Showing posts with label Free Agent Starting Pitching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free Agent Starting Pitching. Show all posts

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets seeking bargain basement pitchers??

Mets Rumors:

The New York Mets have been linked in rumors with outfielder Justin Upton, but the realism is they can't score him without dealing prospects that they just received.

The Mets with a glaring hole in their outfield might have to settle on Scott Hairston and give him a two year deal. There has been mention of the Nationals trying to move OF/1B Mike Morse, but the realism is the Nationals probably would not trade him within their own division.

The Mets have been playing possum with the starting pitching market as many think they are waiting for the price to drop as each day passes and spring training looms closer. The Mets have room for at least one starter with Johan Santana, Matt Harvey, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee penciled into the rotation right now.

Under GM Sandy Alderson, the Mets have typically looked to low cost, one year options signing players like Chris Capuano and Chris Young, who were looking to rebuild their value.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Rodrigo Lopez is weighing offers from Braves, Mets, Rockies

Rodrigo Lopez "expects to decide to sign" with either the Braves, Mets or Rockies by the end of the weekend, reports's Jayson Stark .

All three contracts are non-roster invitations to Spring Training, with various performances bonuses attached.

Lopez, 35, allowed a league-high 37 homers and 111 earned runs last season, posting a 5.00 ERA and a 2.07 K/BB ratio in 33 starts with Arizona.

Lopez has already played for the Rockies (in 2007) and has also pitched for the Padres, Orioles and Phillies in his nine-year Major League career, missing the 2008 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Lopez by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Pitching | Fielding
2000 SD 6 6 0 0 24.2 40 24 24 5 13 17 0 3 0 0 -- 2.158.76
2002 Bal 33 28 1 0 196.2 172 83 78 23 62 136 15 9 0 0 -- 1.193.57
2003 Bal 26 26 3 1 147.0 188 101 95 24 43 103 7 10 0 0 -- 1.575.82
2004 Bal 37 23 1 1 170.2 164 71 68 21 54 121 14 9 0 4 1 1.283.59
2005 Bal 35 35 0 0 209.1 232 126 114 28 63 118 15 12 0 0 -- 1.414.90
2006 Bal 36 29 0 0 189.0 234 129 124 32 59 136 9 18 0 0 -- 1.555.90
2007 Col 14 14 0 0 79.1 83 43 39 11 21 43 5 4 0 0 -- 1.314.42
2009 Phi 7 5 0 0 30.0 42 24 19 3 11 19 3 1 0 0 -- 1.775.70
2010 Ari 33 33 0 0 200.0 227 126 111 37 56 116 7 16 0 0 -- 1.425.00
Total -- 227 199 5 2 1246.2 1382 727 672 184 382 809 75 82 0 4 -- 1.414.85

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Young Deal Done

Chris YoungImage via Wikipedia

The Mets have completed the signing of Chris Young . He can earn a total of $4.5 million with incentives, like new teammate Chris Capuano, but Young's incentives are easier to achieve.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Mets agreed to sign Chris Young to a one year deal

The Mets agreed to sign Chris Young to a one-year deal, according to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY. The deal is pending a physical. That could be more than a formality for Young, who missed most of last season with a shoulder strain before pitching in September.

Injuries have limited Young to just 36 starts in the past three seasons, but he was durable and effective from 2005-07, when he started 30 or more games per season. He has always been hard to hit (7.4 H/9), but vulnerable to walks (3.5 BB/9). In 135 career starts (751 2/3 innings), the 6'10'' right-hander has a 3.80 ERA.

Young by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Pitching | Fielding
2004 Tex 7 7 0 0 36.1 36 21 19 7 10 27 3 2 0 0 -- 1.274.71
2005 Tex 31 31 0 0 164.2 162 84 78 19 45 137 12 7 0 0 -- 1.264.26
2006 SD 31 31 0 0 179.1 134 72 69 28 69 164 11 5 0 0 -- 1.133.46
2007 SD 30 30 0 0 173.0 118 66 60 10 72 167 9 8 0 0 -- 1.103.12
2008 SD 18 18 1 0 102.1 84 46 45 13 48 93 7 6 0 0 -- 1.293.96
2009 SD 14 14 0 0 76.0 70 47 44 12 40 50 4 6 0 0 -- 1.455.21
2010 SD 4 4 0 0 20.0 10 2 2 1 11 15 2 0 0 0 -- 1.050.90
Total -- 135 135 1 0 751.2 614 338 317 90 295 653 48 34 0 0 -- 1.213.80

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chris Young Close to decision?

