Mets Merized Online » free agent http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:14:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 Mets Interested in Cuban Free Agent Osvaldo Hernandez http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/02/mets-interested-in-cuban-free-agent-osvaldo-hernandez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/02/mets-interested-in-cuban-free-agent-osvaldo-hernandez.html/#comments Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:41:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=230934 glove bats bench

The Mets are interested in 18 year-old Cuban left–handed pitcher Osvaldo Hernandez, reports MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Hernandez has been declared a free agent and can sign with any team he wishes. The other teams Sanchez reports to be interested ar the Padres, Reds. Astros, Braves, Rangers, and Red Sox.

According to Sanchez, Hernandez’s fastball currently ranges from 92 to 94 miles per hour, impressive for his age.

The Mets have stayed out of the blossoming Cuban market, but have spent somewhat heavily in recent years on other international signings.

In 2015, the Mets dropped $2.7 million between two top international players: shortstop Gregory Guerrero and shortstop Andres Gimenez.

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Nationals, White Sox Discussing David Robertson Trade http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/02/nationals-white-sox-discussing-david-robertson-trade.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/02/nationals-white-sox-discussing-david-robertson-trade.html/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:31:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=230699 david-robertson

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Washington Nationals are discussing a trade to acquire closer David Robertson from the Chicago White Sox.

The Nationals inability to acquire a closer, or even a marquee free agent for that matter, has been well documented. Mark Melancon, the closer they acquired at the trade deadline last year, accepted a larger free agent deal from the San Francisco Giants this offseason. Kenley Jansen reportedly accepted less money to stay with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Greg Holland opted to rebuild his value in hitter-friendly Denver rather than come to the Nationals.

Earlier this offseason, when the Nationals acquired Adam Eaton from the White Sox, they tried to get the White Sox to include Robertson in the deal. The White Sox balked hoping they could acquire more in exchange for Robertson if they moved him in a separate deal.

Over the past three seasons with the Yankees and White Sox, Robertson has saved 110 games. In 190 innings he has struck out 257 batters, pitching to a 3.32 ERA (118 ERA+), 2.92 FIP, 1.116 WHIP and 2.9 WAR.

There are obstacles in place for a second Nationals-White Sox deal taking place this offseason. Rosenthal’s report notes the Nationals are not willing to take on the full amount of Robertson’s remaining $25 million left on his contract ($12M in 2017, $13M in 2018).

If the Nationals are unable to acquire the 31 year-old Robertson, they will enter 2017 with the closers role unsettled. They have Joe Nathan, who the team signed to a minor league deal this offseason, and Shawn Kelley as the top candidates for the role. Even without an addition like Robertson, though, the Nationals bullpen will not be their only achilles heel in 2017.

The Nats have a very weak bench as well as a weak bullpen going into 2017. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs delves deeper into the numbers behind the lacking bench, writing, “In fact, it’s hard to find a legitimate contender with as weak a group of reserves as the Nationals. While most of the focus of late has been on their bullpen and whether they’ll acquire a new closer, the Nationals’ bench is the more glaring weakness.”

When it comes to the National League East, the Nationals seem to be the favorite. However, as their team currently stands, they have two enormous holes in their bench and bullpen. Acquiring David Robertson from the White Sox would give them an above average closer, however the rest of their bullpen is still lacking. Even if they do get him, the Mets could sneak into first place as they have no such obvious weaknesses, taking advantage of the Nationals’ lack of bullpen or bench depth.

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Niese Schedules A Workout, Could He Interest Mets On Minor League Deal? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/02/niese-schedules-a-workout-could-he-interest-mets-on-minor-league-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/02/niese-schedules-a-workout-could-he-interest-mets-on-minor-league-deal.html/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:28:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=230697 jon niese

According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, free agent left-handed pitcher Jon Niese will be working out on Wednesday in Florida for teams who may be interested in signing him.  At this time, it is unknown which teams will be attending the workout, however he was at Tradition Field on Monday training with his former teammates in Port St. Lucie.

Niese is coming off his worst season as a professional.  In 20 starts and nine relief appearances, he was 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.587 WHIP.  Despite his struggles, the Mets re-acquired him during the season not only due to a rash of injuries to the starting pitching, but also as an opportunity to move on from Antonio Bastardo.

