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Sunday, August 01, 2021

New York Mets don’t sign first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker before deadline

The New York Mets did not sign right-hander Kumar Rocker, the 10th overall pick in the amateur draft, before Sunday’s 5 p.m. ET signing deadline.

“This is clearly not the outcome we had hoped for and wish Kumar nothing but success moving forward,” acting Mets general manager Zack Scott said in a statement. “We’re excited about the players we have signed and look forward to watching them develop and contribute to the organization in the years to come.”

Rocker, 21, whose dominance at Vanderbilt made him the most well-known college player in perhaps a decade, had an agreement in place to sign for $6 million after he slipped down draft boards earlier this month. But the deal fell apart following his physical examination as the Mets expressed concern over the health of Rocker’s arm, sources said.

Rocker’s agent, Scott Boras, said in a statement that his client is healthy.

“Kumar Rocker is healthy according to independent medical review by multiple prominent baseball orthopedic surgeons. Immediately upon conclusion of his collegiate season, he had an MRI on both his shoulder and his elbow. When compared with his 2018 MRIs, the medical experts found no significant change. Kumar requires no medical attention and will continue to pitch in the regular course as he prepares to begin his professional career,” he said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 01, 2021 at 08:08 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: kumar rocker, mets

Saturday, July 31, 2021

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom out until September with right forearm inflammation

he New York Mets said Friday that Jacob deGrom will be out until September due to additional inflammation in his right forearm.

According to acting New York general manager Zack Scott, deGrom threw a bullpen session Thursday and then was diagnosed with the inflammation.

DeGrom reached the high 90s near the end of his session, per Mets manager Luis Rojas, but then didn’t throw Friday, a deviation from his routine. He will be shut down from throwing for two weeks, pushing back the timetable of his return to September.

The ace right-hander is 7-2 in 15 starts with a 1.08 ERA, but last pitched July 7 when he struck out 10 in seven innings against the Milwaukee Brewers.

DeGrom has suffered five injuries this season—shoulder soreness, right lat tightness, right side tightness and right flexor tendinitis were the other ailments—had two starts pushed back and had an earlier stint on the injured list in May. When he landed on the IL with forearm tightness, he said the previous four injuries had each been caused while batting.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:58 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

New York Mets acquire star SS Javier Baez from Chicago Cubs for OF prospect

Javier Baez got his wish: He’s headed to New York to play with longtime pal Francisco Lindor.

But first, the Mets are counting on their big-name newcomer to hold down the fort at shortstop for a while.

With the trade deadline fast approaching Friday, the Mets acquired Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.

Baez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives New York an immediate fill-in for Lindor. The star shortstop, obtained from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal last winter, is sidelined with a strained oblique and not expected back until at least mid-to-late August.

“I’m super excited. I couldn’t be happier,” Lindor said. “I can’t wait for him to come out here and put on a show for everybody.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, mets

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Mets’ agreement with Kumar Rocker suddenly in jeopardy

The Mets’ agreement with their first-round draft pick Kumar Rocker is in limbo after the team expressed concerns with the right-hander’s pitching elbow during his physical examination, multiple industry sources told The Post.

Rocker’s camp disagrees with those concerns, citing the pitcher’s durability at Vanderbilt, leading to a stalemate as Sunday’s 5 p.m. signing deadline approaches.

Rocker, whom the Mets drafted 10th overall, had agreed to a $6 million signing bonus on draft day pending the physical. The two sides could either sign off on a smaller figure, part ways altogether, or move forward with the original deal if the Mets determine that he’s worth the risk.

If an agreement can’t be reached, Rocker could return to Vanderbilt for his senior year, aim to get selected even higher in 2022 and earn outside money through the NCAA’s name, image and likeness allowance in the meantime.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 27, 2021 at 01:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: kumar rocker, mets

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

How effectively are MLB teams utilizing depth against high volume of injuries?

