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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Report: Jacob deGrom’s camp disappointed due to lack of substantive contract extension talks with Mets

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that pitcher Jacob deGrom’s camp is “disappointed” due to the lack of substantive talks about a contract extension. deGrom, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner and a free agent after the 2020 season, avoided arbitration with the Mets last month, agreeing to an $11 million salary for the upcoming campaign.

This situation is particularly intriguing because the Mets’ new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen, used to represent deGrom as part of Creative Artists Agency. Van Wagenen has been one of few active GM’s this offseason, having acquired Robinson Canó and Edwin Díaz while signing Jeurys Familia, Jed Lowrie, Wilson Ramos, and Justin Wilson. According to ESPN, the $79 million the Mets have committed to players this offseason is fourth-most in baseball behind the Nationals ($188 million), Yankees ($140.055 million), and Dodgers ($107.4 million) and just ahead of the Red Sox ($74 million) and Phillies ($73 million).

Mind you, would you want to hang around the Mets if you didn’t really have to?

 

QLE Posted: February 05, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extension, jacob degrom, mets being mets

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Why Steven Matz could be on verge of becoming elite pitcher for Mets

Mets LHP Steven Matz is a pivotal player for the Mets, which means the difference between making or missing the playoffs could hinge on how he performs in 2019.

Assuming each takes the mound 30 times this season, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard will again be among the league’s elite pitchers. There’s every reason to believe Zack Wheeler, in his walk year, will continue his terrific turn-around from 2018. Jason Vargas (and the pitchers behind him) should never be counted on to be a difference-maker at any point in the season.

This leaves Matz, who, at 27 years old, is at a make-or-break point in his career. And he could be poised for a breakout.

Somehow, I’m really doubting the premise of the first sentence of this article.

 

QLE Posted: February 03, 2019 at 04:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, steven matz

Thursday, January 31, 2019

WATCH: Mets’ Brodie Van Wagenen challenges other GMs to Home Run Derby

There is only two weeks left before pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie to begin the new Mets season. Every player has been working diligently to get ready to compete during the long grind this year, as everyone in the organization looks to secure the coveted World Series trophy.

And that includes Mets new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Van Wagenen showed off his sweet swing with a nice blue and orange bat, as he got his own reps in before spring training. Just as he has all offseason, Van Wagenen displayed his confidence by challenging the other MLB GMs to a Home Run Derby.

If this is the way Brodie Van Wagenen is acting in the off-season, I’d hate to imagine how insufferable he’ll get come August….

 

QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, home run derby, mets being mets

Friday, January 25, 2019

Great Moments in Cheap Owners: Tigers and Mets Edition

We’ve talked all winter about how big league teams seem completely unwilling to spend money. About how it’s weird that they’re not spending money given that they are enjoying all-time record revenues. About how something must be wrong with the financial incentive structure in baseball if they can realize those record revenues despite not trying very hard to improve their on-the-field product.

We could try to explain it forever I suppose, but let’s take a break from that to look at two statements from MLB front offices today that simply illustrate what’s going on.

First up, the Tigers, who despite filling their ballpark pretty consistently for the past decade and a half, despite getting outstanding TV ratings and despite being owned by an obscenely wealthy family, has decided to take the full-blown tear-it-down and tank route with their rebuild. In charge of that rebuild is general manager Al Avila.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 02:14 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cheap owners, mets being mets, the will to win, tigers

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tim Tebow got invited to Mets’ major league spring training again this year

Spring training is less than four weeks away and everyone’s favorite quarterback-turned-outfielder will return to big league camp with the New York Mets. The Mets announced their 2019 non-roster invitees Thursday afternoon and Tim Tebow made the cut.

Well, there were two articles I was considering that would have resulted in fistfights- at least this one will have the fist-fights being more or less on-topic….

 


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen challenges rest of NL East after adding Jed Lowrie on two-year deal

NEW YORK — Brodie Van Wagenen certainly does not lack confidence.

The Mets general manager said last month he believes the Mets are the division favorites, and that stance hasn’t softened a month later, especially after adding All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie on a two-year, $20-million deal.

“We are a good team, We are a complete team, we are a balanced team. We’ve got veterans, we’ve got youth, we’ve got a hunger and desire to win and I look forward to showing people we’re a team to be reckoned with,” Van Wagenen said. “Let’s not be shy about wanting to be the best and I fully expect us to be competitive and be a winning team. Our goal is to win a championship and it starts with the division so come get us.”

Nothing could possibly go wrong here!

QLE Posted: January 17, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, hubris, jed lowrie, mets being mets

Friday, January 11, 2019

Will Mets’ near $200 million spending spree actually pay off?

Has a new era of New York Mets baseball arrived?

It almost feels that way, though we could never blame Mets fans for being skeptical.