In what will likely prove to be his last appearance for the Mets, Niese lasted just one-third of an inning after leaving the game with a knee injury and was replaced by rookie right-hander Robert Gsellman who ended up tossing a gem. Shortly thereafter, Niese had season-ending knee surgery.

There have been no indications as to whether the Mets will be attending the workout.  Presumably, the Mets would be uninterested in re-signing Niese after having signed Fernando Salas, Jerry Blevins, and Tom Gorzelanny last week. But if Niese were willing to sign a minor league deal, he could provide the Mets with some depth as a reliever, especially given that he’s a lefty.

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Cleveland Indians Sign Lefty Reliever Boone Logan http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/02/cleveland-indians-sign-lefty-reliever-boone-logan.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/02/cleveland-indians-sign-lefty-reliever-boone-logan.html/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:12:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=230470 boone-logan-mlb-toronto-blue-jays-colorado-rockies

According to Ken Rosental of Fox Sports, the Cleveland Indians have signed left-handed reliever Boone Logan, pending a physical. Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes reports that the deal is for one-year with a club option. The Logan deal could be a good measure for what Jerry Blevins might be able to get.

Logan, 32, had great 2016 season with the Rockies with a ERA of 3.69 in 66 games. He struck out 57 batters in 46.1 innings while pitching to an impressive WHIP of 1.01. Logan was even better vs lefties in 2016, holding to them a lowly .142/.222/.252 slash line.

Earlier this offseason, it was reported that the New York Mets showed interest in the veteran Logan. The Mets 40-man roster currently has Sean Gilmartin, Josh Edgin and Josh Smoker as their only lefty relievers.

Jerry Blevins is now easily the best lefty reliever left on the free agent market and the Mets may be willing to give him two years according to a recent report.

Other lefty relievers still available via free agency are Javier Lopez, Travis Wood, Craig Breslow and former Met Chris Capuano.

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Royals Agree To Two-Year Deal With Brandon Moss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/royals-agree-to-two-year-deal-with-brandon-moss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/royals-agree-to-two-year-deal-with-brandon-moss.html/#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:47:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=230253 brandon moss

Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Kansas City Royals and have agreed to a two-year, $12 million dollar contract with free agent first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss. The deal is pending a physical.

Moss, 33, belted 28 home runs with 67 RBIs in 464 plate appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, however after a dreadful second half, he ended the year with a .225/.300/.484 batting line. Still, his .784 OPS was the highest since his 2013 season.

It’s another slugger off the market, but that still leaves Mike Napoli, Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds ready, willing and able.

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Price Tag For Jerry Blevins Starts At Two Years, $12MM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/price-tag-for-jerry-blevins-starts-at-two-years-12mm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/price-tag-for-jerry-blevins-starts-at-two-years-12mm.html/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:20:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=230095 jerry blevins

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the agents for lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan are telling interested teams that each will secure at least a two-year deal, $12 million deal.

The Toronto Blue Jays are one of the teams that has interest in bringing in a lefty reliever and have shown interest in Blevins. The New York Yankees would like to add a lefty for their bullpen as well, but are seeking one that only require a low base salary or a minor league deal.

The Mets are checking in on Blevins and his agent daily according to Kevin Kiernan of the New York Postas well as representatives for Joe Smith, Sergio Romo and Fernando Salas.

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According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet, the Toronto Blue Jays are in contact with free agent reliever Jerry Blevins. The 33 year-old southpaw has also been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While he continues to search for a three-year deal, it is possible he settles for a two or even one-year deal as spring training nears. Because Sandy Alderson has addressed his aversions to signing relievers, especially veterans, to multi-year deals, Blevins would theoretically need to take a one or two-year deal in order to be a Met in 2017.

Blevins was as steady as they come in 2016, pitching to a 2.79 ERA over 73 appearances. The southpaw accumulated 42 innings while pitching to a WHIP of 1.21. He had success against both right-handed and left-handed hitters, while at times just being used against lefties.

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Does Anybody Want Matt Wieters? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/does-anybody-want-matt-wieters.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/does-anybody-want-matt-wieters.html/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:30:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=229943 matt-wieters

Across Major League Baseball, Pitchers and Catchers are set to report to Spring Training in three weeks.  Surprisingly, Matt Wieters, a four time All-Star and two time Gold Glove winner, has yet to find a team to report to.  Worse yet, it does not seem as if there is a strong interest for his services on the free agent market, certainly not in the National League East.

