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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mets Rumors: Mets Don't Have Real Shot At Japanese Star Ohtani

Mets Rumors: Mets Don't Have Real Shot At Japanese Star Ohtani

The New York Mets have been open to say that they will explore the opportunity of signing Japanese Superstar Shohei Ohtani, but the realism is it's not likely to happen.

The Mets have only $150,000 of international bonus pool money to offer Ohtani, while three other clubs have much more like the Rangers ($3.535MM), who have a slight edge over the Yankees ($3.5MM) for the largest pool, followed by the Twins ($3.245MM).  Most likely this means Ohtani will make the league minimum plus what ever bonus money they have to offer.

It's going to take the Mets to trade for more bonus pool money to be a serious contender for his services. Another thing is the Mets have to offer a $20 million posting fee to his team in Japan which the bidding will start December 2nd. The team that wins then can negotiate a contract and will have 21 days to complete this.

According to multiple reports, the Mets were not among the 15 teams to scout Ohtani in Japan during September. The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Nationals were rumored to be in attendance.

"I want to go to an environment where I can continue to get better," Ohtani recently said. "I felt the same way when I graduated from high school. And it is my strongest reason for wanting to go now."

There are recent rumors that the Mets have traded a minor leaguer to Orioles for more bonus pool money, but there is no indication that this is true at this point.

Mets News: Mets Add Four To 40 Man Roster

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Mets News: Mets Add Four To 40 Man Roster

Heading onto the Mets 40-man are infielder Luis Guillorme and right-handers Tyler Bashlor, Gerson Bautista, and Corey Oswalt. These players were added to the 40 man roster to protect them from the Rule V Draft which will take place in December at the MLB Winter Meetings.

Mets Rumors: Mets Will Look To Dangle Pitching For Trades

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With the Mets concept of that you can never have enough pitching depth, and even on the heels of a tough season in which the club’s vaunted rotation collapsed, GM Sandy Alderson says he’ll consider dealing arms, as Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

While there’s still a need to “be careful” not too thin the staff out too far, Alderson is obviously also looking for ways to improve with a limited amount of payroll flexibility. Odds are that the team’s most prominent pitchers won’t be dangled, but Puma suggests Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, or Rafael Montero might conceivably be discussed.

Mets Rumors: Mets Interested In Trading For Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler

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Mets Rumors: Mets Interested In Trading For Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler

The Mets have discussed trade scenarios involving veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler with the Tigers, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Those talks are preliminary in nature, per the report.

Kinsler, 35, is expected to draw wide interest from teams that are looking for a quality veteran to plug into their everyday lineup without undertaking a lengthy commitment. The 12-year major leaguer is set to earn $11MM this year before reaching free agency.

For the Mets, there’s an obvious hole at second base that remains to be filled. With Neil Walker gone and Asdrubal Cabrera slated to step over to third base, the team doesn’t have a clear option at second.

To be sure, there are 40-man members that could play there: Wilmer Flores, Matt Reynolds, Gavin Cecchini, and T.J. Rivera. But none seem to be regular options. Flores has shown a solid bat at the game’s highest level but has mostly been utilized in a utility capacity. Reynolds and Cecchini have not hit much in their limited MLB action. And though Rivera has shown some promise since reaching the majors, he’s expected to miss time early after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
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