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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mets interested in INF Ryan Theriot

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, The Mets are interested in Ryan Theriot. I posted in early December that I thought Theriot would be a good investment for the Mets after the demise of Jose Reyes.

Theriot has played most of the infield and even the outfield in the past..


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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mets need depth in outfield, free agent outfielders that are left

The Mets are looking for outfield depth, they must certainly have someone who plays center field. The Mets last week were in discussions with the Rockies about a Turner for Young Jr. deal, but that won't solve the Mets problems.. even though Young could possibly lead off.. The Mets will probably go the free agent route and/or clear roster space with a trade.

Here are the Ranked Outfield Free Agents, who are left on the board (Source: MLBTR):

Name                                                         Class
Rick Ankiel LF / CF / RF

Milton Bradley LF / DH

Pat Burrell LF

Yoenis Cespedes LF / CF / RF

Coco Crisp CF

Johnny Damon LF / DH

J.D. Drew RF

Kosuke Fukudome CF / RF

Jay Gibbons LF

Ross Gload 1B / RF

Jonny Gomes LF

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mets ask Dickey not to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

According to ESPN NY, the Mets have asked R.A. Dickey not to make his charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro. However, Dickey still plans on going, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Though trips up Kilimanjaro are apparently not fatal or even that dangerous, the Mets have sent Dickey a letter saying they can void his contract if anything bad happens.

"If we thought it was a good idea, we wouldn't have sent the letter," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the Journal. "Beyond that, have we tried to dissuade him from going? It seems to me that the letter is enough of an effort to dissuade him, and he intends to go on nonetheless."

On Tuesday, a Mets PR person confirmed that Dickey is still planning to make the trip shortly after the new year, but said that Alderson will not elaborate further on the Mets' viewpoint. A message has been left for Dickey's agent.

Dickey, 37, is hoping to raise awareness and money for the Bombay Teen Challenge, which fights against human trafficking.

Dickey has one-year left on his $7.8M, two-year contract. He is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2012. Given the Mets' money woes, it is unclear if they will be rooting for Dickey or the mountain during his adventure.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Marlins are "being very aggressive" on Cuban Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Marlins "are being very aggressive" on Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported Friday that the Marlins might not pursue Cespedes as hard as originally thought, but Cafardo evidently is hearing differently.

Cafardo adds that the Nationals are "right behind" the Marlins, the Phillies "are always sneaky" and the Cubs, Red Sox, and Yankees "appear intrigued by his tools." Cespedes is expected to be granted free agency in the early part of January.

Take a look at Cespedes on this video to see what all these teams are looking at:

The Mets could use a talent like this in center field, but the Mets still are counting their change.

Cespedes is labeled the next Major League Phenom

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas From Mets Chronicle

Merry Christmas from Mets Chronicle..


Carlos Beltran to Cards, no real surprise

Carlos Beltran will continue his career not in San Francisco, but in St Louis. The Cardinals agreed to a two year contract with the veteran outfielder..

Carlos Beltran will try to soften the blow with Albert Pujols going to Angels via Free Agency..

Beltran was targeted by 5 teams with the Cardinals always leading the pack.. Beltran is expected to play right field and Lance Berkman is expected to play 1st Base in place of Albert Pujols.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mets miss again, Nationals will acquire P Gio Gonzalez for 4 Prospects

The Nationals will acquire LHP Gio Gonzalez from the A’s in exchange for  prospects A.J. Cole, Derek Norris, Brad Peacock and Tom Milone, according to Keith Law of ESPN.

Last week, FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal said the Mets were among at least six teams pursuing Gonzalez. However, this past weekend, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the Mets would not include Jon Niese, Ike Davis or any top prospects in a package to the A’s for Gonzalez.

Peacock (#3), Cole (#4) and Norris (#9) all rank among the Nationals' top ten prospects, according to Baseball America's latest rankings. Peacock emerged as "one of the most exciting power arms in the high minors" this year, BA reports. The 23-year-old posted a 2.39 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in the upper minors before getting called up to the Nationals and appearing in three games.

Cole posted a 4.04 ERA with 10.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 89 innings at Class A this past season. The 2010 fourth rounder is just 19 years old and stands 6'4". Milone, 24, made his MLB debut this past season, posting a 3.81 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in five starts with the Nationals. He spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he had a 3.22 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 1.0 BB/9 in 148 1/3 innings.

Five Teams including the Mets are interested in Colorado's OF Seth Smith

The Mets are among five teams to show interest in Rockies OF Seth Smith, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, who says Smith is now available after Coloradio signed Michael Cuddyer.

