Mets Merized Online » Jon Heyman Sun, 07 Feb 2016 16:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Sign Antonio Bastardo To Two-Year, $12 Million Deal Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:41:02 +0000 MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Mets are in agreement with left-handed relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo on a multi-year contract. The deal will be worth $12 million over two years, according to Baseball Essential’s Robert Murray.

Bastardo, 30, has been a consistently solid left-handed relief in his time between the Phillies and Pirates. Last season, Bastardo posted a 2.98 ERA, 3.33 FIP, and 4.27 xFIP in 57.1 innings. He also posted a fantastic 10.05 K/9 rate and a walk rate of 4.08 BB/9.

For his career, Bastardo owns a 3.58 ERA in 316.1 innings pitched with a sky-high 11.04 strikeout rate and 4.30 walk rate.

Bastardo has been great throughout his career against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .176/.277/.319 slash line. He has also been fantastic when it counts, holding batters to a .206/.315/.342 batting line in high leverage situations.

Bastardo will be paired with fellow lefty Jerry Blevins to give Terry Collins two solid southpaws to work with, which has been an issue in past seasons.

The Mets bullpen, after having signed both Bastardo and Blevins, now looks significantly better than it did at the end of last season. Behind Jeurys Familia this year will be a stable of solid arms, including Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin, and Erik Goeddel.


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Mets and Duda Agree to $4.2M Contract and Avoid Arbitration Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:22:57 +0000 Lucas+Duda

The New York Mets and Lucas Duda have settled on a one year contract which will pay him $4.2 million in 2015, thus avoiding arbitration according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Duda, who earned $1.9 million last season, had requested $4.7 million while the Mets countered with $3.75 million.

Coming off a breakout season in 2014, Duda heads into spring training as the Mets everyday first baseman who’ll sit against the toughest lefthanded starters.


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Russell Martin Signs 5-Year Deal with Blue Jays Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:16:04 +0000 russell-martin-throwing

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that catcher Russell Martin has signed a 5 year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.  He also confirmed via Twitter that the deal will be worth $82 million over that time span.

In 111 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, Martin posted career highs in OBP (.402) and WAR (5.3).  He hit .290, posted an .832 OPS, cranked 11 home runs and knocked in 67 RBIs, which is very respectable given his position.

His defensive skills are certainly a valuable asset as well.  Martin is a former gold glove award winner (2007) and a three time All-Star who commands the respect of his pitching staffs and is respected for calling a good game.

The Pirates will receive an extra draft pick as compensation, while the Blue Jays surrender their first-rounder (17th overall).


Martin was originally believed to be headed to the Chicago Cubs. As the offseason continues to unfold, the Cubs are a team to watch. Perhaps one of the Mets catchers, either Travis d’Arnaud or Kevin Plawecki, becomes a player that Sandy Alderson might dangle in pursuit of a shortstop instead of ja young pitcher?

The Cubs infield also just became more crowded with the acquisition of Atlanta Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella, so the need to make room is becoming more imminent for Chicago.

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Sandy Alderson Gets Three-Year Deal To Remain Mets GM Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:27:18 +0000 New York Mets Sandy Alderson at Citi Field

Multiple sources are reporting that Sandy Alderson has reached a deal with the New York Mets on a 3-year contract extension to remain as general manager. The new deal will override his 2015 option and span the 2015-17 seasons according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms that it will be a 3-year extension and adds that the deal is believed to contain a club option that keeps him under team control through 2018.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that the Mets will wait until the season’s end to make an official announcement.

It was Andy Martino of the Daily News who first reported that the Mets and Alderson were working on an extension deal.

Alderson, 66, was hired on Oct. 29, 2010 and is completing the final guaranteed season of an original four-year deal that included a team option for 2015.

The Mets are 301-341 (.469) in four seasons under Alderson and the team will need to win five of their remaining six games in order to produce their first winning record since 2008.

