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The Miami Marlins have signed right-hander reliever Junichi Tazawa to a two-year, $12 million contract according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Tazawa, 30, is coming off the possibly worst full season of his career. He had a 4.17 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and allowed nine home runs in only 49.2 innings for the Boston Red Sox. The good news is that Tazawa did strike out 9.8 per nine innings, but posted only a 0.4 bWAR, his lowest in a full season.

In seven seasons with the Red Sox he had a 3.58 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.31 FIP and struck out 308 batters in 312 innings.

The Marlins still seem determined to improve their bullpen after missing out on big time closers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman.

They’ve also shown interest in Brad Ziegler and Fernando Salas, both of whom the Mets could have interest in signing as well.

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Mets To Hold Yoenis Cespedes Press Conference At 5 PM Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:05:46 +0000 yoenis-cespedes

The re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes is official. Rejoice.

There will be a press conference today at 5 PM ET at Citi Field to re-introduce him.

Original Report – Nov 29

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Mets have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The deal is for four years and $110 million dollars, a little lower than my $115 million prediction.

Rosenthal adds that this is the largest free agent deal in team history and the $27.5 million average annual value would match A-Rod for seventh-highest in MLB history and is the highest for an outfielder on a multi-year deal.

Readers of this site shouldn’t be too surprised as I’ve been writing that Cespedes would sign with the Mets before the Winter Meetings for two weeks and that it would be a four year deal.

I was told a couple of weeks ago by two sources that the Mets and Cespedes were getting very close to finalizing a deal and all that other stuff about the Nationals, Dodgers, Yankees and Giants was all “background noise.”

Cespedes has made it well known that his true desire was to stay with the Mets and just yesterday I said it would take a big overpay to pry him away from the Mets at this point..

So here are the numbers… The deal breaks down as $22.5M, $29M, $29M and $29.5M over the next four years and Cespedes gets a full no trade clause.

Welcome back, Yo….

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MLB News: Twins Sign Catcher Jason Castro Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:20:45 +0000 jason-castro

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Minnesota Twins have signed former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro. The deal is worth 3 years, $24.5 million per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports

Castro, 29, hit .210/.307/.377 with 16 doubles, 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 113 games for the Astros in 2016. On the defensive side, he posted a positive dWAR (0.4) for the sixth straight season and was a good pitch framer in 2016.

Despite a possible need at the catcher position, the Mets never showed interest in Castro and seem willing to head into the season with Travis d’Arnaud as their primary backstop.

The remaining free agent catchers include Wilson Ramos, Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley.

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Mets Say Wright Will Need 6-8 Weeks Of Non Baseball Activities Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:28:46 +0000 david wright

The New York Mets said via Twitter that David Wright’s injury will require 6-8 weeks of rest from baseball activities during which he will undergo appropriate physiotherapy.

Add to that another 2-3 weeks of resumed baseball activities, simulated games, and a rehab assignment and you’re looking at a late August return. That blows…

Original Report

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Thursday, that David Wright is expected to be out for an extended period of time and that infielder Matt Reynolds is en route to Miami to replace Wright once he’s placed on the disabled list.

On Friday morning, Rosenthal went further, adding that a team source said Wright will be out a minimum of 4-6 weeks “at least.”

The Mets are expected to make an official statement later this morning. We will update this post once we receive the official word from Mets media relations.

Wright received an injection in his neck on Tuesday that required 48 hours to take effect. He was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck and is also dealing with right shoulder discomfort. That’s in addition to the spinal stenosis condition.

“Any time I miss a game with something other than my back, it’s pretty concerning,” Wright said on Saturday. “My back gives me enough trouble, so now that it is something different, it’s frustrating. … If I’m physically able to go out there and help the team, I try to do that. But if I can’t help the team, then I can’t go out there and play.”

It is not yet clear if Wright will require surgery, but Bobby Parnell required surgery for the same issue, according to manager Terry Collins.

Wright, 33, has been out of the lineup for the past five games and is batting .226 this season with seven homers and 14 RBIs in 137 at-bats, while striking out 55 times.

