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Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday,

Alvarez had been designated for assignment by the New York Mets on Monday after they promoted utility player Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas and was added to the 40 man roster.

Alvarez, 27, had a 3.01 ERA and 1.212 WHIP over seven minor league seasons with a 11.0 K/9 rate.

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Mets Release Ruben Tejada After He Goes Unclaimed Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:44:35 +0000 ruben tejada

The Mets announced that Ruben Tejada has been released after the infielder went unclaimed on waivers.

Tejada, 26, was due to make $3 million dollars this season after the Mets offered him arbitration, but the team will only pay him $500,000 because they released him 15 days prior to Opening Day.

Tejada is now free to sign with any team, and this ends his six year run with the Mets with a .255 batting average, .330 OBP and .688 OPS in 580 games with the the organization.

Interestingly enough, his last impression with the team was being tackled by the Dodgers’ Chase Utley and suffering a fractured leg in the NLDS.

According to the Daily News, sources told them last month that they were looking to move Tejada and prepared to cut him before Opening Day to make sure his $3 million salary was never guaranteed.

For the better part of the last three years, Tejada has been one of the best backup middle infielders in the league and he should have no problem catching on with another team. His departure opens the door for Eric Campbell or Matt Reynolds.

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According to Adam Rubin of, the Mets have placed shortstop Ruben Tejada on waivers.

Tejada, 26, was slated to earn $3 million this season had he made the opening day roster. However, the Mets will now only have to pay the infielder $500,000. A claiming team can try to work out a trade for Tejada through Thursday.

Should Asdrubal Cabrera start the season on the disabled list, Wilmer Flores will now most likely get a majority of the starts in his absence with Matt Reynolds backing him up.

Earlier this month it was reported that the Mets could either trade or release Tejada before opening day, and now that has come into fruition.

In six seasons for the Mets, Tejada appeared in 580 games, hitting at a .255/.330/.323 clip with ten home runs and 148 runs batted in.

Tejada became a fan favorite in the NLDS this past season after Dodgers infielder Chase Utley broke Tejada’s leg on a take out slide into second base.

To be honest, I’m a little surprised that the Mets chose to waive Tejada and couldn’t find a trade partner for him. I thought they were going to be able to get something for him, but now they are losing him for nothing.

Tejada could have been a valuable piece for the Mets this season in a reserve role, and I’m definitely sad to see him go.

I won’t be surprised if he’s picked up or traded for by the Cardinals now, considering Jhonny Peralta is set to miss 2-3 months.

Best of luck, Ruben…

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Cubs Non-Tender LHP Jack Leathersich Thu, 03 Dec 2015 06:56:34 +0000 1449125555667

The Chicago Cubs non-tendered LHP Jack Leathersich on Wednesday, according to Carrie Muskat of

Leathersich was not even arbitration-eligible, but the Cubs decided to non-tender him anyway, ending his time in the organization after just two weeks.

It could be the Cubs had some concerns about his elbow surgery once they claimed him and were allowed to access and review his medical records.

Leathersich is now free to sign with any team he wants.

November 19

The Chicago Cubs have claimed left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich off waivers from the New York Mets. Leathersich underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on July 30th this year and will miss a significant portion of the 2016 season.

The Mets tried to slip him through waivers as they try to trim the 40-man roster down in preparation for tomorrow’s 3:00 PM deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. The Mets 40-man roster now sits at 35 players.

Leathersich appeared in 17 games for the Mets this year posting a 2.31 ERA and 1.629 WHIP in 11.2 innings. He has an outstanding 356 strikeouts in 210.2 minor league innings but also has 115 walks in that span.

The Mets sent Leathersich down to the Las Vegas 51′s on June 28th and one day later he gave up six runs in two innings of work while throwing a season high 57 pitches. Leathersich was diagnosed with a torn UCL the next day by team doctors. He was the Mets fifth round pick in 2011 and made his Major League debut on April 29th of this year.

