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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mets Rumors: Mets Trade Options Dwindling For Jay Bruce

Image result for jay bruce Mets Rumors: Mets Trade Options Dwindling For Jay Bruce

The New York Mets have been trying to unload salary and glut from the outfield. Jay Bruce has been the option discussed and the teams the Mets have been trying to trade him to have been dwindling.

Now that the Blue Jays have re-signed Jose Bautista and the Phillies have signed Michael Saunders, that can eliminate these two teams from acquiring Bruce.

The Orioles, another team the Mets have been discussing a Bruce swap have signed outfielder Seth Smith and are looking to add a possibility of Mark Trumbo to the mix, so they do not look to be a possible destination.

That leaves the Mets with two options, the Giants, and Rangers. The Giants are looking to add some power and the Rangers have been in talks with the Mets over Bruce. Rumors have been floating that the Rangers may be a taker for Trumbo.

The Mets may need to eat some salary, but that is not what the Mets intentions are. The Mets are looking for two prospects to obtain Bruce according to reports, but his $13 million dollar salary has been a roadblock for the Mets.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mets News and Notes: Mets Settle Arbitration Cases For Harvey, deGrom, d'Arnaud, Edgin, Reed, Familia, and Duda

Mets News and Notes: Mets Settle Arbitration Cases For Harvey, deGrom, d'Arnaud, Edgin, Reed, Familia, and Duda

Image result for money bagsMatt Harvey and Jacob deGrom have each avoided arbitration with the Mets. Harvey gets $5.125MM in his second arb year, per James Wagner of the New York Times. Meanwhile, deGrom will receive $4.05MM in his first trip through the arb process, per ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin. New York has also agreed with lefty Josh Edgin, Rubin tweets, though terms remain unreported.

The Mets and Travis d’Arnaud are in agreement on a one-year, $1.875MM deal, according to Jon Heyman. That’s $175K above the $1.7MM for the first-year arbitration catcher. Now 28 years old, d’Arnaud has yet to prove he can remain healthy and productive over the life of a full big league season. He’ll get another crack at doing so in 2017, it seems. He batted .247/.307/.323 with four homers in 276 PAs last year.

The Mets have also avoided arbitration with setup man Addison Reed and closer Jeurys Familia, according to a pair of reports from Heyman and James Wagner of the New York Times. Reed will earn $7.75MM and Familia will take home $7.425MM.

The Mets have avoided arbitration with first baseman Lucas Duda, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. Duda will receive $7.25MM in the deal.

Duda will be looking to get on track before hitting the open free agent market after the season. First, he’ll need to return to health after a long layoff due to back surgery. If he’s able to do that, there’s certainly reason to think he can be a productive bat at first base. Between 2014 and 2015, he slashed .249/.350/.483 with 57 home runs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mets Rumors: Mets Still Looking To Move Right Fielder, Add Center Fielder

Could Andrew McCutchen be taking his swing to Citi Field?Mets Rumors: Mets Still Looking To Move Right Fielder, Add Center Fielder

The New York Mets are still looking to define their outfield and shed excess weight to their payroll. The Mets continue to shop outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce and are finding slim returns.

The Mets have been in talks with other clubs, one being the Blue Jays that are looking to fill their club with a left-handed swinging bat, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network.

Along with that, the Mets are looking into adding a centerfielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The Mets have been in talks with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, the Royals about Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson and the Rockies Charlie Blackmon, who does not look he is going to get moved. The Mets also inquired about the Reds' speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton, but the asking price is too much for the Mets liking and they are not pleased with his OBP numbers which sit below .300.

The Mets are looking to find a reliever to compliment them when Jeurys Familia gets his suspension which looks it will sit around 30 games this summer. The Mets have inquired about the Rays' Alex Colome in which they asked for Michael Conforto and highly regarded prospect shortstop Amed Rosario, and of course, the Mets did not respond.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Mets Rumors: Mets Still Looking For Trade That Makes Sense

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The New York Mets are in a holding pattern for bullpen help this off-season. In These winter meetings nothing developed as quickly like the Mets had hoped instead, the Mets have  not been offered the pieces they want.

The Orioles, Blue Jays, Rangers have been in the mix for a left-handed outfield bat, but the offers have not been to the Mets liking.

The Mets could find themselves looking to deal for White Sox reliever David Robertson, who they are shopping. The Mets could use prospects Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini as chips to get the deal done.

Once the Mets relieve themselves from the logjam in the outfield they can pursue other options such as free agents like Boone Logan or Joe Smith. It all depends on what the Mets can get back in a deal for Bruce.

The Rangers could be in on Bruce and the Mets could try to pry reliever Jeremy Jeffress from them. But reports say the Cincinatti Reds are looking for to swap speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton for Jeffress. So the Mets could be out of the mix.

Payroll seems to be the problem with the Mets right now. They are about $153 Million right now and they like to get around $140 Million before opening day. The contract for Yoenis Cespedes put them over the top where they did not envision it would be.

“It’s like buying a new house without selling your old one," Alderson said. "Sometimes you get stuck in the transition, it’s not a good place to be.”

One rival GM that was not named asked for prospect Michael Conforto and the Mets refused to listen. The offer was to be believed to be aggressive but was still blown off.

The Mets will sit and wait for this one out to play out. A trade could come today or it could happen from a week from now. But Jay Bruce does not seem like a priority for teams right now.
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