He is set to earn $20 million a season through 2018, then $15 million in ’19 and $12 million in ’20 for a total of $67 million in guaranteed dollars. 

The Mets do have insurance on Wright’s contract and can recoup 75 percent of his salary once the DL stint exceeds 60 days.  

If that 4-6 week timeline is true, it puts Wright’s return sometime in August after a rehab assignment, assuming there are no setbacks.

More on David Wright from MMO

The End May Be Near For David Wright

Considering Possible Third Base Solutions For Mets

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Tyler Clippard and D’Backs Agree On Two-Year, $12.25 Million Deal Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:13:15 +0000 tyler Clippard

Free agent reliever Tyler Clippard and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed on a two year deal worth $12.25 million dollars reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal includes a $4 million signing bonus, and then salaries of $4.1M in 2016 and $4.15M in 2017.

Clippard, 31, went 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.052 WHIP in 32 relief appearances for the Mets last season with a 7.2 K/9. He has been baseball’s most durable reliever, tossing an MLB leading 464.1 innings over the past six seasons, while posting a 2.67 ERA with 10.1 K/9.

The Mets were reportedly interested in bringing back Clippard but only on a one year deal.

Sandy Alderson acquired Clippard from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline for right-handed pitching prospect Casey Meisner.

Last week, Alderson told reporters that the team was essentially done adding any new players on a major league deal and that they could still sign a couple of players on minor league deals.

He also said it was conceivable that recently acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza could be traded this Spring. 

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NL East Report: Nationals Shakeup Expected At Closer Role Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:00:14 +0000 storen drew chokes

After last season’s second half debacle, the Nationals are expected to have a new closer in 2016. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that both Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen are likely to be traded as Washington looks to make major changes to its bullpen.

Papelbon, who was acquired from the Phillies in a deadline deal, had a 3.04 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 23.2 innings this year for the Nationals. However, he created intense problems in the clubhouse, which escalated to a fight with teammate Bryce Harper in the dugout.

Meanwhile, Drew Storen posted a solid 3.44 ERA in 55 innings, but he struggled mightily after moving to the set up role. He had a 5.82 ERA following the All-Star break, and blew several crucial leads down the stretch.

The Nationals are one of many teams who are interested in free agent reliever Darren O’Day. O’Day had an excellent 1.52 ERA this year with Baltimore, and he is seeking a four-year deal worth $28-$36 million.

Rosenthal also mentions that Washington is one of the teams trying to land All- Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Reds. Rosenthal says that that their interest isn’t a surprise as General Manager Mike Rizzo has been connected to Chapman for years.

The Nationals were one of the main team’s pursing him when he came out of Cuba in 2010, and they attempted to acquire him at the trading deadline over the summer.

Chapman has averaged 36 saves a season over the past four years, and he is arguably the best closer in baseball.  In 2015, he had an impressive 1.63 ERA to go along with an incredible 15.7 K/9  in 66.1 innings pitched.


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Nationals, Braves, Dodgers Join Hunt For Darren O’Day Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:00:59 +0000 Darren, O'Day

A quick update on the Darren O’Day front.

The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have both expressed strong interest in signing the free-agent right-hander to be their closer, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals have also joined the hunt a source told Jerry Crasnick of

I’m surprised the Dodgers are interested in him as their closer when they already have a solid closer. Must be nice to have a $300 million payroll. Wonder if it backfires on them should they get him, like the Papelbon fiasco in Washington?

Regardless, it looks like the market for O’Day is really beginning to heat up. I see him as the first domino to fall in the reliever market, before the other free agents start latching on with new teams.

I’s love to see the Mets come away with Joakim Soria or Tony Sipp this Winter. We’ll see.

November 21

Free agent reliever Darren O’Day is seeking a four-year deal worth $28-$36 million dollars, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. That comes to about an average annual value of $7-9 million. which puts him on the same salary range as an average MLB closer.

Buster Olney of ESPN, reported that O’Day already has several offers in hand and that the Tigers, Red Sox and Giants are three clubs that have significant interest in the side-armed righty.

