In a surprising announcement, free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson said in a radio interview Tuesday that he is considering accepting the Yankees’ qualifying offer of $14.1 million for one year, echoing what his agent said last week. “Well, it’s definitely something you’ve got to think about and I appreciate the Yankees extending that offer to me,” Granderson said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM. “You definitely got to continue to weigh all your […]
Bill Madden of the Daily News explains why if the Mets are serious about spending, as Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson keep suggesting, they very likely will have to overpay. Here’s the problem for the Mets — and to a lesser degree the Yankees now that they can no longer guarantee free agents a legitimate chance for a World Series ring: All things being relatively equal, the Mets, a team that has had five straight […]
Andy Martino of the Daily News calls the Mets offseason strategy “complicated”. Why? Because they are at least as interested in pursuing trades as they are in signing free agents, and that takes time. For the past two offseasons, the Mets’ initial business has been obvious: In 2011, they had to deal with Jose Reyes, and last year, they had to sign David Wright and decide whether to extend or trade R.A. Dickey. This year, […]
On Monday night, righthander Matt Harvey declared himself “ahead of schedule,” six days after undergoing the surgery, according to a report this morning from the Daily News. “I am just doing range of motion stuff now, but today was the first day I could take the bandages off and I was at Hospital for Special Surgery working and everybody thinks I am ahead of schedule,” Harvey told the Daily News in his first comments since […]
Mike Francesa of WFAN announced that he has knowledge that the Mets are going hard after free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd as long as he doesn’t cost too much. This is not surprising considering he was one of the most productive players on the team batting .291/.336/.531 this season with a career-high 24 home runs, 35 doubles, 79 runs scored and and 88 RBI, all for the bargain price of $1 million dollars. In fact, Jon Heyman […]
After undergoing surgery in April to repair a tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder, Johan Santana has begun a throwing program and is making great progress toward his return to pitching in games. Last week, Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger reported that Santana’s agent, Chris Leible, said a return to the Mets isn’t out of the question for the Mets’ southpaw, but the two sides still haven’t spoken. “He’s not putting pressure on himself,” Leible […]
Right fielder Marlon Byrd recently told Sandy Alderson that he would be open to returning to the Mets next season, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reports. “I’ve talked to Sandy, I told him thank you for the opportunity at the beginning of the year and thank you for the opportunity to play for a winner,” Byrd said of his conversation with the Mets general manager. “I told him, ‘If you want me back, I would love […]
As Justin Turner heads into his first arbitration year, and with the Mets so desperate to change perceptions about the team and get them back on the path to relevancy, I was surprised to read this report from Andy Martino of the Daily News, which suggests the Mets are all but determined to bring him back to serve in the same role as he did this season. A Mets source said that the team projects […]
I thought I needed to have my eyes examined when I came across this article by Andy Martino of the Daily News who asserts that the Mets would be wise to consider trading Zack Wheeler. Wheeler is an extremely talented pitcher, a gem that you don’t trade unless you receive a strong return. Like, say (and this is just me acting like a talk radio caller for a moment, not reporting on actual talks) David […]
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