Showing posts with label Mets Free Agent Focus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets Free Agent Focus. Show all posts

Friday, November 04, 2011

2012 Mets Free Agent Focus: Center Field - Pagan Out, New Candidates In


Pagan has dropped the ball
According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, there is a uncertainty of Angel Pagan’s future with the Mets since his attempt to be Carlos Beltran’s replacement last season.

The team is still debating whether to cut ties with its center fielder.

If they decide to proceed without him, the Mets could shop Pagan and, if that fails, nontender him. In that scenario, which has been a solid possibility since midsummer, the Mets will likely seek a strong fielder - and an affordable one.

Team insiders - While noting that Pagan might still return, have not shot down the notion, and point out that Ankiel, the free agent who earned $1.5 million last season with the Washington Nationals, might be precisely the type of short-term replacement for Pagan that the Mets are seeking.

The difference in salary between Pagan, 30, and an alternative such as Ankiel is key. The Mets are trying to cut payroll by about $30 million, a project that requires trimming around many edges. Pagan is talented and enjoyed a breakout year in 2010, but will likely be awarded about $5 million in salary arbitration this winter.

Ankiel, 32, batted .239 last season, with a .296 on-base percentage and a cannon arm in the outfield. The offensive numbers are far from quality, but Pagan’s on-base percentage was just .322, he pursued fly balls in circuitous fashion and lobbed them toward the infield, all while alienating his manager and many teammates with what they perceived as a sour disposition.

Several times last season Terry Collins tried to connect with Pagan, calling him into the office and asking why he was sulking. A positive clubhouse presence the year before, Pagan seem troubled by his dip in performance in 2011. Although he enjoyed a far better season at the plate than Ankiel did, some Mets officials strongly believe that Pagan will not be a good fit next year.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

2012 Mets Free Agent Focus: Fixing the bullpen


In my Mets Free Agent Focus I will be outlining one of the Mets biggest needs, to fix the bullpen. Sandy Alderson has stated that he thinks the main focal point this off-season will be on the pen including the closer role.

Mets will look at Broxton to close in 2012
I have listed the free agents that the Mets will be looking at to fill the pen this off-season. By the way, don't discount the fact that the Mets will steering away from any Type A or B Free agents because one -  they usually cost money and two -  the Mets will not be giving up picks when your in a rebuilding mode. - So forget them (I scratched them out)..

Here are a list of 2012 Free Agents Relievers from MLB Trade Rumors:


Closers
Heath Bell (34) - Type A
Jonathan Broxton (28)
Matt Capps (28) - Type A
Francisco Cordero (37) - Type A
Frank Francisco (32) - Type B
Ryan Madson (31) - Type A

Joe Nathan (37)
Jonathan Papelbon (31) - Type A
Jon Rauch (33) - Type B
Francisco Rodriguez (30) - Type A


That leaves the Mets with two big options in the closer free agent pool, Nathan and Broxton! Nathan has admitted that he would play in the Big Apple, But Broxton is younger at 28 years of age.


Right-handed relievers
David Aardsma (29)
Jeremy Accardo (30)
Luis Ayala (34)
Danys Baez (34)
Miguel Batista (41)
Shawn Camp (36) - Type B
Todd Coffey (31)
Juan Cruz (31)
Octavio Dotel (38) - Type A
Chad Durbin (34)
Jeff Fulchino (32)
Juan Gutierrez (28)
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