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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Two Mets ranked on MLB Network’s Top 10 Second Basemen list

In one offseason, the Mets went from having none of the Top 10 second basemen in baseball to having two of them—at least according to MLB Network’s Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now! show.

But the order might surprise you.

Jed Lowrie, who the Mets signed to a two-year deal last week, comes in at No. 2 on the list, behind Jose Altuve of the Astros. Robinson Cano, who the Mets acquired along with Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in December, checks in at No. 4.

And, with the Mets being what they are, there is a less than 0% chance that neither of them will be the starting second baseman by September.

QLE Posted: January 15, 2019 at 04:33 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jed lowrie, mets, robinson cano, second base

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mel Stottlemyre, New York baseball icon, dies at 77

Mel Stottlemyre, whose work as both a Major League pitcher and pitching coach made him one of the most respected men in the game, died Sunday in Seattle after a lengthy battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 77.

Stottlemyre was a five-time All-Star, winning 20 games on three separate occasions during an 11-year career. Stottlemyre pitched his entire career (1964-74) with the Yankees, appearing in only one World Series—the seven-game 1964 Fall Classic won by the Cardinals, only two months after making his big league debut.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: January 14, 2019 at 07:26 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Friday, January 11, 2019

Orioles payroll to fall significantly in 2019 - BaltimoreBaseball.com

A year ago, the Orioles’ Opening Day payroll was $148.57 million, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. MLBTradeRumors.com estimates that this year’s Opening Day payroll will be just under $83 million.

Gone are Adam Jones ($17.3 million), Manny Machado ($16 million), Zach Britton ($12 million) and Darren O’Day ($9 million). Jones was on the final year of a six-year contract. O’Day has a year remaining on a four-year deal, and Machado and Britton were in the final years of club control.

Brad Brach ($5.16 million), Kevin Gausman ($5.6 million) and Jonathan Schoop ($8.5 million) were also dealt.

Brach, Britton, Gausman, Machado, Schoop, Tim Beckham and Caleb Joseph were eligible for arbitration. Beckham, who signed with Seattle on Thursday, and Joseph were non-tendered by the club Nov. 30.

Even though general manager Mike Elias has a relatively light load for arbitration (his former team, the Houston Astros has 10 arbitration-eligible players), his work constructing the 2019 Orioles is hardly over.

The team has commitments to only Chris Davis, who will earn $23 million in the fourth year of a seven-year contract,  [emphasis added] and Alex Cobb, $14 million in the second year of a four-year deal, beyond this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 03:17 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mets land Jed Lowrie with 2-year deal

The Mets are surely spending some cash.

The Mets’ aggressive approach to the Hot Stove season continued on Thursday, as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand confirmed ESPN’s Jeff Passan’s original report that New York has signed free agent Jed Lowrie to a two-year deal worth $20 million. The club has not confirmed the deal.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2019 at 06:41 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: jed lowrie, mets

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Mets get infielder J.D. Davis from Astros

The Mets continued their active offseason on Sunday with a pair of transactions that addressed their infield. The club acquired infielder J.D. Davis from the Astros and traded catcher Kevin Plawecki to the Indians, and the club’s return included a throng of Minor Leaguers.

The Astros sent Minor League infielder Cody Bohanek along with Davis. To Houston, the Mets sent outfielder Ross Adolph, infielder Luis Santana and catcher Scott Manea.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2019 at 08:23 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: j.d. davis, mets

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Mets trade for outfielder Keon Broxton | MLB.com

The Mets acquired outfielder Keon Broxton for reliever Bobby Wahl and two prospects, right-hander Adam Hill and infielder Felix Valerio, on Saturday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2019 at 02:31 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, mets

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Elias’ 2019 Orioles could resemble the 2012 Astros - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The Orioles have a long way to go.

Elias said his goal for this season is to beef up the Orioles’ talent base with smart drafting, international signings and perhaps some trades.

The Orioles must nail the first pick in June’s draft and be aggressive when the international signing season begins on July 2. If the team signs some free agents from the huge number remaining on the market, the Orioles could perhaps flip them in July for prospects.

No, we don’t know what the Orioles will look like in 2019. Two infielders, Richie Martin and Drew Jackson, were added in the Rule 5 draft, and another, Rio Ruiz, was picked up on waivers.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Monday, December 31, 2018

As of today, Phillies have 4th-best roster in NL East

Prior to the arrival of new GM Brodie Van Wagenen, the Mets largely operated like a mid-market team these last few years. It didn’t help the Phillies much in their head-to-head matchup, with the Phillies going 50-82 against the Mets the last seven seasons.

