Showing posts with label Mets Rumors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets Rumors. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mets Rumors: Amateur Scouts speculate RHP Neil Kozikowski is player to named later for Ike Davis


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Amateur scouts speculate that the player to be named in the Ike Davis trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates may be right-hander Neil Kozikowski, whom the Mets heavily scouted before the draft, the Daily News’ John Harper tweets.

Kozikowski, 18, was an eighth-round pick out of Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut in 2013.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have Joel Hanrahan on the radar for bullpen help


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According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Mets are very interested in free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan to fortify the back end of their bullpen. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN lists the Mets, Yankees, Angels, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Athletics, Red Sox and Rays as teams that are believed to have interest in Hanrahan.

Hanrahan–who is 11 months removed from Tommy John Surgery–was reportedly 90-92 in a session he held for teams last month, and it set to throw for teams again this Thursday, with his eyes set on signing with a team shortly thereafter.

The 32-year-old was one of the game’s best closers from 2011-2012, saving 76 games and posting an ERA just over 2.00. Hanrahan–who signed with the Red Sox last offseason–last pitched in the early stages of 2013 before going under the knife in May. The hard-throwing right-hander has averaged 95.5 mph on his fastball in his career.

Could help the Mets if he is healthy...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mets Rumors: No Trades Before Opening Day


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The Mets are not expected to make any Trade (Big or Small) additions before Opening Day, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY.

ESPN's source says something is not currently foreseeable and would have to develop quickly for a trade to materialize.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have to figure if either Franklin, Gregorius, or Drew is worth the price at shortstop


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The Mets are looking into several alternatives at shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Tejada has looked mediocre at best, only having 3 hits in 25 AB's this spring with lackluster defense.. Yeah, he went to a special clinic in the winter, but it has not translated on the field as the Mets had hoped.

The problem is, at what price do the Mets get another shortstop?

Do the Mets forfeit another draft pick and cave in to the demands of Scott Boras to sign Stephen Drew?
The Mets have been willing only to go 1 year at this point, but Drew and Boras want more. The Mets are only offering $9.5 Million, but Boras has indicated that they could look towards the $14 Million mark.

For this to work, the Mets would have to give Drew a multiyear deal. The problem is the Mets most likely will go shopping for a shortstop via free agency in 2015. The big names will be J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Second Scenario: The Mets can go out and try to trade for a shortstop. The Mariners and D'Backs have shortstops available, but the Mets have to find out if the price is right.

The Mariners have infielder Nick Franklin available, who has been on the Mets radar for some time. The Mets have sent scouts to see if Franklin can handle the position at short. The Rays and Orioles have reported some interest, but see him as a logical fit at second base. Franklin hit 12 HR's a year ago and definitely give the Mets some much added pop to the lineup. Franklin is batting .235 this spring.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mets Rumors: D'Backs and Mariners sent scouts to watch Mets prospects


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According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, there was a army of Arizona Diamondbacks scouts, as well as one from the Seattle Mariners, that were on hand watching Mets prospects.

Arizona dispatched special assistant Todd Greene and two other scouts. They saw Syndergaard facing right-hander Logan Verrett on a back field, as well as Kevin Plawecki behind the plate. Former Mets GM Joe McIlvaine was on hand representing the Mariners.

The D'backs and Mariners remain possible trade partners for a shortstop. The Mets have been scouting Mariners infielder Nick Franklin. The D'Backs have Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius, most likely Gregorius would be the likely trade candidate with Owings getting to starting nod.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mets Rumors: Orioles have joined Mets interest in middle infielder Nick Franklin


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The Orioles have joined the Rays and Mets as teams discussing a deal with the Mariners for middle infielder Nick Franklin, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Baltimore would be interested in using Franklin at second base, where the team remains somewhat unsettled entering the season.

The Mariners have determined that they will go with Brad Miller, who is having a great spring, at shortstop. The likelihood of a trade somewhere seems strong at this point. Discussions are ongoing, according to Heyman.

