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

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Conforto Debuts Saturday, Niese Throws Bullpen Session, Dice-K in bullpen, No Trade Talks Yet with Mets

Mets News and Notes:

First Round Pick Conforto makes debut Saturday:
First-round pick Michael Conforto will make his professional debut as the DH for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday.

Conforto, the 10th overall pick in the draft, officially signed a week ago. The Oregon State outfielder attended the Golden Spikes Award ceremony on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was one of three finalists, but did not win the award.

Keith Law rates Conforto as the No. 32 prospect in MLB. Law writes about the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year:

Conforto was the most advanced college bat in the draft class this year, leading Division I in OBP despite playing in a major conference (Pac-12, for Oregon State), while showing above-average power and adequate defense in left field. He doesn't have huge upside, but he's very close to major league ready and should be at least an above-average regular with a higher ceiling if the power exceeds expectations. The Mets should fast-track him if his performance warrants it.

Niese Throw Bullpen Session:
Jon Niese threw a pregame bullpen session Friday at Petco Park and pronounced himself ready to come off the disabled list on Monday to face the Seattle Mariners.

Niese has been on the DL with a strained left hamstring since June 22.

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.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Commentary: My proposed Blockbuster Trade with Orioles (Updated)


The Mets who are looking at free agents who are apparently out of their price range might have to go the trade route in order to get the parts they need to compete in 2014.

The Orioles have been rumored to be listening to offers for SS J.J. Hardy (free agent 2015), C Matt Wieters, and OF Nick Markakis, who will be free agent in 2015.

The Orioles have been rumored to have interest in 1B/OF Lucas Duda and 1B Ike Davis, so it seem possible the Mets could start with one of these two in negotiations.

The Orioles are also looking to bolster their thin farm system, so guys like Montero and Flores would look enticing to them. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, a trade for Wieters would have to include one of the following:

1. Top-of-the-rotation starter
2. Corner outfielder with power
3. Impact second baseman
4. Prospect package to help rebuild a thin farm system

If I was the Mets, I would offer a package of  C Travis d'Arnaud, 2B/IF Daniel Murphy, P Rafael Montero, 1B Duda/Davis, IF Wilmer Flores and/or SS Ruben Tejada  for C Matt Wieters, SS J.J. Hardy, and OF Nick Markakis. In a perfect world it could work, in reality is another thing in Metsville.....

This would solve a lot of holes for the Mets as they would get power from three positions they desperately need.. I would not like to see Daniel Murphy go, but it makes sense to add him to the deal as he has some value.

The Orioles would get prospects and save them money to invest in other free agents. They apparently had interest in SS Jhonny Peralta (signing with cards) which would make sense for them to sign him to replace Hardy. So I would throw in Ruben Tejada just cause... They get d'Arnaud to replace Wieters, Duda or Davis to play first while Chris Davis will DH. Daniel Murphy would play second base. Montero would enter the rotation for the O's and Flores would add insurance to their infield.

The only problem is the Mets seem scared to add salary and all three of those players would add  significant millions to the payroll.

It's time for the Mets to shake things up and let the fan base know they mean business....  I am tired of all the Mets bottom feeding from the free agent market... OF Chris Young is a prime example of this..

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rumor Mill: Mets have strong interest in "The Beard" Brian Wilson

Rumor Mill:

The Mets are showing strong interest in former Giants closer Brian Wilson, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter).

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson watched Wilson yesterday in a private workout.

Alderson is "not sure" if the Mets will extend Wilson an offer, reports the New York Post's Mike Puma.

Before the New Year, Brian Wilson narrowed down his list of suitors in half from about nine or ten to approximately five.

The Giants are open to a reunion but are only willing to give Wilson a deal with a low base salary and performance-based incentives. The 30-year-old made only two appearances in 2012 before suffering a season-ending elbow injury.

Wilson has said in the past, that he does not want to go back to San Francisco because of the way he was treated and released..

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay to Fish?, Wheeler, Inning Cap, Dickey, Francisco, Valdespin

Bell Back to Mets?
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets discussed sending Jason Bay to the Miami Marlins for closer Heath Bell and catcher John Buck, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Bay is owed $16 million next season, plus a $3 million buyout of a vesting option for 2014. That option only kicks in at $17 million if Bay has 600 plate appearances next season, which will not occur.

The ex-Met Bell is owed a combined $18 million in 2013 and 2014. Buck is owed $6 million next season.