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Mets Complete Deal For Addison Reed, Transfer Wilfredo Tovar To 60-Day DL Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:03:23 +0000 MLB: Washington Nationals at Arizona Diamondbacks

It’s official. The New York Mets have confirmed that they have acquired right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for right-handed pitching prospects Matt Koch and Miller Diaz.

To make room for Reed on the 40-man roster, the Mets will transfer infielder Wilfredo Tovar to the 60-day disabled list.

Reed, 26, has made 38 relief appearances with the D’Backs and has a 4.20 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with three saves and eight holds this season. He had 40 saves in 2013 with the Chicago White Sox and 32 last season with the D-backs.

However, Reed was demoted to Triple-A for a month due to poor performance this season, but has pitched much better since his return to the big league team. He has a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in his last 11 relief appearances spanning 13.1 innings.

The former closer has held left-handed hitters to a .242 batting average and .672 OPS this year. He has reverse splits and right-handed hitters have tagged him for a .310 batting average and .832 OPS.

He’s owed $1.2 million for the rest of this season and will be eligible for his second season of arbitration heading into 2016.

Look for Reed to assume a 7th inning role to bridge the gap to Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia.

Koch, 24, had a 3.46 ERA and 1.245 WHIP for Double-A Binghamton in 35 appearances including eight starts.

Diaz, 23, 4.71 ERA and 1.461 WHIP in 21 starts for Advanced-A St. Lucie.

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Alderson Says Mets Will Turn To Internal Bullpen Options… Applause. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:38:41 +0000 sandy alderson

Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the New York Post that any help to bolster the Mets bullpen will not come externally, but that they will look at in-house options like Vic Black.

“I don’t foresee us making a trade,” Alderson said. “Black is certainly among the internal options we continue to monitor.”

While Black has been pitching effectively of late, posting a 2.16 ERA in his last ten games for Triple-A Las Vegas, he continues to be plagued with extremely high walk rates and rarely ever has a clean inning.

I’m glad that Sandy is not looking at external options, because quite frankly I think all of them stink.

On Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggested that Alderson should pursue one of five relievers recently passed through waivers: Addison ReedFernando RodneyJohn AxfordEdward Mujica and David Aardsma. No thanks.

Besides Vic Black, the Mets have RHP Erik Goeddel who could be activated from the DL sooner rather than later according to team sources. In 22 relief appearances for the Mets, Goeddel shined, posting a 1.96 ERA and 1.045 WHIP while striking out 23 batters in 23 innings.

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The team could also turn to RHP Logan Verrett, who is already on the 40 man roster, and already had a short but impressive stint with the Mets bullpen earlier this season.

Other options could include LHP Josh Smoker who we’ve written often about on MMO in the past two months. The former first round draft pick of the Washington nationals, has a 1.15 ERA and 0.861 WHIP for Double-A Binghamton with 22 strikeouts in 15.2 innings of relief. There are many in the organization who believe Smoker is ready for a big league call up.

Other less likely candidates, but worthwhile options are Jeff Walters, Paul Sewald and Dario Alvarez.

The point is, I would consider any or all of these options before giving up any players to acquire those unwanted relievers that Joel Sherman suggested. They are all younger, hungrier, and infinitely more effective.

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Mets Contemplated Acquiring A Reliever Friday, Still Could Add One Via Waivers Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:20:52 +0000 tyler Clippard

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he considered the possibly of acquiring another relief pitcher before Friday’s non waiver trade deadline although it never transpired.

However despite the acquisition of setup reliever Tyler Clippard from the A’s, it’s very possible that the Mets could still swing a deal for a reliever via a waiver trade during August.

Losing Jenry Mejia to a second PED suspension, coupled with the recent struggles from Bobby Parnell and Jeurys Familia, gave Sandy Alderson pause to reconsider his previous position that he would not pursue another reliever after acquiring Clippard.

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Mets Recall Nieuwenhuis, Option Ceciliani To Triple-A Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:07:52 +0000 kitk nieuwenhuis

The Mets will call up OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Since being claimed off of waivers from the Angels last month, Nieuwenhuis has been raking at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he was batting .293/.354/.741 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 15 games.

