Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have interest in LHP Craig Breslow


Mets Rumors: Mets have interest in LHP Craig Breslow


FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mets have shown interest in free agent reliever Craig Breslow.

The Mets are targeting a left-handed reliever this offseason, but aren't willing to pay the high price for Andrew Miller, so Breslow is a logical fit.

The 34-year-old had a disappointing 5.96 ERA and 37/28 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings with the Red Sox this season, but he has bounceback potential.

Video: Mets Juan Lagares, David Wright, and Bobby Parnell Workout in Port St. Lucie


Video: Mets Juan Lagares, David Wright, and Bobby Parnell Workout in Port St. Lucie


Video Courtesy of  SNY.TV

In October, the Mets hired Mike Barwis to be organization’s new strength and conditioning coordinator.

David Wright, Bobby Parnell and Juan Lagares are all currently working with Barwis at the team’s new facility in Port St. Lucie.

Mets News: Mets Release 2015 Spring Training Report Dates for Players


Mets News: Mets Release 2015 Spring Training Report Dates for Players

The Mets have set the official dates for spring-training players reporting in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Pitchers and catchers report: Feb. 19

Physicals: Feb. 20

First workout: Feb. 21

Position players report: Feb. 24

Physicals: Feb. 25

First full-squad workout: Feb. 26

2015 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot Released: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez Lead the list of candidates


Can Piazza Get in?

2015 MLB Hall of Fame Ballot Released: Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez Lead the list of candidates


The 2015 Hall of Fame ballot is out, and it's loaded with stars, a scenario that could give us a large group headed for enshrinement in Cooperstown.

There are 17 new players on the ballot, but two imposing names stand out: Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez, two of the most dominant pitchers of their era.

Also on the ballot for the first time are John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado, Gary Sheffield and Nomar Garciaparra.

Carryovers who have a good chance to gain election include Craig Biggio, Ex-Met Mike Piazza and Jeff Bagwell.

Then there are embattled candidates such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, whose cases will be watched closely.

Martinez and Johnson seem like sure things, considering they both earned multiple Cy Young awards — three for Martinez, five for Johnson. The only knock on Martinez might be that he only won 219 games instead of the magic threshold of 300, but he figures to be on the right side of the vote.

Here (below) are 34 players with 17 New additions on the ballot for the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame:

Mets Rumors: Handicapping the 2015 Mets Shortstop Market (Updated 11/24) - The Gobble, Gobble Edition



Mets Rumors: Handicapping the 2015 Mets Shortstop Market (Updated 11/24) -  The Gobble, Gobble Edition



As Many Mets Fans are looking to stuff the Turkey Thursday,  the Mets also look to trim the fat off their starting pitching (and payroll) going into the Winter Meetings.

They Mets also look to complete their off-season masterpiece by looking for their prized shortstop, a left handed reliever to compliment LHP Josh Edgin, and a right handed hitting backup outfielder like free agent Jonny Gomes...

The Mets got their right handed outfield bat early as they signed Michael Cuddyer in early November and gave up their 2015 first round draft pick to the Colorado Rockies in the process as they offered him a qualifying offer.

The Mets have limited places where they could go and look for a shortstop. The Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, White Sox, and D'Backs look like all possible places the Mets could shop in the Trade Market.

Narrowing down the field based on Trade Rumors and information, I have updated the 2015 Mets shortstop trade market from the last time which was posted here.  I also added least likely players to the mix this time around.

What the Mets have to offer :

Daniel Murphy 2B - Mets most valuable offensive commodity, could be dealt with his $8.1 Million (arbitration approx) attached.  Mets don't want to do it, but..

Replacements available at 2B are: Wilmer Flores SS/2B/3B, Dilson Herrera 2B/SS are on the rise for New York.

Bartolo Colon RHP - Could be dealt along with his $11 Million salary (2015). Age (42) and Salary might deter other teams, but the worst case scenario you have him as your fifth starter and he will throw you 200 innings.

Jon Niese LHP - Could be dealt along with his $7 Million salary (2015). Shoulder issues and other injuries have put a white flag on Niese to other teams. Plus he the only lefty in the Mets rotation, until LHP Steven Matz (#2 Prospect) is ready for the MLB hill.

Dillon Gee RHP - Should be at the top of the list and many have said that Gee will dealt in our Mets Fan Polls. He will make $5 Million (arbitration approx.), but injuries have also hampered his value.

Other Possible Trade Mentions:

RHP - Rafael Montero, C - Kevin Plawecki , LHP - Steven Matz

Where the Mets Shop? What's out there in the short stop market:

1) Seattle Mariners - 3/1 ODDs  to Make deal with Mets.

Mutual interest in Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, or Bartolo Colon would get the conversations going..The Mets will most likely not have to shell out a lot to acquire a shortstop like Brad Miller, who the Mets could have interest in . The could also have interest in shortstop Chris Taylor. Now that Hanley Ramirez is on the way to Boston, could change Seattle's way they play the winter.

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