5. New York Mets (22 players; 846 days)
The Mets lead the National League East despite Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco not throwing a pitch yet, as well as both Jacob deGrom (who was both IL’d at one point and left consecutive starts early) and Taijuan Walker missing time. Joey Lucchesi is now set to undergo Tommy John Surgery. They’ve also got a handful of relievers either still out or missing stretches to date. And that’s just in the pitching staff. It doesn’t take into account Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo all missing more than a month, with Pete Alonso spending his own stretch on the IL. At present date, the Mets trail only the Padres in their current IL presence, with 13 players residing there.

The Mets have used 13 different starting pitchers this season. Yet their starting staff ranks second in fWAR (8.8), leads the league in ERA (2.64), FIP (3.11), and is fifth in BB/9 (2.58). Obviously, some of that is aided by deGrom’s historic year, and the rest is likely a product of strong years from Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker. But with so many injuries to the starting staff, they’ve had to roll out relievers in a starting role. Tommy Hunter has a start. Miguel Castro has two. Robert Gsellman made one before his own injury. So while they’ve held it down in the face of such significant injury, legitimate rotation depth will have to be a priority moving forward.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2021 at 12:49 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Why The Mets Might Actually Be Good

If we rank off base runs’ expectations instead of the actual numbers, New York still ranks 28th in scoring but easily has the best run-prevention corps in MLB — a full half-run better than the No. 2 Dodgers. Those numbers give the Mets MLB’s fifth-best expected winning percentage according to base runs — placing them in contending territory alongside the Tampa Bay Rays and resurgent Houston Astros, rather than merely being just another decent ballclub. (They also rank fifth in OPS differential — another metric designed to convert a team’s underlying stats into a stable measure of team performance.)

Base runs can be useful in the middle of a season because it uses more information than simple wins and losses or even run differential, giving us a better picture of how a team has been playing after stripping away the luck of sequencing and performances in close games. Though the Mets may not fully fit their runs scored and allowed to base runs’ expectations over the rest of the season, it’s a good bet they’ll move some in that direction — and win more as a result.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 08, 2021 at 12:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, May 28, 2021

New York Mets shut down Noah Syndergaard for six weeks with elbow inflammation

His velocity, normally in the mid-to-high 90s, was clocked in the mid-80s by the end of his stint Tuesday.

Syndergaard had pitched four scoreless innings in his first outing for St. Lucie, allowing one hit with five strikeouts while throwing 44 pitches.

Mets acting general manager Zack Scott had said Monday that Syndergaard was on track for a mid-June return to the major league rotation.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: May 28, 2021 at 09:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, syndergaard, thor

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Mets trade targets: Five realistic players the banged-up NL East contenders could acquire

We covered why the surging Rays might become active traders last Friday, just hours before they shipped shortstop Willy Adames to the Brewers. It’s possible that Tampa Bay isn’t done yet, either, as a deal involving either Mike Brosseau or Kevin Padlo would make sense as a method for clearing a roster spot and playing time. For our purposes, we’re highlighting Brosseau. He’s off to a rough start (a 65 OPS+ in his first 108 plate appearances), but his exit velocity is in line with last season and despite a bloated strikeout rate he’s actually making contact more frequently this season (about eight fewer whiffs per 100 swings). Brosseau’s defensive versatility and cost certainty would make him an appealing long-term fit for the Mets.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 26, 2021 at 11:08 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

With Bob Cousy, Pedro Martinez And More In Attendance, Worcester Red Sox Open Polar Park

Bob Cousy was told to remember two lines, but the 75-year Worcester resident had a lot more to say.

“I’m Bob Cousy, as you’ve just been told,” he informed the crowd at Polar Park in Worcester’s Canal District on Tuesday, gathered for the inaugural Worcester Red Sox home game as they took on the Syracuse Mets.

The crowd roared.

“You’re being nice,” Cousy quipped. “If my name is even fairly familiar to any of you, that probably means you’re receiving your social security check.”