Recently, the Atlanta Braves, who were once rumored to have interest in Wieters, decided to sure up their catching situation by signing former Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki.

After losing Wilson Ramos to first injury and then free agency, the Washington Nationals obtained Derek Norris in a trade with the San Diego Padres.  With Wieters still lingering on the free agent market, it has caused some to speculate that the Nationals may become interested.  They’re not.

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, “the Nationals have never been particularly high on Wieters internally, according to a person familiar with their thinking, and harbor concerns about his defense and his health.”  Janes later notes in her article that at this time the Nationals remain focused on improving their bullpen.

The Mets appear to agree with the Nationals impression of Wieters, and are similarly not interested.  As reported by John Harper of the New York Daily News earlier this month, someone affiliated with the Mets told him, ““We’re not spending our money on a catcher.”

Last season, Wieters played in 124 games hitting .243/.302/.409 with 17 homers and 66 RBI.  Overall, Wieters would finish with an 87 OPS+ and an 88 wRC+, which indicates Wieters was a below average hitter.  Worse yet, according to StatCorner, Wieters has ranked among the worst pitch framers in all of baseball.

Wieters struggles at and behind the plate are a good indication why there has not been much of a market for him this offseason.  It is also a good indication why the Mets would rather bet on Travis d’Arnaud rebounding in 2016 while letting Rene Rivera serve as both d’Arnaud’s backup and Noah Syndergaard‘s personal catcher.  It should be noted both d’Arnaud and Rivera have consistently been good pitch framers.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the teams currently considering signing Wieters are the Orioles, Angels, Rockies, and the Reds.

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Mets Are Looking For Two Prospects In Exchange For Bruce http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/mets-are-looking-for-two-prospects-in-exchange-for-bruce.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/mets-are-looking-for-two-prospects-in-exchange-for-bruce.html/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:15:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=229505 jay-bruce

According to a report by Philadelphia beat writer Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the New York Mets are holding out for two prospects in exchange for outfielder Jay Bruce.

The Phillies, he writes, have had longstanding interest in Bruce, however they are committed to hanging on to their prospects, and feel that they could sign Brandon Moss or Michael Saunders on a short-term deal without having to give up any of their prospects.

Last week, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Phillies are looking to add a bat to play a corner outfield position or first base and he too mentioned the Phillies had their eyes on Saunders and Moss.

He also added that the Phillies could be interested in a hitter like like Bruce, but they were not interested in moving more than a lower tier prospect for such a hitter.

As long as sluggers like Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista and Mike Napoli remain on the free agent market, it will be difficult for the Mets to deal Bruce, and it does not appear as though Sandy Alderson will simply move his excess corner outfielder is a straight salary dump. Rightfully so.

Incidentally, the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers are still reportedly interested in Bruce.

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MMO Mailbag: Ranking the Sluggers on Trade Block http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/mmo-mailbag-ranking-the-sluggers-on-trade-block.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/mmo-mailbag-ranking-the-sluggers-on-trade-block.html/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:00:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=229109 J.D. martinez

Carl asks…

I read over the weekend that the Minnesota Twins might be close to trading Brian Dozier who I wasn’t even aware he was available. What other power hitters are available right now in addition to Jay Bruce and how would you rank them in terms of value?

Joe D. replies…

There may be one or two players I may have missed, but the sluggers you keep hearing about the most are Brian Dozier, Todd Frazier, Andrew McCutchen, J.D. Martinez and of course Jay Bruce. Let’s take those five and see where they rank in various categories. I included Steamer projections for the 2017 season.

wOBA

.384 – J.D. Martinez
.370 – Brian Dozier
.340 – Jay Bruce (2 teams)
.329 – Andrew McCutchen
.326 – Todd Frazier

SLG

.546 – Brian Dozier
.535 – J.D. Martinez
.506 – Jay Bruce
.470 – Andrew McCutchen
.464 – Todd Frazier

wRC+ Actual (2016)

142 – J.D. Martinez
132 – Brian Dozier
111 – Jay Bruce
106 – Andrew McCutchen
102 – Todd Frazier

wRC+ Projected (2017)

129 – Andrew McCutchen
119 – J.D. Martinez
107 – Bran Dozier
101 – Todd Frazier
97 – Jay Bruce

Looking at those metrics, it looks like Martinez and Dozier are the top two options followed by Bruce, McCutchen and then Frazier holding up the rear. However, the Steamer projection paints a different story and they fully expect McCutchen to rebound significantly, while projecting Bruce to continue along the same trajectory he was on after he was traded to the Mets.