However, Nieuwenhuis has struggled mightily in the majors this season, batting just .100 with a .156 on-base percentage for both the Mets and Angels combined.

Kirk had just six hits in 64 plate appearances, a feat so bad it’s been bested by most of the Mets pitchers.

To make room for Nieuwenhuis on the active roster, the Mets optioned Darrell Ceciliani to Triple-A Las Vegas. He was mired in a 2-for-27 slump with 13 strikeouts.

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Mets Trying To Trade Nieuwenhuis Sat, 23 May 2015 20:20:24 +0000 kirk nieuwenhuis

Assistant general manager John Ricco said the New York Mets “are doing their due diligence” to see if a trade option exists before trying to pass outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis through waivers. (Adam Rubin, ESPN New York)

Nieuwenhuis, 27, was batting .079 (3 for 38) with a .257 OPS this season before he was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

In parts of four seasons with the Mets, Nieuwenhuis has a slash line of .230/.302/.374 in 592 plate appearances.

It’s great to hear the Mets are on the phones trying to execute a trade for him, but I’m not sure there’s any value here.

I could see a team trying to claim him on waivers, but I don’t see a team wanting to give up one of their players to get him.

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Logan Verrett Clears Waivers, Back With Mets Mon, 04 May 2015 17:37:26 +0000 logan verrett

Major League Baseball announced that Logan Verrett has cleared waivers and as such he was returned back to the New York Mets.

The right-hander was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers after going 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in four relief appearances.

Verrett has been assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

What goes around, comes around. :-)

April 25

Right-hander Logan Verrett was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers and could end up coming back to the Mets according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Verrett, 24, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 draft back in December. He was then claimed by Texas after Baltimore DFA’d him and won a job on the Opening Day roster in the Rangers bullpen.

After a slow start, giving up 7 runs on 11 hits and 4 walks in 9 innings as a reliever, Verrett was designated for assignment on Friday because the Rangers needed a roster spot for pitcher Wandy Rodriguez.

If Verrett isn’t traded by the Rangers then he must be offered back to the Mets if no other club decides to put in a waiver claim.

Verrett spent last season with Triple-A Vegas and went 11-5  with a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts for them.


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Alderson Hopes Mejia Has No Spot In Bullpen After Completing Suspension Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:58:01 +0000 jenry mejia

Last night during the Mets broadcast, Steve Gelbs said that while discussing Jenrry Mejia and what the plan was when he completes his PED suspension on July 6, he was taken back by how the Mets general manager responded.

Actually, I was a bit surprised as well. Alderson told Gelbs, “I hope there’s no spot for him in the bullpen when he’s done serving his suspension.”

“We feel like he betrayed us. He let a lot of people down. He let his own teammates down.”

When Gelbs asked Sandy if his comments can be construed as anger toward Mejia, he responded that it was a combination of anger and disappointment. “It feels like a betrayal.”

While I really loved Mejia and was expecting big things from him this season, I can certainly understand where Alderson is coming from. Mejia blew it. He violated a trust that players have to their team and to their teammates.

What makes this even more complicated is that once Mejia is eligible to return, he must be activated or designated for assignment because the hard-throwing righty is out of options.

Another thing to consider is that if the Mets continue their solid play and earn a trip to the postseason, as part of his punishment Mejia is prohibited from being on a postseason roster.

So the question becomes, why would you expend a valuable roster spot to a player who can’t even contribute in the playoffs, which is where the Mets appear to be heading?

Then there’s the players, many of whom openly expressed their dissatisfaction and disappointment at the situation, with David Wright saying Mejia deserves all the punishment he has coming to him. Will they welcome him back with open arms? It doesn’t appear that way to me.

Anyway you slice it, this has the potential to snowball into a very bad and negative situation at a time when the Mets are trying to turn the page and keep everything positive in the clubhouse, with their fans, and especially in the media.

Honestly, the best play might be cutting bait with Mejia and designating him when his suspension is over. There’s a strong chance he won’t make it through waivers given his youth and upside, but the alternative could prove more costly to the Mets and the chemistry they’ve built in that clubhouse.