Saturday, May 08, 2021

Francisco Lindor’s ‘rat’ tale unnecessary drama for Mets

The Mets’ $341-million man enjoyed his best game with his new team, slamming a game-tying, two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Mets registered arguably their biggest win of the season, 5-4 in 10 innings over the Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Yet following the game, the result became secondary to an out-of-sight disagreement, dutifully documented by the Mets’ own regional sports network, SNY, between Lindor and his double-play partner Jeff McNeil in the middle of the seventh inning.

That disagreement, a laughing Lindor told reporters a few minutes after the Mets prevailed on a swinging bunt by rookie Patrick Mazeika (his first career RBI), entailed whether Lindor and McNeil, situated in the tunnel that connects the home team’s dugout to its clubhouse saw a rat or a raccoon.

“I told [McNeil], ‘Hey, I’ve never seen a New York rat,’ ” Lindor explained. “So we went down sprinting to go see a New York rat. And he got mad at me. He’s like, ‘No, it’s not a rat, it’s a raccoon.’ I’m like, ‘Hell, no, man.’ … Crazy, because we were going back and forth whether it was a rat or raccoon.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2021 at 11:44 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, mets

Monday, May 03, 2021

Mets relieve Chili Davis and Tom Slater of their duties, Hugh Quattlebaum & Kevin Howard to join coaching staff

The New York Mets have announced tonight that the club has relieved hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater of their duties, effective immediately. The club has named Hugh Quattlebaum the team’s new hitting coach and Kevin Howard the new assistant hitting coach. Both will be in St. Louis on Tuesday.

Quattlebaum, 42, joined the Mets organization this offseason as the minor league director of hitting development. He had spent the previous three seasons with Seattle. Quattlebaum was the Mariners’ minor league hitting coordinator in 2018-2019 and was the assistant hitting coach with the Major League team during 2020. Prior to working with the Mariners, he was coaching and consulting in Southern California. Quattlebaum was drafted by Detroit in the 25th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft from Amherst College (MA). He spent four years in the Tigers (2000-2002) and Orioles (2003) minor league systems.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2021 at 11:50 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Hoskins’ HR called back by replay in stunner

Rhys Hoskins could not believe how quickly his fortunes turned.

He thought he hit a game-tying, three-run home run to right field with two outs in the ninth inning on Sunday night against the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. He thought he made up for a defensive gaffe that opened the floodgates in the eighth as the Phillies turned a two-run lead into a four-run deficit. But after Hoskins crossed home plate and celebrated the 100th home run of his career with his teammates in the Phillies’ dugout, the replay official in New York ruled that the ball had hit the top of the metal railing and ricocheted back onto the field.

Hoskins’ clutch milestone homer turned into a two-run double instead. Bryce Harper struck out swinging to end the game. The Phillies lost, 8-7.

“They had clear evidence to turn it over, and that’s what it was,” Hoskins said.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2021 at 08:47 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, phillies, replay

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Mets’ Dominic Smith to Phillies’ Jose Alvarado after dustup: Meet me in tunnel if you have a problem

The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies turned the eighth inning of their game Friday night into a benches-emptying, trash-talking, finger-pointing commotion that spiced up a routine game—and could ignite more sparks this weekend.

It started when Phillies reliever Jose Alvarado thumped his glove and gestured at Dominic Smith after he struck out the Mets outfielder with the tying run on third base in the eighth. Smith pulled off his helmet and seemed ready to fight back against the pitcher until both teams spilled out of the dugout and broke up the dustup before punches were thrown.

After the game—a 2-1 Phillies win—Smith didn’t mince words when asked about Alvarado.

“I don’t mind people pimping strikeouts and pimping stuff on the field. I’ve never been a player like that, but I don’t mind it; I love it,” Smith said. “But him pointing at me, coming after me, stuff like that—I’m a grown-ass man. Come meet me then if you really got a problem, and we can really handle it.

