Showing posts with label 2012 Free Agent Center Fielders. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Free Agent Center Fielders. Show all posts

Monday, December 19, 2011

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.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Grady Sizemore appears to be headed back to Indians

Grady Sizemore appears to be headed back to the Indians and will keep his current address.

The free-agent outfielder is in serious discussions with his previous team, according to his agent, Joe Urbon.

“Grady has maintained that he would welcome a return to the Indians,” Urbon said. “Our efforts right now are to see if we can make that happen.”

The talks accelerated Friday, with the two sides exchanging proposals. Sizemore pulled back from his discussions with other clubs to try to get a deal with the Indians, multiple sources said, and could make a decision this weekend.

By staying with the Indians, Sizemore would remain with the doctors and trainers who know him best. He would sign a one-year contract, attempt to keep his knees healthy and try to better position himself for another crack at free agency next offseason.

Other than the Indians, the Phillies, Cubs and Rockies have been the most aggressive teams on Sizemore, sources said. The Indians had been pressing him for an answer, knowing they might need to move on to other pursuits.

Sizemore became a free agent after the Indians declined his $9 million club option. He is expected to receive a much lower guarantee in this contract, but with incentives that could push its total to approximately the same value as the option or beyond.

Endy Chavez II : The Return?

The Catch
Andy Martino of the NY Daily News reports that one high-ranking team insider says the Mets are open to a second stint in Flushing for the free agent outfielder, and have discussed Chavez — albeit in a very informal and preliminary way — with agent Peter Greenberg.

Although there have not yet been any serious talks or negotiations, Mets brass considers Chavez a fit for the 2012 roster. It remains to be seen whether the sides will agree on Chavez’s value.

The pursuit of a fourth outfielder would not normally be headline-worthy, but Chavez owns a special place in franchise lore: His leaping, snow-cone catch of what seemed a certain Scott Rolen home run in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS kept a classic contest close. Although the Mets lost that series on a Yadier Molina home run and a Carlos Beltran strikeout, Chavez's catch remained one of the most iconic plays in postseason history.

I hope Endy will return to the Ny Mets, he was always a favorite of mine.. - DD

Endy Chavez's Stats

2011 Regular Season8325637771135271030105.301.323.426.749
2011 Postseason550000000000.

Friday, November 04, 2011

2012 Mets Free Agent Focus: Center Field - Pagan Out, New Candidates In

Pagan has dropped the ball
According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, there is a uncertainty of Angel Pagan’s future with the Mets since his attempt to be Carlos Beltran’s replacement last season.

The team is still debating whether to cut ties with its center fielder.

If they decide to proceed without him, the Mets could shop Pagan and, if that fails, nontender him. In that scenario, which has been a solid possibility since midsummer, the Mets will likely seek a strong fielder - and an affordable one.

Team insiders - While noting that Pagan might still return, have not shot down the notion, and point out that Ankiel, the free agent who earned $1.5 million last season with the Washington Nationals, might be precisely the type of short-term replacement for Pagan that the Mets are seeking.

The difference in salary between Pagan, 30, and an alternative such as Ankiel is key. The Mets are trying to cut payroll by about $30 million, a project that requires trimming around many edges. Pagan is talented and enjoyed a breakout year in 2010, but will likely be awarded about $5 million in salary arbitration this winter.

Ankiel, 32, batted .239 last season, with a .296 on-base percentage and a cannon arm in the outfield. The offensive numbers are far from quality, but Pagan’s on-base percentage was just .322, he pursued fly balls in circuitous fashion and lobbed them toward the infield, all while alienating his manager and many teammates with what they perceived as a sour disposition.

Several times last season Terry Collins tried to connect with Pagan, calling him into the office and asking why he was sulking. A positive clubhouse presence the year before, Pagan seem troubled by his dip in performance in 2011. Although he enjoyed a far better season at the plate than Ankiel did, some Mets officials strongly believe that Pagan will not be a good fit next year.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Grady Sizemore leaning towards the Nationals?

For the past three seasons, injuries have derailed Grady Sizemore’s once-electric career. From 2005 to 2008, he had more wins above replacement, according to, than all but three major league players.

Since 2009, he has hit .234/.314/.413 while fighting injuries to both knees and his lower abdominal muscles.

I am a big proponent in bringing in Grady Sizemore to the Mets to play Center Field if he can prove that he is healthy.

I read a article in The Washington Post that has me believe that Sizemore could be a member of the Nationals in the near future.

The article says,  "(Sizemore) He’s open to anything,” said Urbon, who is part of CAA Sports (Sports Agency). “He’s not limiting his choices at all.”, but Adam Kilgore outlines that:
The Nationals have not indicated if they will pursue Sizemore in free agency, but they have identified filling their need in center fielder as a top priority.

Sizemore is one of the best, though riskiest, free agents available. Sizemore’s injury history is a significant issue – he has played in 210 games over the past three seasons. But Sizemore, 28, became one of the best players before injuries befell him in 2009.

Urbon said “a number of clubs” have contacted him with interest in Sizemore since Monday, when teams could begin limited contact with agents regarding other teams’ free agents.

Urbon did not feel at liberty to share which teams had contacted him about Sizemore, but “CAA has a solid relationship with Mike Rizzo and the Lerner family,” Urbon said. “I’ll leave it at that.” CAA represents several Nationals players, including Ryan Zimmerman, John Lannan, Drew Storen and Ross Detwiler.

Still I hope the Mets make a play for him, but the Mets may have those odds stacked up against them...
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