Mets Merized Online » Pirates Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:18:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pirates Keeping Tabs On Ike Davis During Mets Camp Wed, 19 Feb 2014 02:03:18 +0000 080713Mets025RA.JPG

Jason Starks of writes that the Pirates continue to monitor Ike Davis‘ status in Mets camp.

The Pirates are looking to find a left handed hitting platoon to partner with  Gaby Sanchez at first base. Stark shares that when Morales and/or Nelson Cruz sign, it could result in players such as Justin Smoak or Mitch Moreland becoming available.

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said on Tuesday, the Pirates remain “confident in our internal options.”

But Huntington also said: “That doesn’t stop us from looking elsewhere. It’s just that now, our bar has been set a little bit higher, as to ‘How do we make the club better?’ And ‘How do we make the club better at the right situation for us?’ … If there’s something that makes us better, and makes sense for us, we’ll still look to do that.”

Well if Huntington feels that Davis makes them better, then it will be interesting to see if Sandy Alderson makes a deal with the Bucs again. Just last summer the Mets traded away Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates and received in return, relief pitcher Vic Black and top prospect Dilson Herrera. Could another deal be in the works again? Only time will tell.


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Phillies Sign A.J. Burnett to One-Year, $16 Million Dollar Deal Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:18:55 +0000 a-j-burnett

Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors writes that the Phillies have agreed to sign free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one year deal. The deal is said to be worth $16 Million dollars.

Burnett, spent the last two seasons with the Pirates and in 2013 he was 10-11, with a 3.30 ERA with 209 strike outs in 191 innings. 


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Mets Dance Partners at First Base? There’s Not Many Sun, 05 Jan 2014 16:31:08 +0000 davis-duda

Are you a GM looking for a First Baseman?



Let’s look at the players currently listed as the #1 player at first base depth chart on the official MLB team websites. If you were a GM, would you replace that player with either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda?

Baltimore OriolesChris Davis. Crash made 155 starts at first base in 2013 and led the AL in Home Runs and RBI’s. A possibility if Chris moves to DH, but not a necessity.

Boston Red SoxMike Napoli. He just signed a 2 year deal for $32 million. Nope.

New York YankeesMark Teixeira. Under contract through 2016. Nope.

Tampa Bay Rays - James Loney. Just got a 3 year contract for $21 million. Nope.

Toronto Blue JaysEdwin Encarnacion. Signed through 2015 with 2016 team option. Nope.

Chicago White SoxJose Abreu. Cuban defector and slugger who signed with the White Sox as a free agent in October. Nope.

Cleveland IndiansNick Swisher. Signed through 2016 with 2017 vesting option. Nope.

Detroit TigersMiguel Cabrera. Absolutely not.

Kansas City RoyalsEric Hosmer. Gold Glove. .302 hitter. Not eligible for free agency until 2018. Nope.

Minnesota TwinsJoe Mauer. They just moved him to First. Nope.

Houston AstrosBrett Wallace. 27 years old. Hasn’t done much in the majors. They also have a 22 year old First Base prospect in Jonathan Singleton, so this is unlikely.

Los Angeles AngelsAlbert Pujols. Under contract until 2021. Nope.

Oakland A’sBrandon Moss. 30 HR in 2013 and not eligible for free agency until 2017. Nope.

Seattle MarinersJustin Smoak. Strikes out. Has some power. Doesn’t hit for a high average. Under team control. A possibility, but why trade what you know for what you don’t know?

Texas RangersPrince Fielder. Nope.

Atlanta BravesFreddie Freeman. Nope.

Florida Marlins - Garrett Jones. Just signed for 2 years and $7.5 million. Nope.

Philadelphia PhilliesRyan Howard. Signed through 2016 with 2017 team option. He’s been hurt. He’s not the player he once was. But the Mets aren’t trading with the Phillies.

Washington NationalsAdam LaRoche. Signed for 2014 with 2015 mutual option. Nope.

Chicago CubsAnthony Rizzo. Signed through 2019 with options for 2020-21. Nope.

Cincinnati RedsJoey Votto. Nope.

Milwaukee BrewersJuan Francisco. Earliest free agency 2018. 26 years old. Some power. Strikes out a lot. Doesn’t hit for a high average. A possibility.

Pittsburgh PiratesGaby Sanchez. A possibility if Pedro Alvarez isn’t moved to first base.

St. Louis CardinalsMatt Adams. Pre-arbitration eligible slugging first baseman. Nope.

Arizona DiamondbacksPaul Goldschmidt. Signed through 2018 with 2019 team option. Nope.

Colorado Rockies - Justin Morneau. Just signed for 2 years, $12.5 million with 2016 mutual option. Nope.

Los Angeles DodgersAdrian Gonzalez. Signed through 2018. Nope.

San Diego Padres – Yader Alonso. Pre-arbitration eligible. Hasn’t done much in the majors – not likely, but a possibility.

San Francisco GiantsBrandon Belt. First year arbitration eligible coming off a good 2013 campaign. Nope.

Orioles, Mariners, Brewers, Pirates, Padres. None of them have any major incentive to make an overwhelming offer to acquire Ike Davis. A trade for Duda by any of these teams wouldn’t net a top prospect as he’d just be in the mix to compete and won’t be guaranteed a job before spring training ends.

Teams would rather use the designated hitter spot to mix and match, give other position players a blow, etc. Unless they are acquiring a star to play DH everyday, no team is going to go all-out for a player who barely touched .200 in the last two years to be their DH – no matter how seductive his power looks.