Over the last four seasons, O’Day has gone 23-8 with a 1.92 ERA, 214 ERA+ and 0.939 WHIP. In 263.0 innings pitched, he has struck out 283 batters for a 9.7 strikeout rate, while posting a 2.1 walk rate and a 4.56 BB/SO ratio.

This past season was his best season yet, as O’Day went 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA, striking out 82 batters in 65.1 innings, while walking only 14 and allowing just five home runs. He also picked up six saves.

The Mets struggled all year long to find a bridge to Familia, using ten different relievers in a setup role and never actually settling on one.

Their bullpen was completely exposed in the World Series, blowing three late leads and allowing 24 earned runs, 47 hits and 17 walks in 51.1 innings.

O’Day could be the one free agent reliever on the market that could adequately address a significant deficiency for the Mets.

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Chase Utley Appeal Won’t Be Heard Until Next Monday, He Remains Eligible To Play Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:47:55 +0000 tejada utley

A Major League Baseball source told Bill Shaikin that the appeal filed by Chase Utley will not be heard until Monday, October 19th.

Utley was suspended for two games for his take-out slide that resulted in a fractured leg for Ruben Tejada. He appealed the ban immediately, and then turned down an offer by MLB to reduce it to just a one-game suspension.

If this is indeed true, it means Utley is eligible to play throughout the NLDS against the Mets.

October 12

Dodgers infielder Chase Utley has been suspended by Major League Baseball for Games 3 and 4 of the NL Division Series.

“After thoroughly reviewing the play from all conceivable angles, I have concluded that Mr. Utley’s action warrants discipline,” MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre announced.

“While I sincerely believe that Mr. Utley had no intention of injuring Ruben Tejada, and was attempting to help his Club in a critical situation, I believe his slide was in violation of Official Baseball Rule 5.09 (a)(13), which is designed to protect fielders from precisely this type of rolling block that occurs away from the base.”

The Mets said in a statement:

“The New York Mets completely support the decision made by Major League Baseball to suspend Chase Utley for two games and feel this was the appropriate course of action. With this decision behind us, the team and our fans can now focus on playing winning baseball.”

However, Chase Utley will appeal the decision and could still play tomorrow so stay tuned.

If Utley’s suspension is upheld, the Dodgers would not be able to replace him on the roster. They would play Games 3 and 4 with 24 players.

Torre also revealed that MLB is working with the Players Association about possible rules changes geared to better protect middle infielders in the future.

I still think the whole situation stinks. I’m still fuming about the fact that he was called safe by the umpires which opened up the floodgates that led to the Mets loss. How are they going to fix that?

As for Utley, it takes some gall for him to not take his punishment like a man and just let the entire situation subside so hopefully both teams can focus on just playing out the rest of this series.

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According to a series of tweets from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, he has been in text communication with the Dodgers’ Chase Utley, who told him he apologized to Ruben Tejada through team captain David Wright.

“In no way shape or form was I trying to hurt Ruben,” Utley said to Rosenthal. ” I slid in hard like I have for 12 years. I feel terrible about the outcome. I’ve reached out to Ruben via David Wright.”

The slide or let’s be honest, the tackle broke Ruben Tejada’s right fibula when he barreled into him behind second base to break up a potential double play in the seventh inning on Saturday night.

I heard Utley’s press conference last night and I was looking for two words, “I’m sorry.” Instead all I got out of it was how he plays the game hard and plays the game right. Today’s apology sounds a bit too little and too late.

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Michael Cuddyer Could Start Rehab Assignment Next Week Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:33:25 +0000 michael cuddyer

I have no idea what Ken Rosenthal was talking about earlier, but according to the Mets Michael Cuddyer feels great and could begin playing in rehab games next week.

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As the Mets continue to explore outfield options, I couldn’t help noticing something that Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports just reported.

Rosenthal basically said that the team has some concerns that outfielder Michael Cuddyer “may not be back.”

I thought that was kind of odd because I remember reading just a few days ago that the Mets expected Cuddyer to be activated as soon as he becomes eligible. That to me would suggest that he’s made great progress on his ailing knee.

