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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mets Rumors: Tulowitzki, Syndergaard, Matsuzaka, Colon


Mets Rumors: Tulowitzki, Syndergaard, Matsuzaka, Colon


Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports: The Cardinals and Mets are staying in touch with the Rockies about Troy Tulowitzki‘s availability, and the Mets are willing to include top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard as part of a trade package. Colorado isn’t budging, however, unless Tulowitzki actually demands a trade, which could be part of the “let him be the bad guy” strategy that Passan considers “a ludicrous way to run a franchise.”

In a chat with reporters, Mets GM Sandy Alderson acknowledged that the club has an opportunity to do a “thing or two,” but wouldn’t bet on something happening between now and the deadline, writes Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Alderson said that at some point he might be willing to use his top prospects in a blockbuster trade, but said that it would have to be “the right time for the right player under the right circumstances.”

Jeff Passan reported that the Mets would move Noah Syndergaard in a deal for Troy Tulowitzki, but David Lennon of Newsday (on Twitter) hears that the Mets will not include him in any type of trade. Lennon cautions that things can change, but that’s the thinking at this moment.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who landed on the disabled list on Friday with right elbow inflammation, should resume tossing a baseball in three or four days, manager Terry Collins said, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. The right-hander could possibly be among the starters on the trade block this week.

There’s “absolutely nothing” brewing on trade talks for Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon at the moment, a source tells Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets would eat some of Bartolo Colon's Contact in Trade


Mets Rumors:


According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, The Mets are getting an early gauge at who could enter The Bartolo Colon Sweepstakes.

The Mets would (according to Martino) eat some portion of the rest of this years contract, which is roughly $2  Million. He is owed $11 Million in 2015.

According to Martino,  the Phones have not heated up for his services yet because there are other bigger names available like David Price (Rays), Cliff Lee (Phillies), Ian Kennedy (Padres) are still out there.

The market for high-end starting pitching is stalled for several reasons. Tampa Bay is playing better and trying to decide if it will trade Price. San Diego is sending strong signals that it is unlikely to move Kennedy, according to teams in contact with the Padres. And Lee just returned from two months off with an elbow injury, and is owed oodles of money.

It is plausible to imagine a scenario where July 31 hits, and Price, Lee and Kennedy all remain with their current clubs. At that point, rival executives predict, Colon would be the most desirable option -- or alternately, after Price is dealt, the Mets would be positioned to have a solid plan B for teams.

That would leave the Mets in the driver's seat. If the demand becomes high and the Mets like what they will get, they will pull the trigger..

But Alderson could also keep Colon through the deadline and pull a deal similar to which he did with Marlon Byrd last season. Teams sometimes are in a more dire need and sometimes they have to sweeten the deal to get it done.

The Mets according to Martino are comfortable moving Colon next month, or even in the winter.

Mets Rumors: Mets Tell Rockies: If Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez are available, they want in on the action., Mets might have a shot to landing a big fish(es)


Mets Rumors:


According to a report from Joel Sherman of the NY Post, Mets officials have told their Rockies counterparts if Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez are ever made available, they want in on the action.

Sherman was quoted:
An NL executive said he believes owner Dick Monfort will consider the move more than ever, but ultimately is too loyal and committed to those players to move them.

But keep in mind Tulowitzki has indicated he has become frustrated playing his prime mainly in non-contention. And there is belief if he were to request a trade, ownership would strongly consider fulfilling his wishes. However, Tulowitzki has a no-trade provision, wears No. 2 in honor of Derek Jeter and is thought to be considerably more interested in being a Yankee than a Met. And Colorado already has expressed interest to the Yankees in their top pitching prospect, Luis Severino.

Plus, sources say the Cardinals — owners of arguably the deepest farm system in the sport — are enamored with Tulowitzki and would move significant pieces to land him. In fact, the market will be deep if Tulowitzki comes onto it, because he is viewed as one of the 10 best players in the majors.

And one NL executive said “because Colorado always needs to address pitching, I actually see the Mets as their perfect partner.”