His signature moves as Mets GM include improving the farm system, trading for prospects Zack Wheeler, Dilson HerreraTravis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard, signing David Wright to an eight-year, $138 million extension, and bringing in free agent Curtis Granderson on a four-year, $60 million deal.

It would make sense that he should stay on to continue building what he began and seeing it through. I would have been fine if the team simply picked up the option and waited to see how 2015 evolved before giving him an extension, but I’m perfectly okay with this.

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Granderson and Niese Clear Waivers Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:53:41 +0000 curtis granderson

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, left-hander Jon Niese and outfielder Curtis Granderson have both cleared waivers and can now be traded to any team.

However, this doesn’t mean either player should be packing their bags anytime soon. The fact that they cleared waivers means that teams were not interested.

Sometimes you get lucky and an injury can lead a team to reevaluate and try to trade for these players as we saw last year when the Mets traded John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pirates for Vic Black and top prospect Dilson Herrera. However, both were also owed very little and had expiring contracts unlike Niese and Granderson.

Most teams will put a dozen or so of their players on revocable waivers to try and gauge whether there’s any interest in the players. If a player is claimed by another team, teams have 48 hours to work out a deal or the player can be pulled back.

There were rumors and speculation that Bartolo Colon would be placed on waivers after the non-waiver deadline, but according to reports that never happened and quite frankly I never expected it to as the Mets could likely get more in the offseason or include him as part of a bigger deal for a bat.

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Red Sox Agree To One-Year Deal With Stephen Drew Tue, 20 May 2014 19:09:40 +0000 Stephen Drew

The Red Sox have reached an agreement with Stephen Drew, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that Drew is getting the pro-rated version of the qualifying offer of $14.1 million on a one-year deal. That comes to roughly $10 million for the rest of the season.

MLB Trade Rumors points out that because Drew won’t be on Boston’s roster for the entire season, he’ll be ineligible to receive a qualifying offer for next offseason. That should improve his chances of landing a strong multi-year deal next Winter.

Boston made the move because of disappointing returns from Will Middlebrooks (.197/.305/.324) at third base and Xander Bogaerts (.269/.369/.379) at shortstop where his range has been problematic.

Andy Martino posted a good take on this from the Mets perspective:

Drew is a solid player, and the move will probably help the Sox, who are trying to repeat as World Series champions. But he would not have lifted the Mets into contention, and was asking to be paid like a player of that caliber.

He would obviously have been an upgrade over Ruben Tejada (and it is worth noting, and criticizing, that the Mets somehow do not have another shortstop in the system who is anywhere near major-league ready), but ask yourself this: Why did 29 other clubs take a pass, too, until the Red Sox swept in on May 20?

I agree with that reasoning….


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Farnsworth Signs Major League Deal With Astros Sat, 17 May 2014 16:10:33 +0000 kyle farnsworth

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Houston Astros have signed righthander Kyle Farnsworth to a major league deal.

The Mets released Farnsworth earlier in the week before his 45 day advance consent clause was set to expire, saving the team $750K for the rest of the season.  

“Hopefully, I’ll find a team to play against this team,” said a very bitter Farnsworth, who didn’t hide his emotions after receiving the news.

The scrapheap reliever - turned Mets closer – posted a 3.18 ERA in 18 appearances for the team with three saves.

I figured he’d latch on somewhere, but I’m shocked he got a major league deal…

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Mets Trade Ike Davis To Pirates For Reliever Zack Thornton and PTBNL Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:58:18 +0000 ike davis cage 2

With less than an 30 minutes to go before tonight’s game, the Mets have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates Mets for minor league reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

An emotional Davis said his goodbyes before finally leaving the clubhouse for good.

“Honestly, it’s a little weird,” Davis said. “I’ve been with the Mets organization for a long time, and made some really good friendships and stuff like that. That’s the toughest part, I think.”

