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Friday, December 19, 2014

Amazin’ Avenue - Cohen: Mets and Rockies discussing Troy Tulowitzki deal with Noah Syndergaard as the centerpiece

Quietly, behind the scenes the Mets and Rockies have been talking about a blockbuster trade that would bring All-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to New York according to Jon Heyman.

Top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard would be the centerpiece of the deal, which would also likely include a few other high-level Mets prospects. The talks are thought to be in the early stages, as the two teams have been exchanging names in a possible deal for weeks now. While there has been progress throughout the winter, the financial part of the transaction and Tulowitzki’s health are factoring heavily into the negotiations.

The deal is probably still a longshot to get done: [Rosenthal Twitter] - Tulo, coming off hip surgery, yet to resume baseball activities. Source says chance of trade between #Rockies, #Mets “5 to 10 percent.”

Lassus Posted: December 19, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York Mets Top 20 Prospects for 2015

We’ve had a run of good farm systems here: the Cubs, then the Rangers, and now the Mets. This farm system is in very good condition and continues to steadily improve.

One sign of a farm system with healthy depth: after the obvious top guys, it becomes very difficult to rank the huge amount of Grade C+ talent.

The big strength is pitching. Noah Syndergaard is one of the top pitching prospects in the game. Steven Matz is another Top 50 pitching prospect and his success is a testament to the efforts of the rehab staff, coaches, and his own work ethic in coming back from a difficult Tommy John recovery. Rafael Montero still looks like a solid prospect to me, and there is a large group of Grade C+ types who could be fourth/fifth starters or sound relief options. The Mets have done a particularly good job discovering solid arms for reasonable bonuses in Latin America, but they’ve found talent at the college and high school levels as well.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: December 16, 2014 at 09:58 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mets To Sign John Mayberry Jr.

I guess this still makes the winter meetings “active” by Mets standards.

The Mets have agreed to a major league contract with outfielder John Mayberry Jr., Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports on Twitter. Mayberry gets a $1.45MM deal, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.

The District Attorney Posted: December 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, john mayberry jr., mets, transactions

Monday, December 08, 2014

Alderson: Payroll likely won’t rise further - Mets Blog - ESPN New York

You have to love some of this stuff.

“We expect to have conversations about pitching while we’re here,” Alderson said, referring to the winter meetings, which run through Thursday morning. “I’m not sure we’ll do anything while we’re here, but I expect to have conversations and get a better idea if it’s possible.”

As for trading Colon, Alderson added: “We like Bartolo. We like him for the money he’s signed this season. Frankly, we’re not looking to trade him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2014 at 05:39 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets, sandy alderson

CBSSports: Mets, Giants, A’s, other clubs eye top Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

Kang has consistently put up huge numbers in Korea and posted an amazing .364/.457/.733 slash line in 2014 for the Nexen Heores, hitting 39 home runs in 116 games. The big question is how those numbers translate, which is why he could be viewed as a bargain by some.

Yes, that is the question.  Any speculation on how this fellow’s skills translate?

Arbitol Dijaler Posted: December 08, 2014 at 02:33 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, international, korean baseball, mets

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Rollins may have considered Yanks but won’t waive no-trade for Mets - CBSSports.com

Scratch Jimmy Rollins off the Mets’ shortstop list.

The Phillies have told the Mets and some other teams that Rollins isn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause at this time, scuttling any chance for a trade involving the Mets and those other teams. It isn’t known whether Rollins might change his mind, but that is apparently his current stance.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 11:27 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, phillies, trade rumors, yankees

Five questions for Mets entering this week’s Winter Meetings - NY Daily News

I don’t know why but when I read the headline I heard it in Count Von Count’s voice.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Mets have chips to trade during winter meetings, but they’ll be patient - Newsday

You can never have enough pitching. Or something like that.

“I guess I would agree that there has been a run on position players, and we’ve been part of that,” said Alderson, who kick-started the offseason by signing Michael Cuddyer at last month’s general managers’ meetings. “But at some point, people will turn to pitching, and then it’s a question of who’s available, who signs, who gets traded. At the end of the day, there’s always somebody that needs more pitching, so I’m not too worried about that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2014 at 08:57 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, December 01, 2014

Jim Bowden: Potential winter meetings trades (PAY)

BODES

Seattle Mariners | Los Angeles Dodgers | Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee

The Dodgers have a lot of outfield depth and are looking to build with younger players as they seek a World Series title in the near future. Not an easy formula to make transactions. Matt Kemp has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, and although I think it would be a mistake to trade him, the fact is that the Dodgers are listening to offers. The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base). Segura, 24, had a down year, but should return close to his 2013 form, when he hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. The Dodgers would still have Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their outfield.

