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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Mets Rumors: Mets Going Into Winter Meetings With Plan

Image result for 2016 winter meetings logoMets Rumors: Mets Going Into Winter Meetings With Plan

Well, the Winter Meetings are here!

The New York Mets have made the Yoenis Cespedes deal a reality and struck quickly to settle the speculation and speed up the process for other needs at the winter meetings.

The Mets now have a plan a place to settle the rest of the log jam in the outfield and reports from Marc Carig of Newsday say the team is ready to deal Jay Bruce and/or Curtis Granderson. The speculation is that the Mets are too move fast and could receive offers for both outfielders. If the Mets were to trade both Granderson and Bruce it would leave them with flexibility in their payroll ($28 Million) and maybe a precursor to other moves. The Giants and Blue Jays have been reported looking for a left-handed bat in their lineup. The Mets could satisfy themselves maybe with a bigger bat in the middle of their lineup such as a free agent like Jose Bautista. Of course, this is pure speculation, but with Jose Reyes on the roster, it could lead to a reunion with the two players from their time in Toronto. If the Mets don't go bigger the outfield could look like Cespedes in left, Juan Lagares/Michael Conforto in center, Brandon Nimmo in right. We will have to wait and see what the Mets get back for either or both outfielders. According to multiple reports, the Mets will NOT trade Michael Conforto in any deal and is deemed untouchable.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Mets Rumors: Making the right trade - Dollars and Sense

Image result for dollar signMets Rumors: Making the right trade - Dollars and Sense

The New York Mets have the luxury of having an overabundance of outfielders due to the fact of the resigning of Yoenis Cespedes.

The Mets will go into the winter meetings looking for a trade that will satisfy them from a financial standpoint and also satisfy their needs from a team aspect.

According to many rumors throughout the web, the Mets have possible suitors for either outfielder's Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson. Granderson is owed $15 Million this season and Bruce is owed $13 Million this season as well. The Giants, Blue Jay have been mentioned looking for a left-handed bat. The Tigers wanted Michael Conforto for J.D. Martinez and the Mets have shut the door on that. Mets will not trade Juan Lagares or Michael Conforto at this point. The Mets plan to platoon Conforto and Lagares in centerfield this season.

The Mets are looking for the best trade to suit their needs. They need a backup catcher, bullpen help and/or they can opt for another righthanded bat.

The worst possible scenario is the Mets get a mid-level prospect for either player and use the money for other possible needs. Mets payroll sits around $101 Million with projections around $140 Million before the season starts.

It will be interesting if the Mets go hard on the market this winter and make another splash or just fill the gaps with low-level players to save money that they spent on Cespedes.

Let's Go Mets! - Surprise us, Sandy - Make The Splash...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mets Rumors: Blue Jays Showing Interest in Fowler and Bruce

Related imageMets Rumors: Blue Jays Showing Interest in Fowler and Bruce 

According to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports, he reports the Blue Jays have a strong interest in outfielders Jay Bruce and Dexter Fowler.

Free agent Fowler would have to require the Blue Jays to surrender their overall 24th pick in the 2017 amateur draft. Jay Bruce is expendable through trade from the Mets now that Yoenis Cespedes has resigned with the club. Although, a draft pick will not be a deciding factor in the process due that the Blue Jays will probably gain two draft picks from Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion signing elsewhere.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick has reported that the Blue Jays are making a push to acquire Bruce through trade to replace the power from the departure of Michael Saunders and Jose Bautista in the corner outfielder spot.

Fowler, if acquired, would have to be willing to move over to the corner spot and is known to be more of a center fielder his whole career.

Toronto has already tried to trade for Bruce once, back in Spring Training, and was believed to be on the verge of completing a three-team trade with the Angels and Reds before the medical reports on some of the minor league talent involved in the deal caused the trade to break down.

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins has stated that he’d like to add some left-handed bats to the lineup to help balance it out, and Toronto has already succeeded to some extent by signing switch-hitting DH Kendrys Morales to a three-year deal.

Can Alderson pull off another great feat in one week? We will have to see if the Blue Jays take Bruce off the hands of the Mets or if they decide Fowler is the better-suited option.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mets News: Mets To Re-sign Yoenis Cespedes

Mets News: Mets To Re-Sign Yoenis Cespedes

The Mets made it official Tuesday to come to terms with their so needed right-handed hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. The Lion King will be given a 4 year, $110 Million dollar contract with a full no-trade clause. That includes a $22.5MM salary for the coming season, followed by consecutive $29MM paydays, and then a $29.5MM hit for 2020, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. It is the largest contract in Mets team history in yearly value.

Cespedes was rumored to courted by the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, and division rival Nationals, but the Cespedes decided to stay home with the Mets. Also, the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) with MLB has to be renegotiated on December 2nd and that could have had something to do with the early timing of it.

This will open the door for the Mets to explore trade options for outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, or Michael Conforto, who all bat left-handed. The Blue Jays have expressed interest in Jay Bruce and will be the most likely to go.

The Mets have needs in their bullpen, also they need a backup catcher and they also have a need for another right-handed bat especially at first base.

Thanks for the early Christmas present Mr. Alderson, La Potencia is back in town..
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