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Roberto Clemente: Baseball’s Last Hero Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:39:59 +0000 roberto-clemente

It was on this day in 1972, that baseball great Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash while delivering food and water to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He has canceled all plans to celebrate the new year, opting instead to be a ray of hope for victims in need and in desperation. He was already a baseball legend before that tragic day, but now he was an immortal. Please enjoy this post from John Bernhardt who reviewed the must read book, “Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero” for us this past summer.  - Joe D. 

The new GM was cool and manipulative in his transactions, meticulous with his records, formal in his speech, stingy with his money, interested equally in a player’s psychological disposition and his ability to learn an elusive hook slide.

This GM’s world could be studied, categorized, and explained. Good things did not fall upon people, or baseball clubs, by accident. Worthwhile doesn’t generally just happen. Luck is a fact, but should not be a factor. Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best. Luck is the residue of design.

So what is the design? The club was in a downward spiral when he arrived. He strongly believed when they got better it would not be through luck. He expanded the number of minor league affiliates and started stockpiling them with young players underscoring his belief that, in baseball, the surest way to get quality was through quantity. He spent what seemed to him was a huge sum on prospects. He tried to rid the team of popular players who in his opinion could never take his new franchise to a championship.

When I found this account, it read like a slice of a sports column written by Mike Vaccaro, Adam Rubin, or Joel Sherman about the Met General Manager Sandy Alderson. I couldn’t help but think of the Met General Manager. The parallels were obvious, resembling a blueprint of sorts for the path the Met GM has followed over the past three years.

In fact, the piece is an adaptation of sorts from “Clemente,” a fascinating and enlightening biography written by David Maraniss, describing the strategies employed by Branch Rickey when he was hired to turn around the fortunes of a dreadful Pittsburgh Pirates franchise in the first half of the 1950’s.

I simply substituted ‘the new GM‘ for places where David Maraniss had used Branch Rickey and sliced and diced a tad to hide the identity of the man being described. Do I have any deep perspectives or nuggets of wisdom to add to the comparison. No. I just thought it was interesting how circumstances from two completely different baseball eras could draw parallels that appear to align so neatly.

In Rickey’s case his strategies to transform the Pirates did not find success during his tenure as GM. That’s not intended as an indictment of Sandy Alderson. I’m just stating facts. And, I’m one of those battered Met fans who’s loyalty is sometimes challenged because I still believe Sandy Alderson has administered wisely. With some enlightened moves this off-season and a little bit of luck,it’s possible we could begin to see a measurable difference next summer.

In Branch Rickey’s case, his work in Pittsburgh was not all for naught. Buried in that stockpile of young prospects Rickey brought to the Iron City were some baseball gems, and the one that shone the brightest, a guy named Clemente. Those gems did help turn around the Pirates fortunes to eventually bring the Bucs the World Series title they coveted, but not until Rickey had departed.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates

What I do know is that David Maraniss is a marvelous writer who weaves together Roberto Clemente’s story into a compelling can’t-put-the-book-down read.

Another fascinating comparison I read was Clemente’s prescription for breaking out of a batting slump. Maraniss paints Clemente as an intelligent man with a restless mind that was constantly considering life. With a blend of logic and superstition,

Clemente came up with theories about everything.

One of those theories explained how baseball batters could shuck a batting slump. As Maraniss describes it, Clemente was adamant that the way to break out of a batting slump was to make sure you got at least three hacks at the ball every time you batted.

The Pirate great reasoned that using his theory with 4 at-bats in a game, the percentages shifted your way. All you needed was one good contact with ball to bat out of the twelve tries to get a hit.

Elegantly simple. If you want to break out of a slump try swinging at the ball. I loved it. What a contrast to the sabermetric world that governs the baseball world of today.

The Clemente story takes me back to a baseball world I studied using baseball cards when I was a kid. I adored Clemente. Why? Our birthdays fell on the same calendar day of the year. That was a big deal to a kid who loved baseball. I can remember scouring my cards to find somebody born on August 18. When I finally found the guy it was the great Roberto Clemente.

Maraniss reintroduces you to so many names from the past, and helps you expand your understanding of baseball’s prejudice and discrimination against all people of color. It’s a great read.Check it out.


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Latest On Ike Davis And His Shrinking Market Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:52:10 +0000 ike davis

On Monday, the Pirates announced that have acquired first baseman Chris McGuiness from the Texas Rangers for righthander Miles Mikolas.

McGuiness, 25, is coming off his first Triple-A season where he batted .246 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 104 games last season for Round Rock. His plate discipline led to an on-base percentage of .369 and an OPS of .792. He also made his Major League debut last season, appearing in 10 mid-June games with the Rangers. In McGuiness, the Pirates get the left-handed bat they were looking for to platoon with Gaby Sanchez.

The trade likely impacts the market for Ike Davis as the Pirates were one of three teams who had reported interest in the Mets first baseman. the other two being the Orioles and Brewers.

The Mets unsuccessfully tried to get pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles for Davis, but were turned down. The O’s said they would need to be blown away to deal their young pitching prospect.

Sandy Alderson continues to hold out for a young pitcher for Davis, even if it means keeping him. My guess is that if Davis becomes the power hitter he’s been projected to be for another team, Alderson wants to make sure he gets a top arm out of it.

Seeing Davis become a 35+ home run hitter elsewhere would definitely sting. But will a team deal a top prospect on a hunch that Ike could be that guy? That’s the dilemma.

The Ike Davis rumors first caught fire at the GM Meetings and then again at the Winter Meetings when Sandy Alderson had several conversations with Brewers GM Doug Melvin in a trade for their young pitching prospect, Tyler Thornburg. However, those discussions fizzled out when the Brewers balked at the suggestion.