Financially, Dozier represents the best value as he’s owed $6MM in 2017 and $9MM in 2018. Frazier heads into his final year of arbitration after earning $7.5 million last season. J.D. Martinez is set to earn $11.4 million in 2017 and then becomes a free agent. Bruce has $13 million coming before he’s a free agent, and McCutchen is owed $14MM for ’17 and has a $14.5MM option for ’18.

Those are all the numbers, so take your pick.

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Reds Agree To One-Year Deal With Drew Storen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/reds-agree-to-one-year-deal-with-drew-storen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2017/01/reds-agree-to-one-year-deal-with-drew-storen.html/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2017 21:34:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228796 drew storen 2

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Cincinnati Reds have reached an agreement with free agent reliever Drew Storen on a one year deal worth $3 million dollars. He can earn an additional $1.5 million via incentives for appearances and games finished.

Storen, 29, had a down year in 2016, going 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA (4.21 FIP) and a 1.335 WHIP in 57 appearances for Toronto and Seattle. However, from 2010 to 2015 he was an integral part of the Washington Nationals bullpen, serving as their closer at times and posting a 3.02 ERA and 1.129 WHIP in 164 relief appearances while racking up 164 saves.

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Jose Bautista Willing To Take One Year Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/jose-bautista-willing-to-take-one-year-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/jose-bautista-willing-to-take-one-year-deal.html/#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:00:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228436 José-Bautista jose

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, free agent slugger Jose Bautista is willing to take a one year deal. However, the deal must be worth more than the $17.2 million qualifying offer he turned down earlier this offseason.

This makes his market very interesting, as teams seem weary of offering the 36 year-old a multi year deal.

While this would make the Mets a possible landing spot, there is no chance they sign him without having traded Jay Bruce and/or Curtis Granderson first. By that time, even if they were interested in Bautista, he will likely have signed elsewhere.

Playing in only 116 games in 2016, Bautista hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs.

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Do the Mets Have Room for Kelly Johnson? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/do-the-mets-have-room-for-kelly-johnson.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/do-the-mets-have-room-for-kelly-johnson.html/#comments Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:00:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228401 kelly Johnson

For the second consecutive season in 2016, the New York Mets traded for Kelly Johnson when they were in need of a super utility type player. As Johnson remains on the open market, it is worth wondering if the team yet again may have a need for the versatile player.

Jonson has always seemed to be a clutch player while with the Mets, delivering some key hits to propel the team to victory. He has the ability to play multiple positions and is a useful player in many ways. For the first time though in what seems awhile, the team’s current depth in the infield and outfield may negate their need to bring him back.

Johnson again split time between the Mets and Atlanta Braves in 2016. His production with the Mets far outweighed his production with the Braves as he hit to a .268/.328/.459 batting line to go along with nine homers and 24 RBI while appearing in 82 games.

In his 49 games with the Braves last season, Johnson hit a disappointing .215/.273/.289 with just one homer and 10 RBI. KJ just seems to turn it on a bit more when playing in New York and has been a welcomed addition over the last two seasons.

If and when the Mets trade Jay Bruce, there is the possibility for Johnson to be a fifth outfielder as he has the ability to play the corners. Kelly played nine games in left field last season and is an adequate enough fielder to play the position if needed.

In the infield, Johnson again would provide depth to a plethora of players who are either coming off surgery or typically deal with nagging injuries during a long 162-game season. David Wright, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker and Wilmer Flores are all coming off surgery as they enter 2017.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes also tend to deal with injuries during the course of a season. Johnson would be sure to get some playing time in the event that some of these players are unable to make it through a whole year or land on the DL.

Johnson is the type of player that can provide a great spark off the bench and has shown his ability to do so in key spots numerous times over the last two seasons. He will not cost a lot to bring back and a player of his caliber is always worth having around. Worse comes to worse, the Mets could always just trade for him for the third consecutive season near the trading deadline….

