save.

T.J. Rivera is apparently human after all as he was only 2-14  with 3 RBI this week.

Xorge Carrillo continued his great season going 5-14 with a HR and 3 RBI.

Cesar Puello can’t seem to get playing time and only pinch ran twice this week but did steal a base.

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Armed and Dangerous: Mets Pitchers Are Drawing Attention Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:00:26 +0000 jacob degrom

It’s amazing how you can ask a dozen different Met fans about the state of the team and you get a dozen different answers ranging from the worst imaginable doom and gloom forecast to an incredibly bright future filled with perennial pennant runs.

I bring that up because after years of being so down on this team, I’ve really started feeling good about them again. That’s mainly because of what I see with our pitching. Matt Harvey was the first to tug on my heart strings in 2013, but watching Jacob deGrom this past season and seeing Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia emerge as weapons in the bullpen pushed me over the edge. I now look at what we have and what’s yet to come in Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard and I can hardly contain my excitement.

Sure we have issues that need to be resolved, but as Gil Hodges once said, as long as you have the pitching everything else is small potatoes. He was talking about Seaver, Koosman, Ryan and Gentry, and call me crazy but I feel we have a similar quartet in Harvey, deGrom, Wheeler and Thor. I’m convinced we are finally on the upswing.

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Mike Puma of The Post, spoke to several baseball people, rival team executives, and MLB managers who all believe the Mets have the arms to make some noise this season.

“They are legitimate,” one official said, referring to the Mets. “They are right there with the Marlins for the No. 2 team in the division. [General manager] Sandy Alderson talked about 90 wins last season, they are not that, but right now maybe they are an 85-86 win team and that lets you hang around until you can maybe make a trade that gets you there.”

“From what I have seen, the Mets have moved the bar and they should be a team that expects to go ahead and have impact,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

That assessment comes based on the Mets’ pitching more than on a lineup that averaged 3.88 runs last season.

“The magic number for everybody is about four runs,” Hurdle said. “You find a way to get four, and they’ve got the pitching I believe that every time they go out there they’ve got somebody who is going to have a chance to win. So I think it’s going to be an exciting time for them.”

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An AL executive who has scouted the Mets said the team probably doesn’t need to make a move at shortstop, given the lack of available talent at the position.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is putting the Mets in the mix to compete for the NL East title.

“Their pitching and they went out and got Cuddyer, along with having [Juan] Lagares in center, and with a healthy David Wright, that’s a pretty good lineup,” Gonzalez said.

If pitching truly wins championships, we appear to be very well positioned for the short and long haul in that department, and not just with our starting rotation but with our bullpen too. Our stable of young power pitchers is now the envy of all baseball and we may be witnessing the evolution of a great Mets run of baseball that could begin as soon as this season.

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