The Mets are in need a shortstop, and have been scouting Franklin for that position. Second base might be Franklin's best position, but Mets scouts are gauging whether he can play shortstop.

The Mariners want young pitching in return. Obviously, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero would have to be off the table, Maybe Jacob deGrom might fit the bill for Seattle. Nothing has been written in stone as of yet.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets continue to monitor the shortstop trade market


Franklin

Mets Rumors:


According to a report by John Harper of the Daily News, The Mets continue to monitor the market of shortstops for a possible trade.

In Harper's report he indicates that a club source on Tuesday said the Mets continue to scout the Mariners’ Nick Franklin, trying to decide whether he can play shortstop well enough to justify the pop in his bat — not to mention giving up one of their young starting pitchers for him.

He also says, a source affiliated with another ballclub, who has past ties to GM Sandy Alderson, said the Mets are continuing to monitor the Diamondbacks’ shortstop competition, and “could jump in" to try to make a trade for either Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends.

In case you're wondering , Nick Franklin is batting .300 with 3 2B's, 1 HR, and 4 RBI's this spring. Franklin is a switch hitter..

Didi Gregorius is batting .182 with 2 2B's and 3 RBI's this spring, he is a left handed batter.

Chris Owings, a right handed bat is batting .233 with 2 2B's and no RBI's this spring. Owings only stole 2 bases in 2013 for the D'Backs, but stole 20 bases in the minors in 2013. Owings upside is that .330 with 12 HR's and 81 RBI's in the minors before getting called up.

But there is still time left to decide....

Looks like Franklin's offense could help the Mets as long as he can play shortstop defensively up to par.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets unhappy with SS Ruben Tejada? Drew, Franklin Possibilities?


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Despite the opportunity, Ruben Tejada hasn't exactly locked up the shortstop spot in Queens. Tejada still isn't working out for the Mets.

Even though Tejada attended an offseason strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in Michigan, Mets management has not been overwhelmed by the shortstop's "new" body. "He looks pretty much the same," one source told The Post on Monday.

Frustrated with Tejada, the Mets still have a strong interest in signing free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, two sources have told The Post.

They also have shown interest in Seattle's Nick Franklin...Who is out of a position because of the signing of Robinson Cano.

The Mets are still waiting for their price on Drew. They also can trade for Franklin who might demand a pitching prospect.. Their choice...

LGM!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets insider acknowledges potential match with Seattle for SS Franklin



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A Mets insider acknowledged truths to a ESPNNewYork.com report about a potential match for the Mets in Seattle infielder Nick Franklin.

The source said there had been dialogue with Mariners officials as far back as the winter meetings. The talk is expected to pick up in the next month with Seattle having an excess infielder and the Mets having the type of young pitching Seattle desires to obtain in a swap.

The Mets likely would need to further debate whether they feel Franklin can handle full-time shortstop before pulling the trigger on any such deal. Whether the Mets would part with a prospect the caliber of, say, Rafael Montero also remains to be seen.

Franklin, who turns 23 on March 2, hit .225 with 12 homers, 45 RBIs and six steals in 369 at-bats as a rookie last season while appearing in 96 games at second base and three games at shortstop.

Franklin's Career Stats:
Year Age Tm AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP
2009 18 SEA-min 63 10 21 4 1 1 6 1 0 2 8 .333 .354
2010 19 SEA-min 516 92 146 22 7 23 65 25 10 51 124 .283 .354
2011 20 SEA-min 352 64 99 13 7 7 26 18 4 37 80 .281 .352
2012 21 SEA-min 472 64 131 32 9 11 55 12 4 48 106 .278 .347
2013 22 SEA-min 142 28 46 9 0 4 20 7 0 30 20 .324 .440
2013 22 SEA 369 38 83 20 1 12 45 6 1 42 113 .225 .303
1 Yr 369 38 83 20 1 12 45 6 1 42 113 .225 .303
162 Game Avg. 586 60 132 32 2 19 71 10 2 67 179 .225 .303
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/25/2014.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mets Rumors: SS Stephen Drew turned down $9.5 Million from Mets?


