Friday, October 24, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets looking into the possibility of signing Michael Cuddyer this offseason


Mets Rumors:


Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have solid interest in free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

Martino says, the Mets are highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, despite an urgent need to upgrade the offense. So they will look to go the free agent route..

Cuddyer will be a free agent a few days after the World Series wraps up. His 2014 was basically a lost season due to injuries, but he finished the year strong after finally getting healthy.

Overall he hit .332/.376/.579 in 49 games. The year before he won the NL batting title.

Mets looking to give Cuddyer a two year contract, but numbers have not been discussed of course.

Age and durability has to be a major factor as he will be 36 going into the 2015 season. But that did not stop the Mets from getting another veteran Bartolo Colon, who will turn 42 next season...

By the way, Martino also mentioned that the Mets will see how the trade market is and what is out there, but it looks as though the free agent market will probably be the way to go..

Cuddyer's Career Numbers
Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
2001 22 MIN 8 18 1 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 6 .222
2002 23 MIN 41 112 12 29 7 0 4 13 2 0 8 30 .259
2003 24 MIN 35 102 14 25 1 3 4 8 1 1 12 19 .245
2004 25 MIN 115 339 49 89 22 1 12 45 5 5 37 74 .263
2005 26 MIN 126 422 55 111 25 3 12 42 3 4 41 93 .263
2006 27 MIN 150 557 102 158 41 5 24 109 6 0 62 130 .284
2007 28 MIN 144 547 87 151 28 5 16 81 5 0 64 107 .276
2008 29 MIN 71 249 30 62 13 4 3 36 5 1 25 40 .249
2009 30 MIN 153 588 93 162 34 7 32 94 6 1 54 118 .276
2010 31 MIN 157 609 93 165 37 5 14 81 7 3 58 93 .271
2011 ★ 32 MIN 139 529 70 150 29 2 20 70 11 1 48 95 .284
2012 33 COL 101 358 53 93 30 2 16 58 8 3 32 78 .260
2013 ★ 34 COL 130 489 74 162 31 3 20 84 10 3 46 100 .331
2014 35 COL 49 190 32 63 15 1 10 31 3 0 14 30 .332
14 Yrs 1419 5109 765 1424 315 41 187 753 73 22 503 1013 .279
162 Game Avg. 162 583 87 163 36 5 21 86 8 3 57 116 .279
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/24/2014.

Mets News: Mets Hire Kevin Long as New Hitting Instructor




Mets News:

The Mets made it official Thursday Night and have hired Former Yankees hitting coach, Kevin Long.

"Kevin's experience, success and wealth of knowledge make him the perfect fit as our hitting instructor," general manager Sandy Alderson said in a statement on Thursday. "This is a very positive step for the Mets. We welcome Kevin and his wife Marcey to the Mets family."

Said Long: "I'm excited to get the opportunity to work with a team that I think is on the rise. I had a great meeting with Sandy and [manager] Terry [Collins] yesterday and I can't wait to get started and help in any way I can."

Long, 47, had served as Yankees hitting coach for eight seasons. He has helped the likes of Current Mets Right fielder Curtis Granderson in the past, as well as Melky Cabrera, who is a free agent this offseason.. Hint!

Mets News: Centerfielder Juan Lagares is finalist for Gold Glove



Some Lagares Highlights

Mets News:


Juan Lagares is one of three finalists for the NL Gold Glove in center field, Rawlings announced Thursday.

The other contenders: Billy Hamilton and Denard Span.

Winners will be announced Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The award is 75 percent based on input from NL managers and coaches and 25 percent based on defensive metrics.

As many as seven personnel per team may vote for the award, but voters are prohibited from selecting someone from their own team.

Lagares is the lone Mets finalist at his position.

Only two Mets outfielders have won a Gold Glove Award in franchise history: Tommie Agee (1970) and Carlos Beltran (2006-08).

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.
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