Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Seattle Mariners keep on getting players as they just traded for Florida's 1B Logan Morrison for RHP Carter Capps. Earlier they signed 1B/OF Corey Hart on a one year deal.
The Rays and Brewers both had interest in 1B Logan Morrison which now could leave them open to trading for Mets 1B Ike Davis. The Rays could also turn to Texas 1B Mitch Moreland who has been blocked of playing time with the acquisition of Prince Fielder.
Corey Hart, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has signed with the Seattle Mariners leaving the Brewers with other options that include a trade for Ike Davis.
Ike Davis has been linked with the Rays and Brewers. The Mets have asked for RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers in exchange for Ike Davis. The Brewers also like Florida's 1B Logan Morrison which could be another option for them.
The Mets also have the Tampa Bay Rays on the back burner with another possibility trade for Ike Davis. The Rays have OF Matt Joyce and sources say they could trade him for Davis. They are also contemplating whether Morrison, Davis or Texas' 1B Mitch Moreland could be fits for them. The Rays have also been in talks for Starting Pitcher David Price, who might be a bigger distraction from a first basemen deal right now..
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Jhonny Peralta appears to be the Mets' top free agent target, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes. The club "really likes" Peralta but they don't know if he intends to sign soon or later in the offseason.
The Mets' top priority is shortstop, but they're hardly alone in that, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Possible options for the Mets include Jhonny Peralta, Erick Aybar, Didi Gregorius, Rafael Furcal, and Jed Lowrie.
The Mets have talked to free agent Corey Hart, but Martino gets the sense that they either don't identify him as a top target or aren't that eager to get a deal done with him. Carig also hears from a source that the Mets aren't close to a deal with the Brewers first baseman. "We haven't discussed him in depth enough to say where we'd put him if we got him," the source said.
The Mets have plans to meet with Curtis Granderson's agent this week, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The outfielder is turning down the Yankees' $14.1MM qualifying offer.
The Mets have touched base with Marlon Byrd's representatives in the last few days, according to Carig. He could fetch a deal in the neighborhood of $16MM over two years.
The Mets aren't actively talking to Mike Pelfrey about a possible reunion, but they are open to it, a team official tells Adam Rubin. "I know he is on a long list of guys just like him," the team insider said. The Mets non-tendered the hurler after he earned $5.7MM in 2012.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, About a dozen teams including the Mets have interest in the former All-Star Outfielder Corey Hart.
The question remains whether the Mets view the 31-year-old Hart as a first baseman or outfielder at this point in his career.
Hart missed all of last season with the Brewers after undergoing surgery on both knees and there are questions whether he has enough mobility to handle a corner outfield position, even on a part-time basis.
Hart batted .270 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs for the Brewers in 2012, splitting the season between first base and the outfield. But he had surgery on his right knee in January, and before returning underwent surgery last summer on the other knee, costing him the entire season. His best year in the major leagues came in 2010, when he batted .283 with 31 homers and 102 RBIs for the Brewers with a .865 OPS.
Puma reports Hart’s price tag likely would be considerably less than the $10 million he earned last year and likely wouldn’t preclude the Mets from pursuing bigger-ticket items such as Jhonny Peralta and Curtis Granderson.
The Mets could look to trade Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, giving Hart the job outright. According to a club source, the Mets almost certainly will tender a contract to the arbitration-eligible Davis, with the idea he can be used as trade bait if necessary, despite his disastrous 2013 season, a year after he rebounded from an awful first half.