There’s been no new reports from Sandy Alderson or Terry Collins regarding Cuddyer, so there’s no telling if there’s a new development that has yet to be reported.

Before Cuddyer landed on the DL, Alderson lamented that his $21 million dollar acquisition had been forced into a role that he was not expected to play this season and that it took a toll on him.

“He is someone who has played quite a bit more than we anticipated he would have because of David’s absence and some other injuries we have had. Hopefully that will sort itself out in the second half.”

On the day before he was placed on the DL, Cuddyer said “I don’t know if I’m confident enough to play a full nine innings yet, that is the issue.”

The next day he was placed on the disabled list and the Mets promoted their top hitting prospect Michael Conforto, who is 0-for-his-last-15 and batting .211 in his first six games.

A former batting champion, Cuddyer is batting .250 with a .303 OBP and .683 OPS in 314 plate appearances this season.

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Mets Acquire A’s Closer Tyler Clippard Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:28:08 +0000 clippard

The New York Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard from the Oakland A’s in exchange for minor league RHP Casey Meisner according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Mets are reportedly receiving $1 million in cash as part of the deal. So Clippard ends up costing approximately $2.5 million dollars to the Mets. Quite a coup for Sandy Alderson.

To make room for Clippard on the 40 man roster, Erik Goeddel has been transferred to the 60 day DL.

Clippard, a two-time All-Star, has held lefties to a .100 (7-70) mark this year and a career .183 mark. He led MLB with 40 holds in 2014.

Clippard immediately takes over as the Mets setup man, although Adam Rubin is speculating he should take over as the teams closer.

According to several reports, Clippard was also reportedly being sought after by the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees. (Sorries)

There is also sufficient buzz that the Mets are not finished yet and still continue to shop for a bat.

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According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mets and A’s are making progress on a deal that would send closer Tyler Clippard to New York.

Other teams are still in play, Rosenthal reports, but a “deal [is] expected soon.”

Clippard, 30, has saved 17 games for Oakland this season, owning a 2.79 ERA in 37 appearances. He has struck out 38 batters over 38.2 innings and walked 21. He has proven to be a very consistent and effective back-end bullpen option in his time with both Oakland and Washington. Over the past five seasons, Clippard owns a 2.53 ERA in 341 innings.

In January, Clippard was traded to Oakland in exchange for Yunel Escobar. He avoided arbitration with Oakland by signing an $8.3 million deal in February, and will reach free agency after the season. He is owed roughly $4 million the rest of the season.

Thoughts from Joe D.

The addition of Tyler Clippard would be huge in my estimation, and it appears the Mets are pushing real hard on this.

Given the fact that we are veering ever so closer to a playoff spot, and considering the fact that Jenrry Mejia is ineligible to be on a postseason roster, the addition of a late inning reliever like Clippard can’t be understated.

Some of the names I’m hearing range from Rafael Montero to even Jenrry Mejia himself as far as what the Oakland A’s can get back. Either way, it’s a win for the New York Mets.

Thoughts from Connor O’Brien

Keith Law made an interesting point on Twitter upon seeing news of this trade. He criticized the Mets “for giving up a legitimate prospect for 20 innings of a reliever.” Casey Meisner is definitely a “legitimate prospect,” certainly among the top ten or 20 overall in the Mets system.

Losing Meisner admittedly stings a bit. He’s had tremendous success in the minor leagues so far, and the scouts like him. However, the odds of him becoming a great (or even good) pitcher are incredibly low. Think about this: the top ten prospects in all of baseball, as rated by Baseball America, bust 60 percent of the time. What does that say about Meisner, who wouldn’t even crack the top 200?

I love prospects. I’ve always said that unless your team has unlimited money, you cannot win without homegrown, core players. I still believe that and I still think the Mets should be extremely frugal with the young talent they have. That being said, we have been lulled by a lack of major trade acquisitions over the past few years into dramatically overvaluing our prospects. The reality is, this is the benefit of having the strong player development system that the Mets have built over the past few years (which has gone from 25th in the league in 2010 to 5th this year).

