Market shaping up for Cuban catching prospect Yenier Bello. Add Padres, Braves, Mets to list of teams to express interest in 28-yr-old.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 25, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Grant Balfour, who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to close games, had an identical offer on the table from the Mets, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
A Mets official disputes the fact that Ken Rosenthal's report was not true on how the Mets outbid for the right hander.
Reports say Balfour chose the Rays because they were closer to his Clearwater, Fla. home.
Balfour went 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 38 saves in 65 relief appearances for the Oakland Athletics last season.
Since the Mets lost out on Grant Balfour, Sandy Alderson has been in dialogue with free-agent closer Fernando Rodney's representatives, according to ESPN.
Rodney, 36, went 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA and recorded 37 saves last season with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mets officials have insisted they have payroll flexibility if a free agent is available at a valued price. The team currently has about $87 million committed to players in 2014.
The talks between Rodney's representatives and club officials are believed to be about the closer's role. That should not suggest there has been any setback with Bobby Parnell. But the interest in back-end relievers demonstrates there is at least some uncertainty as Parnell returns from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck -- an injury that prompted him to miss the final two months of last season.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Mets Rumors: Mets running out of trading partners for Ike Davis, Brewers sign Overbay and Reynolds for 1B
The Milwaukee Brewers now have signed Lyle Overbay to a minor-league deal. A couple of days ago they inked Mark Reynolds to a deal...
Those additions appear to signal that Milwaukee is prepared to go without acquiring Ike Davis. The Brewers once appeared the most logical landing spot for Davis.
Overbay, who turns 37 next Tuesday, hit .240 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 445 at-bats for the Yankees last season. He played for the Brewers in 2004 and '05.
The Pirates and Orioles also seemed to have some interest in Ike Davis, but both teams have cooled off on their pursuit. The Mets are asking for top line pitching prospect... Mets were looking at the Orioles LHP Eduardo Rodriguez and Pirates RHP Nick Kingham....
The Mets plan is probably have a Ike Davis/ Lucas Duda Showcase in spring training and hope a team can get roped in on one of them preferably Ike Davis probably because of his $3.5 Million dollar price tag.
Teams also could have injuries during the spring and a mystery team may enter the bidding for Davis..
Ike Davis' father Ron Davis told the Ny Daily News he believes the Mets botched handling the trade of the Mets first baseman this winter by being so open about their intent (quote below):
Bobby Abreu, who has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, nearly chose the Mets instead, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
The lefty-hitting Abreu, 39, went unsigned last year and did not play in 2013.
He hit a combined .242 with three homers and 24 RBIs in 100 games with the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.
"Bob Abreu was close to signing with the Mets, but still has good relations and a house in Philadelphia," Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who is managing in Caracas this winter, told Venezuelan media.
Friday, January 10, 2014
The Mets have been rumored to be involved in talks for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but now it seems that will not be an option for the team.
The team has also explored trade options to replace Ruben Tejada, but that also remains a mute point.
"The same three alternatives exist: sign a free agent, make a trade or go with what we have, subject to probably bringing in a backup to Tejada," Alderson said. "I'd say right now, it's probably more likely that we will go with Option C, which is Ruben at shortstop with the addition of a backup."
The team is expected to try and sign a backup shortstop and right now the possibilities are a short list on the open market. They include Ronny Cedeno, a former Met; Cesar Izturis, whom the Mets discussed at the Winter Meetings; and Justin Turner and Omar Quintanilla, whom the Mets non-tendered earlier this winter.
According to Anthony DiComo of Mets.com, the Mets are expecting Ike Davis to Compete for first base job along with Lucas Duda this Spring.
Sandy Alderson said he talked to Ike Davis during David Wright's wedding and was in a good mood despite all the long off-season rumors.
"He was in a good mood," Alderson said. "I don't think any of this talk over the winter has bothered him. I think he's anxious to get to Spring Training and show what he can do. I was certainly pleased by that."
The Mets were rumored to be in trade talks with the Pirates, Brewers, and Orioles this off-season, but nothing panned out. The Mets were looking for a young talented controllable pitcher for Davis, but all three teams did not budge on that front. So the Mets appear to be moving on..
"We're not going to move Ike just to move Ike -- or any other player, for that matter," Alderson said in a telephone interview this week. "This is a trade market, not a yard sale. And right now, we're perfectly happy to go into Spring Training with Davis and Duda both on the team. Frankly, we're not that actively engaged in trade discussions involving Ike at this point. I think that underscores our willingness to go into camp with both."