Surprisingly, there hasn’t been as much interest in Davis as many expected. Now 27, the former first rounder batted .205 last season with 101 strikeouts in 317 at-bats, and has also seen a decline in his defense.

It’s unclear just how serious or active talks are with the O’s and Brewers right now. But both teams are also reportedly looking at other options like Kendrys Morales, Mitch Moreland and Mike Carp.

Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger wrote today, that while Lucas Duda is also a left-handed-hitting first baseman teams may want, Mets officials have emphasized trading Davis isn’t mandatory. But given their public stance on trading a first baseman, they would like to before players report for spring training in mid-February.

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Ike Davis Update: O’s Would Have To Be Blown Away To Deal Eduardo Rodriguez Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:59:34 +0000 ike davis

Updated 12/28

I wanted to update Pete’s post with news from Orioles beat writer Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, who writes that the O’s would have to be “blown away” to deal Eduardo Rodriguez.

Original Post 12/27

The Ike Davis saga continues.  I don’t know if any of the readers here at MMO have seen the entirety of AMC’s Breaking Bad series, but this whole ordeal is starting to become equally suspenseful.

This afternoon Mike Puma tweeted that the Mets attempted to pry Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles in exchange for Ike Davis and were unsuccessful.  Rodriguez is listed as the number 3 prospect in the Orioles organization on behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.  He is their best lefty pitching prospect, however.

It’s pretty clear that the Mets are looking for a young pitcher for Ike.  They asked for Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers and there was speculation that they wanted Nick Kingham from the Pirates.  At first glance, one might wonder why the Mets are asking for young arms instead of young bats.  After all, if the MLB farm systems were ranked just according to pitching, the Mets would probably be in the top 5.  The answer to that question, of course, is that a team can never have enough pitching.  We saw that last season with Johan Santana and we’re going to see that this season with Matt Harvey.  I’m sure there will be more instances in the future as well (knock on wood).

Another ulterior motivation for acquiring a highly regarded pitcher, however, is that the addition might make some of their existing pitching more expendable in a trade to upgrade shortstop.  I wrote an entire article on possible trade options for the position so I won’t get into any names in this one but if the Mets are hoping to make a significant upgrade, they’ll most likely need to part with either established talents such as Jon Niese and Dillon Gee or near major league ready names such as Rafael Montero and Jacob DeGrom.  Exchanging Ike for another young pitcher not only gives them more depth they could use in a trade, it gives them payroll relief to make room for the more expensive options.

Whatever trick Sandy has up his sleeve, if any, will be interesting to see.  He has three teams interested in Ike, although I’m not sure any of them are overwhelmingly serious about him.  However, this is Sandy Alderson we’re talking about.  He is one of the most stubborn GM’s in all of baseball and if he can’t get anybody useful in return, it is possible Ike ends up in Port St. Lucie with the Mets when spring training rolls around, in which case his destination will be unknown.

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Mets Claim RHP Ryan Reid Off Waivers From Bucs Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:30:07 +0000 Ryan-Reid-Baseball-Pirates

The Mets announced they have claimed RHP Ryan Reid off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Reid was designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier this month.

Reid, 28, had some moderate success for the Pirates and their Triple-A affiliate in 2013 which makes it curious as to why the Bucs let him go.

In seven major league appearances for the Pirates last season, he posted a 1.64 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 11.0 innings, striking out seven and walking three while earning his first save. Reid posted a 2.732.73 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 59.1 innings in Triple-A.


He looks to be a good arm to bring in to compete for a bullpen spot this Spring.

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Why I Love The Mets: And The Winner Is… Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:06:32 +0000 kindle

Our heartfelt congratulations to Steven, the winner of our Why I Love The Mets contest! I’ve also decided to reward the other two finalists, John and Larry, with $25 Gift Cards to because all three of them were winners! Thank you to everyone who participated! 


In the spirit of the season and in the kinship we share as part of the Mets family, have a blessed and happy holiday season! And now, a second and very worthy look at this year’s winning entry. Enjoy… 

john franco

Why I Love The Mets

By Steven Colasanto

I love the Mets so much and I owe it all to my dad, but not in the way you would think. After he died tragically in 1996, I was devastated and wasn’t really handling it as well as my older brothers and sisters. I was named after him, and everyone always called me Stevie instead of Steven. I hated baseball growing up and I wasn’t a big sports kid at the time. I was addicted to video games and no matter how hard my dad tried to get me to go out with him and have a catch, I always found some way to get out of it. Today, I beat myself up over it whenever I think about it.

He was a huge Mets fan and would always talk about them. My dad would never miss a game, even when my oldest sister got married. The catering hall had a bar with a TV and he’d keep going back there to watch the action to the dismay of my mom. When the game was on at home, we all knew never to disturb him, I mean he was totally addicted to the Mets. Unfortunately, he was killed in a car accident while driving home from work less than five miles from home. It was raining and a witness said he swerved to avoid hitting a dog and lost control of his vehicle.

About a year after his death I was home alone and had gotten into a big argument with my girlfriend that day. I was still upset and turned on the TV to get my mind off of it. It was the third or fourth inning of a Mets game and they were playing the Pittsburgh Pirates. Instead of changing the channel as I would normally do, I kept watching. It was weird, but I felt like my father was sitting there with me. It felt good and I just kept watching. All that you could hear in my house was the game, and it was a good one. It drew me in. During a break in between innings, I grabbed a Coke and hurried back to watch as the Mets were three outs away from winning the game as they headed into the top of the ninth ahead 9-7. I couldn’t believe how exciting this all was to me. I grabbed the remote and raised the volume to watch the end.

