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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 | 20 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NYPost: Why Mets may be in hurry to reach David Wright settlement

With the help of Major League Baseball, the Mets are working with their insurance company to try to come to a settlement on the $27 million they still owe the medically unable-to-play David Wright, an industry source said.
***
Because Wright played in the Mets’ next-to-last game of the season as a farewell (after a final comeback from his spinal stenosis fell short), the Mets would have to pay him fully for the first 59 games of next season, as per the terms of their policy. Starting in the 60th game, the policy would cover 75 percent of the remainder of Wright’s $15 million salary and then 75 percent of his entire $12 million salary for 2020, which would add up to about $16.2 million of relief.

So if I am reading correctly, the Mets’ decision to give David Wright 2 ABs during garbage time last season cost them ... NINE MILLION DOLLARS of insurance?

Mets!?!?!?!

 

Adam Starblind Posted: November 13, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, November 08, 2018

How the Mets could jumpstart the Brodie Van Wagenen era with a few low-cost pickups and some good luck - CBSSports.com

This is a tough place to be.

Even with some big chunks of money coming off the books, the Mets have strikingly little financial flexibility for a team coming off such a lousy season. According to the excellent Cot’s contracts page, New York is already projected to carry about $144 million in payroll next season, with about $46 million of that total tied up in projected arbitration awards. Syndergaard and deGrom project to earn about $22 million combined through arbitration in 2019, with a gigantic additional raise in store the following year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2018 at 10:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Mets shake up coaching staff | Newsday

How many advisors will be in the Mets front office?

The changes:

      Hitting coach Pat Roessler is fired.   Ruben Amaro Jr. is moving from first-base coach to a front-office adviser role.   Gary DiSarcina is moving from bench coach to third-base coach.   Glenn Sherlock is moving from third-base coach to first-base coach.   Ricky Bones is moving from bullpen coach to a player-development role to be decided.
Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, November 05, 2018

SNY: Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen: ‘I think that you can’t be afraid to win’

In Brodie Van Wagenen’s case, he wasn’t the candidate that tried to win over the Wilpons by saying exactly what they would want to hear. Instead, he told them what they needed to hear.

“They needed to hear that there was a lack of confidence in the organization,” Van Wagenen told The Post’s Steve Serby in an in-depth Q&A. “There was a lack of belief that they could win. And I wanted to change that narrative.”

That’s nice to hear.  Screw it, #ImWithBrodie

Now go get Machado, Kimbrel, and Keuchel.

Adam Starblind Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fangraphs:Ring: The Mets, Brodie Van Wagenen, and When Agents Join Front Offices

Did the Mets Mets this one up?

In theory, if his clients on the Mets don’t sign off on the addition of Van Wagenen to the front office, they have a legal right to stop it — and they stand a good chance of winning whatever suit they file.

Under a case called Detroit Lions v. Argovitz, a breach of an agent’s fiduciary duty can actually result in rescission (a court undoing) of the acts that breached the duty. An agent’s fiduciary duty under Argovitz is multifaceted. First, the agent can’t have a conflict of interest…Second, even if the agent reaches a deal that is fair to the player, if he fails to place the player’s best interests first as defined by the player, the contract is presumptively fraudulent and voidable by the player.

...And arguably, the Mets committed unlawful acts, too. The law prohibits a third party from inducing a party to a contract into breaching that contract. That’s called “tortious interference with contract” or “tortious interference with prospective economic advantage”...Here, the Mets knew Van Wagenen had a contract with his clients and made him a job offer anyway that would require him to breach that contract.

puck Posted: October 30, 2018 at 05:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Friday, October 26, 2018

Brodie Van Wagenen reportedly favorite for Mets’ GM position

According to Jeff Passan, CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen has emerged as the favorite for the vacant general manager position and he is reportedly expected to accept the position. It was reported yesterday that Doug Melvin was out of the running which narrowed down the field to Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom, and now it seems as though the position is Van Wagenen’s although nothing official has been announced.

This would be an unconventional hire for the Mets who have become stubbornly risk averse recently. They rely more on “knowns” especially when it comes to their hires. Perhaps last season was a sign that their strategy was changing when they hired Mickey Callaway who did not have any managerial experience when he interviewed for the position.

Like Callaway, Van Wagenen will not have any experience in this new role but that does not necessarily mean he is unqualified. Agents have to be well versed in many different aspects of the game including analytics if they are to represent their clients to the best of their abilities. However, there is a clear conflict of interest here and Van Wagenen will have to leave his agency if he does in fact become the next GM.

Well, it’s either being a GM or becoming the villain of a 1980s slobs-versus-snobs film.

QLE Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:47 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, general manager, mets

Thursday, October 25, 2018


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