Last week, Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports said the Mets and Rockies had been discussing a deal that could swap Jon Niese for Smith. However, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN quickly responded by saying the Mets were not interested in such a deal.

In 147 games for the Rockies last year, Smith, 29, hit .284 with a .347 on-base percentage, 15 HR and 59 RBI in 476 at-bats. He is eligible for arbitration and, according to MLB Trade Rumors, could earn around $2.6 million in 2012.

Mets sign veteran backstop Rob Johnson

The Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Rob Johnson and invited him to spring training.

The 28-year-old Johnson batted .190 (34 for 179) with six doubles, one triple, a career-high three homers and 16 RBIs in 67 games for the San Diego Padres last season.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Johnson has hit .197 (128 for 649) with 35 doubles, eight home runs and 58 RBIs in 228 games over five big league seasons with Seattle and the Padres.

Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas are expected to begin the season as the Mets’ catchers.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Beltran suitors down to five teams, decision next week

Free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran is expected to make a decision on his future sometime within the next week, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It is believed five different teams are in the mix for the switch-hitter, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies and one unknown.

Beltran, 34, just finished a seven-year $119 million contract which he signed with the New York Mets in 2005. The slugging outfielder played seven seasons with New York before being traded mid-way through 2011 to the San Francisco Giants.

In 142 games last season, Beltran hit .300/.385/.525 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. The performance was considered one of the best comebacks of the year, as Beltran had failed to play more than 81 games in a season since 2008. Before being traded to San Francisco, Beltran was named to his sixth All-Star team.

Once a world-class centerfielder, it is believed that Beltran would best serve a team as a corner outfielder or even as the designated hitter at this point in his career.

In 2011, the former Gold Glove award winner posted a -7.3 UZR overall, a far cry from the 12.4 UZR he posted for the New York Mets in 2008 in his last full season.

Perks to being a Minority Owner of the NY Mets

After David Einhorn backed away from the table after he realized that the Wilpons were trying to renege on their deal to not make him a majority owner if the Mets could not pay him back his investment. The Mets are trying a new approach, $20 Million dollar ownership blocks to friends and family to raise capital. The Mets say that they have 7 investors and the deal(s) can be settled by the end of January. Which will mean the Mets can continue to pay their lawyers off and their unlawful debt.

The perks to having $20 Million to spend on this team are a real joke. It's sought of like having a glorified fan package for the team.

They Include:

- Business card that lists you as "owner" of the Mets.

- Chance to throw out a game's first pitch each season you're a minority owner.

- Exclusive access to take batting practice at Citi Field on a Mets day off. The Times claims each minority investor will have access to an "owners workout day."

- Free parking to Citi Field. Don't get too excited, though: The club will only allow you a single reserved spot to Citi Field.

- One luxury box. That's the good news. The bad news? The team seems to be having issues leasing out the 54 suites at Citi Field, which go for $250,000 to $500,000 a year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mets announce Spring Training Player Reporting Dates

The Mets have announced that their pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Mon., Feb. 20.

Those players will be due to undergo physicals at Digital Domain Park, the club's spring home, on Feb. 21, with the first workout for pitchers and catchers set for Feb. 22.

Mets position players are scheduled to report by Feb. 25, with physicals set for Feb. 26 and the team's first full-squad workout slated for Feb. 27.

The 2012 season will mark the Mets' 24th spring in Port. St. Lucie, having moved into the newly completed facility for Spring Training 1988.

Mets contemplating unloading once thought of prospect , Fernando Martinez

As a teenager Fernando Martinez was an elite prospect, ranking among Baseball America‘s top 30 prospects in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but injuries and mediocre hitting have caused his stock to plummet of late and now the Mets may be shopping the 23-year-old outfielder. 

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Martinez’s arthritic right “knee has not improved much” since 2009 surgery and says the Mets “seem to be considering unloading him.”

Once upon a time Martinez was linked to just about every juicy trade rumor, but at this point it seems unlikely that the Mets could get back more than a solid regular for him. And even that might be a stretch after Martinez hit just .260 with eight homers and a .746 OPS in 63 games at Triple-A while repeating the level for a third straight season in part because the Mets’ previous regime promoted him so aggressively.

Mets cut back, drop one of their minor league teams

The financially troubled Mets announced Tuesday that they were eliminating their minor league team in the Class A Gulf Coast League.

That move could save them between $750,000 and $800,000, according to executives with other franchises who are familiar with the cost of running those teams.

According to Jim Duquette, who was the Mets’ farm director and their general manager and now is an analyst on Sirius XM’s MLB Network Radio, the move saves money but may also reflect a new drafting philosophy. The Gulf Coast League is usually for draftees out of high school and for international signees. Most college draftees go straight to the New York-Penn League or the Florida State League, where the Mets retain affiliates.