It did, however, make the Mets less of a threat in the division race. The same can’t be said now after the Mets added Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano and Wilson Ramos, brought back Jeurys Familia and watched Zack Wheeler transform in the second half of 2018 into a legit top-of-the-rotation starter.

Suddenly, the Mets can talk themselves into a wild-card spot or perhaps even an NL East title if things break right. There is just a major advantage to having Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Wheeler, two very good late-inning relievers and a deeper lineup.

There are times when there are advantages to sharing a division with the Marlins….

QLE Posted: December 31, 2018 at 10:04 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, nationals, phillies

Sunday, December 16, 2018

MLB: Mets to sign catcher Wilson Ramos

The Mets have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The deal is pending a physical and worth $19 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

I don’t like it, they still haven’t done anything mind-numblingly stupid.

manchestermets Posted: December 16, 2018 at 05:03 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilson ramos

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Jeurys Familia finalizes 3-year deal to return as likely setup man

NEW YORK—Jeurys Familia and the Mets finalized a $30 million, three-year contract on Friday, bringing the reliever back to New York, where he figures to serve as a setup man for newly acquired closer Edwin Diaz.

Familia gets a $2 million signing bonus payable on equal installments on July 1 and Dec. 10 next year. He has salaries of $6 million in 2019 and $11 million in each of the final two seasons. The Mets will defer $1 million of his 2020 salary, payable on Jan. 15, 2022. They will defer the same amount of his 2021 pay, payable on July 1, 2022.

He gets a $500,000 performance bonus in any season he has 50 games finished. He would get a $1 million assignment bonus if traded.

So, is this the Mets being the Mets, or not that bad?

 

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:35 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets

Baltimore Orioles name Brandon Hyde as new manager

BALTIMORE — Brandon Hyde, rumored to be the next manager of the Baltimore Orioles all week long, earned the title officially Friday afternoon.

Hyde, 45, becomes the 20th manager in Orioles history. He begins his first Major League managerial role following 16 professional seasons in the coaching ranks and four professional seasons as a player. Hyde most recently served as the Chicago Cubs bench coach in 2018, his second season in this role (also in 2014).

Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias released a statement, saying, “After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball. Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a World Champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”

 

 

QLE Posted: December 15, 2018 at 03:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon hyde, manager, orioles

Friday, December 14, 2018

J.T. Realmuto Mets Brodie Van Wagenen | Newsday

“I’m not trying to force timelines,” Van Wagenen said. “I’m trying to force the best roster we can create.”

Despite lots of talks and nearly as many rumors, the Mets, hesitant to meet the Marlins’ high asking price, have been unable to land Realmuto. The Mets have gone as far as to dangle Noah Syndergaard in a potential three-way deal with the Padres and Marlins, according to multiple reports, but that option didn’t appear serious as team execs left the Mandalay Bay.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2018 at 06:08 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: j.t. realmuto, mets

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mets, Yankees, Marlins In Talks On Three-Team Deal - MLB Trade Rumors

11:04pm: The Yankees are “pushing hard” to swing a deal with the Mets, and are interested in Mets pitchers other than only Syndergaard, according to Andy Martino (Twitter links).

10:02pm: The Mets, Yankees, and Marlins have discussed a three-team trade that would see J.T. Realmuto end up on the Mets’ roster, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links).  Making the deal into a true blockbuster, Noah Syndergaard may also be part of the negotiations, according to both the New York Post’s Mike Puma and SNY.tv’s Andy Martino.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2018 at 06:05 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mets, yankees

Pros and Cons: Should the Mets trade for Yasiel Puig?

The Mets are looking for an outfielder to pair with Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. As they search, Yasiel Puig is reportedly “disgruntled” in Los Angeles and could get traded during the Winter Meetings that kick off Sunday in Las Vegas.

Mind you, is Yasiel Puig ever really gruntled?

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 05:04 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trade talk, yasiel puig

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Nationals bench coach Chip Hale not tipping his hand on Orioles rumors

NATIONALS PARK—Nationals bench coach Chip Hale was coy Sunday at Nationals Winterfest when asked about a report that he would be interviewing for the Baltimore Orioles open managerial job.