Losing Meisner hardly puts a dent in the depth the Mets have accumulated in the farm system. And more importantly, this brings the Mets that much closer to the playoffs.

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Astros Acquire Scott Kazmir From A’s Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:39:38 +0000 athletics_cleveland_482063979

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Oakland A’s have shipped starter Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for prospects RHP Daniel Mengden and highly regarded catcher Jacob Nottingham.

The Astros had made no secret that they were ready to increase payroll to support the team’s playoff run and supplement their elite young talents.

Kazmir, who signed a two-year, $22MM deal in 2014, has about $7 million dollars owed to him for the rest of this year.

The 31-year-old southpaw has a 2.38 ERA over 109 2/3 innings with a 8.3 strikeout rate this season.

Looks like the A’s are officially sellers…

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Steven Matz To Join Mets Rotation, Likely To Start Sunday Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:01:33 +0000 steven matz

Updated 6:35 PM

According to what a team source told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets plan to promote left-handed prospect Steven Matz from Triple-A Las Vegas and will use some form of a six-man rotation.

Manager Terry Collins declined to confirm the promotion, but the cat’s out of the bag as Matz has already been told that he’ll be joining the rotation.

Apparently an announcement will be made on Friday about how this second reincarnation of the six-man rotation will work.

After a rough road trip the Mets could use some positive news and Matz is someone that Mets fans will be excited to see.

The Mets top pick in 2009 under general manager Omar Minaya, Matz is considered by many experts to be the best of the bunch, and Frank Viola has compared him to a young Madison Bumgarner.

“The guy has been mowing through lineups and able to command his fastball to both sides of the plate and have his breaking ball and develop his change-up,” said Mets catcher Johnny Monell, who worked with Matz with Las Vegas.

“The guy is something special and works hard between his starts and takes care of his body and works hard and prepares himself to go out and dominate every fifth day and he’s been doing that.”

Matz could debut and make his first start for the Mets during his regular turn on Sunday, which is when Jon Niese was expected to start. We’ll know for sure on Friday, but get ready, here he comes!

Updated 3:05 PM

Steven Matz has not been called up as of this afternoon, multiple sources confirm to MMO’s Clayton Collier.

The Las Vegas 51s have not been made aware of any such move yet, but as has been reported for several weeks now, expect Matz in the majors sooner rather than later.

The Mets play nine-straight games from June 30 to July 8.

Original Post 6/25

Sandy Alderson might have something brewing. Who knows what that can be? However, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on twitter that a source indicated to him that the Mets are calling up Steven Matz, their dominant left-handed pitching prospect from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Matz, 24, is 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 90 1/3 innings pitched (14 starts) for Las Vegas this season.

Rosenthal did not cite any time frame or what the corresponding move would be. His second tweet noted that the news isn’t confirmed, but “something seems to be in the works.”

He also noted that his source said that more would be known later today.

Let the speculation begin, but stay tuned folks!


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Braves Acquire Touki Touissant, Bronson Arroyo for Phil Gosselin Sun, 21 Jun 2015 05:14:54 +0000 Bronson Arroyo_1394157841519_3314245_ver1.0_640_480

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports Atlanta Braves have acquired right-handed pitchers Bronson Arroyo and highly regarded Touki Toussaint from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for infielder Philip Gosselin.

The D’Backs were motivated in dumping Arroyo and the approximate guaranteed $11 million  owed to him through 2016.

Arroyo is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and isn’t expected to pitch in the majors until August at the earliest.

Before injuring his elbow, Arroyo was a solid workhorse, making at least 32 starts in nine straight seasons. But his career ERA is a pedestrian 4.19.

However this deal is all about 19-year old Toussaint for Atlanta, who some regard as a top 100 prospect.

The 16th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, Toussaint currently has a 3.69 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in seven Single-A starts.

Gosselin, who’s on the DL, was just a spare utility part for the Braves who win big here and add a very high-ceiling prospect to their system. Must be nice to have that kind of money to throw around for a prospect like this.

