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Friday, January 13, 2017

The many reasons why Sandy needs to move Bruce for good of Mets - NY Daily News

You trade a player when you feel you are getting a fair return (a debatable value). Alderson’s patience isn’t a flaw.

We’ll see about all of that in Port St. Lucie. For the moment, the priority is unloading Bruce. It doesn’t mean Alderson was wrong to be patient, waiting for the logjam of free-agent sluggers to clear and perhaps leave some team in need of Bruce’s power.

The Blue Jays, for example, still seem like a viable trade partner, but only if they don’t wind up re-united with Jose Bautista.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mets, Zack Wheeler Avoid Arbitration, Agree On $800K Deal

Zack Wheeler and the Mets have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $800,000 contract for this season.

WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported on the deal Wednesday.

Wheeler, 26, has not pitched in the majors since 2014. The right-hander tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm and underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2015.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: January 12, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Thursday, January 05, 2017

New Stat for a Slugger: Back Page Appearances - The New York Times

From all this — which Van Wagenen and Thousand presented in a 100-page book — they came up with a bottom line: Cespedes was worth $34.7 million to the Mets in 2016, or $7.1 million more than the team had paid him.

The message was clear. The Mets, who play in a big market but are restrained in their spending, could afford an expensive — at least for them — new multiyear contract for Cespedes, arguably the most dynamic baseball player in New York. They would make it back, and more.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Travis d’Arnaud must show Mets are right to pass on Matt Wieters - NY Daily News

To recover that power, however, he has to avoid last year’s return to his bad habit of wrapping his bat around his head so dramatically in his stance, which may have been the result of his early-season shoulder injury .

“It just makes his swing way too long to put the barrel on the ball with any consistency,’’ an NL scout said Wednesday. “The Mets know it. I talked to Terry Collins at the winter meetings and he said they tried to fix it but he’d keep going back to it under the stress of the season.

“They’re hoping they can take care of it in spring training. If they can, he’s shown the ability to be an above-average offensive catcher.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2017 at 09:19 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Monday, January 02, 2017

New York Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith are rising through the ranks | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.

“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”

After a wonderful start to the season with St. Lucie in which he hit .309 in 66 games, the Mets moved Rosario to Binghamton on June 23. The 20-year-old continued to excel in the Eastern League, and even though his season was interrupted by a couple of stints on the disabled list, Rosario put together a slash line of .341/.392/.481 with two homers and 31 RBIs in 54 games.

As good as his numbers looked on paper, his manager at Binghamton was even more encouraged by how Rosario’s entire game has come together.

“When you’re watching Amed run the bases, whether it’s going from first to third or from home to second, it’s pretty impressive to watch,” Lopez added. “Then you see him in the field and everything goes so smoothly, like there’s no effort involved. He plays with flash but is under control the whole time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 07:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Meet the MiPS: The Mets are gonna be good in 2017—just ask them

“The fact that we’re all kind of like a tight-knit brotherhood within ourselves, we’re always rooting for one another,” Syndergaard told reporters last week. “We’ve got a really good camaraderie.”

So what if they’ve, ya know, never actually pitched together in one complete turn of the rotation. Like, ever. All that matters is that they love each other like five brothers from another mother. Mind you, chemistry isn’t the only thing the Mets starters have going for themselves. To hear them tell it, they’ve got their health too. That’s right: Those big-time boo-boos are bygone.

“The way things are feeling now, the way the body feels, I’m feeling great,” said Harvey at a community appearance last week. “I’ve got some warmth back and no more tingling. The ball is coming out really good right now, especially for December.” As for deGrom, he recently told reporters that the post-surgical pain he felt whenever he snapped his fingers has disappeared. “It feels like nothing happened,” he said. Even Alderson is on the hype train: “Going into next season,” the Mets GM said recently, “I look at it as we’re eight or nine deep.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: January 01, 2017 at 12:55 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, December 26, 2016

Klapisch: Holiday gifts only a major leaguer could love

Patience in New York?

Brian Cashman: Patience

Must be tempting to know the White Sox would possibly deal the estimable Jose Quintana for Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier. That would be a mistake, though. The Yankees are too invested in their rebuild to start dealing prospects just yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Monday, December 19, 2016

New York Mets should trade for center fielder | MLB.com

Of course, the Mets could just make Lagares the starter, fill in with Granderson in tough match-ups, and dump Bruce.