“I really had a blast in New York. I made my dreams come true, childhood dreams come true, playing in the big leagues here. But it’s just a stepping-stone. It happens to a lot of people, getting traded. Now [I'll] go help my team in Pittsburgh.”

Thornton, who turns 26 in three weeks, was pitching at AAA Indianapolis with Pirates and was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four relief appearances. He was originally selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 23rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oregon.

Adam Rubin spoke to an MLB Executive with another MLB team who labeled Zack Thornton a soft tosser and noted he was passed over by 29 clubs — including Mets — in Rule 5 draft. Thornton will report to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas.

Manager Terry Collins made a short comment when told Davis had been traded:

“Our job is not to give players away. There’d better be something come back that you can use that’s of same value.”

Sandy Alderson told reporters that it was time to make a deal. John Harper of the Daily News passed along that the Mets GM is excited about Thornton and really seemed excited about the player to be named later too.

Jon Heyman, who first broke the news, said that Mets settled for a lot less than Tyler Thornburg or Eduardo Rodriguez, but that the PTBNL will be more significant than Thornton.

In trading away Davis, the Mets also shave about $3.5 million in salary from their payroll. They have also made a full commitment to Lucas Duda.

Let’s face it, something had to give. This was something that had to be done. Lets just hope it works out all the way around for us.

Best of luck to Ike in the Burgh…

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Yankees Weighing A Run At Drew Fri, 24 Jan 2014 15:43:18 +0000 If you thought the New York Yankees were done this offseason after signing Japanese righthander Masahiro Tanaka to a seven year, $155 million dollar deal and bringing their 2014 Winter Shopping Spree total to almost a half-billion dollars, think again.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that now that the Yankees have breached the $189 million luxury tax threshold, they’re weighing whether or not to go for it all and pursue free agent Stephen Drew. Of course they are…

“The Yankees have spent $470 million already this winter, but there doesn’t appear to be a precise limit now that the luxury tax threshold has already been surpassed — and that’s very likely especially true when it comes to Red Sox players. Although the Yankees apparently aren’t quite a bottomless pit of cash, a possible run at Drew “depends on the price” according to a person familiar with their thinking.”

I guess that at this point, if you’re going to get zapped anyway, you might as well make it count and go all the way. As a Mets fan I wouldn’t really understand how that works.


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Curtis Granderson Will Wear No. 3 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:18:28 +0000 curtis granderson gfx

The Mets will introduce Curtis Granderson. at a press conference at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday at 12:30 PM.


Granderson will wear uniform No. 3 according to a team announcement.

MMO will be on hand, John Delcos will be covering the press event for us and the Q&A session afterward.

Granderson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and ranks fifth in the majors with a home run every 15.3 at-bats over the last three seasons. He has scored 100 or more runs four times in his career and hit 20 or more home runs in a season six times.

“We are excited to add Curtis’ power to the middle of the lineup,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “He is a dynamic offensive player who has had success in New York.”

Granderson will earn earn annual salaries of $13 million in 2014, $16 million in 2015 and 2016, and $15 million in 2017, and additionally he did not receive a no-trade clause.

The lefthanded hitter batted .229 (49-214) with seven home runs in 2013 with the Yankees after a fractured right forearm and fractured left pinkie limited him to 61 games. Granderson hit 84 home runs, scored 238 runs and collected 225 RBI from 2011-2012 with the Yankees. From 2008-2012 he compiled 312 extra-base hits to rank fourth in the American League during that span.

The 6-1, 195-pounder has batted .261 (1,157-4,438) with 780 runs scored, 199 doubles, 80 triples, 217 home runs, 606 RBI and 122 stolen bases since making his major league debut in 2004 with the Detroit Tigers. Granderson hit 40 or more home runs in consecutive seasons (41 in 2011 and 43 in 2012). He finished fourth in the American League MVP voting in 2011 after leading the AL in runs (136) and RBI (119).