The Mets, who recently took out a $40 million bridge loan to cover costs, were one of only three major league clubs with nine minor league teams; the Mets’ include two in the Dominican Republic. According to MLB.com, 16 organizations have seven affiliates and 12, now including the Mets, have eight.

Mets looking to trade Justin Turner for Rockies' 2B Eric Young Jr.?

The Mets have expressed interest in Eric Young Jr. of the Rockies, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY's source indicated that the Mets may be able to obtain Young by sending Justin Turner to Colorado and that the teams continue discussing Jon Niese. However, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets that Turner's name hasn't come up yet.


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Monday, December 19, 2011

NL East Alert: Nationals are pushing hard for Gio Gonzalez

The Nationals are pushing hard for Gio Gonzalez, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The A's and Nationals are discussing a possible four-for-one deal involving the left-hander.

The Nationals, who have Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, John Lannan and Chien-Ming Wang in their projected 2012 rotation, are poised to contend before long.

The addition of Gonzalez would give manager Davey Johnson someone who has reached the 200 inning plateau in each of the past two season without posting an ERA over 3.23 in that time.

However, obtaining him from the A's won't be easy. Gonzalez has many suitors and Oakland's asking price remains high.

Mets continue the center field wall construction at Citi Field (Photo)

Mets Miss out on Endy Chavez, signs with Orioles

The Orioles and Endy Chavez have agreed to a one-year, $1.5MM major league deal. The deal will also give the outfielder the chance to earn another $500K through performance bonuses.

The Mets showed interest in Chavez earlier this offseason and the Mariners and Rangers were both linked to the veteran recently. The 33-year-old hit .301/.323/.426 with five homers in 274 plate appearances for Texas in 2011.

Chavez has experience at all three outfield positions and played 66 games in center field last season. The veteran could be used to backup Adam Jones in center field or could be used in a platoon with Nolan Reimold in left field.

Mets unlikely to acquire Pitcher Gio Gonzalez

Although the Mets recently discussed the possibility of acquiring Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez (as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported Thursday), they are unlikely to pursue the pitcher, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

The thinking went like this: Gonzalez, 26, would still be under team control when Mets prospects Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and and Zack Wheeler were ready to ascend to the major leagues. If those young arms remained healthy, they could form a formidable rotation, with Gonzalez at the top.

But one official said that discussions never advanced beyond that conceptual, preliminary phase. “Nothing serious,” he said.

The primary roadblock appears to be Oakland’s asking price (when the Yankees called, they were told to surrender

Mets Make it official, they sign Frank Francisco

The New York Mets made it official Today as they sign Frank Francisco to a two year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but reports at the Winter Meetings earlier this month indicated the pact to be worth $12 million.

Francisco is expected to become the closer for the Mets. He was 1-4 with 17 saves and a 3.55 earned run average in 54 games for Toronto last year. He converted each of his seven save opportunities and posted a 1.37 ERA after the All-Star break.

The 32-year-old right-hander notched 25 saves in 2009 with Texas, then helped the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 in a set up role. He ranks fifth among American League relievers with 302 strikeouts over the last five seasons.

Francisco owns a career record of 18-19 with 49 saves and a 3.72 ERA in 331 games over seven seasons with Texas and Toronto. He has also fanned 368 batters in 334 lifetime innings.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hanley Ramirez don't want to move to 3rd base?

According to the Miami Herald , Miami Marlins' Exec Larry Beinfest did not make it clear about Hanley Ramirez’s conversations with the team and whether he is still resisting a move to third base, necessitated by the signing of shortstop Jose Reyes.

Asked if he is confident Ramirez wants to be with the Marlins next season, Beinfest said, “I’ll keep it internal. The one thing I know is he wants to win. He’s a very proud guy. We want him here.”

The Marlins have said repeatedly that they do not plan to trade Ramirez, though several teams (reportedly including the Red Sox) have inquired.

But asked if Ramirez has made it clear to the organization that he would accept a move to third, Beinfest said, “The conversations we’ve had, we’re going to keep between us. But there’s been quite a bit of communication. He’s excited about playing for Ozzie Guillen. Ozzie is excited to have him. Everyone reacts to change differently.

Jimmy Rollins re-signs with the Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have reached agreement with shortstop Jimmy Rollins on a three-year, $33-million contract, according to ESPN.

The contract also contains a vesting option for a fourth year worth $11 million, the source said.

With completion of the deal, Rollins will stay with the organization that has been his baseball home since 1996, when the Phillies selected him in the second round of the amateur draft.