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Indians Sign Edwin Encarnacion To Three-Year, $65 Million Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/indians-sign-edwin-encarnacion-to-three-year-65-million-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/indians-sign-edwin-encarnacion-to-three-year-65-million-deal.html/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2016 02:27:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228367 edwin-encarnacion

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Twitter, the Cleveland Indians have struck a deal with free agent stud Edwin Encarnacion on a three-year deal with an option.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports also tweets that the deal is worth a guaranteed $65 million with a $5 million option buyout.

Encarnacion, 34 on Opening Day, has spent the last eight seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, appearing in three all-star games, including this past year where he also lead the American League in RBIs.

Encarnacion clubbed 42 homers for the Jays last season and drove in 127 runs, while hitting at a .263/.357/.529 clip.

MLBTradeRumors.com ranked Encarnacion as the second best free agent right behind Yoenis Cespedes, and predicted Encarnacion would ink a four-year, $92 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, but will take his talents to the reigning American League champs.

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Phillies Acquire Clay Buchholz http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/phillies-acquire-clay-buchholz.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/phillies-acquire-clay-buchholz.html/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:59:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228271 clay-buchholz

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for second base prospect Josh Tobias.

The 32 year old Buchholz has had an uneven career with the Red Sox posting a career 81-61 record with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.303 WHIP.  Notably, Buchholz struggled last season, and he was demoted to the bullpen for a stretch.  Overall, Buchholz would make 21 starts and 16 relief appearances going 8-10 with a 4.78 ERA and a 1.328 WHIP.  Buchholz is scheduled to be a free agent after the season.

Tobias was the Phillies 2015 10th round draft pick out of the University of Florida.  Last season, Tobias split time between the Sally and Florida State Leagues.  In his combined 127 games at these levels, he hit .291/.362/.422 with nine homers and 69 RBI.

Given Buchholz’s $13.5 million salary next year, the Phillies have presumably obtained him to round out their starting rotation.  With the Phillies giving up a former 10th round draft pick, the move seems like a low risk high reward move for a rebuilding team.

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Pirates Agree On Two-Year Deal With Reliever Daniel Hudson http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/pirates-agree-on-two-year-deal-with-reliever-daniel-hudson.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/pirates-agree-on-two-year-deal-with-reliever-daniel-hudson.html/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:13:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228241 daniel-hudson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two-year, $11 million dollar contract with free agent right-hander Daniel Hudson, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Hudson, 30, is coming off a disastrous season posting a 5.22 ERA and a 1.442 WHIP in 70 appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a far cry from 2015, when he had a 3.86 ERA and a 1.315 WHIP in 64 appearances.

As was pointed out by Mets Daddy in this article, Hudson threw his changeup with great effectiveness in 2015, but that wasn’t the case this season. He generated the most swings and misses and the weakest contact when he threw his changeup last year. However, this year, no one was fooled by Hudson’s changeup with batters hitting the pitch frequently and with authority.

Hudson has undergone two Tommy John surgeries in his career, the last one forced him to miss the entire 2013 season.

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Rockies Sign Mike Dunn, Lefty Reliever Market Dwindling http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/rockies-sign-mike-dunn-lefty-reliever-market-dwindling.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/rockies-sign-mike-dunn-lefty-reliever-market-dwindling.html/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:47:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228087 MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Left-handed reliever Mike Dunn and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a three-year, $19 million deal and an option for a fourth year at $6 million. The Dunn deal has continued a trend this season in which relievers across the board have been getting larger than expected free agent deals.

The first domino in the lefty reliever market to fall was Brett Cecil, who got four years, $30.5 million for the St. Louis Cardinals in November.

Earlier in the offseason, Mets reliever Jerry Blevins was said to have wanted a three-year deal worth $5 – $6 million annually. Based upon the free agent contracts already given out, Blevins stands a fairly good chance of getting a contract worth that much.

With the Mets already stating they are not interested in a multi-year deal for relievers, their chances of re-signing Blevins took another hit with the Dunn deal.

If the Mets are still interested in a left-handed reliever, there are other options available with Chris Capuano, Charlie Furbush, J.P. Howell, Boone Logan, Javier Lopez, Clayton Richard, and Travis Wood still unsigned.

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Orioles Agree On One Year Deal With Catcher Welington Castillo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/orioles-agree-on-one-year-deal-with-catcher-welington-castillo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/orioles-agree-on-one-year-deal-with-catcher-welington-castillo.html/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:58:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=228049 welington-castillo

Jon Heyman reports via Twitter that the Baltimore Orioles have signed free agent catcher Welington Castillo to a one year deal worth $6 million dollars, that includes a player option for 2018 worth $7 million.

