Showing posts with label 2013 Free Agent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2013 Free Agent. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

K-Rod Open to Idea of Returning to Mets


Francisco Rodriguez, who remains unsigned and said he is open to returning to the Mets to finish what he started.

“Think about once again to come back, and redeem myself, that would be great because I got to be realistic and honest,” said Rodriguez, who is playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. “You’d have to be real blind not to see that I failed when I was there. That’s not even a question. Definitely, to get one more shot, go back and get it done, that would be great.”

Rodriguez said he would love to be the closer, but would take another role if needed.

“I have to prove what I’m capable of as far as how is my body, how healthy,” he said before the Venezuelan team faced the Mets in an exhibition game. “Do I want to close again, definitely, no doubt in my mind.”

Rodriguez said his agent spoke to the Mets over the winter, but not recently.

Frank Francisco, the Mets closer for most of last year, is owed $6.5 million this season. But he has not pitched so far this spring. Bobby Parnell, who has had mixed success finishing games, is expected to be the closer for now.

K-Rod's Career Stats:
Year Tm W L ERA G GF SV IP H R ER HR BB
2002 ANA 0 0 0.00 5 4 0 5.2 3 0 0 0 2
2003 ANA 8 3 3.03 59 23 2 86.0 50 30 29 12 35
2004 ANA 4 1 1.82 69 29 12 84.0 51 21 17 2 33
2005 LAA 2 5 2.67 66 58 45 67.1 45 20 20 7 32
2006 LAA 2 3 1.73 69 58 47 73.0 52 16 14 6 28
2007 LAA 5 2 2.81 64 56 40 67.1 50 22 21 3 34
2008 LAA 2 3 2.24 76 69 62 68.1 54 21 17 4 34
2009 NYM 3 6 3.71 70 66 35 68.0 51 34 28 7 38
2010 NYM 4 2 2.20 53 46 25 57.1 45 14 14 3 21
2011 TOT 6 2 2.64 73 36 23 71.2 67 22 21 4 26
2011 NYM 2 2 3.16 42 34 23 42.2 44 15 15 3 16
2011 MIL 4 0 1.86 31 2 0 29.0 23 7 6 1 10
2012 MIL 2 7 4.38 78 13 3 72.0 65 37 35 8 31
11 Yrs 38 34 2.70 682 458 294 720.2 533 237 216 56 314
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/6/2013.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Report: Mets unlikely to sign Closer Jose Valverde


According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, the Mets are unlikely to sign former Tiger closer Jose Valverde, who turns 35 next month. The club expects Valverde to eventually find a major league deal elsewhere.

If he is amenable to a minor league deal later in camp, the Mets might be open to that — but as of right now, a fit does not seem likely.


With Frank Francisco still unable to throw because of his elbow issues, Terry Collins named Bobby Parnell the Mets' closer last week, a position he could retain even when Francisco returns. The Mets also have Brandon Lyon in camp, a veteran expected to handle the eighth inning, but with ample closing experience.

Valverde Career Stats:
Year Age Tm W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB
2003 25 ARI 2 1 2.15 54 10 50.1 24 16 12 4 26
2004 26 ARI 1 2 4.25 29 8 29.2 23 17 14 7 17
2005 27 ARI 3 4 2.44 61 15 66.1 51 19 18 5 20
2006 28 ARI 2 3 5.84 44 18 49.1 50 32 32 6 22
2007 29 ARI 1 4 2.66 65 47 64.1 46 21 19 7 26
2008 30 HOU 6 3 3.38 74 44 72.0 62 28 27 10 23
2009 31 HOU 4 2 2.33 52 25 54.0 40 15 14 5 21
2010 32 DET 2 4 3.00 60 26 63.0 41 24 21 5 32
2011 33 DET 2 4 2.24 75 49 72.1 52 21 18 5 34
2012 34 DET 3 4 3.78 71 35 69.0 59 34 29 3 27
10 Yrs 26 31 3.11 585 277 590.1 448 227 204 57 248
162 Game Avg. 3 4 3.11 68 32 69 52 26 24 7 29
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/17/2013.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

News: Bourn goes to Cleveland Indians, 4 years $48 Million


According to the Andy Martino of  the NY Daily News, free agent center fielder Michael Bourn went to the Indians.

The 30-year-old, an All-Star for the Braves last season, agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with Cleveland.

According to Martino, the Mets also offered Bourn four years and approximately $48 million, but their pursuit of the All-Star was fatally complicated by an unprecedented situation involving the team’s first-round draft choice.

Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, the team that signed Bourn would surrender its top pick this year, unless that team has a top-10 selection.

The Mets were the 10th-worst team in baseball in 2012, but were pushed to 11th overall in this year’s draft because Pittsburgh failed to sign its top choice last season. The team believed that in the interest of competitive balance and what it considered the spirit of the rule, its top pick should have been protected had it made a deal with Bourn.