Jarrod Dyson, Royals
This would be a slightly different approach, because while Dyson isn’t close to the hitter that Cain is, he’s a better fielder, and he’d also add an element of speed. He has stolen 26 or more bases in each of the past five seasons, despite never playing more than 120 games in a year. Though a lefty hitter isn’t as good a fit as a righty for New York, that’s less of an issue if you’ve just dealt two lefty outfielders, and he’s going to make less than $3 million in 2017, so the contract is no problem. The center-field defense you could get by platooning Dyson with Lagares might be the best in baseball.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Projecting the 2019 lineups for the Yankees and Mets - NY Daily News

Jose Reyes?

LINEUP: A.J. Pollock, CF; T.J. Rivera, 2B; Michael Conforto, RF; Yoenis Cespedes, LF; Dom Smith/Peter Alonso, 1B; Jose Reyes, 3B; Amed Rosario, SS; Tomas Nido, C.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Friday, December 09, 2016

Sandy Alderson OK with Mets leaving winter meetings empty-handed - NY Daily News

“We laid some groundwork as they say,” the Mets GM said after the Rule-5 draft, which traditionally concludes the week of meetings. “We’ll have conversations continuing when we get back to New York. I think what we are pleased with, is the fact we had some dialogue and it continues. We’ll pursue things the next couple of weeks before Christmas and possibly thereafter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, December 08, 2016

For Zack Wheeler, bullpen stint just a path back to starting | New York Post

Going the Bundy route.

Now it’s about getting back on the mound, and as Sandy Alderson said earlier this week, the bullpen may be the best fit for Wheeler right now.

The right-hander is in no position to argue. With the Mets’ bullpen a mess because of the Jeurys Familia situation, this bullpen start-up may prove to be more important than even Wheeler realizes. So, for now, it’s Wheels up in the pen.

“Whatever the team thinks is best where I can stay healthy,’’ Wheeler said as he came back to Citi Field to help the Mets with their holiday coat drive. In a small way he was back in the action after so much frustration in his rehab.

“I just want to see the team win and me be healthy,’’ Wheeler said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

GM’s joke shows Mets making right call on Tebow’s spring training | New York Post

Well, that’s not a ringing endorsement.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Mets prospects on the table as they mull 3 roads to reliever | New York Post

While the most obvious approach might be to hit the free-agent market for a dependable reliever, the club also is exploring two primary trade routes, according to industry sources.

One involves trading Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson — a source confirmed reports Monday the Mets have interest in Orioles reliever Brad Brach — and the other centers on using “second-tier” prospects such as Gavin Cecchini and Brandon Nimmo for bullpen help.

As much as the Mets like Brach, who was an All-Star last season, there are sticking points to a potential deal. As The Post’s Joel Sherman first reported, not only do the Orioles want Granderson in the deal (the Mets would rather trade Bruce), but they also want the Mets to provide relief on the $15 million the veteran outfielder is owed for next season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 11:28 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, December 01, 2016

If Mets can’t get reliever, Wheeler could strengthen bullpen - NY Daily News

If the Mets can’t get a lockdown reliever in a trade for Jay Bruce — or Curtis Granderson — and some baseball people feel that will prove to be the case, their best option for significantly strengthening their bullpen just might be Zack Wheeler.

The Mets don’t know what to expect from their one-time phenom now that Wheeler has missed two full seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 10:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Report: Cespedes to re-sign with the Mets

“Cespedes will re-sign with the Mets for a deal expected to be worth $110 million over four years, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.”

Adam Starblind Posted: November 29, 2016 at 02:24 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Curtis Granderson Is a Man on a Generous Mission - The New York Times

Putting his fame to good use.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New York Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith are rising through the ranks | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.

“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”

After a wonderful start to the season with St. Lucie in which he hit .309 in 66 games, the Mets moved Rosario to Binghamton on June 23. The 20-year-old continued to excel in the Eastern League, and even though his season was interrupted by a couple of stints on the disabled list, Rosario put together a slash line of .341/.392/.481 with two homers and 31 RBIs in 54 games.