But then the unthinkable happened. The Pirates came roaring back with two runs to tie the game. I don’t know why, but I moaned something inaudible in frustration as the tying run crossed the plate. I didn’t know who John Franco was at the time, a Met I’d grow to love, but at that moment I started yelling at my TV and cursed this poor guy out. The Mets didn’t score in the bottom half of the inning and so it was onto the tenth, further adding to my anxiety.

At this point I was totally engrossed in this game. I wanted to to see the Mets win. I wanted so desperately to see them come back and beat these Pirates for my dad. And wouldn’t you know it, I was going to experience my first ever Mets miracle – my first taste of Mets magic.

In the bottom of the tenth, Carl Everett hit a three-run shot that just cleared the top of the fence to beat the Bucs 12-9. I jumped up and yelled “yes!!!” at the top of my lungs just as my mother was just coming home. “What are you screaming about and why is the TV so loud!”

“The Mets won! The Mets won!” I said. “You should have seen it, mom!”

“Since when did you become a Mets fan,” my mom asked. I thought about it and said, “just now.” That was the first day of my Mets journey.

My dad left behind a huge collection of books on the Mets for me to catch up on all their history. He also left me his Mets baseball card collection which was now all mine. One day, while going through some of the cards and reading the backs, I discovered a note from him in one of the boxes of cards. It said, Dear Stevie, I hope you’ll enjoy these as much as I have. Love, Dad. I was so shocked that this note from my dad was sitting in one of those old boxes for all this time.

He was probably waiting to give them to me, if I had only gone out and played that game of catch with him. So this is why I love the Mets. They are a bridge to my dad who I miss so much. But also because they taught me how to believe in miracles. I love this team.

Lets Go Mets!

mets win satin

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Dilson Herrera Continues To Shine For Mets Sun, 22 Dec 2013 05:05:16 +0000 herrera

Second base prospect Dilson Herrera was acquired by the Mets when John Buck and Marlon Byrd were traded to the Pirates. In the trade, the Mets also received promising reliever Vic Black, who could be assuming the Mets closer role if Bobby Parnell isn’t ready to begin the 2014 season.

Herrera, who is listed at 5’10″, has been playing very well in his native country of Colombia for the Sincelejo Bulls. Through 25 games, the 19-year old Herrera is batting .289 (26 for 90) with eight doubles and 17 RBIs while drawing 12 walks and posting a .422 Slugging Percentage.

Prior to coming to the Mets this past summer, he played for three seasons in the Pirates farm system, and in 234 games he has a batting line of .281/.356/.448 with 159 runs, 58 doubles, 13 triples, 21 home runs, 112 RBI, 39 stolen bases and 88 walks. After the trade he was sent to Savannah and played in seven regular season games, batting .316 and also helping the Sand Gnats to win the 2013 South Atlantic League Championship down the stretch.

I also watched him at the Mets Instructional League in October and he showed me a lot of pop as the ball just flew off his bat. He sprayed the ball around all parts of the field.  I really liked what I saw, and I’m excited to have Herrera in the Mets organization.

I can’t wait until spring training rolls around so I can drive down to see him again and watch him continue his development. He’s a great young talent who is playing a prime position and at his current pace, we could see him in the majors in a few seasons.


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Mets Asked Pirates For Pitching Prospect Nick Kingham For Ike Davis Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:18:44 +0000 ike davis

12/18 Update 10:15 AM

I asked John Perrotto to expand on a post he made on Twitter saying that he heard Mets wanted want a big arm (such as Nick Kingham) from the Pirates in an Ike Davis trade.

After I said it sounded like speculation, Perrotto was kind enough to respond and say that the Mets in fact “have asked about Kingham in talks.”

He also added that the Pirates would want more than just Davis – a “sweetener” as he called it. Additionally he writes, “I can’t imagine them trading Kingham for Davis AND paying him $3.5 million or so in arbitration.”

Kingham is Pittsburgh’s third best pitching prospect, according to Baseball America. He pitched in High-A and Double-A last season, tossing 143.1 innings and posting a 2.89 ERA, 1.17 WHIP with 144 strikeouts and 44 walks.

12/17 Update 9:30 PM

Further validating my point from this afternoon that absolutely nothing was happening on the Ike Davis front, were these very telling comments from Brewers GM Doug Melvin via Tom Haudricourt.

I just checked in with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to see how it’s going on the hunt for a first baseman, and it doesn’t sound as if much has changed since he left the winter meetings last Thursday in Orlando.

“It’s pretty quiet,” said Melvin. “We know all the names. It’s a small group. Nothing changes from one day to the next. Ike Davis is the one player people talk about. Other than that, there’s not much available.”

Melvin referred to the New York Mets first baseman who has been on the trading block this winter. The Brewers talked at least twice with the Mets at the winter meetings about Davis but word was New York wanted a young pitching prospect such as Tyler Thornburg. The Brewers aren’t of the mind to give up a young pitcher with that kind of potential for Davis, an all-or-nothing offensive performer who mostly did nothing in 2013.

The Mets apparently have not come down on their asking price or a deal could have been done by now.

As for other trade possibilities, Melvin said, “Teams aren’t focused on moving guys right now. It’s unfortunate but that’s the way things are.

“We all have our own searches going on to try to have a complete team. Ours is at first base. We keep plugging away at it but we might  have to mix and match with some of our own players.”

So there’s that…

It takes two to tango…

It’s tough to make a deal when one side sticks to it’s guns and the other side says “you gotta be kidding me.”

Now batting number five for the Mets, Ike Duda… Or Lucas Davis… Take your pick…  :-)

12/17 Update 5:00 PM

The Pirates have interest in first basemen  Ike Davis and Mitch Moreland, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Davis, as you know, has also been linked to the Brewers, but that buzz has died down considerably. I mean nothing, nada, zilch…

MMO’s Clayton Collier covered Sandy Alderson’s media briefing today, and the Mets GM said mum’s the word.