The issue would have been decided by an independent arbitrator, unless the Players’ Association and Major League Baseball had reached a settlement. According to a person with direct knowledge of the process, discussions about the pick issue never became serious.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Mets using Wright as a Bourn Recruiter


Wright told The Post yesterday he has spoken with and exchanged texts with free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn in an attempt to lure him to Citi Field.
“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright said after his first early workout at the Mets’ spring training complex.

“I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and I told him, ‘You’re always in the right place at the right time, your work counts,’ ’’ Wright said. “I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game and have always kind of chatted with him when he gets to third base.

“I just feel he’s a hard-nosed player. I wanted to be there to answer any question he might have and let him know that with some of the young arms that we have and the young talent we have, we are not far off.’’

“He’s terrorized us, so I’ve seen first-hand what he is capable of doing,’’ Wright said.

“Those types of guys, speed guys, he’s frustrated the heck out of me by chasing down balls in the outfield,’’ Wright said. “It just seems that he has a nose for the game. He would be a great addition, but obviously there are a few teams interested.

“I’m all-in in this organization, and I’m going to do whatever I can, on the field or in the clubhouse, to try to get this thing going in the direction I think we need to go,’’ said Wright, who signed a $138 million extension this offseason.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mets sign RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal


The Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale (on Twitter).

The 40-year-old Hawkins was effective in 42 innings for the Angels last season, pitching to a 3.64 ERA, 4.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.

His fastball still averaged 92.3 mph, according to FanGraphs, though his 5.4% swinging strike rate was the lowest of his lengthy career.

If Hawkins makes the roster, the Mets will become the tenth team for which he's pitched at the Major League level. The Reynolds Sports Management client has a career 4.45 ERA, 6.0 K/9, 2.9 BB/9 and 47.8 percent ground-ball rate in 1303 2/3 innings.

He's been significantly better as a reliever (3.36 ERA in 518 1/3 innings) than he was a starter early on in his career (6.11 ERA in 785 1/3 innings).

Friday, January 25, 2013

Rosenthal: Mets and Bourn match unlikely


Scott Boras
According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports, the Mets and Michael Bourn seem a unlikely fit in Queens.

The Mets would have the support of the MLBPA if they continue lobbying for the right to surrender a second round pick instead of a first rounder should they sign a free agent linked to draft pick compensation.

But sympathy for the Mets would only go so far just one offseason after the completion of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. MLB wouldn’t want to establish a precedent and would likely fight a grievance by the MLBPA.

Scott Boras, Bourn’s agent, is a factor in this as well, Rosenthal reports. MLB isn’t inclined to do Boras any favors such as making an exception for Bourn.





Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mets Rumors: Free Agent Bourn Becomes a "Realistic Possibility"


Michael Bourn has gone from barely a consideration by the Mets to a “realistic” possibility for the team’s beleaguered outfield.

Now that the Braves have are in agreement to a trade for outfielder Justin Upton with the Diamondbacks, it gives the Mets the first crack to signing the speedy outfielder.. The Mets and Braves were considered the top suitors for Bourn.

The Mets main concern has to be whether they have to give up the first round pick.. The Mets are lobbying the league to get their No. 11 overall pick protected (only the top 10 overall have such status), which would allow them to give up a second-round draft choice if they signed Bourn.

The Mets contend their request should be considered because the Pirates moved ahead of them, to No. 9 in the draft, after failing to sign their top pick last year.

If the price is right and the Mets get it their way,  Michael Bourn might be on his way to cover some ground in Citi-Field this summer.

CBS' Jon Heyman suggests it’ll take a five-year deal worth $15MM or so per season to sign Bourn, a Scott Boras client. B.J. Upton obtained a five-year, $75.2MM contract that could be a comparable for Bourn’s next deal. The Mets have money left in their payroll, with only about $80 million to $85 million committed and a budget with room for about $15 million more.


Bourn's Stats
Year Age Tm AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
2006 23 PHI 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 3 .125
2007 24 PHI 119 29 33 3 3 1 6 18 1 13 21 .277
2008 25 HOU 467 57 107 10 4 5 29 41 10 37 111 .229
2009 26 HOU 606 97 173 27 12 3 35 61 12 63 140 .285
2010 27 HOU 535 84 142 25 6 2 38 52 12 59 109 .265
2011 28 TOT 656 94 193 34 10 2 50 61 14 53 140 .294
2011 28 HOU 429 64 130 26 7 1 32 39 7 38 90 .303
2011 28 ATL 227 30 63 8 3 1 18 22 7 15 50 .278
2012 29 ATL 624 96 171 26 10 9 57 42 13 70 155 .274
7 Yrs 3015 459 820 125 45 22 215 276 64 296 679 .272
162 Game Avg. 561 85 153 23 8 4 40 51 12 55 126 .272
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/24/2013.

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