Showing posts with label 2012 Free Agents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Free Agents. Show all posts

Thursday, February 02, 2012

2012 Free Agents left unsigned so far - 2/2/12

Below is the 2012 Free Agent list of players left unsigned so far this off-season.

I used the last column of each player to comment on rumors I have heard and plain comments. Lot of interesting names on the list that include Scott Kazmir, Rich Harden.

If you see a letter in the fourth column that means they are Type A or B Free Agents, Team will owe compensation (picks).

Enjoy - Source: MLBTR

Russell Branyan 1B

Casey Kotchman 1B

Derrek Lee 1B

Conor Jackson 1B / LF / RF

Xavier Nady 1B / LF / RF

Ross Gload 1B / RF

Felipe Lopez 2B / 3B

Aaron Miles 2B / 3B

Bill Hall 2B / LF

Alex Cora 2B / SS / 3B

He isn't coaching yet??
Eric Chavez 3B

Wes Helms 3B

Mark Teahen 3B

Ramon Castro C

Jason Kendall C

Ivan Rodriguez C

J.R. Towles C

Interesting young catcher
Jason Varitek C

Dewayne Wise CF

Kosuke Fukudome CF / RF

Vladimir Guerrero DH

Hideki Matsui DH

Manny Ramirez DH

Marlins?, Indians?
Jay Gibbons LF

Raul Ibanez LF
Rick Ankiel LF / CF / RF

Yoenis Cespedes LF / CF / RF

Milton Bradley LF / DH

Johnny Damon LF / DH

Marcus Thames LF / DH

J.D. Drew RF

Monday, November 21, 2011

Closer Joe Nathan signs with Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have signed Closer/RHP Joe Nathan. This move seems to indicate that RHP Neftali Feliz will be moving into the starting rotataion.

The Mets were looking at the NY Native to fill their void at closer...

Nathan has been with Minnesota Twins for the past 7 seasons. He was limited by injuries last season to pitching 44 innings with a 4.84 ERA. However, in the previous 6 seasons he never had less than 35 saves, and saved a career high 47 games in 2009. His career stats with both San Francisco and Minnesota: appeared in 581 games, 792 2/3 IP, 534 Hits, 276 BB, 761 K – 2.87 ERA..

Maybe Matt Capps is the answer?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mets are targeting Jason Marquis to replace Chris Capuano

Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that the Mets are interested in free agent right-hander Jason Marquis.

Davidoff writes that the Mets view him as a replacement for Chris Capuano, who is aiming for a multi-year contract this winter. Marquis, 33, posted a 4.43 ERA over 23 starts this season between the Nationals and Diamondbacks before he suffered a fractured right fibula in mid-August.

It could be a good fit, as the Staten Island native will likely look for a one-year deal in hopes of reestablishing his value and hitting the free agent market again next offseason.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Red Sox interested in Beltran, Two Year Deal

Beltran might stay on the east coast
According to a report from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Red Sox are interested in free agent Carlos Beltran. The veteran right fielder was though to be a possible trade target for the Sox at the 2011 deadline, but the Mets instead dealt Beltran to the Giants, where he hit .323 with seven home runs in 44 games. The 34-year-old Beltran (he’ll be 35 in April) hit .300 with 22 HR and 84 RBI last season.

A competing executive told Heyman that he predicts the Sox will ink Beltran to a two-year deal. According to an report last week, Beltran has left agent Scott Boras and is now represented by Dan Lozano.

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...

2012 Mets Free Agent Focus: Fixing the bullpen

In my Mets Free Agent Focus I will be outlining one of the Mets biggest needs, to fix the bullpen. Sandy Alderson has stated that he thinks the main focal point this off-season will be on the pen including the closer role.

Mets will look at Broxton to close in 2012
I have listed the free agents that the Mets will be looking at to fill the pen this off-season. By the way, don't discount the fact that the Mets will steering away from any Type A or B Free agents because one -  they usually cost money and two -  the Mets will not be giving up picks when your in a rebuilding mode. - So forget them (I scratched them out)..

Here are a list of 2012 Free Agents Relievers from MLB Trade Rumors:

Heath Bell (34) - Type A
Jonathan Broxton (28)
Matt Capps (28) - Type A
Francisco Cordero (37) - Type A
Frank Francisco (32) - Type B
Ryan Madson (31) - Type A

Joe Nathan (37)
Jonathan Papelbon (31) - Type A
Jon Rauch (33) - Type B
Francisco Rodriguez (30) - Type A

That leaves the Mets with two big options in the closer free agent pool, Nathan and Broxton! Nathan has admitted that he would play in the Big Apple, But Broxton is younger at 28 years of age.

Right-handed relievers
David Aardsma (29)
Jeremy Accardo (30)
Luis Ayala (34)
Danys Baez (34)
Miguel Batista (41)
Shawn Camp (36) - Type B
Todd Coffey (31)
Juan Cruz (31)
Octavio Dotel (38) - Type A
Chad Durbin (34)
Jeff Fulchino (32)
Juan Gutierrez (28)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Milwaukee Brewers decline options for K-Rod and Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt

The Milwaukee Brewers declined the options for pitcher Francisco Rodriguez and shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt on Sunday, making both players free agents.

Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod), who was acquired on July 12 of last season in a trade from the New York Mets, had a mutual option worth $17.5 million dollars for next season but will instead receive a $4 million buyout.

The major-league record holder for saves in a single season (62) had a 6-2 record with a 2.64 ERA and 23 saves last season, serving mainly as an eighth- inning man with Milwaukee.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jose Reyes and six other Mets players file for free agency

According to the NY Daily News, Seven Mets were among the 148 major leaguers listed by the Players' Association as free agents Sunday, but all winter intrigue in Flushing will involve one name,  Jose Reyes.