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Puello Placed On DL, Back On Mets 40 Man Roster Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:15:03 +0000 cesar puello

According to a report by Adam Rubin, when the Mets placed Cesar Puello on waivers, which he cleared and was eventually demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, technically none of it ever happened.

Apparently, Puello told the team he was injured and general manager Sandy Alderson had to rescind the demotion after an MRI on Monday revealed a “stress reaction” in his back — which is a precursor to a stress fracture.

So now the Mets have placed Puello on the 15-day major league disabled list and he must remain on the 40-man roster and accrue major league service time while he’s on the DL.

To make room for Puello, Josh Edgin has been transferred to the 60-day DL.

April 3

Cesar Puello has cleared waivers and is now again the property of the Mets. He will be outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas to begin the season.

The Mets placed Puello on waivers on Wednesday because he was out of options and was not going to make the opening day roster.

Puello, 24, hit .252 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 318 at-bats for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.

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Rangers Claim Logan Verrett Off Waivers From Orioles Fri, 03 Apr 2015 02:35:24 +0000 logan verrett

The Texas Rangers have claimed right-hander Logan Verrett off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and added him to their 25 man roster.

Verrett, 24, had been selected by the Orioles from the Mets in December’€™s Rule 5 Draft. The Rangers will have to carry Verrett all season long or expose him to waivers again. If he clears waivers, Verrett will be offered back to the Mets for $25K.

The former Mets top prospect had a solid big-league camp posting a 1.93 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 14 innings with 12 strikeouts and just two walks.


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Alderson: We Are Not Looking To Trade Bartolo Colon Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:38:01 +0000 bartolo colon

Disputing an earlier report that the Mets would take on some salary if it would facilitate a Bartolo Colon trade, GM Sandy Alderson said the team is not anxious to deal the veteran starter.

Alderson said the Mets are not considering eating part of Colon’s salary to facilitate a deal.

“We like Bartolo and we like him for the money he’s signed this season,” Alderson said in his evening media session at the Winter Meetings. “Frankly we are not looking to trade him.”

“I don’t think anything’s changed, but we’re not anxious to trade Bartolo.”

December 7

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets would be willing to take on some salary to help expedite a trade of veteran righthander Bartolo Colon. He is owed $11 million dollars for 2015, the final season of his two-year, $20 million deal he signed with the Mets last offseason.

The Mets were reportedly willing to eat $2 million of his salary during the trade deadline, so this is not surprising. Colon was placed on waivers afterward but went unclaimed.

Colon, 41, is coming off an up and down season that saw him win 15 games while posting a 4.09 ERA over 31 starts. In 202.1 innings he allowed 218 hits including 22 home runs, while walking 30 and striking out 151 batters.

Along with Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, the Mets will aggressively shop all three at the Winter Meetings which begin on Monday at San Diego.

I have to believe there’s at least a couple of teams out there who could use a veteran like Colon despite the risks. While the Mets would likely get better offers for Gee and Niese, I have a hunch Colon is the one they prefer to unload.

It should be a fun week coming up for our New York Mets, and I hope you stick around and enjoy our coverage on MMO.

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Collin McHugh Shutdown, Won’t Face Mets This Weekend Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:05:40 +0000 collin mchugh

The Houston Astros announced that righthander Collin McHugh will be shutdown for the rest of the season due to reaching his innings cap.

He was initially slated to start against the Mets this weekend at Citi Field, but that won’t happen now.

McHugh wraps up a solid rookie season for the Astros, going 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 25 starts. Over 154.2 innings pitched the former Met struck out 157 batters while walking 41.

Too bad… Would have been nice to see him match up with Montero.

September 4 – Collin McHugh: You Win Some, You Lose Some

Right-hander Collin McHugh didn’t exactly get his major league career off to a good start when he lost his first eight decisions in two brief stints with the Mets in 2012 and 2013. Despite posting a 2.91 minor league ERA in 2012, and a 2.87 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2013, the Mets had seen enough after just five major league starts and decided to trade him to Colorado that June for utility outfielder Eric Young Jr., who had been placed on waivers by the last place Rockies.