“Let’s just put it this way, there’s 30 jobs and if you get the opportunity, it’s a blessing, so, with all the turnover this year, I have not interviewed yet,” Hale said. “I have a great job here. If you get the opportunity to talk to somebody and meet some new people, it’d be a great opportunity. That’s all I’ll say on that.”

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Sunday that Hale would be one of several candidates to interview with new Orioles general manager Mike Elias.

Mind you, would any of you admit to your friends and family that you’ve been hired as the Orioles manager?

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: chip hale, managerial search, orioles

Jay Bruce on being traded by the Mets again: ‘I wish everybody there the best’

Former Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said he wasn’t as surprised at being traded for the third time in the past two and a half years.

“Honestly, it’s just another trade now,” Bruce said, according to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, after he was included in the seven-player blockbuster trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York. “The third trade doesn’t hold quite the shock as the first couple do.”

The Mets dealt Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and three prospects—OF Jarred Kelenic and RHPs Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista—to the Mariners for Diaz, the 24-year-old All-Star closer and Cano, the veteran second baseman who has five years remaining on his 10-year deal.

At what point does Jay Bruce officially become the Player To Be Named Later?

QLE Posted: December 04, 2018 at 07:48 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets, trades

Monday, December 03, 2018

Latest reports on Orioles managerial search - School of Roch

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal has confirmed that Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Royals quality control/catching coach Pedro Grifol are on the list of candidates. Diamondbacks director of player development Mike Bell, younger brother of new Reds manager David Bell, also will interview, according to MLB Network’s Peter Gammons.

The Orioles aren’t commenting on the reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2018 at 05:53 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, orioles

Friday, November 30, 2018

Mets: We’ve non-tendered Wilmer Flores.

We’ve non-tendered Wilmer Flores. #Mets

The Mets are doing stuff. This is the way to bring back the glory days of BBTF - 10 Mets threads a week!

manchestermets Posted: November 30, 2018 at 06:50 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mets hire Allard Baird as VP of scouting and player development

For those of us interested in blasts from the past….

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: allard baird, mets, scouting directors

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Jim Riggleman hired as Mets bench coach under Callaway

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Riggleman, a 66-year-old veteran of 13 seasons as a major league manager, has been hired by the New York Mets as bench coach for Mickey Callaway.

Riggleman was Cincinnati’s bench coach from 2016 until he became interim manager for 5½ months last season, and he led the Reds to a 64-80 record after the team’s 3-15 start under Bryan Price. David Bell was hired by the Reds on Oct. 21.

Riggleman, a native of Fort Dix, New Jersey, also managed the Chicago Cubs (1995-99), Seattle (2008) and Washington (2009-11). He has a 726-904 (.445) record as a big league manager.

Something for the Wilponologists among us to ponder….

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bench coaches, jim riggleman, mets, mickey callaway

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Orioles name Mejdal to head analytics department

As expected, new Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Elias’ first move was to add longtime aide Sig Mejdal to head the team’s analytics department.

Mejdal, who worked with Elias in Houston will have the title, Assistant General Manager, Analytics.

He replaces Sarah Gelles, who left the Orioles to join the Astros.

According to the Orioles, “Mejdal will oversee all aspects of the club’s growing analytics effort while assisting and advising Elias in all manner of Baseball Operations decisions.”

A Baseball Fan Posted: November 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Heyman’s Latest: Mets, Machado, Red Sox, Dodgers, Marlins

Jon Heyman of Fancred hears that the Mets have decided they’d rather spread their money around to various areas than splurge on Machado.

Oh good, more mid-tier free agents.  THAT IS WHAT THEY ALWAYS DO AND FAIL.  A 3 WAR player isn’t an “impact bat.”  It’s a supporting cast member.

Adam Starblind Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dodgers, mets, red sox

Thursday, November 15, 2018

How Mets, deGrom could get their contract extension done

My concept: A five-year, $155.5 million accord that would pay deGrom $20 million in 2019, $27.5 million in 2020 and then $36 million annually from 2021-23. The $31.1 million average would beat the annual value of all pitchers except Zack Greinke (I assume positionally that both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will exceed the $31 million average of Miguel Cabrera this offseason). The $36 million seasons will top the most ever given in a single year to a pitcher (Max Scherzer has $35 million seasons in his contract).

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2018 at 06:51 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mike Elias Orioles general manager | MLB.com

Looks like the Orioles will soon join the revolution.

Update:

 

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2018 at 01:01 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mike elias, orioles

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