The Mets spent much of their time at last month's Winter Meetings talking to other teams about Davis, meeting with the Brewers in particular multiple times. Nothing came of it.
"You can only ask someone to dance so many times before you get the message," Alderson said. "We've been told by a variety of clubs that what we're asking is not unrealistic. But if they think they can get it or something else for less, that's what they're going to try to do. So be it. It's not like we're holding out for Babe Ruth."
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
|Would be Big Addition!|
Like Can the Mets get SS Stephen Drew for one year? or Will they stay with Ruben Tejada?
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY , Mets' team officials are divided about Drew's value. They would likely consider a one or two-year deal, but nothing more. The feeling is that if Drew is open to taking a short-term deal, he would return to the Red Sox rather than join a new team. Boston is said to have interest in re-signing him but don't appear to be in a rush to get it done. Apparently Lately, Stephen Drew's medicals have not been good, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, But other reports say he is healthy. I Think One Year Deal Only for him, but probably will go back to Red Sox..
Can the Mets find a taker for Ike Davis?
According to SNY's Mets Hot Stove it's down to the Pirates, Brewers, and Orioles with the Brewers and Orioles in more of the fold. The Mets are holding out for the prospect player or package that will desire them the most. The Mets want young Top Five Pitching Prospects and nobody has flinched. My Guess, Ike will be in spring mix and let them battle it out. It will also showcase Ike and make doubters, believers... According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Ike Davis does not want to start in the season in NY.
Brewers GM Bob Melvin said he had conversations with Sandy Alderson on MLB.com about first baseman Ike Davis as far back as the General Managers Meetings in November, and met several times at the Winter Meetings a month later. The Mets' price is high -- they asked the Brewers for Tyler Thornburg, and the Orioles for top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez and the Pirates Nick Kingham. The Brewers would rather trade a position player, perhaps from a stable of outfielders that remains reasonably deep, even with Aoki's departure.
Melvin declined to say whether the Mets' asking price for Davis, who was demoted to Triple-A at one point last season, was higher than expected.
"I don't ever get into that," Melvin said. "Everybody makes the deal that they feel is the best deal for them. I don't ever consider whether asking prices are too high on [trades] or not, because you don't know until after the deal and you've seen players perform.
"I think we've pretty well stood by -- the one thing we've done is we do not want to give up pitching."
So we will see how this all plays out... Maybe mystery team jumps in this Spring?
Monday, January 06, 2014
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets are expected to take 1B Ike Davis to spring training camp with them. Rubin adds that Ike Davis prefers not to be with the club and I guess that would have to be a preference of the Mets too.
The Mets will keep their options open in the next coming weeks before pitchers and catchers report on February 15. They will listen to any team that will inquire about him including the Pirates, Brewers, and Orioles.
The Orioles have been talking to the Mets about Lucas Duda, Ike Davis, and Daniel Murphy , but nothing has gained any traction. The Mets have been asking for a highly touted prospect pitcher and according to SNY's Hot Stove Orioles LHP Zach Britton might be a guy the Mets could have interest in. In early reports, the Mets have asked for LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, but were turned down.
In a report from Andy Martino of the Ny Daily News, the Mets will only go one year on a contract for SS Stephen Drew.
The thought process of the Mets is they do not want to commit more than one year because the shortstop market will have a numerous amounts of free agents in 2015 that they could upgrade at that position. Some available next winter would include Asdrubal Cabrera, Yunel Escobar, Jed Lowrie and Hanley Ramirez..
Drew's agent Scott Boras wants the Mets to get in a bidding war with the Boston Red Sox, but the Mets are not biting.
The Mets will only sign Drew on their terms and according to reports, if the Mets do acquire him they would not have to shed payroll to keep him on the roster.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The first base market is shrinking for Ike Davis and only two teams could be ideal landing spots.
The Brewers and Orioles appear to have some interest in acquiring the left handed slugger, but the Mets appear to have a high price tag that would require teams to have a prospect pitcher in return.
The Mets thought process is to acquire someone like the Marlins did (Carter Capps) for 1B Logan Morrison, but teams are not biting.
The Pirates had some interest in Davis, but they acquired 1B Chris McGuiness from the Rangers yesterday in exchange for RHP Miles Mikolas, so that would put them out of the mix. The Mets wanted one of their top pitching prospects RHP Nick Kingham, but that got rejected.
