Thursday, April 17, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Lagares Update - Granderson Return? - More Recker - Seinfeld Night - Colon Back - Young Return
Juan Lagares, who underwent an MRI on Tuesday for his pulled right hamstring, believes the injury is not severe.
Lagares told the Star-Ledger that team trainers, briefed on the MRI results, believe it is only a one to two week injury.
Lagares is on the 15-day DL, so he will not be eligible to return until April 30. He departed Monday's game in the seventh inning.
After Anthony Recker homered and doubled in the Mets’ 5-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Terry Collins suggested he likely would begin giving the backup catcher more playing time.
Recker lifted his average to .286 (4-for-14) with two walks. He has homered in two of his three starts behind the plate.
Meanwhile, Travis d’Arnaud is hitting .154 (6-for-39) with one homer and two RBIs.
Curtis Granderson literally offered a thumbs up in the clubhouse when asked how his first action since being forced from Monday's game went.
Granderson, pinch-hitting for Dillon Gee in the eighth, grounded out to second base in the Mets' eventual 5-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
He had departed Monday's game in the sixth inning with bruises to his left wrist, ribs and knee after colliding with the outfield wall earlier in that game.
Terry Collins expects Granderson will return to the starting lineup Friday, when the Mets open a series at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares departed Monday's 7-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in consecutive innings with injuries.
Lagares suffered a pulled right hamstring running to first base on a fielder's choice grounder in the seventh inning and is a disabled list candidate.
Granderson departed an inning earlier with bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee. X-rays of all three body parts were negative, although Granderson struggled to put on his shoes after the game.
Manager Terry Collins said the Mets would bring a Triple-A Las Vegas player to Phoenix, to be activated assuming Lagares lands on the DL after he is re-evaluated Tuesday.
That is expected to be outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is hitting .310 with two homers and eight RBIs in 42 at-bats in the Pacific Coast League.
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Mets are expected to start Bartolo Colon on Saturday and Jenrry Mejia on Sunday in Las Vegas, when they play a pair of split-squad exhibition games against the Chicago Cubs.
David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Bobby Parnell, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Omar Quintanilla, Jacob deGrom, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kevin Plawecki, Anthony Seratelli and Eric Campbell are among the other players expected to make the trip.
The Mets are partly playing in Vegas to support their Triple-A affiliate, although the primary reason is the big-league club is turning a profit on the trip.
The remainder of the Mets will remain in Florida for split-squad games Saturday against the Twins in Port St. Lucie and Sunday against the Cardinals in Jupiter.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Terry Collins has adjusted his playing-time plan for Curtis Granderson after speaking with the outfielder.
Initially, Collins suggested Granderson's at-bats would be limited early in the exhibition season, just like David Wright and Daniel Murphy's, to guard against injury.
But Granderson instead told Collins he wanted to see a lot of at-bats this spring because of lost time in 2013.
Granderson was limited to 61 games with the Yankees last season because of fractures to his right wrist and a left-pinkie knuckle.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
The Mets outfield is crowded with many guys that can play centerfield...
Terry Collins has not made any clues about who will get that role or what the composition of the outfield will be. Chris Young and Curtis Granderson are assured of everyday roles but Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares are battling for the third starting job.
"I don’t know where everybody is going to be," Collins said. "Again, there’s a lot of things happening between now and April 1st. I told Curtis the one thing you gotta do is get used to right field a little bit…We got four guys right now that can go catch it."
However it plays out, Young is confident the Mets' outfield can be among the best.
"I think we can be one of the best in baseball in the outfield," he said. "You’re talking about guys with a lot of experience out there, a lot of speed, guys with good arms."
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 09, 2013
@AdamRubinESPN: Sounds like Curtis Granderson will be at Disney for a formal press conference in next couple of days. #mets Shared via TweetCaster
@KenDavidoff: Current plan for Granderson: Physical tomorrow in NY, news conference Tuesday at meetings. Weather could change that, though. #Mets
Friday, December 06, 2013
Free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the Mets have agreed on a four-year contract, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirmed the four-year deal and reported it’s worth $60 million.
Talks between the former Yankees outfielder and the Mets had intensified after the Yankees signed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. The Mets reportedly were offering three years but added a fourth year.
The Mets will have a outfield that includes Chris Young in left, Juan Lagares in center, and Curtis Granderson in right. Definitely a big upgrade to what they had in 2013.
The Mets will enter the winter meetings with other needs at shortstop and in the starting rotation and may pursue those needs through trade. Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, and Daniel Murphy remain all trade candidates..
So, whats the hold up for a Curtis Granderson signing, probably one year.
According to an industry sources, the free-agent outfielder has been seeking a four-year deal worth roughly $16 million per season. The price would be steep for the Mets, who nonetheless are involved in serious discussions to bring the former Yankees outfielder across town.
