Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: The Hot Stove will be Hot this Winter for Mets

Mets Rumors: The Hot Stove will be Hot this Winter for Mets

According to many sources the Mets will have the rumor mill churning this offseason.

The Cubs, D-Backs, Red Sox and Reds match up best for a trade with the Mets, according to ESPN researcher and writer Mark Simon.

In addition to the teams mentioned above by Simon, MLB insiders say to also keep an eye on the Rockies, Mariners, Dodgers and Angels, as it pertains to matching up with the Mets.

Quick Case Mets Trade Scenarios:

The Cubs have plenty of shortstops to pick from with Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, and Addison Russell.

The D'Backs have a plethora of young shortstops in  Didi Gregorius, Nick Ahmed, and Chris Owings... Arizona’s front office of Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart, as well as new manager Chip Hale, all have a positive history working with Alderson.

The Red Sox have SS Xander Bogaerts and OF Yoenis Cespedes. Could want Daniel Murphy?? Want lefthanded bat.  Shane Victorino for Bartolo Colon also has been mentioned..

The Reds have OF Jay Bruce.. Could Rafael Montero tempt them??

The Rockies have OF Carlos Gonzalez... He was hurt, could get cheap...

The Mariners have SS Brad Miller. For instance, last winter, the Mets offered Jon Niese to the Mariners for SS Brad Miller, but a deal never worked out, Gammons told MLB Network.

The Dodgers have OF Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.... Pitching would have to be included and I would not be surprised if Daniel Murphy get mentioned in any equation.

The Angels did have some interest in Bartolo Colon at the trading deadline and maybe the Mets could revisit the possibility.. SS Erick Aybar???, Kole Calhoun?

Outside Chances:

The Marlins have Giancarlo Stanton , who is rumored to sign an extension this offseason. If that don't get done, may want to trade him.. Longshot though..

The Blue Jays who have made deals with the Mets in the Past (IE: R.A. Dickey) Could look to bounce names around like Outfielder Jose Bautista for a package. Of course there is always Mets Fan Favorite SS Jose Reyes...

Mets Rumors: Mets have interest in Outfielder Nick Markakis

Mets Rumors:

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Mets will have interest in soon to be Free agent outfielder, Nick Markakis.

The Orioles are expected to decline Markakis’s $17.5 million option and pay him a $2 million buyout, make him a qualifying offer, and then try to reach a long-term deal with him.

The Mets had interest in Markakis and other Orioles last winter, when the two sides frequently checked in with one another, according to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone

Cafardo also says that the Mets may have interest in Nelson Cruz.

Mets News: Sporting News named Jacob deGrom their 2014 NL Rookie of the Year

Mets News:

The Sporting News has named Jacob deGrom their 2014 National League Rookie of the Year (Oct. 20).

The award is voted on by the players in the league.

“I’m very honored to receive this prestigious award,” deGrom said to the Sporting News. “My teammates were a huge reason for my success. Individual honors are nice but what excites me the most is looking forward to next year and helping the Mets reach the postseason.”

De Grom finished his season at 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 140 1/3 innings.

Jerry Koosman (1968), Jon Matlack (1972), Darryl Strawberry (1983) and Dwight Gooden (1984) were also honored as Sporting News Rookies of the Year. The award has been presented since 1946.

The Baseball Writer’s Association of American name their NL RoY on November 10.

Mets News: Hitting Coach Shuffle - Hudgens goes to Astros, Greer to Cards, Johnson to Minors

Mets News: Hitting Coach Shuffle - Hudgens goes to Astros, Greer to Cards, Johnson to Minors

Former Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens has been hired by the Houston Astros for that role.

Hudgens was fired by the Mets on May 26, during his fourth season on Terry Collins' staff.

The Astros hired Gary Pettis, another former Mets coach, as third base coach for new manager A.J. Hinch.

George Greer, the popular hitting coach at Triple-A Las Vegas, has been hired away by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Greer, a former Wake Forest coach, has been credited with helping several Mets players, including Travis d'Arnaud during this past season.

Greer is expected to oversee a hitting program for the Cardinals system.

Lamar Johnson, who finished the season as Mets hitting coach, will be reassigned to the minors.

The Mets reportedly have expressed interest in Dave Magadan and Kevin Long.

Mets News: Mets and Yankees will play each other in Spring Training 2015

Mets News: Mets and Yankees will play each other in Spring Training 2015

The Mets and Yankees will meet twice during spring training.

The Yankees are due to visit Port St. Lucie on March 22. The Mets will play in Tampa on March 25.

After 16 years without playing in spring training, the New York teams met in spring training on April 3-4, 2012. The matchup then again went dormant.

The Yankees released their spring-training schedule on Monday. The Mets have yet to release their schedule.
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