The Mets want to add a shortstop (like Tulowitzki) and/or a left fielder (like CarGo) and see those as finishing pieces to being a sustained contender. That the Mets reached out to Colorado suggests a) they have the resources to add a significant long-term contract and b) their farm system is viewed within the sport as elite.

That last part is essential going forward to open doors for the Mets. The Rockies are said to think highly of Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Dilson Herrera and others. In other words, the Mets — if they are willing to part with some combination of good farmhands — will be factors for CarGo, Tulowitzki or any other star that comes onto the market.

As for CarGo and Tulo, they share the same issues that will make teams wonder about how much to surrender: injury-prone histories, significant dollars owed and stats buoyed by playing home games at Coors Field.

The Mets sure have a strong fit for both these players,  imagine both of them on this team -  LGM!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mets Rumors: Teams have interest in Bartolo Colon, Matt Kemp on the block too


Mets Rumors:


The Mets may have a suitor for pitcher Bartolo Colon. According to a report by ESPNDeportes.com, the San Francisco Giants have shown an interest in the right-hander.

Colon, 41, has a 4.12 ERA in 19 starts this season and is in the first of a two-year, $20 million deal.

But a report by the New York Post said that deal would only happen if the Mets took on a good portion of the $11 million Colon is owed next season.





Matt Kemp is an intriguing name that could help the Mets. The Mets do need an outfielder that has pop and probably fits best as a corner outfielder since  Juan Lagares is not going anywhere. Considering the $117 million left on Kemp’s deal, the Dodgers will have to eat an awful lot of money to make any trade happen.

Kemp 29, Batting .267 with 8 HR's and 37 RBI's

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: Shortstop won't come cheap, especially good ones


Mets Rumors: Shortstop won't come cheap, especially good ones


The New York Mets find themselves slumbering for offense with a core of mediocre players such as Ruben Tejada. Shortstop is one of the positions the Mets must upgrade to make a run at the division or even a wild card push. But some of the options that would make sense for the Mets would have to involve big prospects going the other way. The Noah Syndergaards of world have to be included to get anybody's blood flowing. The Mets can also ship other alternatives such as Rafael Montero and/or Wilmer Flores, who does not appear to have a future role with the big club. The Mets find themselves once again on the border of bad teams as the offensive woes run upon them. The Mets will have pitching depth with Jeremy Hefner (rehabbing) and Matt Harvey coming back to form for the 2015 season.

The shortstops  I think that would make sense for any GM to trade are ones that have large salaries attached to them. Three shortstops I think could help the Mets be a steadier at that position are Troy Tulowitzki, Elvis Andrus, and Starlin Castro. But they all could be to pricey for this Mets organization.

Andrus, a perfect lead-off hitter for the Mets has still yet to turn 26 and is already in the midst of his sixth consecutive above-average season. Though he has limited value at the plate, he rates as an excellent base-runner and defender. Despite signing a massive eight-year, $120MM extension that does not even kick in until next year, and which allows him to opt out if he is able to meet or exceed expectations, he is playing on a club that has fallen out of contention this year and which has several even younger options waiting in the wings.

Mets Rumors: The Phone Has Not Been Ringing off the hook for Bartolo Colon as of yet


In a Tweet from Mets beat writer of the Ny Post Mike Puma, he says that the phone has not been ringing off the hook for Mets Pitcher Bartolo Colon as of yet.



Over his last four starts, Colon is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA. That comes after a strong June in which Colon helped carry the Mets rotation by going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

Colon, who is due $11 million next season, blamed a stomach ailment for his lackluster performance Friday, when he allowed four earned runs over five innings.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets to shop Deadweight at the deadline...Colon, Young(s) could be shopped


Mets Rumors:


With 17 days till the MLB Trading Deadline, the New York Mets have come to the assumption that they will shop RHP Bartolo Colon for either a upgrade at Shortstop or a Power Hitting Left fielder to play alongside Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson.