Granderson hit 108 home runs from 2010-2012, including 47 on the road, ranking sixth in the majors and 61 at home, ranking second in the majors. He has a .274 (876-3,192) career batting average vs. righthanders with a .357 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage.

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Hot Stove News: Nationals Sign Nate McLouth To Two-Year Deal Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:36:25 +0000 mclouth_0

Nats Sign Nate McLouth

The Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free agent outfielder and left-handed hitter Nate McLouth, according to the Washington Post. McLouth spent most of the past two seasons serving as Baltimore’s primary left fielder last season.

McLouth, 32, played 146 games for the Orioles and posted a .258/.329/.400 slash with a .729 OPS. McLouth boasts a career .334 on-base percentage and won a Gold Glove for his center field play for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008. He hit 12 home runs in 2013, and hit 46 between 2008 and 2009 when he played everyday. He’ll likely fill a 4th outfielder role with the Nats behind Harper, Span and Werth.


Garrett Jones To The Marlins

The Marlins have agreed to terms on a two-year, $7.5 million deal with free agent first baseman Garrett Jones, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

MLB Trade Rumors reports the terms of the deal as $2.5 million for 2014 and $5 million for the 2015 season.

Jones, 32, batted .233/.289/.419 with 15 home runs in 144 games for the Pirates last season. The outfielder/first baseman slugged 27 homers the previous season.

Report suggest that this signing could be a precursor to a trade involving Logan Morrison, the Marlins’ incumbent first baseman and the subject of many trade rumors.

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Arencibia Inks Deal With Rangers

The Rangers and catcher J.P. Arencibia have agreed to a one year deal worth about $1.8 million dollars with an additional $300K in incentives, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Arencibia, 27, had an awful season in 2013 batting .194/.227/.365  with a 59 OPS+ and a .592 OPS. He did wallop 21 home runs but did more damage than good offensively.

CBS Sports says that his on-base percentage was the lowest in baseball history among players to hit 20+ homers in a season.

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Cards Agree To 4-Year Deal With Peralta, What’s Next For Mets? Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:50:02 +0000 MLB: Detroit Tigers at Miami Marlins

Jhonny Peralta and the Cardinals have reached agreement worth a little more than $52 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal was first reported by Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.

Peralta, 31, hit .303/.358/.457 with 30 doubles, 11 homers and 55 RBI in just 107 games last year, and in between he served a 50-game suspension due to his ties to Biogenesis.

Not bad… Do PEDs, serve your 50 games, double your average annual salary… And you wonder why players still cheat…

This deal will certainly drive up the price for Stephen Drew and I’m sure Scott Boras is grinning from ear to ear right now…

A lack of quality shortstops drove up the price for Peralta and he won’t cost the Cardinals a draft pick. Drew will likely get more and cost the signing team a pick. The Cards are ahead of the curve, $13 million a year and the deal runs through Peralta’s age 34 season.

The Mets really never had a chance to land Peralta or even Drew for that matter. These two were never realistic options in my opinion regardless of what was being reported. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what the circumstances are in Flushing.

Meanwhile, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York assesses the aftermath for the Mets:

Drew clearly is above the Mets’ spending appetite. And the choices become very thin after that. Rafael Furcal missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and Sandy Alderson said last week that it’s not even clear if Furcal has started throwing. Other shortstops on the free-agent board include ex-Met Ronny Cedeno, who has no chance of being asked back, as well as Clint BarmesCesar IzturisMunenori Kawasaki and John McDonald.

So it’s either a trade with teams who all know the Mets are hard up and have little leverage, or get used to the idea of Ruben Tejada getting back into the Mets’ good graces.

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Mets Sign Chris Young To One-Year Deal For $7.25 Million Guaranteed Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:07:27 +0000 130504124516-chris-young-dl-athletics-single-image-cut

Update – Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the one year deal is worth a whopping $7.25 million dollars…

Wow, here’s your opening day left fielder…

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Outfielder Chris Young has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets pending a physical, according to multiple reports. Jon Heyman first reported the news.

