Showing posts with label Free Agents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Free Agents. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Update: Mets sign catcher Ronnie Paulino

The Mets are on the verge of signing Ronny Paulino, which would be GM Sandy Alderson's first major-league contract as Mets GM as Jorge Arangure of ESPN reports.

Paulino has been with the Marlins the last two seasons serving as platoon catcher as he can hit lefties rather well. His career OPS against them is .881, as opposed to .635 against right-handers. Paulino finished with a .259/.311/.354 mark in 344 plate appearances for the Fish.

Paulino will back up Josh Thole, although Paulino could eventually emerge in a platoon situation. It will have to wait until the ninth game of the season, however, as Paulino still has eight games to serve on his 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs that angered a Marlins organization already thin on backstop options when starter John Baker went down with a season-ending injury. Florida was forced to finish the season with Brett Hayes and Brad Davis, a scary prospect.

Update:  According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes,  a deal was finally worked out as per his twitter account.
The terms of the deal have not been disclosed as of yet, but considering the rationale behind the signing, Paulino will receive a one-year deal worth around $1 million.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Mets showing interest in Fred Lewis

The Indians, Tigers and Mets are among the seven or eight teams showing interest in Fred Lewis, according to's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). The Blue Jays non-tendered Lewis after acquiring Rajai Davis, making him a free agent.

Lewis, 30 this week, hit .262/.332/.414 in 480 plate appearances for the Blue Jays, who acquired him from the Giants early in the season. Though he mostly played left field, Lewis did play some center and right in 2010. He contributed 31 doubles and 17 steals, mostly as Toronto's leadoff hitter.

Lewis by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Fielding
2006 SF 13 11 5 5 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 .455 .455 .545 1.000
2007 SF 58 157 34 45 6 2 3 19 19 32 5 1 .287 .374 .408 .782
2008 SF 133 468 81 132 25 11 9 40 51 124 21 7 .282 .351 .440 .791
2009 SF 122 295 49 76 21 3 4 20 36 84 8 4 .258 .348 .390 .738
2010 Tor 110 428 70 112 31 5 8 36 38 104 17 6 .262 .332 .414 .746
Total -- 436 1359 239 370 84 21 24 117 144 347 51 18 .272 .348 .418 .766

Mets sign a pair of minor-league deals

Russ Adams
Vowing to return from the Winter Meetings with "new players," Alderson on Monday inked infielder Russ Adams and catcher Dusty Ryan to Minor League contracts and invited them both to Spring Training.

Adams, 30, hit .264 in 108 games for Triple-A Buffalo last season, after signing with the Mets as a Minor League free agent last December.

A former first-round Draft pick, Adams has appeared in 286 big league games over parts of five seasons with the Blue Jays.

Ryan, 26, hit .199 with seven home runs in 89 games last season for Triple-A Portland. He also possesses some Major League experience, having played in 27 games over parts of two seasons with the Tigers.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Nationals lose Dunn, sign Jason Werth, was it worth it?

We have our first official free-agent shocker of the winter. In a move first reported by Todd Zolecki of , outfielder Jayson Werth, one of the top free agents on the market, is joining the Nationals. Several other outlets have confirmed the news.

The Nationals have been making it clear they have money to spend, but seemed unlikely to be able to lure top players in their prime because they don't appear poised to win any time soon.

Washington has finished last in the National League East six of the past seven years. Conventional wisdom is that losers have to overpay for star players, and considering agent Scott Boras' position that Werth was the top offensive player available, that could mean the former Phillie scored a monster deal.

The Nationals signed the free agent outfielder to a seven-year, $126MM deal. In case any doubt remained, this deal shows that it's a good time to be a free agent. Werth turned three productive seasons into the third biggest deal a free agent outfielder has ever signed.

The Nationals had said their primary goal this winter was to get an ace pitcher, but after losing Adam Dunn to the White Sox, apparently they decided to spend their Dunn money to make a big play for a replacement bat. Werth would certainly constitute a big play.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Starting Pitchers Mets might look at...

With Mets ace Johan Santana out for at least some part of the 2011 season, the Mets should go after an established starting pitcher to reinforce their rotation according to’s Adam Rubin.

Rubin provides us a list of potential free agents pitchers that the Mets may go after:

Jeremy Bonderman, 28, Detroit, $12.5 million
Aaron Harang, 32, Cincinnati, $12.5 million
Kevin Millwood, 35, Baltimore, $12 million
Andy Pettitte, 38, NY Yankees, $11.75 million
Javier Vazquez, 34, NY Yankees, $11.5 million
Ben Sheets, 32, Oakland, $10 million
Brandon Webb, 31, Arizona, $8.5 million
Carl Pavano, 34, Minnesota, $7 million
Chris Young, 31, San Diego, $6.25 million
Brad Penny, 32, St. Louis, $6 million
Jeff Francis, 29, Colorado, $5.75 million
Jorge de la Rosa La Rosa, 29, Colorado, $5.6 million
Jon Garland, 31, San Diego, $4.7 million
Doug Davis, 35, Milwaukee, $4.25 million
Dave Bush, 31, Milwaukee, $4.215 million
Vicente Padilla, 33, LA Dodgers, $4.025 million
Kevin Correia, 30, San Diego, $3.6 million
Justin Duchscherer, 33, Oakland, $1.75 million
Erik Bedard, 31, Seattle, $1.5 million
Freddy Garcia, 34, Chicago Sox, $1 million
Kris Benson, 36, Arizona, $650,000
Bruce Chen, 33, Kansas City, $650,000
Rodrigo Lopez, 34, Arizona, $650,000
Mike Hampton, 38, Arizona, $400,000
Jeff Suppan, 35, St. Louis, $400,000

Rubin thinks that the Mets should add at least one of this outside-the-organization pitchers even if Dillon Gee joins the rotation.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Link: MLB Trade Rumors' 2011 Top 50 MLB Free Agents...

I know the Mets are not going on a shopping spree this off-season. I figured people would be interested to know who the 2011 Top 50 MLB Free Agents are going into this off-season. Tim Dierkes of does a excellent job of outlining each player and where he thinks they are going.

He has the Mets going after the #49 Ranked Free Agent on the list , RHP - Koji Uehara.. Excite Me Tim

Enjoy! - Click Here
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