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Mets Acquire LHP Alex Torres From Padres Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:44:10 +0000 alex torres

According to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Mets have acquired lefty Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres.

In return, the Padres will receive Mets prospect Cory Mazzoni and a player to be named later.

Torres, 27, went 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA (20 earned runs/54.0 innings) in 70 games with San Diego in 2014. He held righties to a .209 (23-110) batting average, the sixth-lowest mark among NL lefthanded relievers. Lefties hit .256 (23-90) against him last year.

The 5-10, 185-pounder stranded 39 of 44 inherited runners, tied for the fourth-best rate in the majors last season.

Torres is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (two earned runs/8.0 innings) in eight spring games with San Diego this year.

The native of Valencia, Venezuela is 7-4 with a 2.55 ERA (34 earned runs/120.0 innings) and 122 strikeouts in 113 major league games with the Rays and Padres.

Torres will make the league minimum this season and is not eligible for arbitration eligible until 2017.

Torres is perhaps known best around baseball for wearing the isoBLOX protective hat that MLB introduced due to countless pitchers experiencing traumatic head injuries after being struck with line drives.

Mazzoni is a former 2nd round pick that has missed big chunks of the last two seasons with injury. He made 14 starts across 4 levels last year finishing with a 7-2 record and a 4.68 ERA. The inflated ERA doesn’t tell the whole story though, he had a 4.18 FIP and 4.08 SO/W at Las Vegas.

Cory looked to get more comfortable as the year progressed winning his last 4 decisions and producing a 41/2 K/BB over his last 41.2 innings. His fastball and slider are very good but some scouts question whether his splitter is a good enough 3rd pitch to stick as a starter. He hasn’t pitched in relief (besides Spring Training) since 2011 but the Mets obviously are pretty stacked when it comes to starters.

He ranked No.17 in the MMO Top 25 Prospects this year.


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Mets Recently Balked at Potential Deals for Ben Zobrist and Ian Desmond Mon, 12 Jan 2015 01:15:11 +0000 Ben -Zobrist home run

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets were discussing a three-team blockbuster trade that would have landed them shortstop Ian Desmond from the Nationals while Washington ended up with second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Rays.

The three teams were discussing the deal in recent days, but the “conversations fizzled when the Mets balked at the Rays’ price for Desmond” sources said.

The Nationals would have sent Desmond to the Rays for Zobrist and Escobar, the two players the Rays traded to the Athletics on Saturday.

ian desmondThe Rays then would have flipped Desmond to the Mets for two top prospects from a list of three – a price the Mets considered too steep.

The Rays’ wish list included pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, but the other target was unknown although there was some buzz that it could have been a top position player prospect like Kevin Plawecki or Dilson Herrera. Again that was just buzz…

The Mets also engaged in direct talks for Zobrist, who like Desmond is entering his free-agent year. But the Rays again wanted two top prospects, and the Mets said no.

The Rays ended up trading Zobrist and Escobar to the Oakland A’s for C/DH John Jaso, top shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson, and outfield prospect Boog Powell, and $1.5 million.

The Mets were one of a dozen teams interested in dealing for Zobrist. Rosenthal adds that the Mets are still actively looking to upgrade over their current shortstops, Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada, however, not if it costs them any of their top prospects.

I suddenly have this crazy urge to say “dang” right now… :-) I really need a day off…


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Latest On Tulowitzki: Mets Checked In, But No Significant Discussions Tue, 11 Nov 2014 01:58:40 +0000 tulowitzki

Earlier this afternoon, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that the Mets were talking to the Rockies about shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. That was confirmed by Mets beat reporter Marc Carig of Newsday:

“According to a source, the Mets are indeed doing their due diligence. Have checked with Rockies on shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.”

However, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports later reported that any discussions about Tulowitzki were not significant. The consensus was that the Mets were simply fishing around to gauge the Rockies asking price.

The word is they want one top pitching prospect, and are unwilling to eat any portion of Tulo’s remaining $116 million dollar contract which includes the built-in $2 million assignment bonus if he’s traded. Basically, as Carig pointed out, the Mets were just doing their due diligence and checking in.