The Mets plan to use Young in a corner-outfield position, according to Heyman.

Juan Lagares “will remain the starter” in center, according to him

Ken Rosenthal reports that a rival executive involved in Chris Young talks believes deal with Mets will be for about $6 million with incentives.

Wow, this is your starting, everyday corner outfielder!!!

Young, 30, is coming off two straight disappointing seasons…

He batted just .200/.280/.379 with 12 homers and 10 steals in 2013 with the A’s who declined his option last week.

Young has batted .235 with a .315 on-base percentage and .746 on-base plus slugging percentage during an eight-year career with Arizona and Oakland.

Four Year (2010-2013) Decline Of Chris Young…

  • OBP:  .341  .331  .311  .280 
  • OPS:  .793  .751  .745  .659
  • SLG:  .452  .434  .420  .379
  • AVG:  .257  .236  .231  .228
  • UZR:  4.0   15.9  10.0   0.2
  • WAR:  4.1   4.5   2.5    0.5

Players don’t improve at age 30, they are already in their decline. Young in particular has seen his offense, defense and speed steadily fall off a cliff.

Young’s strikeout rate is over 25 percent and MLBTR writes that his 17.5 percent infield flyball rate was the ninth highest in baseball among players with 350 plate appearances.

That’s worse than Luis Castillo during his time with the Mets only Castillo never whiffed at such a high rate…

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Blockbuster: Tigers Trade Prince Fielder To Rangers For Ian Kinsler Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:22:01 +0000 prince fielder

In a stunning move on Wednesday night, the Detroit Tigers  traded first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

Tigers are sending $30 million to Texas along with Fielder and the deal is pending the waiving of no-trade clauses and physicals.

Fielder, 29, is only two years into his $214 million mega deal he signed with the Tigers before the 2012 season. He gave the Tigers some bang for the buck during his stay, posting an .878 OPS. His trade will enable Detroit to move Miguel Cabrera back to first base, while freeing up money to retain reigning Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer who is a free agent after 2014.

Kinsler, 31, is entering the second season of a five-year, $75 million deal that runs through 2017. His departure opens second base for top prospect Jurickson Profar.

Here are some reactions from this blockbuster deal:

Jon Heyman, CBS Sports:

Detroit could use big prospect Nick Castellanos at third base, and move two-time defending A.L. MVP Miguel Cabrera to first base. That could be a plus for Cabrera, who had switched to third base with Fielder’s signing two years ago, given his physical issues in 2013. Even if Castellanos plays the outfield, it’s seen as likely Cabrera would move to first now.

Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports:

Give lots of credit to Dave Dombrowski; the potential nightmare back half of Prince Fielder‘s nine-year, $214 million contract is no more. Instead, Fielder and the $168 million he’s still owed is gone after two mildly disappointing seasons in Detroit, with Ian Kinsler‘s more palatable deal coming back.

Jon Daniels, Rangers GM:

Dave (Dombrowski) called yesterday and threw out the concept. We had a little dialogue before on it. From there, David and I had a series of phone calls and both sides were interested and we got the money where both sides could live with it.

Matthew Pouilot, NBC Sports:

The Rangers get better on the field with the one-for-one deal, but it’s at a cost of inheriting one of the game’s worst contract. Most likely, Fielder will put up a better line next year than the .279/.362/.457 he hit while going through a divorce in a career-worst 2013 season. He’s just turning 30 in May, and while his body type suggests an early decline is quite possible, he probably has at least one or two more .900-OPS seasons in him.

Ron Washington, Rangers Manager:

Fielder has presence, He’s been a very productive player. He’s a winning player. I do believe he’ll fit well in this clubhouse.

Michael Rosenberg, Sports Illustrated:

Sometimes I think Dave Dombrowski should write a book about running a high-payroll baseball team, but I doubt any other general manager would buy it. Dombrowski does things that don’t make much sense, right until the moment they do. And to understand how deftly he has navigated a job that is more difficult than people realize, look at what Dombrowski did, from start to finish, with Prince Fielder.