After a brief 3-month stint in Colorado, McHugh was placed on waivers and claimed by the Houston Astros where the Illinois native began to flourish.

With nine major league starts under his belt, the 26-year old McHugh entered the 2014 season with a clean slate and a fresh new outlook.

After 22 starts this season, McHugh has a 2.89 ERA and is now among the top pitchers in the American League. With an ERA that ranks seventh and a 1.09 WHIP that ranks eighth, McHugh is also boasting a strikeout rate of 9.4. His 3.13 FIP suggests that this season is completely legit.

As Mark Simon of ESPN pointed out this morning, McHugh is closing the year out very strong, going 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in his last seven starts.

Recently ousted manager Bo Porter cited that McHugh’s key to success this season is how efficient he’s become and his aggressiveness on the mound.

“The biggest thing he did was attacking the strike zone. He doesn’t waste a lot of pitches. He went right after those guys and forced them to put the ball in play.”

If not for some pesky, no-name, Cuban guy, whose power wouldn’t translate to the majors, and who was considered a defensive disaster as a first baseman, you could argue that McHugh would be a contender for the American League Rookie of the Year this season.

Unfortunately for McHugh, he’ll have to settle for second or third place behind Jose Abreu for top rookie honors, but this kid has nothing to be ashamed about.

It’s been an incredible breakthrough season for the former Mets pitching prospect, and it certainly looks like the Astros have hit the jackpot with him.

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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….

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Would Angels Part With Kole Calhoun or C.J. Cron To Get That Arm? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:20:18 +0000 kole calhoun

Bill Shakin of the Los Angeles Times shared some insight on all the Bartolo Colon to the Los Angeles Angels buzz from a west coast perspective:

In order to fill Richards’ spot in the rotation, the Angels could consider two New York Mets pitchers — Jon Niese (7-8, 3.50), who reportedly has cleared waivers, and Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85). According to the ERA+ statistic, Niese is a league-average pitcher, Colon a below-average pitcher.

Colon, 41, is owed $12.5 million through 2015. Niese, 27, is owed $18 million through 2016.

The Mets could let Colon go on waivers, sticking the Angels with the entire $12.5 million bill. Of course, since every other team knows the Angels need a starter, all it would take is one team to claim him and block the Angels from getting him.

The Oakland Athletics probably would want to keep Colon out of Anaheim — and, by having the best record in the American League, the Angels get last priority in claiming National League players.

Colon was activated from the bereavement list on Friday, fueling speculation that the Mets may try to sneak him through waivers with a week left until time runs out.

The better question is why didn’t the Mets place Colon on waivers in early August like most everyone else? What did they gain by holding off?

One other thing to ponder is Jon Niese… If he already cleared waivers, maybe he’s the one the Mets should trade?

Reportedly, the Angels are willing to swap major league pieces for a starting pitcher so it wouldn’t have to be for a prospect package. And lets face it, the Angels have nothing in their minor league system that would appeal to the Mets. Their cupboard is bare.

Better yet, Curtis Granderson has also passed through waivers. How about we unload him and Niese on the Angels and walk away with right fielder Kole Calhoun?

I really love the 26-year old Calhoun and he has a nice lefthanded power stroke. In 356 at-bats this season, he’s batting .289/.344/.478 with 24 doubles and 13 home runs. He’s also scored 65 runs, driven in 43, and has been very adept on the basepaths and in the field.

I’m sure the Angels would prefer to hang onto Calhoun, but these are desperate times for the Angels and their roster isn’t getting any younger.

24-year old first baseman C.J. Cron is another option. The former 2011 first-rounder also has a big power stroke but swings righthanded. He’d be a nice compliment for Lucas Duda at first. He tore right through the Angels system and is holding his own this season, batting .266/.296/.462 in 199 at-bats. He still has time to grow, but he certainly looks like he belongs.

The point is that the Mets have options here, and everything doesn’t have to hinge on Colon passing through waivers.

If you could unload Granderson and Niese and come away with Calhoun, and then trade Colon in the offseason, it’s like getting a do-over.