November 6

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Colorado Rockies are prepared to listen to offers for All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki this offseason as well as Carlos Gonzalez.

“The Rockies are telling clubs they are keeping their “eyes and ears open” for potential deals involving both players, according to major-league sources.”

Rosenthal points out that their willingness to discuss Tulowitzki and Gonzalez is a departure for the Rockies, which previously has refused to entertain deals for its two stars.

Tulowitzki, 30, underwent season-ending surgery in mid-August which cut down what was an incredible season that him batting .340/.432/.603 with 21 home runs in 315 at-bats. When healthy, he ranks among the ten best players in the game and plays a premium position.

He is owed $114 million over the next six seasons, plus a $15 million club option or $4 million buyout for 2021. And therein lies the problem for the Mets, according to Rosenthal, the Rockies are unwilling to give any discount in terms of salary or players received.

That pretty much makes any talk of trading for Tulo a moot point. But assuming they had the wherewithal to take on a contract this size, what would the cost be in prospects?


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Latest Buzz: Angels and Royals Not Hot For Colon Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:20:49 +0000 bartolo colon

The latest on the Bartolo Colon front comes from Andy Martino of the Daily News. Sources tell him that the Angels and Royals both considered trying to trade for the veteran righy, but felt the cost in prospects and salary were too much.

Neither team is hot for Colon and overall interest in him seems to be waning.

Colon cleared waivers on Monday and can be traded to any team. However teams are apparently leery about taking on Bartolo Colon’s $11 million salary for 2015.

The Mets would have to kick in some money to facilitate any deal, but it appears more likely they’ll deal Colon in the offseason.

An executive from a team that was interested in Colon told Martino, “Everyone is scared of next year.”

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times pointed out that the Angels would be up against the $189 million luxury-tax threshold if they were to take on Colon’s salary for 2015, leaving them virtually no flexibility to pursue another free-agent next winter. 

The Mets have five days left to complete a deal. After August 31, Colon would be ineligible for a postseason roster, making him a lot less attractive to contenders.

As I’ve been maintaining all along, I still don’t see Colon being dealt until the offseason, if they deal him at all. I’m still not convinced they don’t hang onto Colon as a hedge against Harvey returning at full strength. That was WHY Alderson gave Colon that second guaranteed year in the first place

At least we now know that no team was willing to take on Colon and his salary even if it cost them no players in return. That speaks volumes…

August 24

Buster Olney of ESPN Insider touches on what I said yesterday:

“For the Angels to have a shot at Colon on waivers, he would have to pass through the entire National League without any team placing a claim — and the Dodgers would be a candidate to take a shot at him, given their injuries — and all the way through every other AL team, including the New York Yankees, who have been placing a lot of claims to block.”

Olney says that Colon could be auditioning for the Dodgers in his start against them on Sunday.

Also, a rival executive told Olney that the Mets would be ecstatic if a team claims Colon because they have a small-market payroll and need the financial flexibility. 

Finally, the San Francisco Giants may also be a strong suitor for Colon as Tim Lincecum is dangerously close to being removed from the rotation.

This is starting to get very interesting.

August 23

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Mets have placed Bartolo Colon on revocable waivers.

If Colon is claimed, the Mets can pull him back and be unable to trade him, work out a trade with the claiming team, or dump the $11 million contract for 2015 on the claiming club.

If Colon is claimed, the two teams have 48.5 hours to work out a trade.

He must pass through 28 teams before the Los Angeles Angels could get a crack at him, Rosenthal adds.

One team who could block the Angels are their division rivals, the Oakland A’s, who are one game behind them for first place in the AL West.

Lets see, the Dodgers, Mariners and Yankees may all have varying degrees of interest, and they each have better farm systems than the Angels….

Fasten your seat belts everybody…


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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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Boras Says Stephen Drew Could Sit Out Until June Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:17:44 +0000 Stephen Drew

In the latest chapter of the Stephen Drew Chronicles, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, contends that the free agent shortstop could sit out until after the First Year Player Draft in June. He further adds that fellow free agents Ervin Santana and Kendrys Morales could also sit out as well.