The team has refused to budge from a contract longer than three years, while Granderson is insisting on a fourth.
The Mets view Granderson as their best option to secure some much-needed firepower for a lineup that has languished without an established bat protecting third baseman David Wright. The club also values Granderson's proven ability to play in the spotlight of New York.
Granderson, 32, hit .229 with seven homers in 61 games for the Yankees in 2013, enduring a season that was shortened when he twice was hit by pitches. In his previous two seasons with the Yankees, he totaled 84 homers.
If the Mets ultimately meet what's believed to be Granderson's asking price, it will be the largest contract they have given an outfielder since the ill-fated signing of Jason Bay to a four-year, $66-million deal. We all know how that went!
Thus far, the Mets appear to be the most aggressive suitors for Granderson, who also has been linked to the Mariners, Cubs and White Sox.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
After the Yankees landed Ex Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury yesterday, talks between the New York Mets and Curtis Granderson's representatives intensified late Tuesday. The Mets are working to land the free-agent outfielder on a three-year deal.
Granderson, who will turn 33 in March, said that he met Sunday with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. That has been described as more of an introductory meeting, talks have escalated quickly since then.
"We ate a nice meal, and it was great to enjoy some salmon," Granderson said.
The Mets may ultimately concede and guarantee a fourth year in order to land Granderson..
Granderson would provide a second power infusion to the Mets' outfield, which desperately needs a power upgrade. The Mets signed former Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million contract last week. Last season, the Mets ranked 11th in the National League in home runs. They surrendered 22 more long balls than they produced.
Granderson is a natural center fielder. It would appear, should the Mets complete the deal, that Granderson would play left field, with Lagares in center and Chris Young in right. That potentially would free up Eric Young to play second base should the Mets trade Murphy.
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.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
According to Andy Martino of the Ny Daily News, The Mets are showing interest in Curtis Granderson and are preliminary talks..
The Mets are basically kicking the tires around and Martino thinks the Mets have a better chance of signing him than the Yankees because he wants a multiyear deal.
Granderson would provide flexibility because his ability to play all three positions in the outfield.
Friday, November 08, 2013
|Here comes Aoki for Ike|
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are in for BIG changes in 2014.
He predicts that the Mets trade Ike Davis to Milwaukee for outfielder Norichika Aoki .. Get Free Agent Jhonny Peralta to man SS. And the Mets will try to pry Andre Ethier or Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to man the outfield. Or even Curtis Granderson to fill the void if needed be. Of course there are backup plans too...
Other scoped things taken from his article:
The Mets are much less likely to chase after top free agents like Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury than they are to add multiple pieces.
Ike Davis is very likely to be dealt, with Lucas Duda getting an opportunity to play first with Josh Satin. Sherman suggests that a Davis-for-Aoki swap could save the Mets money and create a better fit for New York.
It would save the Mets about $1.5 million in 2014 and provides a .350 on-base percentage leadoff man. That allows them to improve their depth by turning the on-base challenged Eric Young into a super sub/late-game runner/double-switch piece. Aoki's numbers are good...
He says the Mets are going to use next week’s GM Meetings to better gauge Davis’ market.
Jhonny Peralta is definitely on the club's radar, and they could try to sign him early in order to set the tone for the offseason.
Sherman says they are not scared off by his Biogenesis ties. They know he has limited range. But they need offense at the position: Their shortstops had an MLB-low three homers and an NL-low .561 OPS.
If not Peralta, The Sherman suggests the Mets will pursue the trade market that could include the Indians’ Asdrubal Cabrera, the White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez, the Athletics’ Jed Lowrie and — depending on who they go with as their starter — the Diamondbacks’ Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings could be other possiblities..
Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler may well be off limits, the Mets could deal from their other pitching depth, including Rafael Montero. The Mets could also add Gabriel Ynoa to the mix..
Sherman floats that Terry Collins had Matt Kemp in the Dodgers’ minor leagues and loves him. But his multiple injuries, remaining salary (six years at $128 million) and the fact Los Angeles will still expect a big return makes him a hard buy. The Dodgers might sell low on Ethier to get out of as much of the four years at $71.5 million left as possible. Or the Mets could simply try to buy Curtis Granderson.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets seem interested in short stop Jhonny Peralta "alot".
The Biogenesis culprit who served a 50 game ban might come cheap to the Mets and the Mets are always welcome to a bargain.
Peralta had a very good season in his 107 games, hitting .303 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage. He has three hits and five RBIs in eight ALDS at-bats.
Davidoff predicts the Mets might go three years, $36 Million. He also predicts the Mets may pursue the Curtis Granderson (at the same price) to help a awful outfield which only has Juan Lagares penciled in Center Field.
Both seem logical solutions which would add some pop to lineup that needs it. Also Granderson has lead-off experience which the Mets so desperately need.