As good as his numbers looked on paper, his manager at Binghamton was even more encouraged by how Rosario’s entire game has come together.

“When you’re watching Amed run the bases, whether it’s going from first to third or from home to second, it’s pretty impressive to watch,” Lopez added. “Then you see him in the field and everything goes so smoothly, like there’s no effort involved. He plays with flash but is under control the whole time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes will get extra year he craves — but from Mets? | New York Post

Within the industry, there is a growing sense the star outfielder will command a five-year deal, which would leave the Mets facing a major decision on their immediate future.

As it stands, the Mets are likely committed to signing the 31-year-old if a four-year contract in the $100 million-to-$110 million neighborhood can be hammered out, according to an industry source, but there is less clarity on the matter when an additional year — which could push the value of a deal beyond $130 million — is considered.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yoenis cespedes

Friday, November 18, 2016

‘Awful, stinks, ugly’: Scouts hammer Tim Tebow as season winds down | New York Post

Awful,” said one AL scout.

“Stinks,” said one from the NL.

“Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and at the plate, nothing looks natural.”

The adjectives shouldn’t have been too surprising considering they described someone who hadn’t played organized baseball in over a decade and whose pro baseball career is in its infancy.
Others, though — including Mets general manager Sandy Alderson — insist the 29-year-old has a future in the sport after the Mets signed him for $100,000 in September.

“The idea for us was just to get him more game experience there,” Alderson said. “We thought he might be somewhat overmatched and that was true early on, but from the first 10 days of the Arizona Fall League to the last 10 days, there was a marked improvement.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Monday, November 07, 2016

5 Mets options to replace Cespedes: Trade for McCutchen? | New York Post

He is an option.

Carlos Gomez: The former Mets outfielder, who nearly returned in 2015 at the trade deadline before the club acquired Cespedes, had a resurgence with the Rangers over the final two months of the season after a brutal first half with Houston. Gomez hit 13 homers in 118 games and is still a threat on the bases (18 stolen bases), but he may have lost a step defensively.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Mets needs to lock up Cespedes long-term — no matter the price - NY Daily News

Overpaying is great short-sighted thinking.

Or maybe at that point he and the Wilpons simply dig deep to keep Cespedes, realizing that sometimes overpaying for the right player is the price a New York franchise should be willing to pay for trying to win a championship.

As Alderson begins his seventh year as GM, the Mets are at that point. I’m convinced he knows it.

But we’ll see if he delivers on it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia arrested on domestic violence charge

Jeurys Familia, an All-Star pitcher for the New York Mets who was featured in a new ad campaign for an anti-domestic violence organization, was arrested on a domestic violence charge this week, according to a complaint filed by authorities in Fort Lee municipal court.

Police said in the complaint that Familia caused “bodily injury to another” and that they observed a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the victim, whose name was redacted in the court papers provided to The Record on Tuesday.

“The matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation,” the Mets said in a brief statement on Tuesday.

Familia, 27, who is identified in the complaint as Jeurys F. Mojica, was charged with simple assault, a disorderly persons offense, according to the complaint. A Facebook page that appears to belong to Familia uses the name Jeurys Familia Mojica to identify him. The date of birth on the complaint matches the date of birth given for Familia on the Mets’ website.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 03:15 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jeurys familia, mets, police blotter

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mets’ tough call on Neil Walker has its price: $17.2M | New York Post

The qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason, and the Mets are among the teams that have decisions upcoming.

It appears unlikely a new collective bargaining agreement will be in place to affect the qualifying offer system this offseason. From what I have heard, nothing has been finalized on the issue. But one concept that has been discussed is to forbid the qualifying offer from being put on free agents in consecutive years (beginning in the 2017-18 offseason).

For example, Ian Desmond and Dexter Fowler each had their free-agent market harmed last offseason because many teams do not want to give up either a first- or second-round pick to sign a good-but-not-great player. Both are free agents this coming offseason and are likely to have the qualifying offer put on them yet again.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, neil walker

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mets bosses revealed grand hopes — before reality set in | New York Post

Before the after.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 12:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mets -EVERYONE HAD SURGERY

Actually, a few Mets didn’t go under the knife.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

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