Showing posts with label Hot Stove. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hot Stove. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Video: Sandy Alderson Talks about Jose Reyes Leaving and Fan Reaction

Sandy Alderson speaks with Kevin Burkhardt on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove about Jose Reyes, the fan response to his departure, Citi Field, and more:

Sunday, December 05, 2010

No Trade and High Price for Greinke remain obstacles for Jays

According to Fox Sports, The Blue Jays have contacted the Royals about a trade for right-hander Zack Greinke, and the Royals are intrigued by what the Jays might offer, according to major-league sources.

Here’s the problem: The Jays are on Greinke’s no-trade list, meaning that he cannot be sent to Toronto without his permission. That fact alone does not preclude a trade: Players frequently waive no-trade clauses, usually in exchange for some kind of contractual benefit.  Greinke, sources say, has told the Royals that he is willing “to go anywhere.”  Other clubs, however, are skeptical of that stance. “The rule of thumb is that if a player has a team on his no-trade list, it makes it less likely,” one rival general manager says.

Greinke, 27, has 15 teams on his no-trade list. The Rangers, Braves, Reds are among the clubs with possible interest in him that are not on the list, sources say. Those teams would face no such obstacle in trading for the Royals' ace.

The Jays possibly could land Greinke if they were willing to part with right-hander Kyle Drabek, outfielder Travis Snyder and another minor leaguer or two, according to the Toronto Sun.  Such a package would intrigue the Royals, sources say. But the Jays might not be ready to break up their emerging core of young pitchers to take a run at the post-season, even if they could persuade Greinke to join their club.

Greinke is signed for two more years at $13.5 million per season. He will become a free agent in the 2012-13 off-season.

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.

Will the Mets pull off the impossible at the Winter Meetings?

As of Sunday morning, if you are a Mets Fan you have nothing to cheer about...OK, we have a new general manager, manager, front office execs to fill in the holes, but where are the new players?

We watched Adrian Gonzalez go to the Red Sox... Zach Grienke apparently has six suitors, none of them are the Mets.. Forget high profile Mets Fans, think low-profile...

The Mets have not added a single piece (but Mike O'Conner) , but subtracted to a team that finished 79-83, 18 games back of the NL East.

It's time for some action by the Mets Brass...

According to the Mets beat reporters the Mets will not do anything BIG, just smaller moves to fill in the holes.

In the NY Daily News, Alderson stated, "I can guarantee you, we'll come back with some good players," Alderson said. "I can't guarantee how high-profile they will be, or how many. If nothing else, we'll pick in the Rule 5 draft, just to say we brought a player back."

Alderson indicated the team's goals at the meetings will be to discuss adding rotation and bullpen depth, a backup catcher and a fourth outfielder.

What should we expect from a team that is not going to spend money.. The Mets are expected to go bottom feeding especially for starting pitching. Such names as Jeff Francis and Chris Young have been mentioned , but both have had injury problems in the past. I expect the Mets to add Chris Young who has been mentioned to have ties with the Mets Exec brass. Can the Mets lure Rich Harden or Brandon Webb?  We will see....

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Rumors: Blue Jays are making a push at Zach Greinke

While much of the news surrounding the possible trade of Royals ace Zack Greinke has focused on the Rangers and Yankees -- the Blue Jays are making a push for the right-hander, the Toronto Sun 's Bob Elliott writes .

And the Blue Jays aren't alone, Elliott says the Twins, Rangers, Braves, Reds, Mariners and Nationals have called the Royals about the 27-year old. While not mentioned in the linked article, the Red Sox have also reportedly shown interested in Greinke.

According to Elliott, the Blue Jays think they need "one more big piece" to make a run at the American League East title, and Greinke could be that piece.

Elliott speculates Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider "and some minor leaguers" could be enough to land Greinke. Drabek was the center of the deal that sent Roy Halladay from Toronto to Philadelphia.

Let the Hot Stove League Begin: Adrian Gonzalez to Boston for prospects

According to ESPN and Buster Olney, the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a deal in principle to acquire slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Saturday morning.

The Red Sox have received permission from Major League Baseball to negotiate with Gonzalez on a new contract, the sources said, and Gonzalez's physical examination, one of the last hurdles to the deal, could happen Saturday, as Gonzalez was in Boston after being flown in by the team.

The Padres would not receive any established major league players in the trade, but it's likely the Red Sox would include their top pitching prospect, Casey Kelly, sources have said. Red Sox prospects Anthony Rizzo and Ryan Kalish also have been brought up as possible pieces, sources said.

Sources told Olney it's very possible the Gonzalez deal would mean the end of Adrian Beltre's time with the Red Sox, because although Kevin Youkilis could move to left field, Boston's preference probably would be to shift Youkilis to third base.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Braves Trade For Uggla

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN , the Atlanta Braves acquired All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins on Tuesday in a trade for utility man Omar Infante and pitcher Mike Dunn, a league source told

Uggla, 30, has 154 home runs in five seasons with Florida. He's a three-time All-Star and just won his first career Silver Slugger award.

Uggla is expected to play second base for Atlanta. His arrival frees up Martin Prado to share time at first base with rookie Freddie Freeman, provides insurance for Chipper Jones at third, and also log some at-bats in left field.

Infante was a first-time All-Star who hit a career-high .321 with eight homers and 47 RBIs. Dunn was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in 25 games in his rookie season.

The Uggla trade continues a busy offseason for the Marlins, who dealt outfielder Cameron Maybin to San Diego and sent pitcher Andrew Miller to Boston last week.

Mets are not in the running for Uggla?

Dan Uggla seems to be the hottest name in the Hot Stove talks. The Marlins have been talking to other clubs about Uggla and there seems to be some general interest.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox, He lists the Tigers, Nationals, Braves, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Giants, Orioles, and Cardinals. No Mets!

According  to recent reports, The Marlins want in exchange some relief pitching and possibly a catcher (which is a position uncertain).

The Marlins have so far in there lineup according to Fox Sports :
  1. Coghlan, CF
  2. Logan Morrison, LF
  3. Hanley Ramirez, SS
  4. Mike Stanton, RF
  5. Gaby Sanchez, 1B
  6. Free agent to be determined, C
  7. Dominguez, 3B
  8. Bonifacio, 2B
In pure speculation (Marlins' Fans - they send such nasty remarks) , if the Mets were to engage talks with the
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