Castillo, 29, batted .264/.322/.423 last season with 24 doubles, 16 home runs and 68 RBIs in 457 plate appearances. He gives the Orioles a bat with some power and has pretty solid splits against left-handed pitching, owning a career .840 OPS against them in his career and a .868 OPS in 2016.

The former D’Back will replace longtime Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who remains a free agent and is essentially done as the O’s catcher.

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Nats Deal Disgruntled Danny Espinosa To The Angels http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/nats-deal-disgruntled-danny-espinosa-to-the-angels.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/nats-deal-disgruntled-danny-espinosa-to-the-angels.html/#comments Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:52:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227898 danny-espinosa-nats

A day after he skipped the the team’s annual Winterfest, citing he was unhappy with the trade for Adam Eaton, the Washington Nationals have traded infielder Danny Espinosa to the Los Angeles Angels according to a tweet by Josh Norris of Baseball America.

The Nats will be getting two right-handed pitching prospects back, Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin, the team later announced.

Espinosa believed that the trade for Eaton would likely shift super prospect Trea Turner to shortstop and likely cost him his job as the club’s starting shortstop.

Espinosa, 29, batted .209 last season for the Nats with a .684 OPS, but hit 24 home runs while amassing 174 strikeouts. He is eligible for arbitration and is a free agent after the 2017 season.

One of our readers pointed out something interesting:

Espinosa was worth 8 DRS at shortstop in 2016, and 10 DRS at second base in 2015. If he plays at 2B next to Andrelton Simmons, that’s one hell of a defensive middle infield.

By the way, Bryce Harper also missed the team event, citing a prior commitment.

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Lucas Duda Will Not Be Traded http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/lucas-duda-will-not-be-traded.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/lucas-duda-will-not-be-traded.html/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:31:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227802 lucas duda

With the Mets apparently having difficulty in moving Jay Bruce during the Winter Meetings, some have been left to speculate whether the Mets would look to trade Lucas Duda and move one of their outfielders like Bruce or Michael Conforto to first base.

According to Matt Ehalt of the The Record, the Mets are not contemplating such a move. In fact, the Mets are still planning on Duda being the team’s Opening Day first baseman.

Duda will be a free agent after the 2017 season. He is coming off an injury plagued season that limited him to only 47 games with him hitting .229/.302/.412 with seven homers and 23 RBI.

In the two prior seasons Duda was the Mets first baseman and he hit .249/.350/.483 while averaging 28 homers and 82 RBI.

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Yankees Sign Aroldis Chapman For 5 Years, $86M http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/yankees-sign-aroldis-chapman-for-5-years-86m.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/yankees-sign-aroldis-chapman-for-5-years-86m.html/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:42:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227775 aroldis chapman

According to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the New York Yankees have signed free agent closer Aroldis Chapman to a 5 year, $86 million deal.

This makes Chapman, 28, the highest paid closer in history with an average annual salary of $17.2 million. The previous record was set just a few days ago by Mark Melancon and the Giants, but this contract is 39% more lucrative.

The deal includes an opt-out after three years and a full no trade clause during that time. During the final two years of the contract, however, he only has a limited no-trade clause.

In 2016 for the Yankees and the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, Chapman went 4-1 with a 1.55 ERA. In 58 innings he struck out 90 batters and walked 18, pitching to a phenomenal 0.862 WHIP.

Chapman once again joins Dellin Betances at the back end of a strong bullpen.

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Carlos Gomez Re-Signs With The Rangers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/carlos-gomez-re-signs-with-the-rangers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/12/carlos-gomez-re-signs-with-the-rangers.html/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:17:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227694 carlos gomez

Carlos Gomez will be returning to the Texas Rangers on a one-year, $11.5 million deal, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Gomez, once a Met and almost a Met again, had a fantastic end to the 2016 season with the Rangers after struggling in Houston. Gomez was dealt to the Astros in 2015 after the infamous Brewers-Mets deal fell through. He slashed just .221/.277/.342 in 126 games with there before being dealt to the Rangers in August.

Gomez got red-hot as soon as he arrived in Arlington, recovering some of his value on the free agent market. In 33 games, the outfielder hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and five stolen bases, helping the Rangers run away with the AL West title.

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