Not only do we clear $65 million in payroll, but we head into the offseason with Calhoun entrenched in RF and a whole bunch of cash to address shortstop and left field.

I’m pretty sure that neither Calhoun or Cron have passed through waivers, so if this was doable most likely the Mets would have to wait until after the season to reap their rewards.

It’s certainly something to ponder… And you know me… I love to ponder…

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Colon Was Never Placed On Waivers Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:20:32 +0000 bartolo colon m's

I hate to say I told you so, but much as I speculated on August 1, the Mets never placed Bartolo Colon on waivers as many had considered a foregone conclusion. Joel Sherman of the NY Post confirmed as much.

There were assertions made that Sandy Alderson was willing to give away Colon to any claiming team just to get the salary relief and with no players coming back to the Mets. As I said at the time, that was “preposterous.”

Here is what I wrote back then:

I never believed the Mets were simply going to let Colon go to anyone who would take his salary. I don’t know why everyone was running with that story which I initially called preposterous.

Sandy Alderson would never simply just give the guy away. As I’ve said repeatedly, it would reflect negatively on him as he did quite the sell job on the fan base after signing him and trying to justify that second guaranteed year.

Simply giving him away would also fan the flames that the Mets are STILL in financial distress, something they’ve been trying hard to extinguish.

I’m pretty certain Colon gets moved in the offseason which should be easier to do especially if he finishes the season off healthy and effective. Is it a risk? Of course it is, but Sandy knew that when he gambled on that second year – something no other team in the major leagues was willing to do.

Look, as a couple of my MMO colleagues already argued this month, there’s also nothing wrong with hanging onto Colon. There’s no guarantee that Harvey returns from Tommy John Surgery in his 2013 form. It may take a year to get back to that.

There are also concerns about Jon Niese and Dillon Gee, and quite frankly, if I were in Sandy’s shoes – those are the two I’d be shopping and you’ll likely get a lot more in return.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thoughts On Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, Waivers Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:07:27 +0000 colon

Bartolo Colon will once again make a bid to win his 200th major league game tonight against the Phillies. While that might seem like the biggest news regarding the veteran right hander, there is another item hanging over Colon. The Mets and Sandy Alderson have not yet put him on waivers.

While Colon has been a great pitcher for the Mets this year, leading an otherwise very young pitching staff, it seems as if his 4.12 ERA and a 10-9 record might serve a playoff team better than the Mets. If and when Colon is put on waivers, a team can claim him and then the Mets will have a decision to make. They can either work out a trade with that team, release him to that team or pull him back, ensuring that he stays with the Mets through the end of the season.

Another interesting note is that according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Curtis Granderson has been put on waivers. This is likely a move to give Alderson emergency flexibility should a trade surface. If a team were to claim Granderson, the Mets could decide to release him and his $60 million contract, although that would be a very rough move to explain to the fans. I doubt Alderson is that out of touch.

I would expect to see Colon on waivers in the next few days. Colon does not serve a longterm need for the Mets and if they can bring back either a major league ready piece or another big prospect, like they did for Marlon Byrd, it could pay dividends down the line.

Thoughts from Joe D.

This is not surprising to me at all. As I said, I never believed the Mets were simply going to let Colon go to anyone who would take his salary. I don’t know why everyone was running with that story which I initially called preposterous.

Sandy Alderson would never simply just give the guy away. As I’ve said repeatedly, it would reflect negatively on him as he did quite the sell job on the fan base after signing him and trying to justify that second guaranteed year.

Simply giving him away would also fan the flames that the Mets are STILL in financial distress, something they’ve been trying hard to extinguish.

I’m pretty certain Colon gets moved in the offseason which should be easier to do especially if he finishes the season off healthy and effective. Is it a risk? Of course it is, but Sandy knew that when he gambled on that second year – something no other team in the major leagues was willing to do.

As for Granderson, it’s a no-brainer. he has $47 million coming to him over the next three seasons. The Mets are getting some feelers to see what teams could be interested. But like Colon, he’s not going anywhere now. Granderson, Colon and Chris Young are Sandy’s first three big signature MLB additions – spending almost $90 million for all three. With CY already a bust, he’s not going to toss the towel so easily on the other two.