Mariners acquire: Ryan Braun from Milwaukee

If the Mariners want to win the AL West next year, they have to acquire a big right-handed hitter to hit between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup, and Braun would be the perfect fit. GM Jack Zduriencik’s claim to fame when he was with the Brewers was his drafting of Braun, and he’d love to get reunited with him in Seattle. The Mariners have Chris Taylor—who could take over shortstop for Brad Miller, who would go to Milwaukee in this potential deal—and would still have a strong starting rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, even if they traded Paxton. Of course, they would have to probably sign a midlevel free agent like Brandon McCarthy or Kyle Kendrick after a trade like this.

Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle

The Brewers had to be concerned with Braun’s loss of power during the past couple of years. Granted, it’s probably because of the numbness in his right thumb that they now think has completely healed. However, after watching Kemp the last two months of the season, there is no doubt that he would be an upgrade over Braun, and while they may lose some in the swap of shortstops, it would be worth it to have less risk with Kemp than Braun. In addition, the deal would send a wake-up call and be a clubhouse chemistry change to a team that collapsed in September.


Mets ‘actively’ looking to deal Colon, Gee or Niese | New York Post

Extra pitching always seems to work itself out.

One upside of possessing a pitching surplus in a pitching-rich market is the Mets could begin spring training with all three of their veteran starters, find assignments for them thanks to the split-squad games in the schedule and see if another team’s pitcher (or one of the Mets’ own) goes down with an injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mets unlikely to swing blockbuster trade | New York Post

The Mets have pitching. Lots of pitching. An NL executive was praising it recently and saying it has to help them.

There was a “but” coming, however:

“But this might be the worst time in history to be out in the trade market with pitching,” the executive said. “No free-agent starters have signed [except A.J. Burnett]. You have the potential to trade for Cole Hamels or Ian Kennedy or a bunch of other really good starters, maybe even Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann.

“And every organization now thinks it has pitching. Maybe not as much as the Mets, but more than in the past. No one can find bats. I just think the teams with bats are king right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2014 at 08:03 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sandy Alderson says Mets can move quickly if a shortstop becomes available - NY Daily News

You have to like the off-season posturing teams do.

The Mets would be happy going into spring training “with what we have,” Alderson said. He praised Flores’ work and potential to improve defensively at shortstop, but also admitted that there is a possibility that Matt Reynolds could be the Mets shortstop at some point next year

“It’s a possibility,” Alderson said. “The interesting thing about Reynolds is that he didn’t play shortstop in college, he played third base. One reason we were able to sign him so quickly was promising him he would get a chance to play shortstop.

“He’s done well. He’s gotten all the way to Triple-A without having to come off that position,” Alderson continued.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rolling Stone: The 15 Worst Owners in Sports

Don’t let recent success blind you to an ample history deserving of scorn. After running arguably the worst non-arms-manufacturing company in the world, Walmart, Glass became sole owner of the Royals in 2000 and immediately treated baseball the way Walmart treats people.

Amid a jackal pack of ownership that included a (future) commissioner guilty of collusion to fix player salaries, Glass – then the team’s president and CEO – stood out as an anti-labor hardliner during the 1994 strike, wanting to bring in scab players for a monstrously un-telegenic spectacle summarizing the kind of ####-you tactics Glass learned at the Bentonville, Arkansas smile-time sociopathy juggernaut. He simultaneously advocated a hard salary cap in baseball, not to create an even playing field with large-market teams but to have a paper excuse to wave in doubters’ faces explaining why he didn’t spend anything on his team. Glass went ahead without one, with team payrolls routinely languishing in the bottom half of the league during his tenure, with notable years like 2000 (28th), 2003 (29th), 2005 (29th) and 2011 (30th). That’s out of 30. The last two years, Royals payroll has leapt to 19th in the league, but don’t let the 2014 World Series run fool you. Fans have every reason to expect them to regress, and every expectation that Glass won’t spend to correct that (Goodbye, Billy Butler.) After all, four seasons of 100 losses and an average of 92 losses per season under his tenure is a much bigger sample size.

Last, in 2006, Glass was all about that entrepreneurial spirit when renovations to Kauffman Stadium were furnished by a countywide sales tax, in exchange for discounts at certain games. Rolling back prices every day!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david glass, fred wilpon, jeffrey loria, marlins, mets, owners, ricketts, royals

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mets unveil new dimensions at Citi Field - Newsday

Still, the Mets believe the added benefit of a more homer-friendly environment is worthwhile, especially because their young arms have healthy strikeout and ground-ball rates that should keep them from being burned by the changes. The Mets calculated they would have hit 17 more homers last season with the new dimensions compared to 10 more for opposing hitters. Lefties would have been the biggest beneficiaries.

Some additional graphics: Granderson graphic on his 9 lost Citi Field HRs,
New Citi Field when compared to old Shea Stadium. There ain’t much difference: .