“We’re still talking with a number of teams,” he said. “I can’t say anything will happen.”

I don’t see anything happening until after the holidays.


12/16 Update 1:00 PM

I can’t recall another time when a team was so open about trading a player as the New York Mets currently are with sending Ike Davis out of town. Anywhere. To anybody.

The Mets hope the market for Davis warmed with Tampa Bay retaining first baseman James Loney. The Rays, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Houston and Pittsburgh were in need of a first baseman when the Hot Stove season began, but Loney and Corey Hart are now off the market.

The Orioles, Pirates and Astros have not been active talking with the Mets, but GM Sandy Alderson has been in frequent contact with Brewers GM Doug Melvin.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, identifies the Pirates, Brewers and Astros as three teams still shopping for a first baseman, and at least four are available in trade he says — the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland, Blue Jays’ Adam Lind, Mets’ Ike Davis and Mariners’Justin Smoak. He assesses each team’s situation:

The good news for the Pirates is that all four could be a left-handed complement for Gaby Sanchez (Smoak is a switch-hitter).

The Brewers, too, are in an advantageous negotiating position, though they might choose to take a look at Hunter Morris, who has hit 52 homers at Double A and Triple A the past two seasons. Morris, like Juan Francisco, is a left-handed hitter.

The Astros could look at the Nationals’ Tyler Moore, who played for ‘Stros manager Bo Porter in Washington when Porter was a coach with the Nationals.

Rosenthal also reports that the Rays could have traded for any of the available first basemen (none of whom projects to earn more than $3.5 million this season), but they liked Loney better than any of them, and preferred not to lose a prospect in a deal for a lesser player.

Meanwhile, Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy reports the Brewers are more likely to acquire a first baseman via a trade, and while the options are not limited to the Mets, the fact that Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin and New York GM Sandy Alderson met multiple times during the Winter Meetings says that that the sides see the opportunity for a fit.

The Mets proposed a swap of Davis for right-hander Tyler Thornburg this week, but the Brewers turned it down.

McCalvy also adds that other first basemen potentially available in trades are Mike Carp of the Red Sox and Adam Dunn of the White Sox.

I’ve been hearing Carp’s name come up a lot this past week, and while the Red Sox prefer to hang onto him, they are not unwilling to move him if the right offer came along.


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Al Leiter: The Mets Aren’t A Playoff Team Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:40:36 +0000 tejada580On MLB Network’s MLB Tonight, Al Leiter and Ron Darling were discussing the free agents still available on the market, and which teams still had some glaring holes to fill. Included in the conversation was, of course, the New York Mets.

The Mets came up in two conversations—first in the discussion regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates, and later with the Mets.

Leiter said the Pirates would be a nice fit for Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis. With Ike’s current salary, he thinks that his power would translate well in PNC Park, and that the Pirates should take a shot. We know from last season that the Pirates and Mets have been able to work out deals in the past, so this door seems to be open.

Darling, on the other hand, thinks Mitch Moreland is a better trade option right now. Aside from having an awesome first name, Darling notes that Moreland hit for a higher average last year and is the cheaper option. Moreland also hit for more HR in 2013 (23).

Here is a chart that breaks down Moreland’s and Davis’ batting averages over the past couple of years. As you can see, both are below average with regard to batting average, although Moreland has been slightly more reliable in this category as Darling stated.

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Darling and Leiter then both discussed the Mets, and what the plans at shortstop are. Both agreed that they do not see the Mets making a move in free agency, and are going with Ruben Tejada this season. Leiter added that the Mets aren’t a playoff team, and they have to stick with their young shortstop. Darling agreed, saying they should not give up on him after one bad season and alluded to the idea that the Mets were more upset with his effort than his actual play.

Is it too soon to give up on Tejada?


It seems logical that the Mets would give him one more chance this season, but the odds are that he will be on a very short leash.

Is it surprising that Leiter still doesn’t think the Mets are playoff contenders even after many analyst and reporters have deemed the Mets “winners” this winter?

Not really.

I think even the most die hard Mets fan has to recognize that the Mets are not playoff contenders just yet. They are taking steps to move in the right direction, but nobody will look at the current roster of the team and start saving money for playoff tickets in October. Anything can happen, it’s just not likely based on the current roster.

You can watch the entire clip from MLB Tonight here.

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Rule 5 Draft: Mets Select RHP Seth Rosin, Trade Him To Dodgers For PTBNL Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:23:13 +0000 rosin_9q7nq0tv_8vic3kn1

The Rule 5 Draft is now concluded and the Mets have selected 25-year old right-hander Seth Rosin from the Phillies organization in the major league phase of the draft. The Phillies surprisingly didn’t protect Seth Rosin who went 9-6 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.22 WHIP last season for Triple-A Reading.

However, the turned around and traded Rosin to the Dodgers for a player to be named later according to Seth Gurney of (Hat tip Matt Balasis)

The Mets didn’t lose anyone in the MLB phase of Rule 5 Draft so Cory VaughnChase HuchingsonJoel Carreno all remain in the organization.

In the minor league phase of the draft, the Mets selected RHP Jon Velasquez from  the Twins organization. Last season for Double-A New Britain, the 28-year old righthander posted a 1.95 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 73.2 innings of relief.

The Mets lost three players in the minor league phase of the draft. The Astros selected LHP Carlos Vasquez, the Twins selected Mets’ RHP James Fuller, and the Nationals selected RHP Martires Arias from Double-A Binghamton.