Here’s what we know: After several offseasons where the Mets were barely a blip on the Hot Stove radar, new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has made up for lost time this winter. More significantly, he’s digging deep into the cash register and spending money the organization has seemingly tried to convince fans it didn’t have.

Given that this is the Mets, I suspect that the answer to these questions will make Betteridge proud….

QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, mets being mets, robinson cano

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Mets Release David Wright, Move Him into Special Adviser Role to COO and GM

The New York Mets announced Monday former third baseman David Wright has agreed to join the team’s front office as a special adviser to COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Wright was also released from the active roster with the move despite having two more years under contract with the team.

Can David Wright offer any worse advice than everyone else has given the Mets in the last few decades?

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, david wright, jeff wilpon, mets being mets, special advisor

Monday, January 07, 2019

WATCH: Jim Duquette says Mets almost landed Ken Griffey Jr. via trade

The Mets came close to landing Ken Griffey Jr. in a blockbuster trade back in 2000, but the haul of players that would have been sent in Griffey’s place could have altered how well the Mets would have fared during their incredible 2000 season.

According to former Mets Assistant GM Jim Duquette, they offered a package of Armando Benitez, Octavio Dotel and Roger Cedeno, but Grifffey’s no trade clause was in the way and at that time he stated he only wanted to go to Cincinatti.

“There was an outside chance we could get him if we offered this package…it got to the point where Pat Gillick the [Mariners] GM at the time, went and asked Griffey, cause he was in the last year of his deal and they didn’t think he could sign him long term. But he didn’t give him any time, here’s a guy who grew up as a Mariner…if I had been given more time I might have accepted the deal,” said Duquette.

Strange- I was under the impression that Steve Phillips never saw a bad idea he didn’t like….

 

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: jim duquette, ken griffey jr., mets being mets

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Mets as NL East favorites in 2019? GM Brodie Van Wagenen is thinking that way during busy offseason

On the one hand, I’ve worked with people just as delusional- on the other hand, they were folk they didn’t trust with research budgets, much less anything as valuable as an MLB team….

QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, delusions of grandeur, mets being mets

Friday, December 07, 2018

Tim Tebow will get major-league promotion if he deserves it, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen says

NEW YORK — Celebrity outfielder Tim Tebow is still a Met, and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon talked him up during their appearance on WFAN Wednesday.

“We need him at Syracuse,” said Wilpon, referencing the Mets-owned Triple-A affiliate. “He’s a great person.”

As Van Wagenen put it: “One step away.”

So, how on Earth did a guy with so little judgment in terms of talent ever get a job as an agent, much less be a success as one?

QLE Posted: December 07, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets being mets, tim tebow

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Mets have been in touch with free agent CF A.J. Pollock

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said his big move to land Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz wasn’t the last he would make. His agressive style this offseason will continue, and free-agent CF A.J. Pollock is a name he has shown interest in.

Van Wagenen said he believes Pollock could be a good fit for the Mets, and he has been in touch with Pollock’s agent

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Pollock is looking for a five-year deal worth around $80 million—similar to what the Brewers gave Lorenzo Cain. Pollock and his team could be selling themselves high as it is the start of free agency to see what teams will bite the most.

All right, who wants to tell Brodie Van Wagenen why this isn’t a particularly good idea?

QLE Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:07 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, brodie van wagenen, mets being mets

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mets’ Jacob deGrom Sets Record With 26th Straight Start Allowing Three Runs or Fewer

There’s something of a weird everyman appeal to this story, though I’m reasonably sure deGrom wishes it wasn’t so.

If the Mets were searching for a silver lining this season, look no further than the play of ace righthander Jacob deGrom.

On Tuesday, deGrom registered his 26th straight start allowing three runs or fewer, surrendering just two runs across seven innings against the Marlins. The previous record was set by Leslie “King” Cole in 1908. It took 108 years for his mark to be topped. Once again though, the Mets handed their ace a tough-luck loss. deGrom’s record dropped to 8-9 on the year.

His quality outing actually raised his league-leading ERA from 1.68 to 1.71. Such is life for a top Cy Young Award candidate. It would still be the lowest single-season ERA for a pitcher since Zack Greinke finished the 2015 season with a 1.66 figure for the Dodgers.

QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets, mets being mets, mets let him down

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Jacob deGrom posts new MLB mark for consecutive games allowing 3 runs or fewer

Can you imagine what the reactions would be if he were playing on a remotely competent team?

The New York Mets ace went into Monday’s start against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 1.68 ERA, .978 WHIP, 224 strikeouts and 41 walks allowed in 182 innings pitched.

He left having pitched another gem, allowing two hits, and one earned run with six strikeouts in six innings pitched. And a place in the MLB history books.

The outing means deGrom is the first MLB pitcher to complete 25 straight starts allowing three runs or fewer, a record that dates back to 2013.

QLE Posted: September 04, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets being mets, mets let him down, records

 

 

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