Such a move could strike a blow against major league baseball in that their former teams will no longer receive any draft pick compensation according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Additionally, the new teams will not be able to tender either of the players a qualifying offer next offseason because they were not with their team for a full season. It’s a loop hole and a strategy that has already been discussed between the players and their agents.

“A road map for this strategy has been figured out,” said Scott Boras who represents both Drew and Morales.

The draft pick compensation system has drawn a lot of criticism recently, including from Drew, but changes are unlikely to be made until after the current CBA expires after the 2016 season.

Boras and the agent for Santana both believe that they can spark change when it’s time to negotiate a new CBA because neither the Royals, Red Sox or Mariners will be very happy that they each lost the picks they expected back for their free agents who simply walk away without any compensation for their former teams.

On the flip side, players may become more open to accepting qualifying offers in the future rather than risk getting into a situation like Nelson Cruz who is the first player to sign a deal for less than the amount of the qualifying offer since the new CBA kicked in two years ago.

Where the Mets are concerned, if Drew were to sit out until June, would it behoove them to continue to pursue him or simply just wait four more months when a better class of free agents becomes available? Would it be wiser to then see how Ruben Tejada continues to perform while also keeping a close eye on how some of their top shortstop prospects develop?

It’s quite an interesting scenario either way you look at it. But I wonder if this is just a false threat by Boras to try and force an immediate resolution and get a new deal for his clients within the next week or so?

It’s weird right?

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Mets Avoid Arbitration With Ike Davis, Brewers Sign Mark Reynolds Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:38:59 +0000 ike davis

It looks like the Milwaukee Brewers are on the verge of signing first baseman Mark Reynolds according to Ken Rosenthal, thus ending any chance that they would be a landing spot for Ike Davis.

The Mets and Ike Davis avoided arbitration earlier today, and agreed to a one-year deal, worth $3.5 million dollars according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Davis earned $3.1 million last year, so this deal gives him a little raise over last year’s $3.1 million.

Davis played in just 103 games last season, and batted .205 with a .326 on-base percentage, .334 slugging percentage, nine homers, 33 RBI and 101 strikeouts in 317 at-bats.

Sandy Alderson said Ike will be in camp this Spring after months of engaging teams such as the Brewers, Orioles and Pirates in trade talks to move him. He doesn’t expect any lingering hurt feelings.

“Awkwardness should not exist in Mets camp this spring.”

Alderson had reached out to Davis a couple of weeks ago. ”He was in a good mood,” the Mets GM said. “I don’t think any of this talk over the winter has bothered him. I think he’s anxious to get to Spring Training and show what he can do. I was certainly pleased by that.”

Ike has told teammates and friends that he genuinely does want to remain with the Mets, so I suspect all will be well at Camp Mets next month.

The one thing to watch is if the Mets end up cutting Davis before the season begins and just paying him $600K, especially if he shows no improvement during Spring Training. It’s definitely a possibility, but we’ll see…

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Mets Make It Official: Bartolo Colon Agrees To Two-Year, $20 Million Deal Sat, 14 Dec 2013 22:34:31 +0000 BartoloColon

It is now official. The Mets have agreed to sign Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million dollar deal.

Colon is coming off a solid season in which he went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.16 WHIP n 30 starts spanning 190 innings for the Athletics.

The 40-year old got his two year deal which many thought he wouldn’t get. Surprised it came from Sandy who said he wasn’t looking to hand out a multi-year deal for any pitcher just yesterday. I would have preferred a one-year deal on the veteran right-hander.

Colon does give the Mets the innings eater they were looking for although he last tossed 200 innings in 2005..

Colon will join Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese in the Mets rotation. I still expect the Mets to bring in a couple more pitchers on minor-league deals to compete for the back of the rotation. They’ll likely add a couple more pitchers on minor-league deals to compete with Jenrry Mejia for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Wonder if Colon is the Mets Opening Day starter?

The deal now gives the Mets about $5 million left to spend unless they can move Ike Davis or Daniel Murphy.

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