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Remembering the Mets’ One-Hit Wonders Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:48:47 +0000 fordyce

As a kid, many of us dreamed of getting to the big leagues. Chances are, if you’re reading this – you didn’t make it, either. Most of the players who ever were drafted never make it through the ranks of the minors. Of the fortunate few who make to the Majors, even fewer go onto long, successful careers. Many only have cups of coffee with a few brief moments in the sun of a Big League Diamond.

In 52 seasons, the Mets have had 26 different non-pitchers who have been One-Hit Wonders in a Mets uniform. Four of these men had MLB careers with over 200 base hits:

Emil Brown – 581 hits over 10 years with 5 teams with his final hit with the Mets

Brook Fordyce – 467 hits over 10 years with 5 teams – his first with the Mets

Gary Bennett – 408 hits over 13 years with 8 teams – #72 with the Mets

Craig Shipley – 364 hits over 11 years with 5 teams, #13 with the Mets

But there were eight different men that were truly One-Hit Wonders. There were eight Mets non-pitchers that recorded only one base hit in their major league careers. While their careers were but brief, they will always be Mets – and they should be remembered.


  • Chris Jelic - Chris played in four major league games in 1990 and recorded his lone MLB hit on October 3rd in the final game of the season at Three Rivers Stadium agains the Pittsburgh Pirates. Frank Viola would win his 20th game that day and Chris was starting in left field, batting 6th in the lineup. In the top of the 8th, Chris was leading off the inning facing Doug Bair with the Mets leading 4-3. On a 3-1 count, he hit a home run to left-center to put the Mets up 5-3 before being replaced for defense for the ninth. After crossing home plate, Chris would never play on a Major League field again.
  • Frank Estrada – Frank collected his lone hit in his single game in the Majors on September 14, 1971 – the first game of a doubleheader against the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium. The Mets were getting blown out 12-0 when he entered the game in the top of the 6th, replacing Jerry Grote behind the plate, catching Charlie Williams. Frank came to the plate for his first MLB at bat in the bottom of the 7th with the Mets still trailing 12-0. With two out and nobody on, he hit a single to left field off Bill Stoneman, where he was stranded after the next batter, Ted Martinez, fouled out to third. Frank had only one other major league plate appearance when he grounded out back to Bill Stoneman for the final out in the Mets 12-1 loss.
  • Greg Harts – Greg appeared in three MLB games in 1973, recording his only career hit in first big league at bat on September 15th in the second game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium against the Chicago Cubs. He entered the game in the bottom of the 5th as a pinch hitter for pitcher Buzz Capra with the Mets trailing 5-0 in a game they would eventually lose 7-0. He stepped in against Rick Reuschel with two out and the bases empty and stroked a single to center.
  • Jay Kleven – Jay played in two major league games in 1976, but collected his lone major league hit at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on June 27, 1976. Jay entered the game in the top of the 6th inning with the Mets up 11-0 as a pinch hitter for Jerry Grote. He stepped into the batters box against rookie pitcher and future Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter (who at the time was pitching in his 19th big league game with just 2 saves under his belt). With one out and two on, Jay singled to left field driving in Del Under and Wayne Garrett to put the Mets up 13-0. He took his place behind the plate in the bottom of the inning where he finished the game, catching Craig Swan followed by Skip Lockwood.
  • Mike Bishop – Mike appeared in three MLB games in 1983, and achieved his one base hit on April 20, 1983 in the second game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium against the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of 4,041 fans. Mike started that game behind the plate, batting 6th in a lineup that featured Mookie Wilson, Ron Gardenhire, Dave Kingman, Rusty Staub, and Wally Backman. The Mets won that game 7-5 and Mike caught starting pitcher Mike Torrez, winning pitcher Carlos Diaz, and Neil Allen earned the save. Mike came to bat in the bottom of the 2nd off the Pirates Lee Tunnell with one on and one out and the Mets trailing 0-2. He stroked a double to left, sending Danny Heep to third base and scored when Wally Backman drove him in as the next batter.
  • Dave Liddell – David appeared in one Major League game. The Mets lost on June 3, 1990, a Sunday afternoon at Veterans Stadium to the Phillies 8-3 and while Sid Fernandez got beat up, lasting only 3 1/3 innings, it was Dave’s day to shine. He entered the game to lead off the top of the 8th with the Mets down 8-1, pinch hitting for Mackey Sasser. He stepped into the batters box against Pat Combs and on the first and only big league pitch he would ever see, he hit a ground ball single up the middle and into center field and found himself standing on first base. He reached second on a Kevin Elster walk. He advanced to third on a fly ball by Mark Carreon. He completed his ride around the bases on a 1-0 wild pitch and scored his only major league run. He remained in the game to catch the bottom of the 8th to catch Julio Machado. He is in the record books with a career 1.000 batting average.
  • Tito Navarro – Tito played in 12 games with the Mets in 1993, but only collected 1 hit and has a career batting average of .059. His lone hit came on September 18th at Fulton County Stadium against the Atlanta Braves when he entered the game in the top of the 10th inning as a pinch hitter for pitcher Jeff Innis. The game was tied 2-2 and Tito was facing Steve Bedrosian with two on and two out. He lined a single to right field to drive in Darrin Jackson from second base for the eventual game winning run.
  • Mike Glavine – the most recent member of our One-Hit Wonder club has a very famous brother. Mike is the younger brother of 305 game winner Tom Glavine and Mike achieved his only MLB hit in 2003, which was also Tom’s first year with the team. Mike played in 6 MLB games and in his final MLB at bat on September 28th, he got his lone hit. The Mets were playing the Florida Marlins on the next to last day of the season at Pro Player stadium and were trailing 4-0 when Mike entered the game in the top of the 6th inning as a pinch hitter for First Baseman (and current Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association) Tony Clark. He struck out swinging in his first at bat against Rick Helling, but when he stepped to the plate in the top of the 9th with two out and nobody on to face Braden Looper, he singled to center field.

