Showing posts with label MLB Non-Tender Candidates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MLB Non-Tender Candidates. Show all posts

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Cards are likely to non-tender SS Ryan Theriot, Might be perfect fit for Mets

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Cardinals are likely to non-tender Ryan Theriot.

The Cards were not satisfied with Theriot's defense at shortstop this past year and have committed to Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for 2012.

Heyman suggests that the Mets, Braves, Reds, Astros, Blue Jays and Royals might have interest.


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2011 Postseason12333820031510.242.265.303.568

I would love to see the Mets sign Ryan Theriot because I think it would ease the pain of Tejada playing short everyday. Theriot made $3.3 Million last year. Theriot also plays 2nd base, 3rd, LF, and RF. Mets need a utility man and the price might be right and a perfect fit.. Decent OBP numbers might make him tempting for Sandy and CO.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Who Will Make Up the Mets Bullpen?

While the Mets starting rotation will likely contain several question marks, the bullpen appears to be a revolving door at this point. Two vital pieces from 2010 are likely out, with Hisanori Takahashi heading out west and Pedro Feliciano testing the FA market.

Following the non-tender deadline, many serviceable bullpen arms will become available. Some of these candidates may come on the cheaper side and on short term deals, both aspects the Mets would be looking for.

So here are some internal and external candidates likely to make up the Mets 2011 bullpen.

Despite his issues, K-Rod will likely remain this team's closer. He is entering the final year of his contract, so he will look to have a big year and put his past behind him. Though he sometimes makes it interesting in the ninth, he still has a little something left in the tank.

Bobby Parnell is another internal candidate who should factor into the bullpen. He has the stuff to be a closer, and this year he could finally develop the confidence to be a consistent late game stopper. He will compete for the eighth inning role this spring.

With Takahashi and Feliciano likely out (though there appears to be a slim chance the Mets can retain Pedro), they are going to need a lefty specialist to deal with the likes of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jason Heyward.

Pat Misch may see some action as a long reliever/swing man. He had some tough luck late last season and actually pitched quite well. Mike O'Connor, who the Mets just re-sign to a minor league contract, could play the role of lefty specialist. He put up great numbers in Buffalo last year, and a strong spring can solidify his roster spot.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

MLB Non-Tender Candidates

From MLB.COM   Non-Tender Candidates

J.J. Hardy, SS, Twins: Rumored to be a non-tender candidate all season, Hardy's prospects of being offered a 2011 contract by Minnesota seemed to take a hit when it was revealed last week that the Twins placed the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese shortstop and 2010 batting champion Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Even though Hardy was limited to 101 games last season because of a wrist injury and will be in line for a raise from the $5.1 million he made in 2010, the latest word is that he won't be non-tendered -- although that could mean the Twins have plans to trade him.
Bobby Jenks, RHP, White Sox: Chicago's World Series closer from 2005 made $7.5 million last year, put up a career-high 4.44 ERA, and is in his third year of arbitration eligibility. Those facts add up to the 29-year-old being a strong candidate to be saving games somewhere else in 2011.
Russell Martin, C, and George Sherrill, LHP, Dodgers: This pair of Dodgers makes for an intriguing duo of likely non-tenders. Martin's production was down before he suffered a hip fracture that ended his 2010 campaign, and he'll probably be due for a salary north of $6 million next year. GM Ned Colletti might decide to go elsewhere, which very much seems to be the situation with Sherrill, who made $4.5 million last year, and despite crooked overall numbers, still took care of lefty hitters (.192/.286/.288) in 2010.
Jose Lopez, 2B/3B, Mariners: Coming off a 25-homer, 96-RBI season in 2009, Lopez regressed at the plate, hitting 10 homers and batting .239 with a .270 on-base percentage and .609 OPS. He made $3 million last year, and if Seattle believes super-prospect Dustin Ackley is ready to take over at second base, the club would move Chone Figgins to third, paving the way for Lopez to start anew in a different big league city.
Hideki Okajima, LHP, Red Sox: He's going to be 35 next season, made $2.75 million last year, and had by far his roughest year in the Majors, with a 1.717 WHIP and a career-low 33 strikeouts. His ERA also has gone up in each of his four big league seasons, which might make it easier for Boston to look elsewhere for less expensive and younger lefty-specialist help.
John Maine, RHP, Mets: Maine made $3.3 million last year and could probably be retained for less since he's coming off shoulder surgery, but new Mets GM Sandy Alderson might find it in the best interest of the team to try to spend the same amount of money on a pitcher who hasn't had two consecutive injury-shortened campaigns.
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