“That’s how I look at that issue. He waited for his team to grab him and stuff. But I’m right there. He can meet me in the tunnel tomorrow if he really wants to get after it.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2021 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, phillies

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Jacob deGrom’s Run Support Is As Lacking as You Think

There are many ways to measure poor luck, so let’s look at another: win-loss record vs. expected record, based on runs allowed and team run support. Basically, using the “Pythagorean” theorem — air quotes here because no triangles — I re-estimated every pitcher’s expected win total if their teams had scored their average number of runs per game rather than the team’s actual performance. We have this data going back to 2002, which seemed a logical cutoff mark and should capture every active pitcher. As I’m ranking pitchers by most missing wins per 30 games started, I’ve limited it to pitchers with 100 total starts.

By this estimate, if the Mets just scored runs the way they do for their other pitchers, it would add roughly 17 wins to deGrom’s career line, shifting his record to a healthier 89-34. That’s the second-most in baseball behind Ryan Franklin during his years with Seattle. Franklin didn’t pitch well in those Mariners seasons, but his 30-49 record was much worse than you would have expected from a pitcher with a 98 ERA+. If we consider only those pitchers we think of as stars (sorry, Ryan), deGrom comes out on top (or is it the bottom?) here.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 29, 2021 at 02:50 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Jacob deGrom Makes History in 15-Strikeout Outing

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was in peak form Friday night against the Nationals, tossing his second career shutout with a career-high 15 strikeouts. That brings his season punch-out total to 50, breaking the previous record of 48 for most strikeouts in a player’s first four outings held by Shane Bieber (2021) and Nolan Ryan (1978).

ecause he can do no wrong, deGrom also went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI double. He’s 6-for-11 on the season and has a hit in every game he’s played in, and has scored more runs (three) than earned runs given up (one).

The Mets won, 6-0, as deGrom lowered his career ERA to 2.55—the lowest in Mets history. He allowed just two hits and no walks on the night.

deGrom has notched at least 14 strikeouts in his last three starts, becoming the third player ever to accomplish that feat along with Gerrit Cole (2019) and Pedro Martínez (1999). He’s the first Mets pitcher to strike out 15 since Al Leiter on Aug. 8, 1999, per MLB.com’s Sarah Langs.

Of his 109 pitches, 10 clocked in at 100 miles per hour or harder, topping out at 101 mph. deGrom got 30 swings-and-misses and retired the last 19 batters of the game.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2021 at 10:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Controversial Michael Conforto hit by pitch gives Mets comeback win over Marlins in home opener

When a lethargic Mets team needed it most, Jeff McNeil provided a shot in the arm.

McNeil’s game-tying home run to lead off the ninth and Michael Conforto’s walk-off hit by pitch minutes later lifted the Mets to a 3-2 win against the Marlins in their home opener on Thursday.

The win came with controversy. Conforto stuck his elbow out over the plate, and the pitch nicked his elbow and went into the catcher Chad Wallach’s mitt. The umpires reviewed the play but let the call stand, leaving the Marlins furious and the Mets with a win.

The late excitement capped a quintessential day at the ballpark for the Mets.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2021 at 04:54 PM | 153 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, mets

Monday, April 05, 2021

Mets implode in Opening Day 2.0 disaster

The Mets went from May to Mayday to mayhem in a torturous five-run inning that buried them in a 5-3 loss to the Phillies, spoiling a Jacob deGrom gem, in their season opener at Citizens Bank Park.

Entrusted a two-run lead in his Mets debut, Trevor May loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. Another new arrival, lefty Aaron Loup, entered and plunked Bryce Harper to force in a run. J.T. Realmuto’s ensuing RBI single tied it, and Luis Guillorme’s throw home that ticked off James McCann’s glove on Alex Bohm’s grounder (the error was charged to Guillorme) allowed two additional runs. The Phillies scored a final run on Didi Gregorius’ sacrifice fly.

The Mets got three straight two-out hits in the ninth against Jose Alvarado, but Pete Alonso was retired with the tying runs on base to conclude the game.