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SS Stephen Drew is still without a job and apparently turned down a one year, $9.5 million dollar from the New York Mets at some point, according to SI.com.
"The Mets suggested a salary close to the range of the $9.5 million Drew made last year, an unusual no-raise try that had little chance in free agency. It’s no wonder then that GM Sandy Alderson has termed a Drew signing “unlikely,” but the Mets would appear to have about the greatest need."
Drew could eventually end up with the Mets given their questionable issues at shortstop, but he’s losing his bargaining power.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: Orioles and Pirates remain trade possibilities for Ike Davis


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According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, Ike Davis remains of interest to the Orioles as they continue to try to land a slugger who will work mainly as a DH.

Baltimore who wants to avoid expending another draft pick and significant dollars can try and trade for Ike Davis, who clearly intrigues the organization and makes only $3.5 million this year.

According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the Pirates still remain a trade possibility for Ike Davis at First base. The Pirates have internal options at first base which include Andrew Lambo, Gaby Sanchez, Chris McGuiness, and nonroster invitee Travis Ishikawa.

If Ike Davis was acquired by Pittsburgh, he would compliment Gabby Sanchez as a part of a platoon...

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said: "That doesn't stop us from looking elsewhere. It’s just that now, our bar has been set a little bit higher, as to 'How do we make the club better?' And 'How do we make the club better at the right situation for us?' … If there's something that makes us better, and makes sense for us, we'll still look to do that."

Mets Rumors: Mariners expected to trade one of their shortstops


Franklin

Mets Rumors:


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  the Mariners are likely to trade one of their shortstops Nick Franklin or Brad Miller before Opening Day.  Rubin says Franklin could be more expendable at this point.

Franklin, who turns 23 on March 2, hit .225 with 12 homers, 45 RBIs and six steals in 369 at-bats as a rookie last season while appearing in 96 games at second base and three games at shortstop.

He now has lost his second base job in Seattle with the signing of  Superstar Robinson Cano.

Miller who is 24, had success last season as a rookie shortstop (.265, 8 HR, 36 RBIs in 306 at-bats).

"Shortstop's really my natural position," Franklin told the Seattle Times. "Being at second was a little outside of it. The big thing with me, I grew up playing shortstop my whole life. It's nothing new to me."

Friday, February 14, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets Play Waiting Game with Boras for SS Stephen Drew


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The Mets are playing the waiting game with Super Dick Agent Scott Boras, who can't find a taker at his price for SS Stephen Drew..

Sandy Alderson has publicly now said that he is not going to pay $10 Million to one player before Spring Training. First he made comments on Mike Francesa's show on WFAN a couple of days ago, and also verified on Matthew Cerrone's Metsblog.com.

So.... Mets Fans... This means the Mets will not go after SS Stephen Drew for that price. The Mets are waiting on how desperately SS Stephen Drew wants to sign with players about to report in spring soon. The Mets of course, also want a discount.

Drew also has the Red Sox in the wings with some interest, who seem they don't have a dire need to sign him.. With SS Xander Bogaerts ready to take over the position..  They are also waiting for the Drew market to satisfy them.. The Draft pick could be a factor here.. Do the Mets want to give up the third round pick for him?

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Mets Rumors: Ike Davis trade to Pittsburgh might be an option


Lambo

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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Kendrys Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a first baseman via trade. There are a few possible candidates, including the Mets’ Ike Davis, Toronto’s Adam Lind, Texas’s Mitch Moreland, and even Seattle’s Justin Smoak and Boston’s Daniel Nava and Mike Carp.

The Latino Post reported earlier in the week that if the Pirates strike a deal for Ike Davis, the Mets could look to trade for prospect outfielder Andrew Lambo. Lambo, a left handed batter -  split the 2013 season between the Pirates Double-A and Triple-A squad, recording 32 homers in 120 games. The Mets had asked previously for RHP Nick Kingham, but were turned down...