Free agent starter Chris Young could be close to choosing a new team, reports ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter link). 

Olney cites the Mets, who have been connected to Young all winter, and also mentions that the Nationals "may be in play" for the right-hander.

When last we heard of Young, the word was that he was willing to accept a contract worth less than $2MM due to concerns about his health. 

The Mets denied they had made an offer worth more than $1MM to Young, but still reported favored Young over other free agent options as Jeff Francis.

Washington is a new suitor for Young, but like the Mets, the Nats can also offer Young a chance to pitch in a pitcher-friendly ballpark and a shot at rebuilding his value for a long-term offer next winter. 

The Nationals were known to be looking for pitching this winter, but haven't done much in that department other than signing Chien-Ming Wang and Chad Gaudin.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mets trying to add starter depth, interested in Dave Bush

Dave Bush is among the starting pitchers on the Mets' radar, according to's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). As Crasnick notes, current Mets exec J.P. Ricciardi was the Blue Jays' GM when Toronto selected Bush in the second round of the 2002 draft.

The Rockies reportedly had interest in Bush earlier in the offseason, but the market for the right-hander has been remarkably quiet this winter.

Bush 31, was 8-13 with a 4.54 ERA for the Brew Crew. He was durable in 2010 with 31 starts and 174 Innings pitched.

Here are Dave Bush's Career Stats:

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Mets remain patient for another starter, mull Dickey extension

In the quest to find another starter, the Mets remain patient and wait for prices to drop according to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News.

Even though the Mets have been linked to Chris Young and  Jeff Francis recently,  but team officials have reported, "nothing imminent" for any starters at this point.

The Mets have interest in Francis , but six other teams do too.  Despite the mutual interest between the team and Young, and discussions this month with Jeff Francis, the team source said Thursday, “I would be careful about attaching any specific names to us at this point (but) wouldn’t eliminate any of the names by any means.”

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Mets will not pay another starter more than $1.5 MIllion

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets don’t want to pay another starting pitcher more than Chris Capuano, who was signed to an incentive-laden deal by the club earlier this week.

Capuano will earn a base salary of $1.5 million with the Mets this season. The left-hander could make an additional $3 million if he reaches certain benchmarks for starts and innings pitched.

If  Rubin’s sources are correct, this would seem to rule out the Mets for free agent left-hander Jeff Francis, who has received interest from multiple teams this offseason.

Chris Young is one possible alternative, but the club denied a report by Buster Olney of earlier this week that claimed he was offered a contract with a guaranteed base salary that exceeded $1 million.

Still Young seems to be a realistic option for the Mets. Not only will he be perfect for Citi-Field, but has ties with the front office.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A Tale of Young and Francis

Here is the latest happenings of Chris Young and  Jeff Francis saga ..... Both whom the Mets had high hopes they could sign.. 

ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the Mets' offer to Chris Young "likely includes guaranteed money over $1 million." A team offical said that yesterday's Chris Capuano pickup will not take the team out of the running for other free agent starters.

The Mets deny that they offered Chris Young a contract, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.'s Buster Olney reported last night that the Mets had offered the tall right-hander a deal that's likely worth over $1MM.

The Royals are one of seven teams with interest in Jeff Francis, according to's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). Crasnick named the Nationals, Pirates, Rangers, Yankees and Mets as suitors for the left-hander late last month. Those clubs, along with the Rockies, maintain interest in Francis, Crasnick writes.

It seems both are looking for some team to offer 3 Million per season (like Webb) and so far it's not happening. The Mets would love to get Young at a reasonable price. Who are we kidding?  I would love to get someone worth getting excited about...

Monday, January 03, 2011

Mets sign Capuano and Buchholz, DFA Igarashi

The Mets have signed pitchers Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz to one-year deals, tweets Mike Puma of the New York Post.

In order to make room for the two, the Mets have designated Ryota Igarashi for assignment, Puma tweets.

Capuano, 32, turned in a 3.95 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 66 innings of work last season for the Brewers.  The left-hander missed the 2008 and '09 major league seasons after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery in May of 2008.  In 2010 he made nine starts with 15 relief appearances. Capuano was never a flamethrower but his 87.4 mph fastball last season was consistent with his career average.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Webb's contract sets the tone for others to sign...