DeGrom was removed after only 77 pitches. The right-hander fired six shutout innings and allowed only three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. He also went 2-for-3 with an RBI on a night the Mets totaled 10 hits, none for extra bases.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2021 at 11:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Some Mets players are hesitant to publicly embrace COVID-19 vaccines

But even though experts universally are encouraging the shots as the world tries to end the once-in-a-century pandemic, Mets players publicly have been hesitant to embrace the COVID-19 vaccines for themselves.

“It’s a personal choice,” Michael Conforto said Sunday, “and everybody has their own opinions on whether or not they’re going to get vaccinated.”

The Mets have been consistent in their messaging. James McCann also framed it as a “personal choice,” similar to J.D. Davis’ “personal preference.”

That runs contrary to the school of thought that would consider getting vaccinated a civic duty. The more people who are inoculated — even if it isn’t permanent — the less danger everyone else is in.

Why would players not get it?

I don’t know if I can speak to the reasons why they would or why they wouldn’t,” Conforto said. “I can tell you we have great doctors. We have all the current information on these vaccines in particular. We’re very educated.”

Although the Mets’ policy makes the jabs voluntary, this week the organization is giving players an educational video to make sure they know the facts about how the vaccines work and that they are highly effective.

Conforto said he isn’t comfortable saying whether he will get vaccinated (though he did disclose that he contracted COVID-19 right before spring training).

Davis said he hasn’t thought much about his “personal choice,” adding that Mets players as a whole “aren’t really getting the itch to . . . have that kind of normal lifestyle.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2021 at 10:34 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, vaccines

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Sources: Mets had preliminary extension talks with Jacob deGrom—here’s what it means

As we focused on the Mets’ contract talks with Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto and even Noah Syndergaard, the team had still another idea: It was quietly reaching out to its biggest star, Jacob deGrom, about a new deal.

According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, the Mets and deGrom this spring engaged in preliminary discussions on a contract extension. Talks did not progress and are not expected to resume this season. Repeat: This is a dead issue for now.

So why is the information meaningful? Because it shows that the Mets are at least mindful of attempting to head off deGrom’s opt out after the 2022 season, and keep him with the team for the remainder of his career. This is worth bookmarking for next offseason….


Earlier this spring, deGrom answered questions about his opt out and the possibility of remaining with the Mets for his entire career.

“The goal is to go out there and perform and then when that time comes, make that decision,” deGrom said. “But one thing I do think is really, really, really cool is whenever somebody spends their entire career with one team. You don’t see it happen a whole lot anymore. So it’s definitely something that I’ve thought about, and we just have to see when that time comes.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2021 at 09:34 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Monday, March 29, 2021

Francisco Lindor extension rumors: Mets offer star shortstop roughly 10 years, $325 million, per report

The New York Mets have offered a deal close to 10 years and $325 million to All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor as the two sides continue to work toward an agreement, Andy Martino of SNY reported on Monday. Such a deal would be second only to Mookie Betts’ $365 million deal with the Dodgers among extensions signed by players with between five and six years of MLB service time—i.e., those in or headed into their walk years.

It’s not certain whether the Mets’ proposed contract would begin with the 2021 or 2022 season. If agreed to, the average annual value of $32.5 million would be the ninth-largest such figure in MLB history. The deal would also tie Giancarlo Stanton’s extension he signed with the Marlins as the fourth-largest in the history of the sport.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2021 at 10:56 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, mets

Friday, March 26, 2021

Why the Mets lineup can be ‘holy crap’ terrifying: Sherman

“Jeff McNeil is hitting sixth. Do you know how good your freaking lineup is when Jeff McNeil is hitting sixth?”

The quote is from a top NL executive when asked a simple question: What do you like about this Mets team?

The executive added: “They were hard to pitch to last year, and they just replaced [Amed] Rosario and [Wilson] Ramos with [Francisco] Lindor and [James] McCann.”

The executive offered two other words: “Holy crap!”