This does not come as a shock because Colon is owed $3.75MM remaining this season and $11MM in 2015 and with the Surplus of Pitchers the Mets have on the rise, they could easily have enough to fill the rotation the rest of the year and beyond.

The Mets will have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and  Daisuke Matsuzaka to Fill the 2014 Rotation and in 2015 they will hopefully have a healthy Matt Harvey and prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero to at least compete for a spot.

The Mets are also believed to be shopping Outfielders Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. and possibly Bobby Abreu to clear outfield roster space as well. Neither Young is enjoying a particularly strong season, though Young Jr. will be more attractive to other teams due to his speed (25-for-28 in steals) and two remaining years of team control, whereas Chris Young is owed over $3MM for the rest of the year.

The Mets have logical targets in the Cubs, D'Backs who might be in the sellar state of mind. The Cubs have a overabundance at shortstops in their organization with the addition of Addison Russell from the A's. They have Starlin Castro in the Majors and Javier Baez ready in Triple-A. According to reports, Baez might be more attainable in trade than Castro. The cost cutting Mets might not like what is owed to Castro on his contract $44 Million.

Javier Baez is a shortstop with some pop. He currently has a .240 with 14 HRs and 55 RBI's in the Minors.
He also is a base stealing threat with 15 stolen bases in 21 attempts. In 2013,  Baez hit 37 HRs between Single-A and Double-A.

Baez's Minor League Stats:
Year Age Lev Aff AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2011 18 Rk-A- CHC 18 2 5 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 .278 .278 .389
2011 18 Rk CHC 12 2 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 .333 .333 .500
2011 18 A- CHC 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167
2012 19 A-A+ CHC 293 50 86 13 6 16 46 24 5 14 69 .294 .346 .543
2012 19 A CHC 213 41 71 10 5 12 33 20 3 9 48 .333 .383 .596
2012 19 A+ CHC 80 9 15 3 1 4 13 4 2 5 21 .188 .244 .400
2013 20 A+-AA CHC 517 98 146 34 4 37 111 20 4 40 147 .282 .341 .578
2013 20 A+ CHC 299 59 82 19 4 17 57 12 2 21 78 .274 .338 .535
2013 20 AA CHC 218 39 64 15 0 20 54 8 2 19 69 .294 .346 .638
2014 21 AAA CHC 312 47 75 19 2 14 55 15 6 28 110 .240 .305 .449
4 Seasons 1140 197 312 68 12 67 213 61 15 82 330 .274 .331 .531
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/14/2014.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mets Rumors: Cubs Starlin Castro might be a fit for Mets, but might cost Wheeler or Syndergaard in return


Mets Rumors:


According to a report by John Harper of the Daily News, the Mets are an ideal candidate for a SS Starlin Castro Trade with the Cubs.

The Problem is who would the Mets give up to get him? The Cubs are looking to upgrade their farm system with pitching. The Mets have plenty of minor league pitchers, but it is up to the Mets to depart with some in order to get a deal done.

Harper suggest that Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom could get the deal in action, problem is the Mets are with injuries to Jon Niese and others like Matt Harvey.

If the Mets can get Harvey back to 100% and have Noah Syndergaard ready for 2015 the Mets will have some depth to deal with. Guys like Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom could become available...

So would an offer of Wheeler convince Epstein to deal now? One baseball executive friendly with Epstein said it would take more.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have interested teams in Daniel Murphy, But may sign him long term instead?


Mets Rumors:


According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, The San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams who have done preliminary homework on second baseman Daniel Murphy, asking around for opinions on him.

The Giants are trying rookie Joe Panik at second, after Mets castoff Brandon Hicks sunk way below the Mendoza Line. And the Blue Jays are understaffed at the position, using Munenori Kawasaki and Steve Tolleson.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson and other Mets officials over the past few weeks is that the team does not consider itself a seller because of the mediocre National League East where the Mets are only 5.5 games out of first place (36-42).