Rollins seemed to confirm the deal on Twitter, writing, "I see you all know by now. Gotta deal with me for 3 (4) more years!" Rollins, 33, is a three-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner and won the National League MVP award in 2007. He is fourth on the Phillies' career list behind Richie Ashburn, Mike Schmidt and Ed Delahanty with 1,866 hits, and ranks among the franchise's top five in games played, plate appearances, runs, total bases, doubles, triples and stolen bases.

Rollins joins Jose Reyes (Miami), Alex Gonzalez (Milwaukee), Rafael Furcal (St. Louis) and Clint Barmes (Pittsburgh) as the fifth starting shortstop to sign a multi-year deal as a free agent this winter.

Although Rollins had expressed interest in signing a five-year deal upon entering the free-agent market, the contract could still keep him with the Phillies through the 2015 season, when he will be nearly 37.

Rollins will be reunited in Philadelphia this season with fellow Oakland, Calif., native and close friend Dontrelle Willis, who signed a one-year deal with the club Thursday.

Morning Rumor Mill: Mets not actively shopping Jonathan Niese

According to MLBTR.com, the Mets aren't actively shopping Jonathon Niese, and despite an earlier report that they were interested in trading him for a package around Rockies outfielder Seth Smith, they have "zero interest" in such a deal according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (in these four tweets).

New York would have to be "knocked out" to trade Niese, who is not yet arbitration eligible and owns 286 strikeouts and 106 walks in 331 innings over the past two seasons. His ERA is a pedestrian 4.30 in that time, though his 49.5% groundball rate and advanced metrics like FIP (3.75) and SIERA (3.67) tell a different story.

At the Winter Meetings, we heard that the Mets would be willing to move any player other than David Wright, and several teams showed interest in the 25-year-old Niese, viewing him as a potentially cheaper alternative to Gio Gonzalez. Reports since then say that there have been "no significant talks," however, and Crasnick's strong words suggest that Niese won't be easy to acquire at all.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rumor Mill: Jon Niese heading to Rockies for package including Seth Smith?

Smith might be on his way to Citi Field
Jonathon Niese  "is believed to be available in a package built around"  Rockies outfielder Seth Smith, reports Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports.

Smith's name has been whispered in the trade rumors all winter and he could be even more expendable now that Colorado has agreed to terms with Michael Cuddyer.

The Mets hadn't had any "significant" talks about Niese, though the Rockies were known to be one of the several teams interested in the young southpaw.


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Gio Gonzalez Update: Tigers now on the "outskirts" to landing him

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Tigers are on the "outskirts" of the pursuit of the Athletics' Gio Gonzalez and are "not real upbeat about their chances."

It's hard to believe if the Tigers were willing to part with Jacob Turner that they wouldn't at least be in the thick of things, so perhaps they're not willing to give up Turner after all.

With the number of teams interested -- the Mets, Mariners, Marlins, Reds, Red Sox, Rangers and Nationals have all showed degrees of interest -- Gonzalez seems likely to be moved this winter.

Mets sign Mike Baxter to a minor League Contract

Four days after he was bounced from the Mets major-league roster, Mike Baxter agreed to a minor-league deal to remain with the club. Baxter, a 27-year-old outfielder from Whitestone, received an invitation to major-league camp.

The Mets claimed Baxter off waivers from the San Diego Padres last summer. He managed a .791 on-base plus slugging percentage during a brief call-up.

Baxter was non-tendered on Monday evening to make room on the 40-man roster for free-agent acquisition Jon Rauch. The team is still juggling pieces on its roster, as it needs to also add reliever Frank Francisco to the roster. Plus, they still have interest in finding a backup shortstop, keeping in contact with the agents for veterans Ronny Cedeno and Jack Wilson.

Tigers lead the pack for Gio Gonzalez, Willing to trade Pitching Prospect Turner in deal...

According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com , the Tigers are willing to trade pitching prospect Jacob Turner in a deal for the Athletics' Gio Gonzalez.

Turner is one of the better pitching prospects in the game and would be a fine centerpiece in a deal for the left-hander.

As Heyman notes, the competition for Gonzalez is stiff, but the Tigers might be in the driver's seat if they're indeed willing to part with their top trade chip. The Mets, Mariners, Marlins, Reds, Red Sox, Rangers and Nationals are among the teams interested in Gonzalez.

The Mets have to be leaning on a Murphy, Parnell, and Niese package... I can't imagine the Mets offering Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy in a deal unless the Mets get 1B Deric Barton back in return.

Rumor Mill: Gio Gonzalez on the Mets Radar?