In addition to Reyes, Willie Harris, Scott Hairston, Chris Young, Chris Capuano, Jason Isringhausen and Miguel Batista will be able to sign with other clubs starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Until then, teams have exclusive negotiating rights with their players.

As the Daily News reported Friday, the Mets will not sign Reyes during that period, and will allow other teams to set the market for the shortstop. Once that market is set - and team insiders are expecting the process to stretch into December or beyond - the Mets will decide if they consider it reasonable.

Beyond that slow-rolling drama, the Mets are highly unlikely to be high-end shoppers this offseason. If they do not re-sign Reyes, the team will look at the middle of that 148-player list, not the top. Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and C.J. Wilson will wear other uniforms next season, as none of those top-tier names fits the Mets' needs and/or budget.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mets GM Sandy Alderson thinks stabilizing bullpen including closer will be top priority this winter

Matt Capps could be on Mets radar?
The Mets entering free agency this winter have $55 million tied up in just three players that include Johan Santana, David Wright and Jason Bay.

If they do not re-sign shortstop Jose Reyes, who would almost certainly cost them upwards of $20 million per season, the Mets still must fill out a large chunk of their Opening Day roster through free agency.

Given the team's holes, it would not seem prudent for the Mets to spend roughly one-fifth of their remaining budget on any closer, let alone one with a history of personal issues in New York. Toss in Alderson's perceived (if not entirely accurate) reluctance to spend significant money on closers in general, and it seems beyond unlikely that Rodriguez will return to Flushing.

Sandy Alderson did recently indicate that stabilizing the bullpen will be a top priority this winter.

"If you look at the bullpen as one of those areas of particular disappointment, I think we were thin there to begin with," Alderson said. "Really, most critical was [the loss of] Frankie. It led to a number of auditions for that closer role and some uncertainty as to other roles, and there's no question that blowing saves at a pretty spectacular rate is pretty debilitating on a team."

Outside of signing D.J. Carrasco, who struggled mightily after signing a guaranteed two-year, $2.4 million deal, the Mets spent almost no money on their bullpen last winter.

Discounting Carrasco and Rodriguez, whom former general manager Omar Minaya had inked to a three-year deal, the Mets committed a combined $3 million to the other five relievers on their Opening Day roster.

A group that included two Minor League signings and a Rule 5 Draft pick and represented less than three percent of their payroll.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Jayson Stark of ESPN on Jose Reyes' injury

Jayson Stark of ESPN Reports, that there’s buzz that the Mets were prepared to offer Reyes $100MM over five years earlier in the summer. It’s not hard to imagine the Mets scaling back their offer or replacing guaranteed years with vesting options now.

One of Stark’s sources estimates that each day on the disabled list costs Reyes $500K.

However, there's no doubt that Reyes will see some substantial offers this winter.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cecil Fielder says the Mets have a chance to sign his son , Prince Fielder

According to the NY Daily News, Former Yankee star Cecil Fielder, the father of Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, told the Daily News Monday that he could see his son landing in New York - but not in the Bronx.

"I don't think the Yankees are gonna get him," Fielder told The News at the Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic, a charity event at Yankee Stadium. "But I think if everything goes well on the other side, the Mets are one of those teams that if they get that situation all squared away, they could get him."

Prince enters this week's three-game series against the Yankees hitting .305 with 21 homers, and he's expected to be a hot commodity come December. He signed a one-year, $15.5 million deal with the Brewers in January, and Fielder conceded that his son would "probably like to stay in Milwaukee." But the 27-year-old is represented by super agent Scott Boras, a likely sign he's headed for the open market.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mets will be patient , Crop of free agents next year will be better

I know the Mets Fans are going crazy over not having a big winter. Mike Francesa (WFAN) is chanting his words against Sandy Alderson saying that the season is already over for the New York Mets. He and Sandy Alderson will probably have that debate on WFAN this week, which will be interesting.

The Mets will remain to be patient (According to Sandy) and see if they can find deals to fit this ball club. The Mets still have to find relievers, preferably a lefty or two. I know the Mets fans do not want to see Ollie P in a big spot against a lefty.  They will look into the lost and found section of starting pitchers which will include one of the following, Brandon Webb, Chris Young, and Jeff Francis with the real possibility of Young coming here.

The Mets will find short term backup solutions in the outfield this year with Reed Johnson as the leading candidate, Fred Lewis, and Jerry Hairston Jr. in the tow.

The Mets have 4 possible second basemen going into camp. They have Luis "Get Me Out Of Town" Castillo (or GMOOT for short), Daniel "The Comeback Kid" Murphy, Rubin "Should I stay or should I go now" Tejada, and Rule 5 draft pick, Brad Emaus. Who's swing reminds me of Dan Uggla a little bit.

Out of that group, one of them will more likely play everyday. I would love to see a fresh start at that position and not see Castillo there sitting there like a DEAD DUCK. I prefer to see a mix of Murphy (1B/2B/3B/LF) , Tejada (2B/SS), and Emaus (2B/3B) lingering at the bag, with Castillo playing checkers at a nearby park..

The Mets will have many free agent alternatives in 2012 because the crop of 2B will be slightly better. They can get free agent alternatives like Dan Uggla, Richie Weeks lead the way, Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips, Toronto's Aaron Hill and Florida's Omar Infante also are facing option decisions and could be added to this list next winter. Also Kelly Johnson, Jose Lopez, Freddy Sanchez, Mark Ellis - and old standby Orlando Hudson who always remains a possibility for NY.

Aside from the dead-wood deals of Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, the Mets also will have to either re-sign or replace core players Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and Francisco Rodriguez next winter, with the latter owning

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