If Murphy is presumably still a Met in August, the team has the following options: Retain him on a one-year deal at a raise from the $5.7 million he is making in 2014, then let him leave as a free agent; trade him this winter; trade him at next summer’s deadline; or offer a multi-year extension.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mets Rumors: Chris Young's "Days are Numbered"


Mets Rumors:


According to ESPN NY, A team insider acknowledged Chris Young's "days are numbered" with the organization, which is prepared to eat the remainder of this year's $7.25 million salary. The internal debate at this point centers on whether to pull the trigger this week, and it's definitely being seriously weighed.

Juan Lagares' rehab tour has shifted to Double-A Binghamton, and the Mets are eyeing Thursday for the center fielder's activation from the disabled list.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is expected to stay with the Mets. Through two tours with the Mets this season, the lefty-hitting Nieuwenhuis is hitting .292 with a homer and six RBIs in 24 at-bats, including some clutch production.

After last year's flop with Oakland (.200, 12 HR, 40 RBIs), Young nonetheless received the lucrative one-year deal from the Mets on Nov. 26. He is hitting .201 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 179 at-bats this season. He also has been underwhelming on the occasions the Mets have used him in center field.

Assuming Collins starts Young against left-handers Scott Kazmir and Brad Mills during the two-game midweek Oakland Athletics series, that may be the ex-Diamondback's last chance to save his job.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: No Drew, But Mets Look at other Trade Options at Shortstop


Mets Rumors:


The Mets who watched Stephen Drew land in Boston again, did not want to shell out the money for his services nor give up another draft pick in the upcoming amateur draft.

The Mets can stay with the plan of keeping Ruben Tejada/Wilmer Flores at shortstop this season and look to sign a shortstop in off-season. The 2015 free agent class features prominent names such as Hanley Ramirez, J.J. Hardy, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jed Lowrie, but Martino points out that the team would rather go in the trade direction for a young controllable shortstop instead.

The Mets have been linked in the off-season with the Mariners about Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, but sources say talks have not been active of late.

The other option includes Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who has been playing in Triple-A. Gregorius is batting .303 with a .390 OBP for Reno... The Mets are continually monitoring him, but the front office shakeup in Arizona makes trading with them a bit confusing at this time. Martino writes that other teams at this point aren't even sure whether to contact GM Kevin Towers or new Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa regarding trades, who Mets GM Sandy Alderson has a good relationship with both.

The Mets will have to depart with one of their young pitching prospects on the rise. Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom could become valuable trade chips down the road. The Diamondbacks who asked the Mets for Pitching Prospect Noah Syndergaard and Catching Prospect Kevin Plawecki for Gregorius, but the Mets rebuffed at the demand.

The Mets rotation in 2015 will be crowded, They will have mended Matt Harvey back and also have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and also Noah Syndergaard, who is scheduled to make his 2014 debut late this summer. So they have young arms to trade to obtain a quality shortstop, just a matter of which one makes sense for the organization..

Friday, May 09, 2014

Mets Rumors: The Bullpen Plan - Montero to get called up?


Mets Rumors:


According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, the plan for the Mets bullpen revolves on tonight's start for Jenrry Mejia. If he performs, he will stay in the Mets rotation otherwise he could be in the bullpen. The Mets believe Mejia could benefit from working out of the pen. They have him on a undetermined innings limit and could help him.

That could have Daisuke Matsuzaka back in the rotation and could draw a call from Triple-A Vegas and bring up Rafael Montero. At first, it was much believed that Jacob deGrom could've been the first call up, but Andy Martino debunked that rumor that in his report.

The plan is to have Montero work some innings out of the pen for Vegas and call him up for Major League action.. If Montero got called up, that would leave veterans Kyle Farnsworth or Jose Valverde on the chopping block.

Mets insiders say if Mejia or Dice-K can't hold down 5th spot there is also a option to put Montero in there.

The plan all starts tonight to see if Mejia is the answer in either the Mets rotation or bullpen, more to follow...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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


Mets Rumors:

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


Mets Rumors:


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


Mets Rumors:


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


Mets Rumors:


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


Mets Rumors:


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


Mets Rumors:


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.
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