This enthusiasm led me to two other questions: Is this the best lineup in New York (you know, Mets vs. Yankees) and does this have a chance to be the best Mets offense ever?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2021 at 09:48 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Yankee Stadium, Citi Field will open at 20 percent capacity to begin 2021 season

The Yankees are “hopeful that testing requirements can be eased by mid-May 2021” and plan to continue to use Yankee Stadium as a COVID-19 vaccination site during the regular season. Citi Field is also currently being used as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

Fans will have to adhere to these guidelines in order to attend games at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field:

Take a COVID-19 test with negative results or provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination
Each fan will be required to have their temperature checked upon entry
All fans two years and older must wear a face mask, even if they received a COVID-19 vaccine
Seating will be in pods that will range from 1-8 guests to encourage social distancing (pods will be 1-6 fans at Citi Field)

In an effort to be contactless, all tickets for games at both stadiums are going to be mobile. In addition, all concession and retail sales at the stadiums will be cashless and fans will have to use credit or debit cards for purchases.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 18, 2021 at 06:20 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: covid-19, mets, yankees

Friday, March 12, 2021

What will the Mets pay to keep Francisco Lindor?

Here are what four rival agents believe his next contract will look like:

Agent 1: “If I’m Lindor and I see Tatis sign for $340 million, I’m not taking less than that on a 10-year deal. He’s probably shooting for Mookie Betts’ deal (12 years, $365 million) but more realistic is $350-ish million. Maybe 11 years if you count this year. But if I’m the Mets, I don’t go that high. I’ll go $320-330 million and make him decide.”

Agent 2: “Lots of variables to consider right now. Teams will want to point to the pandemic, uncertainty about fans in the stands and the potential work stoppage. But Mookie’s deal illustrates that when you acquire impact talent in their walk year, you intend on making a run at locking them up even in the face of all those issues.

“Mookie was/is a way better player. I’d imagine a 10-year, $300 million deal would be the bar his camp is going for. Get as much in the form of a signing bonus as possible to minimize the New York taxes and enjoy Florida’s no state income tax when he collects his money. The signing bonus also isn’t subject to a work stoppage or proration so he’ll ensure he keeps getting paid regardless.”

Agent 3: “It’s a tough one to peg. But I’d say $35-40 million (annually) for 7-12 years. If Tatis is getting $40 million in his free-agent years NOW, this far away, then Lindor is worth more.”

Agent 4: “Sky’s the limit with him. He’s going to want 10 years at least. He doesn’t need to take a discount. He’s about to be a free agent. $35 million a year is easy. Should be more.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, mets

Friday, February 19, 2021

New York Mets reach deal with right-hander Taijuan Walker, source says

The New York Mets have reached a two-year deal with free-agent starting pitcher Taijuan Walker that is worth $20 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday.

The deal, which is pending a physical, also includes a third-year player option, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Right-handed Walker, 28, was 4-3 with a combined 2.70 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 53⅓ innings for the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays in 2020. He has a five-pitch repertoire with a 93 mph fastball mixed among sliders, splitters, sinkers and curveballs.

With the Mets, he will compete to join the back end of a starting rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Marcus Stroman and David Peterson.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2021 at 06:44 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, taijuan walker

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow retiring from pro baseball

Tim Tebow is retiring from baseball after five years as a minor leaguer with the New York Mets.

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner returned to baseball in 2016 for the first time since his junior year of high school and reached Triple-A, encouraged by then-general manager and current team president Sandy Alderson.

Tebow, who works for ESPN’s SEC Network as a football analyst during the offseason, played 77 games at baseball’s highest minor league level in 2019, batting .163 with four home runs. He finishes his career with a .223 average over 287 games.

“I want to thank the Mets, Alderson, the fans and all my teammates for the chance to be a part of such a great organization,” Tebow said in a statement released by the Mets on Wednesday. “I loved every minute of the journey, but at this time I feel called in other directions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2021 at 08:51 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

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