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: citi field, mets

Monday, November 17, 2014


Thursday, November 13, 2014


How NY Mets could avoid a Matt Harvey shutdown in 2015 - NY Daily News

The Mets are hoping to contend in 2015, and do not want Matt Harvey to become this year’s Stephen Strasburg, shut down for a playoff run. And while internal discussions about a plan for Harvey next year are in the very early stages, several creative approaches are possible.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, wilmer flores

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mets exploring options for shortstop - Newsday

Sorry, the Diamondbacks don’t have “earth shattering” talent at shortstop.

The Diamondbacks also have shortstops to offer and have received calls on Didi Gregorius. But to consider moving a shortstop, GM Dave Stewart said he’d need an offer that he considers “earth shattering.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:52 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mets

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Mets’ signing of Michael Cuddyer may mark the first of several front-office moves - MLB - SI.com

Whether Cuddyer is overpaid by a little or a lot is debatable. Suggesting that the 15th pick of the first round isn’t valuable because that particular pick hasn’t produced a plethora of all stars isn’t convincing.

That back-of-the-envelope math is without considering the cost of the lost draft pick. In signing a qualifying offer free agent, the Mets will forfeit the 15th pick of the 2015 draft. While that would seem to be a bad thing for a team on a rebuilding path, the reality is that the slot hasn’t yielded much of value in the past two decades aside from Chase Utley (61.5 WAR since being taken there in 2000). Breaking down the past 21 picks at number 15 dating back to 1994:
• 10 have never played in the majors, including the last five, on whom the jury should quite rightly remain out.

• Six have generated no more than 0.3 WAR for their entire careers, with five of them in the red.

• Two have produced between 4.0 and 5.0 WAR, namely Gabe Gross (2001) and the still-active Devin Mesoraco (2007).

• Two have been worth between 15 and 20 WAR, namely Scott Kazmir (2002, by the Mets) and Stephen Drew (2004).

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael cuddyer, rockies

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mets Sign Michael Cuddyer

Apparently Cuddyer wasn’t too nuts about Colorado… and is confident he’ll be awful in 2015!

The Mets announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract.

Cuddyer, a client of Excel Sports Management’s Casey Close, was the surprise recipient of a qualifying offer last week that caused many to believe that he would be the first to accept the offer. However, Colorado’s decision to extend the QO appears to have been a wise one, as they’ll now net a draft pick at the end of next year’s first round for their loss. The Mets, on the other hand, will forfeit the 15th pick in next year’s draft in order to bring Cuddyer to Queens…

Cuddyer’s contract is a two-year, $21MM pact, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that he’ll earn $8.5MM in 2015 and $12.5MM in 2016. Essentially, by turning down the qualifying offer, Cuddyer guaranteed himself an additional $5.7MM and a second year.

The District Attorney Posted: November 10, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 167 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, michael cuddyer, rockies, transactions

Friday, November 07, 2014

Lucas: Yanks, Mets should look into adding statues honoring legendary players

A John Franco statue? Don’t the Mets already have a NYC Department of Sanitation dumpster outside Citi Field?

The Mets have a solitary statue of manager Casey Stengel at Citi Field, but it is in the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum. They have yet to install figures of icons like Gil Hodges, Gary Carter, Doc Gooden, John Franco or “The Franchise” Tom Seaver. If and when they do, I hope that they will be outside the gates.

It would be great if Mets fans, even those without tickets who are just visiting Flushing in the winter, could pose for pictures next to Tom Terrific in his classic pitching motion, knee scraping the mound as he fires a fastball towards home.

...Let’s hope that the Yankees and the Mets include plans for an outdoor sculpture park on their property sometime soon. Until then, we can always enjoy the spectacular ones right here in the Garden State.

Repoz Posted: November 07, 2014 at 10:20 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Levine: Alexei Ramirez In High Demand « CBS Chicago

Alexei Ramirez is a good, all-around shortstop signed to a reasonable contract. If a team like the Mets wants him, they will have to pony up something good.

Ramirez’s contract is considered a strong selling point for the White Sox if they do entertain a deal. He’s making a modern-day bargain of $10 million in both 2015 and 2016. The Cuban native has missed just 22 games in the last five seasons out of 810 games possible (an average of 156 played per year). Ramirez made the All-Star team for the first time in 2014, and he’s averaged 68 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and 17 errors over the last five seasons.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2014 at 07:23 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: alexei ramirez, dodgers, mets, white sox

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Source: Mets leaning toward trade for outfield bat rather than free agents - Newsday

You have to give up something to get something. What will the Mets be willing to give up?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Wilpon responds to sexual discrimination suit | Capital New York

Is there ever any good news associated with the Wilpons?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 09:53 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff wilpon, mets

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Citi Field will be more ‘symmetrical,’ less ‘gimmicky’ | Metsblog

I’m sure David Wright supports this move.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 28, 2014 at 09:27 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, stadium renovations, stadiums

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