Dave Dombrowski, Tigers GM:

We have been trying to create some financial flexibility. We’re in a situation where we have a lot of stars. They’re well-paid stars, and you can only have so many of those. It gives us some flexibility at the first base spot. I’m not really sure what we’re going to do here today with Miguel, but eventually we see him as a first baseman.”

Phil Rogers,

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who was acquired from Arizona in the three-team trade that sent Granderson to the Yankees, appears to be an obvious beneficiary of this trade. The Tigers couldn’t have anticipated Scherzer upstaging Justin Verlander a couple of years ago, but that’s what the right-hander has done. With Fielder and much of his nine-year, $214 million contract gone, Dombrowski has more flexibility to sign Scherzer to an extension that allows the co-ace to work alongside Verlander and Anibal Sanchez through at least 2017.

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Ike Davis Wanted Out, Said Team Has Given Up On Him Thu, 14 Nov 2013 02:27:15 +0000 Ike Davis

WFAN’s Mike Francesa said today, that Ike Davis wants out. Francesa said he spoke with Davis during the All Star break and Ike said he wanted to leave. The former Met first rounder believes the fans have given up on him and the team has given up on him. (Hat tip to Julie)

Adam Rubin got the sense that Ike Davis is a goner after a Mets insider told him today, that teams view him as a decent bet for power with a change of scenery.

If I were a team in search of a low risk, high reward first baseman with power potential, I’d be all over Ike Davis…

The Astros, Orioles, Rays, Brewers and Rockies all have checked in on him, but the ‘Stros don’t see themselves as a fit for a deal with the Mets.

The Mets could just delay their decision and wait until deep into the offseason before making a trade in hopes that the limited power market will make Davis more attractive.

I think it’s just time for a change of scenery for Ike and I don’t think he’ll ever realize his potential with the Mets.

Last week, the Mets and Brewers discussed a possible Ike Davis trade in exchange for Norichika Aoki. But the Brewers had no interest and prefer to keep Aoki who is set to earn a team friendly $2 million in 2014.

Over the last three seasons, Davis has seen his OPS decline from .995 to .771 to .661 while his strikeout rate has climbed all the way to a 33 percent.

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Cafardo: Mets Could Be In Hunt For Kemp Or Ethier Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:56:40 +0000 matt kemp

The Dodgers were apparently open to dealing any of Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, and Andre Ethier — who are each under contract with some serious money attached to them. However, Jon Heyman wrote “…a Mets person suggested that trio isn’t at the forefront of their internal talks, at least at the moment.”

However, Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe thinks otherwise and wrote on Sunday that the Mets are in search of a big-name player and could be in the hunt for Kemp or Ethier. The Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, and Blue Jays could also be interested.

The Mets have been linked to Ethier in the past as part of their pursuit of outfield help, but nothing really came from it. Kemp is owed $128 million over the next six years, Crawford $81.5 million over the next four, Ethier $69 million over the next four.

For what it’s worth, Andy Martino wrote a day or two ago that there was no chance that the Mets would move Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard for Ethier, though Martino speculates that the team could be more open to moving right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero.

Of course, the Mets are to have shown their most interest in Shin-Soo Choo, so we’ll see what happens on that front. Here’s the kicker, however — according to the same Heyman piece, the Mets view Robinson Cano as the only player worth $100 MM, but they won’t be in the running for him. Many other sources, including Anthony DiComo, have expressed their belief that the Mets will not be in running for players like Choo or Jacoby Ellsbury that will command large contracts.

For the Mets to even consider one of the trio from Los Angeles, the Dodgers would have to pay a solid chunk of any of those contracts. I’d probably stray away from both Ethier and Crawford for different reasons, and although I’d pursue Matt Kemp, I doubt his contract is one that ownership is willing to take on.