Rosenthal added: "The deal never was close, sources said. But it would have enabled both clubs to purge players who are flopping miserably this season."

Highly regarded pitching prospect Zack Wheeler has been promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. He is scheduled to start Sunday for the Bisons against Syracuse, confirming Monday's report.

Wheeler, 22, went 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Binghamton. He allowed 92 hits, 43 walks and two homers while hitting 11 and striking out 117 in 116 innings.

General manager Sandy Alderson estimated Zack Wheeler likely will be capped at about 150 innings, while Matt Harvey can go 165 or 170 innings this season in the majors.  

Terry Collins said on his weekly radio show that it was likely R.A. Dickey would begin pitching on short rest once the Mets return home next week. That would afford extra rest for Johan Santana and Chris Young between starts. Each is returning from surgery to a repair torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder and has slowed of late.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mets will stay patient before making moves, won't overpay for help

According to ESPN NY,  despite the dire need for bullpen help, assistant GM John Ricco said the Mets have no intention of overpaying.

"We're watching every day the same thing people are," Ricco said. "But you also can't fool yourself into thinking that there's one guy that is going to be the be-all and end-all solution to all of our problems. You can fall into that trap and make some big mistakes. It's one of the good things about having an experienced guy like Sandy [Alderson]. He's been down this road before."

As for balancing the present versus the future, the Mets seem to be tilted toward the latter.

"It's not even every day; we're constantly weighing both those things and having a lot of discussion about it," Ricco said. "But, at the end of the day, it's not completely in our control. There's the [other] teams. And they see the same thing. They know that, 'OK, we have to make a deal now.' So they're going to try to hold somebody over a barrel. And then it comes down to, 'Do we feel it's close enough that we can make that move?' And so far we haven't hit on it."

Mets News and Notes: Familia, Baxter, Francisco, Mets Trade Front

Mets News and Notes:

Jeurys Familia limited Toledo to one run and three hits in a career-high eight innings, but Triple-A Buffalo lost in extra innings to the Mud Hens. With St. Lucie, Mike Baxter went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the DH in the fourth day of a maximum 20-day rehab assignment.

Jon Rauch had his knees drained before the series opener and was unavailable Tuesday. He returned to game action Wednesday and pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.

The Mets are aiming for Frank Francisco (oblique) to begin a rehab assignment next Friday, so the closer should miss the upcoming homestand against the Dodgers and Nationals.

On the Trade Front:

David Lennon in Newsday reports the Mets have targeted Oakland reliever Grant Balfour.

Only Choice Left?
Sandy Alderson tells Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger: “We’re not interested in doing something just to create the impression that we’re doing something." McCullough reports the Mets have scouted Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, San Diego’s Huston Street, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and Houston’s Brett Myers.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Bay, Liriano

Mets News and Notes:

J.P. Ricciardi was on hand in Buffalo last night to witness the start (audition) by 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey. Harvey stated his case for Saturday's start at Citi Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harvey did not allow a hit through five innings. He ultimately was charged with two runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batter.

The bottom line: If the Mets are purely interested in Harvey's development, they would give him a little extra time in Triple-A. He may be one of the best options to start against the Dodgers, but it does not mean it's the right option.

Writes columnist Jeff Bradley in the Star-Ledger:

The time is coming for Matt Harvey to pitch for the Mets. But probably not this Saturday at Citi Field, against the Dodgers, as many had hoped. Harvey made his 19th start for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons last night. He threw 100 pitches in a span of 6T innings, allowing three singles and two runs. He was throwing his fastball consistently around 95 mph, mixing in a sharp breaking ball and a decent change. But four walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch -- which could be blamed on rust since he had not made a start in 12 days -- will likely be factors that delay his major league debut.

Jason Bay played what sounded like his final rehab game with Buffalo on Monday night. He went 0-for-2 with two walks and lost a ball in the Triple-A lights in left field. With the Mets facing a southpaw in D.C. today, Bay sounded like he expected to be manning left field at Nationals Park for the series opener.'s Jon Heyman lists the Mets along with the Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Braves as showing interest in Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Rumor Mill: Mets Looking to Trade for Rockies Catcher Ramon Hernandez

According to ESPN NY,  Righty-hitting Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez, currently on a rehab assignment from a hand injury, is a potential trade target for the Mets.

The discussions are serious enough that one source said, while offering no guarantee: "I think Hernandez will be a Met."

The source said Sandy Alderson was trying to expand the deal to include lefty reliever Matt Reynolds.