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Gone Too Soon: Pirates Prospect Evan Chambers Dead At 24 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 18:24:48 +0000 Evan_Chambers_1280_5w0xfccn_9fymlsku

Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Evan Chambers passed away in his sleep this past weekend as noted in a statement by Pirates GM Neal Huntington.

The Pirates signed Chambers after selecting him in the 3rd round of the 2009 June Amateur draft from Hillsborough Community College (Tampa, FL.).

He played in 5 seasons within the Pirates farm system, but he missed most of 2013 with a broken foot.

Chambers was remembered around baseball, as well from some of the Mets minor leaguers that knew him, as a guy that always had a smile on his face.

Truly sad news in baseball and my prayers go out to the Chambers family, the Pirates organization and all of Evan’s friends through baseball and life.  May everyone find peace with this sudden loss and remember all the great memories they shared with him and his forever smiling face.

RIP Evan Chambers – Gone Too Soon.

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Sherman: Mets Are Out On Furcal Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:48:00 +0000 Rafael+Furcal+New+York+Mets+v+St+Louis+Cardinals+d3Es_UBF9nel

Update 7:00 PM

Well, so much for that, huh? According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a Mets executive has told him that Furcal is no longer an option. The Mets are apparently concerned with his health. Furcal was supposed to start throwing this week.

With Jhonny Peralta signed, Stephen Drew too expensive, and now Furcal being ruled out… get used to Ruben Tejada?

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Rafael Furcal told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that the Mets are among a few teams that have shown interest in his services for next season. Furcal also lists the Red Sox, Marlins, Nationals, Pirates, and Rockies as teams who have contacted him. He noted that the teams have shown varying degrees of interest.

He also indicated that his determining factors for choosing a landing spot would be playing for a contender and playing time overall. He explained that he would be willing to split time between second base and shortstop, but at this stage in his career, it makes sense that he would want to play for a contender. He said that at this point, he does not “play for money” so it does seem like he won’t be an expensive pick-up.

However, considering the Mets state of affairs, there might be more appealing teams for Furcal to sign on with. He is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery and will be re-evaluated in two weeks to see if he can increase his rehab workload.

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Pirates and Mets Among Eight Teams Who Contacted Rafael Furcal Tue, 26 Nov 2013 03:44:52 +0000 Rafael+Furcal+New+York+Mets+v+St+Louis+Cardinals+d3Es_UBF9nel

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Pirates are one of eight teams to check in on free agent Rafael Furcal, according to his agent.

Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger, reported earlier this month that the Mets had also contacted the veteran shortstop.

Furcal, 36, missed the entire 2013 season with St. Louis after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The former National League Rookie of the Year in 2000, signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Cardinals before the 2012 season.

The three time All Star played in 121 games with the Cardinals in 2012 and batted .261/.325/.346 with 18 doubles, five home runs and 49 RBI in 531 plate appearances. His defense has been in steady decline and he’s no longer the plus defender he once was.

Additionally, Furcal has missed over 500 games to the disabled list since the 2008 season.

While he could provide an upgrade over Omar Quintanilla or Ruben Tejada, I’m not so sure that it would be much of an upgrade. Honestly, if it came down to Tejada or Furcal, I’d take the 23-year old with the higher upside.

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Pirates Trade For Jaff Decker, DFA Garrett Jones Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:25:49 +0000 garrett jones

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few roster moves Monday, but one of them popped out at me, Garrett Jones who was designated for assignment.

Jones, 32, was eligible for arbitration for the third time and would have received a raise from his $4.5 million salary in 2013. Incidentally, about $500K more than what the Mets’ Ike Davis was making.

The first baseman hit .233/.289/.419 with 26 doubles, 15 homers and 51 RBI last season, though he was solid the season before when he hit .274/.317/.516 with 27 homers and 86 RBI.

The Pirates made the move as a result of a trade that netted the Bucs outfielder Jaff Decker and right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas from the Padres for minor leaguer Alex Dickerson. The Pirates needed to clear two roster spots from the 40-man, so Jones was one of the casualties.

Jones has hit righthanded pitching pretty good in his six seasons with the Pirates and his power is legit.

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Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen Win Most Valuable Player Awards Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:11:15 +0000 Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates were named American and National League Most Valuable Players tonight by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Miguel  Cabrera

Cabrera finished with 385 points, while Mike Trout got five first-place votes and 282 points. Baltimore’s first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third.

Cabrera, 30, is the first American Leaguer to win back-to-back MVPs since Frank Thomas in 1993 and ’94 and just the sixth ever to do so in that league. Last year, Cabrera became the first hitter to win the Triple Crown in either league in 45 years. This season, he was better across the board, falling two RBIs short of his 2012 total of 139 and matching his home run output of 44 in fewer plate appearances while posting career highs in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.636) and OPS+ (187).

andrew mccutchen

McCutchen, third in MVP balloting last season, got 409 points. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt finished second with 242 points, while Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina received the other two first-place votes and came in third. Pittsburgh has its first NL MVP since Barry Bonds in ’92.

McCutchen, 27, batted .317/.404/.508 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs this season. Over the last two seasons he has hit .322/.402/.531 (160 OPS+) while averaging 102 runs, 190 hits, 26 home runs, 90 RBIs and 24 stolen bases, while playing a strong centerfield.

Congratulations to both Miguel and Andrew.