According to Buster Olney of  ESPN, Brandon Webb's deal with the Rangers includes a base salary of $3 million... plus incentives that could bring total package to $8-10MM, Jerry Crasnick says.

That gives teams like the Mets a idea of what many "Low risk / High Reward players" like Jeff Francis and Chris Young can command. The Mets would love to pay anyone of those two pitchers a guaranteed 3 Mil per season since they only have 5 million to spend.

We should hear more rumblings in the next couple of days of where these players will sign.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

With Webb off the board, Mets Market for second and third tier pitchers opens

Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that Webb has agreed to terms with the Rangers pending a physical. This may take Texas out of the running for Carl Pavano, although the team likely wouldn't blanch at adding Pavano to the club.

The Mets market for 2nd and 3rd tier starting pitching officially opens. The services of  Chris Young and Jeff Francis are in question for the Mets now that Brandon Webb is off the board.  Depending on how much per year the Webb contract terms are , it will give other agents guidelines on what they can ask for. Especially for guys coming off injuries like Young and Francis.. The Mets have roughly 5 Million to spend and I guess they would like to spend only that. Most of these pitchers on the market are asking for over 5 Million per season . 

Other free agent options for the Mets besides Francis and Young are Jeremy Bonderman, Brian Bannister, Doug Davis, Justin Duchscherer, Freddy Garcia, Brandon Looper, Rodrigo LopezPedro Martinez, Kevin Millwood, Brad PennyNate Robertson, Ian Snell, Jarred Washburn, Todd WellenmeyerBrian Burres, and Jeff Suppan. Pretty slim pickings, I'd say...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ticking Clock Doesn't Appear to Phase Mets

Yesterday, I heard that the Mets would not make any moves until sometime into January. Sandy Alderson and company have decided to wait out the market rather than throwing their money at uncertainty.

Surprisingly, several good starting pitchers are still available, yet teams appear reluctant to pull the trigger.

I figured that once Cliff Lee signed, the other starters would fall like dominoes since teams in need for starting pitchers would not want to be left in the dust.

Carl Pavano and his disgusting mustache won 17 games last year. You would think someone would want to lock him up. True, he has had an interesting last few seasons, but he proved last year that he can stay healthy for an entire season.

Now, I do not want Pavano anywhere near the Mets nor do I think they even have the money to spend on him. But as of now, he appears to be the best starting pitcher available. So similar to the situation with Lee, once Pavano is off the table, the other pitchers may go fast.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Rangers, Cubs lead the pack for Brandon Webb's Bill Ladson that the Cubs and Rangers are the front-runners for former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. The Nationals who appear interested apparently have fallen back in the running for the former Diamondback.

The Rangers have been looking at Webb's medical history. They certainly have a good idea of his health issues since Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, performed surgery on Webb in August 2009 to repair his torn rotator cuff.

As I posted, the Cubs were looking into Brandon Webb. How serious they are about him remains to be seen. A recent report on Bleacher Nation says that after the Cubs reviewed Webb’s medical information, they were no longer particularly excited about signing him.

The Nationals have been clear about wanting a top-shelf pitcher, but might be focusing on Carl Pavano. Washington also is looking for a first baseman, and is thought to be in the market for Derrek Lee.
After the Jayson Werth signing, there's going to be only so much the Nats can do financially.

Mets wait for pitchers market to open, Eye Garcia as possible arm

According to Andy Martino of  the NY Daily News, The Mets continue to monitor the market for free agent starting pitchers, waiting for the asking prices for Chris Young and other low-risk, high-reward possibilities to drop.

According to a source close to Martino, they have also expressed preliminary interest in Freddy Garcia, although talks so far have been limited.

Garcia, 34, has intrigued the Mets, Yankees and White Sox, among other teams, and is seeking less than the $5 million guaranteed that the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Jon Garland this winter.

He is, however, believed to be looking for a raise from the $1 million guaranteed he earned last season, when he went 12-6, with a 4.64 ERA with the White Sox. Garcia is not close to signing with any team.

Freddy by the Numbers:

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Mets sign the Boof

The New York Mets today announced the signing of righthanded pitcher Boof Bonser to a minor league contract with an invite to major league Spring Training.

Bonser, 29, spent the 2010 season with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics, combining to go 1-0 with a 6.12 ERA (17 earned runs/25.0 innings) in 15 games out of the bullpen.  He started the season on Boston’s 15-Day Disabled List, before returning to pitch in two games for the Red Sox.  After being designated for assignment on June 18, the 6-4, 245-pounder signed a minor league deal with Oakland on July 3.  In 13 relief appearances for the Athletics, he won his only decision.

