Friday, January 23, 2015

Mets Rumors: Yankees interested in Shortstop Yoan Moncada, Not Mets!

Mets Rumors: Yankees interested in Shortstop Yoan Moncada, Not Mets!

Sorry Mets Fans, but the Yankees have held a private workout for Yoan Moncada, according to Baseball America, a sign of potential interest in the 19-year-old switch hitter who is regarded by many as the next big star out of Cuba.

This could be a good potential move to replace The Great Captain Derek Jeter, but the Mets are not interested because of the restraints of the international signing bonus rules.

The Mets have done their “due diligence,” but they don’t see Moncada as a realistic acquisition because of their budget, according to reporter Anthony DiComo.

The Mets have already spent around $2 million of the $2.7 million bonus-pool money allocated to the them by MLB for 2014-2015 international signings.

Video: Michael Cuddyer Visits Citi Field

ESPN's Adam Rubin , who covers the Mets ask Michael Cuddyer several questions about his past injuries and his upcoming season with the team the Mets have now.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mets could of Got Tulowitzki or Desmond, But Price of Syndergaard not worth it right now for Mets

Mets could of Got Tulowitzki or Desmond, But Price of Syndergaard not worth it right now for Mets 

The Mets looking to upgrade at the shortstop position, but find the price too steep for one that would make a difference in the Mets 2015 Lineup.

Early in the winter meeting the Mets gauged the price for Troy Tulowitzki with the Rockies only to find out Noah Syndergaard plus others had to go...The Mets were not interested in gaining his salary and health issues and did not like the asking price.  Later in the off-season, Rockies' team ownership has said that they would stick with their star shortstop and are not interested in making any deal for him.

Now later in the off-season,  there was talk about a three team deal between the Nationals, Mets and Rays that would of sent shortstop Ian Desmond to the Mets, Ben Zobrist to the Nationals and others to the Rays, but the Mets did not want to part with Noah Syndergaard again. So the Rays decided to trade not only Zobrist to the A's, but also traded Yunel Escobar along with him. Escobar was again shipped to the Nationals leaving Desmond expendable. The Nationals say Escobar will be used at second base and Desmond is not available at this time. But many National beat writers say that this is all spin and Desmond still could be on the move, if the price is met (no pun intended).

The Mets found themselves in a scenario where they could have potentially had Tulowitzki or Desmond if the Mets would have traded their prized prospect(s). While a Tulo acquisition could be debatable, the Mets thinking on Desmond is that he could be available as a free agent next offseason, if they wanted to sign him and Syndergaard is too much for a rental for a possible year.

Let's be realistic, why would the Nationals Trade Desmond to a NL East team?  That talk now seems to be fading and becoming a reality..

Mets News and Notes: Brandon Welch, Barwis Camp, Fred Wilpon

Mets News and Notes: Brandon Welch, Barwis Camp, Fred Wilpon 

A minor league pitcher for the New York Mets has been suspended 50 games after a second positive drug test.

The commissioner's office penalized 23-year-old Brandon Welch on Friday for taking a drug of abuse.

Welch was 2-2 with a 5.18 ERA last season for Class A Brooklyn. The right-hander was a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft.

There have been four players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.

Last month, Mets minor league infielder L.J. Mazzilli drew a 50-game drug ban. He is the son of former Mets star Lee Mazzilli.
-----------------------------------------------------------'s revelation Thursday that players attending the Mike Barwis-led fitness camp at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, are required to pay created no shortage of buzz on social media.

A source subsequently has told that the players are being charged $4,400 as major leaguers and $1,000 as minor leaguers to attend.

A Players' Association spokesman has indicated that they are looking into the arrangement.

Mets News: Mets Enlarge Scoreboard in Center Field

Mets News: Mets Enlarge Scoreboard in Center Field

The Mets are enlarging the video surface of their primary scoreboard for the upcoming season by 62 percent. The new dimensions are 54 feet wide by 105 feet high. The video surface contains more than 1.5 million pixels.
Photo Courtesy of ESPN

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