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Phillies Deal With Marlon Byrd Includes Vesting Option For Third Year Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:31:19 +0000 Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds

The Phillies have reached an agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal with free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

However, late last night it was learned that the deal includes a vesting option for a third year. ESPN’s Jayson Stark reported that the $8 million club option for 2016 vests if he gets 600 plate appearances in 2015, or if he totals 1,100 plate appearances over 2014-15 and has at least 550 PA in ’15.

This seems like a huge overpay to me, or a sign that the market for corner outfielders have skyrocketed to parts unknown.

That said, the Phillies wasted no time in working to improve one of the worst offenses in the league last season. Byrd will bring them some needed punch if he can stay on the field and somewhat duplicate what he did last season when he was one of the most productive players in the NL.

Byrd batted .291/.336/.531 with a career-high 24 home runs, 35 doubles, 79 runs scored and and 88 RBI for the Mets and Pirates.

“Marlon adds a significant upgrade both offensively and defensively to our outfield,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement released by the team.

“He has been particularly productive against left-handed pitching which was a serious challenge for us this past season. He is an experienced middle-of-the-order hitter who creates some balance to our lineup. With his talent and clubhouse presence, we believe Marlon will be a solid addition to our club as we address our needs and plan to contend in 2014 and beyond.”

Mets GM Sandy Alderson weighed in on the deal last night saying:

“Given what we’ve seen so far, I wasn’t surprised,” Alderson said. “Had you asked me the question three or four months ago, I might have been surprised. But not in light of what’s happened since the end of the season. There haven’t been that many signings, but this one is consistent with the others.”

Alderson said the Mets had not had serious dialogue about bringing Byrd back to Queens, despite the Mets’ need to add two corner outfielders and Byrd’s positive performance before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“We didn’t have extensive discussions with Marlon,” Alderson said. “It wasn’t a place where we were prepared to be aggressive. And if it turned out that the market was as it turned out to be, then I’m happy for him.”

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Mets Don’t Love Mark Trumbo Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:08:34 +0000 trumbo

I don’t know about most of you, but a few of us on MMO let out a collective sigh of relief when we read the following from Andy Martino of the Daily News:

The Mets don’t love Mark Trumbo and they’ve never shown any interest in Peter Bourjos.

I see Trumbo as an Ike Davis with more consistent power, but a worse glove. I couldn’t imagine giving up a Jon Niese for someone like that… Especially when you consider that he’ll likely take a big hit hit offensively by playing half of his games at Citi Field.

What a disaster that could end up being…

No thanks…

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As the realization slowly sinks in that Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury will be too costly for the still downtrodden Mets, the talk inevitably shifts to trading for a legit outfielder instead.

Of course trading for any player who can provide the type of offense the Mets are looking for means that what you don’t shell out in tens of millions, you’ll end up paying for with elite prospects.

Baseball is a give and take business and quality begets quality. There’s no team out there looking to take broken down parts like Ike Davis and Jordany Valdespin off of our hands in return for a big cog. Ain’t happening… The real world does not operate as it does during sportstalk call-in segments.

MLB Trade Rumors wrote today that Mark Trumbo could bring the Angels a nice pitching haul if they decide to move him. Los Angeles is bent on bolstering the rotation with MLB-ready arms. That doesn’t mean Rafael Montero, Darin Gorski or Noah Syndergaard, it means Zack Wheeler or Jon Niese.

MLBTR said the Halos fielded calls from the Mariners, Pirates, and Royals in July and the Marlins showed interest in Trumbo last December. If he is available, and most baseball analysts say it’s a certainty, he’ll garner plenty of interest.

At 27, Trumbo has averaged a 2.6 WAR over the last three seasons, and in 2013 he had career highs of 34 home runs and 100 RBI. However, his batting average dipped to a .234 and his on-base has rarely hovered above .300. Still, if you’re desperate for right-handed power, Trumbo’s your guy.

Michael Branda wrote something for us on Trumbo a couple of months back in which he assessed the current Mets situation at first base.

The Mets find themselves in a real tricky spot heading into 2014. Whether we like it or not, what we thought was a sure thing – is now far from it. The Mets have no answer at First Base anymore. It’s a rare moment when a franchise goes from thinking they have a cornerstone franchise type player to build around, to having nothing good to hope for.

Look, I really have no problem with Josh Satin – but he’s not an everyday big league first baseman. I’m not willing to wait until June 2014 to see if Ike Davis is the guy we all thought he could be. No matter what he does from this day forward, we’ll know absolutely nothing about Davis until next summer – and I don’t think the Mets can afford to do that. So, unless the idea of Wilmer Flores at first base is a reality, the Mets need a first baseman for next season and beyond.

In his article, he correctly tabs Trumbo as a one-dimensional player – something most Met fans have been accustomed to for a very long time.

Trumbo is now hitting arbitration for the first time, and he’s expected to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.5 million.

I recently asked another of our writers, XtreemIcon to share his thoughts, to which he replied:

We’ve all heard of five tool players, but Trumbo is a one tool player. He has huge, prodigious, Hammer of the Gods type power, but you cannot trade Thor for him or any starter that projects to crack the rotation in any regard, let alone a top-of-the-rotation type starter.

Trumbo is a very poor major league ballplayer. He’s at best a platoon DH, given his terrible fielding, limited speed on the bases and career OBP under .300. I say “at best” a platoon DH because he actually doesn’t have any significant platoon splits. He’s a bad hitter from both sides of the plate. He’d be worse than Jason Bay in many aspects. Bay, to his credit, was a disciplined enough hitter during his prime, and Bay only cost money.

So it would seem the consensus here at MMO would be that Trumbo is most certainly not the player the Mets should be targeting once their attempts to target Choo and Ellsbury prove futile.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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