Not much to see here, unfortunately.

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Mets Roll The Dice On Daisuke Matsuzaka Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:38:25 +0000 matsuzaka

In an effort to bolster the rotation after injuries to Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia, the New York Mets today announced the club agreed to terms with righthanded pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on a one-year contract. Matsuzaka will wear #16 and will start tomorrow’s night game against Detroit. A corresponding move will be announced prior to tomorrow’s game.

Matsuzaka, 32, pitched in Cleveland’s organization this season, making 19 starts for Columbus (AAA) of the International League. He compiled a 5-8 record and a 3.92 ERA (45 earned runs/103.1 innings), striking out 95 and walking 39. He asked for and was granted his release on Tuesday, August 20.

The 6-0, 185-pound native of Tokyo, Japan last appeared in the majors in 2012 with Boston, going 1-7 with a 8.28 ERA (42 earned runs/45.2 innings) in 11 starts.

After an incredible 2008 year where he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 167.2 innings, he lost his way and struggled for a while. During his recent stint with the Sox in ’12, he was lit up over 11 starts and posted a 8.28 ERA over 45.2 innings.

The Mets were one of the original teams to really make a push for Matsuzaka when he was first moving over to the MLB, but were outbid by the Red Sox.

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Mets Get Some Offers On Byrd, Waiting To Hear Back On Counteroffers Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:47:37 +0000 marlon byrd

7/31  Update

It’s been a very quiet deadline with the Jake Peavy to the Red Sox trade being the loudest shot fired in the last 48 hours. But things are picking up on the Marlon Byrd front, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The Mets are suddenly getting hits on the veteran outfielder and they have apparently made counteroffers to some clubs and are now waiting to see if anyone budges.

The Pirates are believed to be among the teams interested in Byrd, says Sherman. But a Pirates beat writer said interest is lukewarm at best.

No one seems to be willing to meet the Mets’ asking price, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

I expect him to still be a Met in two hours which is exactly how I felt two weeks ago…

7/30 Update

  • MLBTRMichael Young will only approve a trade back to the Texas according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  In contrast, Scott Miller of CBS Sports says Red Sox people believe Young would approve a trade there.  The Phillies checked in with Young over the weekend about the Rangers and Red Sox. If Young is being traded, Yankees people say it’s not to them, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
  • ESPN - The Dodgers and Angels are discussing a trade for second baseman Howie Kendrick, but talks are preliminary. The Angels are said to be listening to offers for Kendrick, Erick Aybar, and Alberto Callaspo, and are seeking high quality big league ready pitching in return.
  • Jon Heyman - Boston has been adamant about not including top prospects Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. in deals. But they have about 10 more top-line prospects, including pitchers Matt BarnesBrandon Workman, Henry Owens, Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa and many others. Boston also has done extremely well this year with its strategy to sign several mid-range players after unloading big-money contracts like Carl CrawfordJosh Beckett  and Adrian Gonzalez, and may not be so anxious to get back into the mega-market territory. Though it’s pretty clear they are talking to Philadelphia, the Red Sox also have some interest in third baseman Michael Young.
  • ESPN – The Cubs could move Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz, but are extremely unlikely to trade lefty reliever James Russell and there’s just about zero chance of a Jeff Samardzija trade. Pitchers Ian Kennedy and J.J. Putz of the Diamondbacks and Kyle Farnsworth of the Rays are now available in trade.
  • CSN Chicago - Sounds like White Sox and Pirates are getting close on a deal for Alex Rios. Cash being worked on. Not sure if they can find a middle ground.
  • Joel Sherman - The price for Peavy remains a top 50 prospect in a three or four-player package, according to Sherman. He believes Peavy will be traded, ranking the most likely landing spots as the Cardinals, Red Sox, and A’s.
  • MLBTR – There are no current discussions between the Cardinals and White Sox on Peavy, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. And the D’Backs say they no longer have interest in Peavy with Brandon McCarthy and Trevor Cahill soon returning, adds Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
  • Jon Heyman - The Red Sox are the biggest player in the Cliff Lee derby, sources told, but it remains uncertain how likely it is the Phillies star left-hander will be dealt. If there are other teams heavily involved in talks for Lee, they are doing it in an extremely stealthy manner. But considering the price tag (at least three top prospects) and salary ($70 million), it’s understandable the field would be limited.

