Saturday, November 23, 2013
Free Agent Shortstop Johnny Peralta is looking for a four or five year deal worth $56 to $75 Million.
The Mets looked at Peralta as their main target to man shortstop, but the Mets were hoping they could get him on a two or three year deal.
The Mets and Yankees are interested, but not at that price. The Mets have already met with Peralta, as have the Mariners. It was reported that the Orioles have some interest in Peralta as a left fielder.
Peralta's representatives are indicating to teams that he already has four years and $52MM "in hand," three general managers told Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com (Twitter link).
A rival executive believes that St. Louis is in on Jhonny Peralta, tweets Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, and the Freese trade makes sense in that respect. That being said, Morosi says in another tweet that he has not heard whether St. Louis would go to four years for Peralta.
Peralta does have some leverage on their side, as he's the only notable free agent shortstop not tied to draft pick compensation and the third base market is even more bleak. He's coming off a solid .303/.358/.457 season but also served a 50-game suspension for involvement with the Biogenesis PED scandal.
The other two free agent candidates the Mets are interested in are Stephen Drew, who is a Scott Boris client and will demand a big salary and Rafael Furcal, who is coming off shoulder surgery and the way this off-season has started might be the man of choice..
Thursday, November 14, 2013
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, The Mets met with free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta during the GM Meetings.
Peralta served a 50-game suspension related to Biogenesis this past season.
The Mets want to add a shortstop from outside the organization. With Stephen Drew expected to be outside their price range, Peralta figures to be the top target in a limited pool of candidates at the position.
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.
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.