Friday, February 07, 2014

Mets Rumors: Agent Scott Boras wants opt-out clause after one year for Stephen Drew


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Super Agent Scott Boras wants an opt-out clause for Stephen Drew after Year 1 of a multiyear deal, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.

The Mets are considering a two or even three-year deal for Drew, although there still appears a question of how much Drew is worth over incumbent Ruben Tejada.

As for the opt-out, that's a deal-breaker for the Mets. That's because Drew could again enter free agency after a good season in 2014. And with a poor season he would be locked in to one or two more seasons guaranteed placing all of the risk on the team side.

Mets Rumors: Rodney goes to Seattle, Mets still in hunt for late inning reliever


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Fernando Rodney, who had interest from the Mets, signed a two-year, $14 million deal Thursday to become closer for the Seattle Mariners.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets remain in the market for a late-inning reliever. The remaining free agents include Kevin Gregg, Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan.

The Mets have hope of landing the late-inning arm on a minor-league deal, but they are not guaranteeing it.

According to Rubin,  Sandy Alderson told season-ticket holders Thursday night that they would have scouts watching Hanrahan throw, although the reliever will not be ready until May. He underwent Tommy John surgery last May.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets make offer to SS Stephen Drew?


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WFAN host Mike Francesa said on his show this afternoon that the Mets have made an offer to free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew. Francesa says that the sides are negotiating over years now, so it’s obviously not done, but there is an offer on the table. Earlier this winter the Mets were said to be averse to anything beyond two years for Drew.

This comes less than a week after Sandy Alderson said that the Mets were “unlikely” to sign Drew. Though, really, he would be a fantastic upgrade for them. Drew hit .253/.333/.443 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 124 games.

Mets Rumors: Mets still looking at Fernando Rodney and others for bullpen help....


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According to ESPN MetsBlog's Adam Rubin, the Mets are looking to add a closer type of pitcher and they have it in their budget.

The ESPN sources believe Fernando Rodney may be No. 1 on the team's target list, also... Kevin Gregg, Ryan Madson or Joel Hanrahan might be alternatives...

The signing of Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal Monday has no impact on signing a bigger named free agent,  it's just a depth move...

Bobby Parnell has expressed confidence in his ability to bounce back from surgery to repair a herniated disk, but there is little safety net right now, with Vic Black perhaps the most viable internal alternative as closer.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets Cooled on Fernando Rodney?



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Alderson likewise said that New York was not enamored with the possibility of giving out a big league deal for a free agent reliever. New York has recently been linked with closer Fernando Rodney and reportedly made a legitimate run at Grant Balfour before he signed with the Rays.

"Acquiring someone with some experience would give us some comfort going into Spring Training, but we don't want to preclude some of our younger pitchers from getting a solid opportunity either," Alderson explained. "So if there's somebody there that we like, we'll pursue them. Otherwise, one of the ways we've approached starting pitching, for example, is to bring in a couple of guys on minor league contracts and have them compete with some of our own internal candidates. We may do the same thing with the bullpen."

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that it makes little sense for Fernando Rodney to go to the Mets.

Team insiders tell Martino that Bobby Parnell has been assured the ninth inning is his, so Rodney would likely only pitch as the closer in the event of a setback in Parnell's recovery or further injury.

Mets Rumors: Mets Cooled on SS Stephen Drew


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With two and a half weeks before pitchers and catchers officially report to Spring Training, there's a reasonable chance the Mets are done handing out big league contracts.

General manager Sandy Alderson reiterated that his team is "unlikely" to sign Stephen Drew, despite the shortstop's perceived lack of suitors on the free-agent market.

Alderson also said that in the wake of reliever Grant Balfour choosing the Rays over the Mets, he is considering limiting the team's bullpen additions to Minor League deals.

Given all that, it is conceivable the Mets will finish this winter having added only three players on guaranteed contracts. Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, and OF Chris Young...
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