Gio Gonzalez has been generating considerable interest on the trade market of late, with many teams currently in on the sweepstakes:

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Mets and Mariners have joined in, and the Marlins, Reds, Red Sox, and Rangers are still pursuing the young lefty. In addition, the Nationals want Gonzalez,as their priority is to acquire a left-handed starter. With Mark Buehrle headed to Miami, Washington has turned to Gonzalez and the White Sox' John Danks as other options.

Gonzalez, just 26, has posted a 129 ERA+ in over 400 innings since 2010. His control has been somewhat of an issue, as he's averaged four walks per nine innings, but he's proven to be quite skilled at inducing strikeouts -- having averaged roughly a strikeout per inning since debuting in 2008. His performance earned him an all-star nod this season, and he won't become a free agent until 2016, so it's easy to see why so many teams are after him.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rumor Mill: Jack Wilson, Joel Zumaya, Pudge Rodriguez

The Mets remain in regular contact with free agent shortstop Jack Wilson, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

A scout tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that just about every team in baseball saw free agent right-hander Joel Zumaya throw in Houston yesterday (Twitter link).

The Astros and Rays are possibilities for Ivan Rodriguez, according to Heyman (on Twitter). Though the Mets have discussed Rodriguez, they’re leaning toward relying on Mike Nickeas as their backup to starter Josh Thole.

R.A. Dickey will be honored at the Thurman Munson Awards next month

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey will be honored next month at the Thurman Munson Awards in New York City, the Mets announced Thursday. Named after the late Yankees catcher and administered in part by his widow, Diane, who has attended 31 straight ceremonies, the awards honor "on-field excellence and community service" in the New York sports community.

This year's awards banquet will also recognize Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin and Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, who will receive the Munson Legend Award during the Jan. 31 ceremony in Manhattan.

Both outspoken and active throughout his career in support of community service

Mets GM Sandy Alderson will study the international market for MLB

His last job, before he was tasked with rebuilding the Mets, sent Sandy Alderson to the Dominican Republic. There he helped deal with the rampant age and identity fraud among young prospects, a job that commissioner Bud Selig asked him to take.

Now Alderson will serve on a joint MLB-Player’s Association committee designed to study the international market. The latest collective bargaining agreement penalizes clubs for what the league deems excessive spending in Latin America. The commissioner’s office hopes this will lead to a world-wide draft in the coming years.

The committee will discuss this complex issue. The co-chairs are union head Michael Weiner, and his MLB counterpart Rob Manfred. Other members include Tampa Bay general manager Andrew Friedman; MLB senior VP of baseball operations Kim Ng; MLBPA officials Tony Clark, Stan Javier and Rick Shapiro.

The prospect of a draft is bringing pushed by the commissioner's office. Last month Manfred called the new rules a "poison pill" to induce a draft. Weiner remains wary of that inevitability.

Mets sign P Chuck James to a minor league deal

Seeking additional bullpen help and potential rotation depth, the Mets announced
Thursday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Chuck James to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training.

James, 30, posted a 6.10 ERA during a brief stay in Minnesota's bullpen last summer, also compiling a 3-2 record, one save and a 2.30 ERA over 62 2/3 innings with the organization's Triple-A Rochester affiliate.

A Georgia native whom the Braves selected in the 20th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, James once ranked amongst Atlanta's brightest young starting pitchers, winning 18 games with a 3.78 ERA as a rookie in 2006. But the left-hander stumbled in his sophomore season as injuries began derailing his career.

Construction Continues on the Modell's Clubhouse (Photo)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mets Officially Announce the Jon Rauch Signing

The Mets and right-handed reliever Jon Rauch have officially agreed to a one-year contract, the club announced Wednesday night.

Rauch, 33, appeared in 53 games with the Blue Jays last season, going 5-4 with 11 saves and a 4.85 ERA. He also struck out 36 batters and pitched at least one inning in 39 of his 53 appearances.

The 6-foot-10 righty will likely set up Frank Francisco, whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $12 million deal but have yet to officially announce.

Rauch, an eight-year veteran, is 39-31 with 58 saves and a 3.82 ERA in his career.

Since 2006, Rauch leads all relievers with 31 wins and his 434 appearances during that time are the second-most by a reliever.

Red Sox Trade SS Jed Lowrie and P Kyle Weiland for P Mark Melancon

According to MLBTR.com , the Red Sox acquired reliever Mark Melancon from the Astros for shortstop Jed Lowrie and starter Kyle Weiland, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first tweeted that Weiland was traded in a deal that involved a reliever going to Boston. 

The deal marks the first trade involving major leaguers by Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Red Sox GM Ben Cherington since taking over their respective roles.

