Showing posts with label Justin Upton. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Justin Upton. Show all posts

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets to Lose Money?, Upton/Bourn Notes, Duda, Gee, Niese, Syndergaard, Mets Fishing

Mets News and Notes:

Josh Kosman in the Post reports the Mets again will lose money this season. Writes Kosman:

The team is expecting to lose more than $10 million this year, after bleeding red the past two seasons, while attendance is projected to fall for a fifth straight year, The Post has learned.

The owners can expect to take about $65 million from separately owned SportsNet New York cable network, which airs Mets games. However, Citi Field saps $43 million in debt payments, leaving a net gain of $22 million from those two assets. That means there won’t be much left to sink into the ballclub. …

The team should have more financial freedom next year, when some $50 million in payroll comes off the books, thanks to expiring contracts with Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco, although Bay will continue to receive deferred payments.

However, the Mets have paid only some of the $320 million in principal due lenders in 2014, making next year’s talks potentially tense if the Mets do not hit their own not-so-rosy projections, the source said.

John Harper in the Daily News says the Mets pitched trading Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton late in the offseason. As for the draft-pick issue with Michael Bourn, Harper reported the Mets received a favorable initial reaction from MLB about getting the No. 11 draft pick protected, but other teams began to complain when the Mets’ desire became public. MLB then changed its stance.

Pedro Feliciano will be held out from baseball activity for two weeks while he wears a monitor that will allow team doctors to gauge the severity of his heart issue.

Lucas Duda, who is adjusting his routine at the plate, struck out in all four plate appearances against the Astros and is now 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. Terry Collins said Duda is getting caught with his front foot still in the air as the ball reaches the plate.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Enemy Report: Braves get Justin Upton from D-Backs

The Braves acquired Justin Upton from the D-backs on Thursday in exchange for five players, including Martin Prado.

The Braves received Upton and Chris Johnson in exchange for Prado, shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed, Class A infielder Brandon Drury and right-handed pitchers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill.

With this trade, Braves general manager Frank Wren provides his club arguably the game’s best outfield. Earlier in the offseason, Wren signed Justin Upton’s older brother, B.J. Upton, to a five-year, $75.25 million contract. Atlanta's projected outfield over at least the next three seasons will consist of Jason Heyward and the two Upton brothers.

To complete this trade, Wren had to part ways with Prado, who is one of the Braves’ most popular players among his teammates and the fans. But he was able to acquire Upton without giving up either of his top two pitching prospects, Julio Teheran or J.R. Graham.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mets Rumors: Brian Wilson, Scott Hairston, Brandon Webb, Justin Upton, Grady Sizemore

Mets Rumors:

The Mets watched free agent reliever Brian Wilson this weekend, and weren’t impressed, Mike Puma of the NY Post reports.

The Mets don’t consider the rehabbing right-hander to be worthy of a big league deal at this point. Wilson, who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery, wasn’t interested in a minor league contract, according to Puma.

The Mets could watch him pitch later on, but right now he’s not physically ready in the view of Mets personnel. “He’s got a ways to go,” one person said. The Mets were known to have interest in Wilson.

It’s believed that the Mets countered Scott Hairston’s asking price of two years and $8MM with a one-year, $2MM offer, Puma reports. One source suggested to the Post that the Mets will find a way of adding an outfielder even if they don’t re-sign the free agent Hairston.

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 12, 2013

Rumor Mill: Mets interested in Trading for Justin Upton, Hairston back up plan?

Rumor Mill:

The Mets are again interested in trading for Arizona Diamondback Outfielder Justin Upton, reports Marc Carig of Newsday (on Twitter).

Carig also says it's a long shot they'll surrender the prospects required to made a deal.

Recently Justin Upton invoked his no-trade clause to reject a proposed deal to the Mariners, one of four teams on his no-trade list.

The trade would have sent four players to Arizona: (# 5 Prospect) Nick Franklin, (MLB) Charlie Furbush, (# 11 Prospect) Stephen Pryor and (# 2 Prospect) Taijuan Walker.

Upton who can also block trades to the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Cubs... The Mets would have no problem in obtaining the outfielder if the case presented itself..

The Texas Rangers appear to be moving on from Upton.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Rumor Mill: Mets have discussed trades for Arizona's Upton and Kubel

The Mets have discussed trades for Jason Kubel and Justin Upton, according to's Jon Heyman.

Neither of the talks seems promising. The price for Upton was too high for the Mets, and Kubel was not a “perfect fit,” according to Heyman. The Mets are in need of outfielders. The team currently has a mix of Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin to occupy their three starting spots.

Much has already been written about the 25-year-old Upton. He's looking to rebound after a .280/.355/.430 season at the plate. Because of his former prospect status, and performance during the 2011 season, the Diamondbacks are going to ask a lot for his services. He's signed through the 2015 season.

Kubel is signed through next season with the Diamondbacks, and is scheduled to make $7.5 million. His contract also includes a mutual $7.5 million option for 2014. The 30-year-old outfielder hit .253/.327/.506 in 571 plate appearances last season.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey getting shopped not signed? - Upton to Tigers?

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets have shown little actual interest in negotiating with Dickey, who is under contract for next season at $5 million.

Instead, they’re discussing him in trades at the GM meetings. If they get the right deal, they will just move on.

Trading Dickey, 38, probably is the right thing for the Mets to do, considering all of their holes.

But the Mets intend to pin this on Dickey, but they first need to make him a substantial offer.

Dickey, the Mets will say, wanted too much in a contract extension, so the team traded him rather than get suckered into a bad deal.

Many have reported that the Mets may have interest in Right Fielder Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade.

But it appears that one executive suggests the Detroit Tigers as a possible darkhorse for Upton.

The Diamondbacks want a shortstop or a third baseman, and the Tigers could offer third-base prospect Nick Castellanos and a combination of other players, including right fielder Avisail Garcia and pitchers Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly.

The Tigers at least have the players to make such a deal happen and Dave Dombrowski according to Fox's Rosenthal is one of the game’s boldest, most aggressive GMs.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

News Source: Mets Rumored Blockbuster?

Here is a translation of a  Puerto Rican News Paper, El Nuevo Dia.

In this is a rumor that has Beltran, Reyes, Mejia for Justin Upton and Steven Drew..

For the moment it is a rumor, but to become a reality could become the megacambio of Major League this offseason, since lead mobilization Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes out of the New York Mets .

It was learned yesterday that the Mets, a team that recently named Terry Collins as their new manager, are considering various alternatives for changes to the two most valuable players on their roster Caribbean.

In one, center fielder and shortstop Reyes Beltran could be sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton and shortstop Stephen Drew. The Mets also sent as a supplement to change the pitcher Jenrry Mejía, considering the high pay that has the contract boricua.

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