Showing posts with label 2012 Free Agent Outfielders. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Free Agent Outfielders. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The Mets have "pretty much stopped pursuing" left-handed hitting outfielders

The Mets have “pretty much stopped pursuing” left-handed hitting outfielders, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.

The Mets had been linked to free agents such as Raul Ibanez, Kosuke Fukudome and Johnny Damon, but it now appears that they’ll take a wait-and-see approach.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mets looking to add lefty outfielder bat for their bench

Andy Martino of the Ny Daily News reports with Spring training is three weeks away, the Mets off-season work might not be complete.

According to two team insiders, the club is looking for a veteran left-handed bat for the bench, and is shopping in the aisle that includes Rick Ankiel, Kosuke Fukudome, Raul Ibanez and Johnny Damon.

Ankiel or Fukudome could provide Terry Collins with a lefty pinch-hitter, occasional platoon partner for Jason Bay, and insurance against an injury to, or disappointing performance from, Bay, Lucas Duda, or Andres Torres.

After Willie Harris signed with Cincinnati, the Mets were left with two unproven players, Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen, as their options for the lefty off the bench.

Most major league managers prefer veterans in that role, because those players are accustomed to the unique challenges of irregular play and pinch-hitting — and because developing players are best served playing every day in Triple-A.


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Mets Monitoring left-handed hitting outfielder market

The Mets are "diligently monitoring" the market for left-handed-hitting outfielders such as Johnny Damon, Kosuke Fukudome, Rick Ankiel, Raul Ibanez and Juan Pierre, according to Jerry Crasnick of Crasnick adds that the surplus of players who fit that bill affords the cash-strapped Mets with some much-needed negotiating leverage (Twitter links).

Andres Torres is the Mets' projected starting center fielder, and he'll be flanked by Jason Bay in left and perhaps a platoon of Scott Hairston and Lucas Duda in right, so it's unclear as to what role one of the above-mentioned players would fill.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mets appear to be the only serious suitor for Cody Ross, Nothing appears imminent

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News gets "a sense" that the Mets' interest in outfielder Cody Ross "is not very strong right now." "Certainly nothing imminent," writes Martino.

New York appears to be Ross' most serious suitor at the moment, but it's likely that the Mets are waiting for his asking price to drop even lower. Ross was looking for a three-year contract when this offseason began, but he has since lowered those demands significantly.

Perhaps the Mets could snag him on a one-year deal with performance incentives. The 31-year-old batted just .240/.325/.405 last season for the Giants, but he slugged 14 home runs in 121 games and holds a shiny .912 career OPS against left-handed pitchers. Sounds like a nice platoon option for the Mets.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mets are trying to sign OF Cody Ross

From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Mets “have an interest” in free agent outfielder Cody Ross and “are making a run at signing him.”

Ross went into this off-season in search of a three-year contract, but he has scaled back those expectations in recent weeks and might be resigned to accepting a one-year deal with a fairly low base salary if no other teams get seriously involved.

The Mets aren’t exactly the best fit given that they’re trying to rebuild and already have a host of mediocre outfielders, but Ross can be effective when used correctly.

The 31-year-old has averaged 21 home runs per 162 games in his eight-year major league career and holds a .912 career OPS against left-handed pitchers.


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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Mets bring back Scott Hairston for one more year

The Mets have agreed to re-sign outfielder Scott Hairston, pending a physical,'s Jon Heyman reports. The one-year deal is worth $1.1 million.

Hairston, 31, hit .235/.303/.470 with seven home runs for the Mets last season. He's hit .244/.303/.437 in parts of eight seasons with the Diamondbacks, Padres, A's and Mets.

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

Sunday, December 25, 2011

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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Colorado Rockies looking to sign Carlos Beltran?

Thomas Harding of 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.
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