Melancon, 26, turned in a 2.78 ERA with 8.0 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 71 appearances last season.  The right-hander won't be arbitration eligible until after the 2013 season and won't hit free agency until after the 2016 campaign.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Colorado Rockies looking to sign Carlos Beltran?

Thomas Harding of MLB.com confirms that the Rockies are trying to sign free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran.

The Twins have emerged as the front-runner for Josh Willingham, which means the Rockies are in good position to land either Michael Cuddyer or Beltran.

There have been some concerns about Beltran's knees, so the Rockies may be able to get him on two-year deal for a higher annual salary.

The Cardinals and Red Sox have also expressed varying degrees of interest in the 34-year-old outfielder.

Johan Santana labeled as a "Question Mark" and might not be ready for opening day

According to ESPN NY's Adam Rubin,  Mets general manager Sandy Alderson labeled Johan Santana as a "question mark" and said he "might not be" ready for Opening Day.

Santana didn't throw a pitch in the majors this season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder last September.

The Mets may have to go trolling for starting pitching behind Jon Niese, R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee, because it's a fool's errand to count on Santana's health at this point.

"If we stick someone in, who's the logical person to go down? We don't really have a logical candidate to go down," Alderson said. "But we do have some question marks, of course, with Santana being one of them. We think he's going to be ready, but he might not be. That's where the depth becomes important."

Alderson mentioned Jeremy Hefner, claimed off waivers, as a pitcher who could potentially fill in.

MLB Non Tendered List - Players that became free agents

MLB Non Tendered list with links:

Mike Baxter Mets No Link
Fabio Castillo Rangers No Link
Pedro Ciriaco Pirates No Link
Brooks Conrad Braves No Link
Daniel Cortes Mariners No Link
Willie Eyre Orioles No Link
Cole Garner Rockies No Link
Chris Gimenez Mariners No Link
Clay Hensley Marlins No Link
Jeremy Hermida Padres No Link
Rich Hill Red Sox No Link
Koyie Hill Cubs No Link
Jason Jaramillo Pirates No Link
Jeff Keppinger Giants No Link
Hong-Chih Kuo Dodgers No Link
Aaron Laffey Royals No Link
Jose Mijares Twins No Link
Peter Moylan Braves No Link
Micah Owings Diamondbacks No Link
Ronny Paulino Mets No Link
Jo-Jo Reyes Orioles No Link
Will Rhymes Tigers No Link
Joe Saunders Diamondbacks No Link
Luke Scott Orioles No Link
Doug Slaten Nationals No Link
Andy Sonnanstine Rays No Link
Ryan Spilborghs Rockies No Link
Ryan Theriot Cardinals No Link
Eli Whiteside Giants No Link

Mets can go shopping here, there are a couple of intriguing names on this list. But OF Ryan Spilborghs seems to be the strangest, but that might lead to a Carlos Beltran Rockies signing, which has been rumored.. I would love to see the Mets sign Spilborghs as a right handed bat off the bench..

In addition to Ryan Spilborghs, the Mets might be interested in C Jason Jaramillo, INF Brooks Conrad, INF Jeff Keppinger, P Jose Mijares,  P Jo-Jo Reyes, P Joe Saunders, OF Luke Scott, P Andy Sonnanstine, INF Ryan Theriot, which all can help the Mets in some capacity..

I posted recently that I think Ryan Theroit would be a great fit for the Mets because he can come cheap and play multiple positions .. Earlier in his Cubs career he had a good OBP, which can get the Mets brass chirping..

Rumor Mill: No Significant Trade Talks Involving Jon Niese

MLBTR.com reports with starting pitching at a premium, the Mets were reportedly listening to offers for left-hander Jonathon Niese last week at the winter meetings. GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin that there have been no "significant" trade talks involving Niese though, and he still envisions him as part of the club's future (Twitter link).

Niese, 25, told Andy Martino of The New York Daily News that the front office reached out to him last week after the trade rumors became public to assure him they still want him on their club (Twitter link). Three or four teams still have interest in trading for him according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman (on Twitter), and the Mets seek a young catcher and young pitchers in return. That price is too high for some clubs, says Martino (on Twitter). The Rockies and Yankees were said to have some interest in Niese last week.

Although his 4.40 ERA in 2011 is nothing special, Niese did post impressive peripheral stats in his 157 1/3 innings: 7.89 K/9, 2.52 BB/9, and 51.5% grounders. He's had trouble staying healthy in recent years thanks to hamstring and oblique problems, which is why he's never thrown more than 180 innings in a season, majors or minors. Niese is under team control for another four years, the final three as an arbitration-eligible player.