More updates to come…

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Niese Has Partial Tear In Rotator Cuff Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:09:29 +0000 jon niese

Jonathon Niese has been diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff, although surgery may be avoided according to assistant general manager John Ricco.

The diagnosis came after Niese was examined by team doctor David Altchek on Friday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Ricco said doctors believe the tear is small and surgery may not be needed if the injury can heal on its own after rest and rehabilitation. “But we’ll know more after a couple of weeks of rest,” Ricco said.

Niese missed a start earlier this month after he was found to have shoulder tendinitis. He was sent for a M.R.I. on May 30, which revealed no structural damage.

After skipping a start, Niese had two outings before Thursday’s, when he said he began to experience pain again. Ricco said the current tear occurred after that first test. “This is something that changed,” he said.

Before Ricco made the announcement, manager Terry Collins was downplaying the severity of this injury calling it nothing severe. Terrible job by him… This is VERY severe…

The Mets will now be without Niese for a  month or longer, nobody really knows…

. He was 3-6 record with 4.32 ERA this season.

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Right-hander Greg Burke is expected to rejoin the Mets this weekend in Philly from Triple-A Las Vegas, a source told

Burke had been recently demoted to make room for the addition of right-hander Carlos Torres on the major league roster after a clause in his contract forced the Mets to promote him or lose him.

Because Burke has not spent 10 days in the minors, he can only rejoin the Mets if a major league player lands on the DL.

This likely means Jon Niese will be heading to the DL. Niese was removed from the game in the fourth inning last night with what the team reported as “left shoulder discomfort.”

After throwing his 61st pitch of the game, Niece winced in pain. He then motioned to the Mets dugout for the trainers to come out, pointed to his shoulder, and within a minute they all walked off the mound.

“My shoulder hurts,” Niese told Terry Collins.

Collins told reporters after the game that Niese was heading to New York for an MRI and further tests on Friday.

“The only thing I know is that his shoulder is bothering him,” Collins said.

Losing Niese for any stretch of time would be a big blow to the team, especially as the only lefthander in the rotation.

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Mets Want To Resolve Ike Davis Situation First Wed, 29 May 2013 18:31:23 +0000 ike-davis

Post Updated by Joe D. At 2:20 PM

Andy Martino of the Daily News was told that the Mets want to resolve the Ike Davis situation before potentially demoting Ruben Tejada. He adds that they could also just send both of them down at once.

Earlier today, WFAN’s Mike Francesa said Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada would have been sent to Triple-A after last night’s game had the Mets lost the game, based on what a team source told him.

Francesa also added that Davis and Tejada have been told they need to show “immediate improvement soon” or “they will be demoted.”

I wondered if anyone else found it odd that a win that neither player contributed to spared them both from a demotion, especially Tejada who almost cost us the game – TWICE – last night.

Martino’s news rings more true and makes more sense.

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Ike Davis will not be optioned to the Minor Leagues today, according to Mark Hale of the New York Post.

Despite his struggles, Davis will not be demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas before tonight’s game, The Post has learned. He will be with the Mets in The Bronx. The Mets are scheduled to face a righty in David Phelps tonight, so the left-handed hitting Davis — who batted eighth last night — figures to be in the lineup. Lefty Vidal Nuno is scheduled to start tomorrow night, so Davis could be on the bench for that one.

Davis went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts last night, batting eighth for the first time in his career. He’s currently in a 4-for-53 slump with 24 strikeouts during that span. On the season he is now batting 152/.237/.247.

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