The Brewers on the other hand do not have a starting first basemen since the departure of Cory Hart to Seattle, so that might rekindle some interest. But the Mets want pitching prospect RHP Tyler Thornburg, who is projected to man their 5th spot in the Brewers rotation. The Brewers also have expressed some interest in free agent 1B/3B Michael Young, so that might be another road block for the Mets.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Johan Santana is getting closer to making a decision on a minor league deal with a team.
There were reports in early December that the Mets and seven other teams have expressed some interest.
There’s been some speculation about the Twins since Santana still resides in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Twins have spring training. The Red Sox, who also train in Fort Myers, passed.
But a small-market team such as the Astros could also have some interest. Santana is just trying to get back pitching and prove himself again.
The Mets can sign Johan, but right now they are looking for some stability in the fifth starter spot. The Mets are expected to let a handful of candidates such as Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom battle it out in camp this spring..
Number one pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is expected to start in Triple-A Vegas in 2014 with a possibility of getting called up in late August or September.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
According to a interview with Mets Special Assistant J.P. Ricciardi on WEEI Thursday Night, the Mets are more likely to stay with SS Ruben Tejada instead of exploring either Stephen Drew or any other shortstop possibility out there.
“I think we are,” said Ricciardi when asked if the Mets were happy with heading into 2014 with the 24-year-old Tejada.
He’s a young player. A lot of young players who get to play at the big league level early in their career, a lot of them don’t realize how hard it is to play every day. A lot of them don’t realize what it takes to play every day. I think in Ruben’s case, he got a lot early in his career and I think he’s starting to realize that he has to work a lot harder than he has in the past, and he has.
To his credit, he really has. But as a young player, they get to the big leagues, some things happen for them and they forget how tough it is to stay there. I think he’s at that stage in his career. I think next year he’s going to be a better player than he was this previous year.”
“Sometimes there’s just supply and demand and I think right now there’s just not a lot of demand for shortstops,” the former Blue Jays general manager said. “It’s funny how it works. Sometimes there’s a lot of opportunities for free agents, but sometimes the market is a little bit of a stonewall. I think in this case there’s a lot of shortstops that are already in place.”
Friday, December 27, 2013
The Mets still hold some interest in acquiring free agent SS Stephen Drew. The problem remains that they only want to one or two years for him, while agent Scott Boras wants his client to get at least three years, maybe four.
The Mets do not want to go the extra mile because not only would it be a monetary commitment, but they would also have to surrender another draft pick that they do not want to do.
Remember Mets fans, the Mets have gave up their second round pick to the Yankees for Curtis Granderson, so losing another pick might hurt them in this years amateur draft (especially in the top ten picks).
The Red Sox have the best shot at reacquiring Drew because it would not cost them a draft pick (he played for them) and it would also give them some type of leverage in talks..
So in the end, the Mets will wait just like they did for OF Michael Bourn last year and hope his demands drop... Hoping they can swoop in for the kill, LOL..
Looks like the Mets will have to give SS Ruben Tejada another shot at the position and make it his job to lose. The Mets are likely to get a veteran backup to insure Tejada.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have "unsuccessfully tried" to trade Ike Davis to the Orioles for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is a 20-year-old left-hander that posted a 3.41 ERA with 125 strikeouts over 145 innings between High- and Double-A last season. He was recently ranked by Baseball Prospectus as the club's No. 4 prospect.
Puma notes that the Mets are "still talking" to the Orioles, Brewers and Pirates about Davis.
The Mets have made other attempts to acquire a pitching prospect from the Brewers and Pirates but were also turned down. The Mets asked the Brewers for Tyler Thornburg and have also have asked the Pirates for Nick Kingham.
It comes apparent that teams are not valuing Davis as high as the Mets thought he would be valued, especially when Davis is expected to make around $3.5 Million in 2014.
There is plenty of time before now and spring training and the worst thing that can happen at this point is to let Ike Davis prove his worth in the spring and take it from there..
Monday, December 23, 2013
Mets Rumors: Agent Scott Boras Shopping 1B Kendrys Morales and SS Stephen Drew to Mets, Mets ain't biting
Super Agent Scott Boras is working to sell the Mets on two notable free agent clients, Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, tweets Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.
Both players are facing uncertain markets at this stage of the off-season with many left scratching their heads over where Morales could land.
For their part, the Mets appear to have little or no interest in Morales and plan to go with Lucas Duda at first base if they move Ike Davis. Lucas Duda has also seen his name pop up in trade rumors, but not with the same frequency of Davis and their recent preference has been leaning towards rolling with Duda and dealing Davis. It seems unlikely that the cost-conscious Mets would scrap that plan to relegate Duda to the bench so that they can pay significant money for Morales.