Mets to get a cash in January from minority owner shares?

Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he expected the Mets to get a cash infusion in January when sales to minority investors are expected to close.

Sources familiar with the process recently told ESPNNewYork.com that Fred Wilpon and family had commitments from seven investors to purchase $20 million blocks of the team.

The Mets recently took out a $40 million "bridge loan" from Bank of America in order to have cash on hand until the sales are complete to pay items such as a $25 million bond interest payment owed on the stadium this week.

Mets move on without Ronny Paulino and Mike Baxter

Last night I posted that the Mets were weighing their last minute options on Ronny Paulino, it seems they came up with the answer...

The Mets non tendered Paulino and Queens Native OF Mike Baxter.

The team did offer arbitration to starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, outfielder Andres Torres and relievers Ramon Ramirez and Manny Acosta.

In non-tendering Paulino, the Mets shed his $1.3 million salary (plus a small potential raise through arbitration), allowing them perhaps to expand their budget for pitching and bench upgrades. Without Paulino, the team will almost certainly proceed with Josh Thole and defensive expert Mike Nickeas as its Opening Day catchers; given this year's thin catching market, it is unlikely that the Mets would cut Paulino, then turn around and sign another free agent for similar money.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Time is running out on decision to offer Paulino arbitration

The clock is up on Ronny Paulino. The Mets must decide by midnight ET on Monday night whether or not to offer arbitration to Paulino, who disappointed in his first season in New York.

Signing with the Mets for $1.3 million at the Winter Meetings last year, Paulino reported late to Spring Training due to visa issues, sat out the season's first eight games to satisfy an outstanding performance-enhancing substance suspension, then missed another two weeks due to a blood disorder. When he played, Paulino struggled, hitting .193 with one home run from July 4 through season's end.

Should the Mets non-tender Paulino, they would shed his $1.3 million salary (plus a small potential raise through arbitration), allowing them to expand their budget for pitching and bench upgrades. In Paulino's wake, the team would almost certainly proceed with Josh Thole and defensive-minded Mike Nickeas as its Opening Day catchers; it is unlikely that the Mets would cut Paulino, then turn around and sign another free-agent catcher for similar money.

Mets add some depth , sign one catcher, two pitchers to minor league contracts

The Mets have signed left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson and catcher Lucas May to

minor league contracts and claimed right-hander Jeremy Hefner off waivers from Pittsburgh.

Olson began last season with the Pirates. He went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in four games. The 28-year-old also has pitched for Baltimore and Seattle and is 14-22 lifetime.

May, 27, was in Triple-A for Kansas City and Arizona. He hit a combined .238 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. Olson and May were invited to spring training.

Hefner, 25, was 9-7 with a 4.98 ERA in Triple-A for San Diego. The Pirates claimed him from the Padres on Nov. 18. He was drafted by the Mets in 2004 and 2005.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun Tested Positive for a performance-enhancing drug

Reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, reports Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn of ESPN. YokalSports.com was the first to report the news (on Twitter). Braun is facing a 50-game suspension and is disputing the positive test through arbitration.

"There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program," said a spokesman for Braun in a statement. "While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident he will ultimately be exonerated."

Braun, 28, was tested during the playoffs and notified of the positive result in late-October. Elevated levels of testosterone in Braun's system triggered the positive test, which prompted MLB to ask the testing agency to perform a second test. The second test determined that the testosterone was exogenous, meaning it was produced outside of Braun's body.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mets will hold Annual Coat Drive on December 15th

The New York Mets announced they are hosting their annual Coat Drive in support of New York Cares on Wednesday, December 15 at Citi Field. The Mets and New York Cares will collect gently-used men's, women's and children's coats at Hodges VIP, on the first base side of the ballpark, from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Fans donating coats will receive a voucher redeemable for one pair of tickets to a select Mets game in April 2011. In addition, fans can show their voucher at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field to receive a 15% off regularly priced merchandise. Season Ticket Holders who donate coats can show their voucher and ID card to get 20% off regularly priced items. The discount will only be honored Wednesday, December 15.

Fans dropping off coats may park in Lot G on 126th Street between the Right Field Gate and Roosevelt Avenue.

Coats will be donated to the New York Cares Coat Drive, the city's largest annual coat drive which has a goal of collecting 70,000 coats during December. For information about the New York Cares Coat Drive, please visit newyorkcares.org.

Rumor Mill: Dodgers have interest in Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy of the Mets is the player the Dodgers tried to trade for at the Winter Meetings, according to a baseball source, and they might make another run at him.