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Sandy Alderson Did What Sandy Alderson Does Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:27:08 +0000 alderson getty imagesSandy Alderson is a hard nosed General Manager. As we’ve seen in past trades, he gets what he wants and doesn’t give up anything more than he feels he has to. Yesterday, the trading deadline came and went with the Mets making exactly zero moves. They didn’t land the big bat they so desperately need, they didn’t move any of their young pitchers and they weren’t able to get out from under the Chris Young or Bartolo Colon contracts. In short, Sandy Alderson did what he does best.

The Mets could go on a run in the second half of the season but we know that they are built to win next year. While we’ve been hearing that for a few years, next year there will be no excuse. Matt Harvey will return to pitch alongside whichever pitchers are still here and David Wright and Curtis Granderson will anchor the offense. With an eye on 2014 there was no reason for Alderson to back down at the trading deadline.

He’ll have the entire off season to try and land another slugger and while it would have been nice to have that guy this year, they’ll really need him next year.

Colon represents another interesting development for Alderson. While John Lackey is six years younger than Colon with a much better contract situation, there isn’t a great discrepancy in their stats. Lackey has a 3.60 ERA while Colon has a 3.88 after 21 starts this year. Lackey was able to bring back Allen Craig and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals (from the Red Sox). If that’s the case, Colon should be able to get a similar return if Alderson is willing to eat some of the contract.

Free agency is becoming a harder and harder market to win in, especially with a payroll like the one Alderson is dealing with. Under the circumstances, paying a part or all of Colon’s salary will allow them to bring in a much better player, similar to Craig, without dipping into free agency. Although Alderson has publicly stated he would not eat any part of Colon’s deal, you’d imagine that if the right player was out there, his tune would change.

Colon allows Mets fans to stay focused on August 31st, the waiver trade deadline. Assuming Colon passes through waivers, the Mets could elect to trade him to a playoff contender if there is an unforeseen injury sometime before the end of August. Colon would obviously help a lot of teams out there and the Mets won’t have room for him next year. If he gets claimed off of waivers then the Mets will send him packing, freeing up $13 million or so for next year.

Sandy Alderson spent the trading deadline doing what he does. He didn’t overpay. He didn’t get bullied into a trade. He held onto one of the best hands in major league baseball and will be poised to make the move he wants to make once it presents itself in the off season.

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Plawecki Homers In Vegas Debut Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:45:36 +0000 Kevin Plawecki

Update June 27

Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki went 1 for 4 with a solo homerun in his first game for Triple-A Last Vegas.

Before being promoted the 23-year old former first-round pick hit .326/.378/.487 with 18 doubles, 6 long balls, and 43 RBI for Double-A Binghamton.

Updated June 24

It is official.  Adam Rubin of ESPN is reporting that Kevin Plawecki has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

It must have been an exciting day for the Mets catching prospect as he was named the the MLB Future’s game earlier on, and now has made his next step towards the majors.

Plawecki tweeted:

“What a day! Excited to join the @LasVegas51s on Thursday! #LGM”

June 23

Adam Rubin of ESPN, has been told by sources that catching prospect Kevin Plawecki may be promoted to Triple-A very soon.  With Travis d’Arnaud set to return, Plawecki, if promoted, should see a majority of time behind the plate for the 51′s no matter which catcher is coming back.

Plawecki has been tremendous in Binghamton this season, hitting at an average of .329 with six home runs and 43 RBI.  Even with the possibility of Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden being demoted to Triple-A, the Mets are still going to move forward with the progression of one of their prospects as opposed to playing a veteran catcher.

Rubin goes on to say that if it is Teagarden that draws the short straw he would could be claimed off waivers by another team or opt-out of his current deal and become a free agent.  If Recker is the one sent down he would go from a back up role in the bigs to a back up role in Triple-A.  Juan Centeno who currently holds the back up spot in Vegas could find himself dropped down a level if its Recker or stay as the backup in Vegas if it is Teagarden depending on what happens with him.

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