Saturday, June 30, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Rosario, Harvey, Adding a Closer, Trading Murphy, Davis
Sixteen-year-old Dominican shortstop Germán Ahmed Rosario is due to sign with the Mets for $1.7 million on Monday, when the new group of international teenagers is eligible to be signed, according to ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas.
Matt Harvey retired the first 14 batters he faced and tossed seven scoreless innings in Triple-A Buffalo's 8-0 win against Louisville.
A baseball official familiar with the Mets' plans told ESPN NY he did not foresee the Mets acquiring a large-salaried closer from another team at the trading deadline (Brett Myers type) since the Mets already have Frank Francisco.
The official added that trade talks really have not started percolating yet since most teams are not willing to concede publicly they are out of postseason contention. Clearly, though, the focus of any Mets improvements will be the bullpen.
After Daniel Murphy had a 2-for-5, five-RBI game Friday that included another homer, Collins said he could not believe the second baseman ever was in a slump. "You're just seeing a quicker bat through the zone, much better balance at the plate," Collins said. "He's seeing the ball probably better. I was shocked as anybody that Daniel Murphy ever got in a slump. He's such a good hitter. He has such a great approach at the plate. I mean, I was taken aback. I didn't think this guy could ever get in a slump the way he uses the field to hit -- hits lefties, hits righties. But it shows you it can happen to anybody."
ESPN's Buster Olney says Daniel Murphy is a "nice fit" for the Dodgers. Writes Olney:
"The Dodgers have bullpen help, which the Mets need, and the price for Murphy wouldn't be prohibitive now, because he's had an off-year. But Murphy had always hit, before this year, and the Mets have long thought his best position is actually third base, where L.A. has a need."
Ike Davis was fined $750 but will receive no suspension for touching, apparently inadvertently, umpire Manny Gonzalez on Tuesday in Chicago.