Showing posts with label Didi Gregorius. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: No Drew, But Mets Look at other Trade Options at Shortstop


Mets Rumors:


The Mets who watched Stephen Drew land in Boston again, did not want to shell out the money for his services nor give up another draft pick in the upcoming amateur draft.

The Mets can stay with the plan of keeping Ruben Tejada/Wilmer Flores at shortstop this season and look to sign a shortstop in off-season. The 2015 free agent class features prominent names such as Hanley Ramirez, J.J. Hardy, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jed Lowrie, but Martino points out that the team would rather go in the trade direction for a young controllable shortstop instead.

The Mets have been linked in the off-season with the Mariners about Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, but sources say talks have not been active of late.

The other option includes Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who has been playing in Triple-A. Gregorius is batting .303 with a .390 OBP for Reno... The Mets are continually monitoring him, but the front office shakeup in Arizona makes trading with them a bit confusing at this time. Martino writes that other teams at this point aren't even sure whether to contact GM Kevin Towers or new Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa regarding trades, who Mets GM Sandy Alderson has a good relationship with both.

The Mets will have to depart with one of their young pitching prospects on the rise. Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom could become valuable trade chips down the road. The Diamondbacks who asked the Mets for Pitching Prospect Noah Syndergaard and Catching Prospect Kevin Plawecki for Gregorius, but the Mets rebuffed at the demand.

The Mets rotation in 2015 will be crowded, They will have mended Matt Harvey back and also have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and also Noah Syndergaard, who is scheduled to make his 2014 debut late this summer. So they have young arms to trade to obtain a quality shortstop, just a matter of which one makes sense for the organization..

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have to figure if either Franklin, Gregorius, or Drew is worth the price at shortstop


Mets Rumors:


The Mets are looking into several alternatives at shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Tejada has looked mediocre at best, only having 3 hits in 25 AB's this spring with lackluster defense.. Yeah, he went to a special clinic in the winter, but it has not translated on the field as the Mets had hoped.

The problem is, at what price do the Mets get another shortstop?

Do the Mets forfeit another draft pick and cave in to the demands of Scott Boras to sign Stephen Drew?
The Mets have been willing only to go 1 year at this point, but Drew and Boras want more. The Mets are only offering $9.5 Million, but Boras has indicated that they could look towards the $14 Million mark.

For this to work, the Mets would have to give Drew a multiyear deal. The problem is the Mets most likely will go shopping for a shortstop via free agency in 2015. The big names will be J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Second Scenario: The Mets can go out and try to trade for a shortstop. The Mariners and D'Backs have shortstops available, but the Mets have to find out if the price is right.

The Mariners have infielder Nick Franklin available, who has been on the Mets radar for some time. The Mets have sent scouts to see if Franklin can handle the position at short. The Rays and Orioles have reported some interest, but see him as a logical fit at second base. Franklin hit 12 HR's a year ago and definitely give the Mets some much added pop to the lineup. Franklin is batting .235 this spring.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mets Rumors: D'Backs and Mariners sent scouts to watch Mets prospects


Mets Rumors:


According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, there was a army of Arizona Diamondbacks scouts, as well as one from the Seattle Mariners, that were on hand watching Mets prospects.

Arizona dispatched special assistant Todd Greene and two other scouts. They saw Syndergaard facing right-hander Logan Verrett on a back field, as well as Kevin Plawecki behind the plate. Former Mets GM Joe McIlvaine was on hand representing the Mariners.

The D'backs and Mariners remain possible trade partners for a shortstop. The Mets have been scouting Mariners infielder Nick Franklin. The D'Backs have Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius, most likely Gregorius would be the likely trade candidate with Owings getting to starting nod.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets continue to monitor the shortstop trade market


Franklin

Mets Rumors:


According to a report by John Harper of the Daily News, The Mets continue to monitor the market of shortstops for a possible trade.

In Harper's report he indicates that a club source on Tuesday said the Mets continue to scout the Mariners’ Nick Franklin, trying to decide whether he can play shortstop well enough to justify the pop in his bat — not to mention giving up one of their young starting pitchers for him.

He also says, a source affiliated with another ballclub, who has past ties to GM Sandy Alderson, said the Mets are continuing to monitor the Diamondbacks’ shortstop competition, and “could jump in" to try to make a trade for either Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends.

In case you're wondering , Nick Franklin is batting .300 with 3 2B's, 1 HR, and 4 RBI's this spring. Franklin is a switch hitter..

Didi Gregorius is batting .182 with 2 2B's and 3 RBI's this spring, he is a left handed batter.

Chris Owings, a right handed bat is batting .233 with 2 2B's and no RBI's this spring. Owings only stole 2 bases in 2013 for the D'Backs, but stole 20 bases in the minors in 2013. Owings upside is that .330 with 12 HR's and 81 RBI's in the minors before getting called up.

But there is still time left to decide....

Looks like Franklin's offense could help the Mets as long as he can play shortstop defensively up to par.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mets Rumors: Does Sandy Alderson Have Something Big .... Up His Sleeve (Updated) ?


Mets Rumors:


Watch the Video, You Decide?


The Mets are ready to strike and have their hands in the BIG Pot for a change. Sounds like the Mets have small moves they could do, but the Mets sound like they have a big deal also in place. Listen to Sandy.. We have options... That Could Mean the Mets will add significant payroll to a budget that has exceeded the Wilpon's Pockets already with SP Bartolo Colon who was added this week...

"I think it's more likely if we come up with a 'high-end' shortstop or someone we like, it's more likely to come in a trade," Alderson told reporters.

Sandy Alderson sounds like a man that has a big play in his hands.. Especially for a shortstop.. or even a outfielder.. The Mets seem they can get a shortstop from the trade market.. but can it get bigger??

Let's Play Devils Advocate for a Minute.. Maybe the Mets can get in a Matt Kemp Deal? or Maybe Be a Piece in a three-way deal to a David Price deal?.... Who the Fuck Knows?

The Mets could look to a handful of teams (Updated) for some answers like the D'Backs, Brewers, Dodgers, Rangers, and even .. Mariners (updated)

Target 1:  (Updated) The Arizona Diamondbacks are rumored to have strong ties to a SP David Price deal according to Matt Cerrone (Hat Tip) of Mets Blog. The Diamondbacks have many shortstops to offer... The D-Backs have shortstops Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed, all of whom are top infield prospects, as well as Cliff Pennington, who is under contract through 2014. The Mets could possibly be involved in a three team trade as been reported and mentioned numerous times on MetsChronicle.com. The D'Backs put Gregorius and A.J. Pollack on the market last year for pitching prospects, maybe the D'Backs look to do the same before spring training ends..

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mets Rumors: Peralta, Other Options at SS, Hart, Granderson, Byrd, Pelfrey


Mets Rumors:


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.
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