The Mets and agent Scott Boras have discussed parameters but no firm numbers for Stephen Drew and right now, it looks like GM Sandy Alderson is sticking with Ruben Tejada. The road, for now, is still leading back to the Red Sox.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sandy Alderson said Tuesday afternoon that two to three teams are potential trade partners for the Mets at shortstop, although the chances of Ruben Tejada starting Opening Day at the position certainly are far greater than at the end of the season.
Alderson suggested a handful of teams might be willing to trade a shortstop to the Mets, but Tejada is becoming more likely as the starter.
"Well, I think it is more likely certainly than it was a couple of months ago, let's say," the GM said. "But we've improved the team at other positions. And so giving Ruben a chance to reestablish himself as an everyday player isn't such a bad thing. But we'll continue to monitor what's there from the trade market and conceivably free agency, although there really isn't much left there. There are two or three teams that are possibilities."
The New York Mets are still looking for a possible suitor for Ike Davis. Many Mets Fans like myself have been waiting to exhale to see where Ike Davis lands.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have talked to the Mets according to Travis Sawchik of Triblive Sports. The Mets are holding out for a prospect pitcher, in this case they are looking at RHP Nick Kingham who is their ninth best prospect overall. The Pirates also have interest in Texas 1B/DH Mitch Moreland, who according to reports is not being moved at this point. The Pirates want to platoon Davis with veteran 1B Gaby Sanchez.
The Milwaukee Brewers are also still in the hunt for a first basemen as well. During the Winter Meetings, it came apparent that it was only a amount of time when Davis was going to become a Brewer. Now that seems uncertain. The Mets wanted pitching prospect RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brew Crew , but were turned down. The Brewers have plans to use him in their 2014 rotation and make him their fifth starter..
Sandy Alderson suggested he would be looking for an equivalent return to what others have received for trading first basemen. The Marlins got 23-year-old Carter Capps from the Mariners for Logan Morrison last week.
So right now the ball is in the court of the Brewers and Pirates and who will pay for him with a pitching prospect.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Watch the Video, You Decide?
The Mets are ready to strike and have their hands in the BIG Pot for a change. Sounds like the Mets have small moves they could do, but the Mets sound like they have a big deal also in place. Listen to Sandy.. We have options... That Could Mean the Mets will add significant payroll to a budget that has exceeded the Wilpon's Pockets already with SP Bartolo Colon who was added this week...
"I think it's more likely if we come up with a 'high-end' shortstop or someone we like, it's more likely to come in a trade," Alderson told reporters.
Sandy Alderson sounds like a man that has a big play in his hands.. Especially for a shortstop.. or even a outfielder.. The Mets seem they can get a shortstop from the trade market.. but can it get bigger??
Let's Play Devils Advocate for a Minute.. Maybe the Mets can get in a Matt Kemp Deal? or Maybe Be a Piece in a three-way deal to a David Price deal?.... Who the Fuck Knows?
The Mets could look to a handful of teams (Updated) for some answers like the D'Backs, Brewers, Dodgers, Rangers, and even .. Mariners (updated)
Target 1: (Updated) The Arizona Diamondbacks are rumored to have strong ties to a SP David Price deal according to Matt Cerrone (Hat Tip) of Mets Blog. The Diamondbacks have many shortstops to offer... The D-Backs have shortstops Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed, all of whom are top infield prospects, as well as Cliff Pennington, who is under contract through 2014. The Mets could possibly be involved in a three team trade as been reported and mentioned numerous times on MetsChronicle.com. The D'Backs put Gregorius and A.J. Pollack on the market last year for pitching prospects, maybe the D'Backs look to do the same before spring training ends..
Saturday, December 14, 2013
The New York Mets have been in a holding pattern since the Winter Meetings in Orlando on a Ike Davis Trade.
The reason is simple, the Mets are waiting for the First Basemen Market to dwindle...and now that 1B James Loney is going back to the Rays, it's pretty obvious the Rays won't need Ike Davis.
But other teams are still in the hunt for a first basemen including the Pirates, Brewers, and Astros which can make Ike Davis valuable to someone.
The Pirates are not sold on Ike, the Brewers like Ike Davis, and there has not been much talk of Davis getting near Houston.
Other player alternatives that could still play decisive roles where Ike would land are Cardinals Matt Adams, Free Agent Kendrys Morales, Mariners Justin Smoak, Rangers Mitch Moreland, Blue Jays Adam Lind, and Red Sox Mike Carp.