Bonser also pitched for Sacramento (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and Pawtucket (AAA) of the International League in 2010, compiling a 2-3 record with a 5.59 ERA (35 earned runs/56.1 innings) in 14 games, 13 starts between the two stops.

FuNfAcT= Boofs realname is John Paul

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Mets showing interest in pitchers Qualls and Garcia

The Mets are showing interest in Chad Qualls, according to Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 7.32 ERA with 7.5 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 59 innings for the D'Backs and Rays last year.

The Type B free agent declined the Rays' offer of arbitration, so Tampa Bay will get a supplementary first round pick if Qualls signs a major league deal elsewhere.

The Mets talked to Freddy Garcia's representatives at some point before the meetings, but the right-hander is not the team's top priority, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter).

Monday, December 06, 2010

Mets tidbits: Russell Martin, Starting Pitching, Frenchy, Mahay

According to Andy Martino of the Daily News:

A source said that the Mets view Russell Martin as too pricey and too much of an injury risk. He turned down the Dodgers' offer of $4.2 million for one year, with a $1.1 million in incentives, meaning his price would have to come way, way, way down for the Mets to get involved.

The Phils are definitely in on Jeff Francoeur, who intrigues old hitting coach Charlie Manuel. There is some expectation within the Phils' front office that Francoeur will end up with Royals, for whom he could play every day. In Philly, he's be a platoon guy.

Lefty reliever Ron Mahay--who the Mets pursued unsuccessfully last winter--feels that he would be a good fit in New York this year, and he's willing to sign an affordable one-year deal.

Talking to Mets people, there is no urgency to sign pitchers like Jeff Francis and Chris Young. They are considering those players, but will wait for the market to develop.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mets are talking to RHP Chris Young, Not Close to signing yet!

The Mets are "deep into talks" with right-handed pitcher Chris Young, according to The team would not confirm the report.

The Padres recently declined Young's 2011 option after a third consecutive injury-riddled season -- this time a strained right shoulder was the culprit -- limited him to four starts. He is three years removed from his status as one of the game's top young starters, having gone 32-20 with a 3.60 ERA from 2005 to 2007. Now 31, Young is looking to resurrect his career.

If signed, Young would provide the Mets with exactly what they need: a cheap, low-risk starter to fill out their rotation. Uncertain of Johan Santana's status, the Mets have only three proven big league starters on the roster: Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese and R.A. Dickey.

Young made $6.4 million last year in the final season of a four-year, $14.5 million contract. But given his injury history over the past three seasons, he will command far less than that annually on the open market.

Update: 11pm :

According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, Chris Young and the Mets appear to fit one another for several reasons, but a source with knowledge of the situation said tonight that “nothing was close at this time” between the parties.

The 31-year-old righthanded pitcher enjoyed success as a San Diego Padre while Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta worked as executives for that club, and he is now precisely the sort of low-risk, potentially high-reward free agent the Mets need. reported that Young and the Mets were nearing a deal, which sources disputed, without denying that the sides might eventually agree to terms. Alderson did not respond to a request for comment.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cubs looking at Brandon Webb, Should the Mets?

According to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are seriously considering adding Brandon Webb, and have been in talks with Webb’s agent, Jonathan Maurer.

Webb has not pitched in the Major Leagues since opening day of the 2009 season. Webb has been sidelined due to Shoulder surgery that he had in August of 2009. He has spent the time between then rehabbing, and appears ready to return to the Major Leagues.

When Webb is completely healthy, he is arguably the best pitcher in the game. Webb won the Cy Young Award in 2006 with the Diamondbacks, when he had a record of 16-8 with an ERA of 3.10. He finished second in voting the next two seasons, which included a 22 win campaign in 2008.

Webb has a home run ratio of 0.63, which is a resulting effect from his great sinker that he likes to use. He would be a great addition (if healthy) to the Mets who have a pitcher's ballpark like Citi-Field.

Prior to his Shoulder Surgery, Webb has consistently gone over 225 innings pitched the last 4 seasons he was healthy.  However, it remains to be seen how much the surgery affected Webb’s durability.

Webb’s Agent, Maurer, provided details of Webb’s Rehab status to MLB Trade Rumors earlier this month…

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