Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the New York Yankees and free agent catcher Brian McCann have reached an agreement on a five year deal worth $85 million. The deal also includes a vesting option for a sixth year and is pending a physical. McCann cashes in on what has been a solid career and will net about $17 million a year if these numbers are official. I wondered if this deal impacts their […]
An interesting tweet from Mike Puma of the New York Post who said the Mets believed they could get Peralta on a two-year deal: “Mets dealing with “sticker shock” on free agents. Thought they could get Peralta on a two-year deal, but he wants at least three years.” On November 11 I actually used the same term to describe recent statements and actions by the Mets front office: “My guess is that Sandy is suffering […]
If you thought when the Oakland A’s signed veteran infielder Nick Punto to a one-year deal that it would open the door for them to trade shortstop Jed Lowrie, think again. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Lowrie, who was atop the Mets’ wish list of potentially available shortstops, is staying put and not going anywhere. A’s assistant GM David Forst said in an email Wednesday: “Punto’s signing has nothing to do with Jed […]
The 2013-2014 offseason features a deep class of quality talent ripe for the picking of any team willing to spend. Based upon GM Sandy Alderson’s comments at year’s end as well as the Mets reported discussions, it appears clear that the major focus is to acquire at least two position players: a shortstop and an outfielder. Conveniently enough, there are two free agents on the market capable of filling each of those positions with great […]
Sounds so easy, don’t it? Just revolutionize a 40-year institution. Look, the bottom line is this: free agency is dying a slow death, anyway. Each year the class gets thinner and thinner because teams are locking up their young studs early and buying out their prime years so that the players that do eventually hit the market are all on the wrong side of 30 or middling, non-impact players, and usually both. The middling players […]
Sometimes, reality can be such a damn bitch… I read Joel Sherman’s interview with Hal Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees, in which he discusses the decision to get their payroll under $189 million. What really stood out at me was his response to whether this was a soft goal or a mandate. “It is something to shoot for, but not at the expense of having a championship-caliber team,” Steinbrenner said. “It is not. It never […]
When looking back on the 2013 season in which the St. Lucie Mets were able to enjoy, its no wonder why they remained in contention most of the second half. The team was made up of real good ball players, and if not for some injuries to key pitchers down the stretch, they may have stormed into the playoffs and taken it all. I had the privilege of interviewing a few of their players like […]
Wheeler, d’Arnaud, Flores, Lagares, and Harvey take a group photo on flight to NY The Mets are finally getting recognition as a team on the rise in 2013. Yesterday, you heard Mike Francesa on WFAN say that the Mets are “emerging from the abyss”; coming a long way from just three months ago from when he bluntly labeled them “unwatchable, embarrassing losers”. Today, David Schoenfield of ESPN.com has labeled Flushing’s Finest as “the team to watch […]
Updating this post with some new information, this time from Andy Martino of the Daily News who also hears that it is “widely accepted” that Terry Collins will be re-signed to a new deal to manage the Mets in 2014 and beyond. It certainly seems like nothing will keep this from happening, so get used to it. One interesting side note to this, was Martino’s view on how the role of a manager has evolved […]
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