Murphy was the unnamed player general manager Ned Colletti referred to when he said he might be able to upgrade the roster at the Winter Meetings, adding yet another multi-position player after earlier signing Jerry Hairston Jr. and Adam Kennedy.

But Colletti said the trade he thought might happen instead unraveled when the other club satisfied its need elsewhere without trading the player he wanted.

That apparently was a reference to the Mets' acquisition of Giants outfielder Andres Torres. It's not clear who the Dodgers would have sent to the Mets, although Tony Gwynn Jr. is also an outfield defensive specialist.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Daniel Murphy gets a chance to play Santa

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Daniel Murphy will don the Santa costume Tuesday as the Mets stage their annual holiday party for schoolchildren. Murphy will be joined by teammates Jon Niese and Justin Turner.

Past Mets Santas include David Wright, John Franco, John Maine, Mike Cameron, Mike Pelfrey, Jeff Francoeur and Kris Benson (with Anna).

The students will come from P.S. 19 (Corona), P.S. 20 (Flushing), P.S. 111 (Long Island City), P.S. 136 (St. Albans), and P.S. 149 (Jackson Heights).

Sandy Alderson happy with the moves so far, might make more trades?

Alderson ready to make move moves?
Andy McCullough of NJ.com talked to Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. He talked to him about the moves the Mets have made so far and what Mets fans can expect the rest of the winter.

Alderson thinks the Mets have improved on their bullpen and defense , especially in center-field.

“We’re pleased with where we are right now,” Alderson said
The Mets garnered few headlines this week. The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels stole the show, tossing around nine-figure contracts without fear.

Instead the Mets operated in search of lower-profile signings to trim payroll while remaining competitive. They haggled with other clubs in trade discussions. They spent about $10 million. With $5 million allocated for Mike Pelfrey in arbitration, that leaves Alderson another $5 million to build a bench.

With regards to losing Jose Reyes to the Marlins Alderson said,  "Of course, the departure of Reyes still pains much of the fan-base,. but time heals”, he hopes the maneuvers executed here aid that process.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Cards are likely to non-tender SS Ryan Theriot, Might be perfect fit for Mets

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Cardinals are likely to non-tender Ryan Theriot.

The Cards were not satisfied with Theriot's defense at shortstop this past year and have committed to Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for 2012.

Heyman suggests that the Mets, Braves, Reds, Astros, Blue Jays and Royals might have interest.


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I would love to see the Mets sign Ryan Theriot because I think it would ease the pain of Tejada playing short everyday. Theriot made $3.3 Million last year. Theriot also plays 2nd base, 3rd, LF, and RF. Mets need a utility man and the price might be right and a perfect fit.. Decent OBP numbers might make him tempting for Sandy and CO.

Andres Torres "Excited" to be with the Mets

Upon receiving word of his trade to New York earlier this week, outfielder Andres Torres thought immediately of his father, a lifelong Mets fan. He thought of his cousins and other relatives spread throughout New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut.

"I'm excited to go to New York," Torres said in a telephone interview. "I grew up in Puerto Rico, but I've got a lot of family there, too."

In that sense, Torres will already have a support system in place when he reports to Flushing for the first time. He also knows trainer Ray Ramirez, his former trainer in Puerto Rico; new reliever Ramon Ramirez, whom the Giants traded along with him; and Johan Santana.

Albert Pujols Chooses Hollywood over Miami Beach

While the Los Angeles Angels' signing of free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year contract for around $255 million stunned the baseball world, there was a development that was even more remarkable.

Pujols actually left money on the table.

Pujols rejected the Miami Marlins' offer of 10 years, $275 million a day earlier, according to two people familiar with the offer but not authorized to discuss it due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations.

MLB Network analyst suggested that the Marlins "NO-Trade" team policy was the obstacle that kept him from moving to Miami Beach, even though the money was there...

With incentives and no state tax in Florida, the actual value of the deal could have been worth nearly $300 million.

Pujols also turned down an offer north of $200 million to stay with the Cardinals, and the fact he left his longtime team despite such a lucrative offer to stay no doubt will emerge as a narrative in St. Louis.

Mets Grounds Crew Fixing up the Center Field Warning Track (Photo)

Mets Rumors: Jason Bay, Endy Chavez

The Mets have asked around and not received "even minor interest" for Jason Bay, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

A reunion of Endy Chavez and the Mets seems less likely following the club's acquisition of Andres Torres, tweets Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. The Mariners, Rangers, or Orioles could be landing spots for Chavez, says MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

ESPN's Adam Rubin tweets a similar notion, stating that a reunion between Chavez and the Mets is "not impossible" but that he's also not forecasting it (Twitter link).
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