"I think he's looking to add that to the package," the source said.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rockies strongly interested in Justin Turner for 2B

According the Denver Post, the Rockies turned their attention to adding another second baseman. They talked with the Red Sox about Marco Scutaro, but the deal fizzled given the Rockies' lack of financial flexibility and Boston's reluctance to part with the veteran without another everyday shortstop option.

The Rockies remain strongly interested in the Mets' Justin Turner, a more attainable target.

As it stands, Chris Nelson, D.J. LeMahieu and Jonathan Herrera will compete for the second base job.

The Mets were interested in Eric Young Jr., who has been a hot commodity for the Mets lately..

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Five Teams including the Mets are interested in Colorado's OF Seth Smith

The Mets are among five teams to show interest in Rockies OF Seth Smith, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, who says Smith is now available after Coloradio signed Michael Cuddyer.

Last week, Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports said the Mets and Rockies had been discussing a deal that could swap Jon Niese for Smith. However, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN quickly responded by saying the Mets were not interested in such a deal.

In 147 games for the Rockies last year, Smith, 29, hit .284 with a .347 on-base percentage, 15 HR and 59 RBI in 476 at-bats. He is eligible for arbitration and, according to MLB Trade Rumors, could earn around $2.6 million in 2012.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mets contemplating unloading once thought of prospect , Fernando Martinez

As a teenager Fernando Martinez was an elite prospect, ranking among Baseball America‘s top 30 prospects in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but injuries and mediocre hitting have caused his stock to plummet of late and now the Mets may be shopping the 23-year-old outfielder. 

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Martinez’s arthritic right “knee has not improved much” since 2009 surgery and says the Mets “seem to be considering unloading him.”

Once upon a time Martinez was linked to just about every juicy trade rumor, but at this point it seems unlikely that the Mets could get back more than a solid regular for him. And even that might be a stretch after Martinez hit just .260 with eight homers and a .746 OPS in 63 games at Triple-A while repeating the level for a third straight season in part because the Mets’ previous regime promoted him so aggressively.

Mets looking to trade Justin Turner for Rockies' 2B Eric Young Jr.?

The Mets have expressed interest in Eric Young Jr. of the Rockies, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY's source indicated that the Mets may be able to obtain Young by sending Justin Turner to Colorado and that the teams continue discussing Jon Niese. However, Jon Heyman of tweets that Turner's name hasn't come up yet.


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Morning Rumor Mill: Mets not actively shopping Jonathan Niese

According to, the Mets aren't actively shopping Jonathon Niese, and despite an earlier report that they were interested in trading him for a package around Rockies outfielder Seth Smith, they have "zero interest" in such a deal according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (in these four tweets).

New York would have to be "knocked out" to trade Niese, who is not yet arbitration eligible and owns 286 strikeouts and 106 walks in 331 innings over the past two seasons. His ERA is a pedestrian 4.30 in that time, though his 49.5% groundball rate and advanced metrics like FIP (3.75) and SIERA (3.67) tell a different story.

At the Winter Meetings, we heard that the Mets would be willing to move any player other than David Wright, and several teams showed interest in the 25-year-old Niese, viewing him as a potentially cheaper alternative to Gio Gonzalez. Reports since then say that there have been "no significant talks," however, and Crasnick's strong words suggest that Niese won't be easy to acquire at all.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Rumor Mill: Jon Niese heading to Rockies for package including Seth Smith?

Smith might be on his way to Citi Field
Jonathon Niese  "is believed to be available in a package built around"  Rockies outfielder Seth Smith, reports Tracy Ringolsby of FOX Sports.

Smith's name has been whispered in the trade rumors all winter and he could be even more expendable now that Colorado has agreed to terms with Michael Cuddyer.

The Mets hadn't had any "significant" talks about Niese, though the Rockies were known to be one of the several teams interested in the young southpaw.


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Gio Gonzalez Update: Tigers now on the "outskirts" to landing him

Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Tigers are on the "outskirts" of the pursuit of the Athletics' Gio Gonzalez and are "not real upbeat about their chances."

It's hard to believe if the Tigers were willing to part with Jacob Turner that they wouldn't at least be in the thick of things, so perhaps they're not willing to give up Turner after all.

With the number of teams interested -- the Mets, Mariners, Marlins, Reds, Red Sox, Rangers and Nationals have all showed degrees of interest -- Gonzalez seems likely to be moved this winter.

Rumor Mill: Gio Gonzalez on the Mets Radar?

Gio Gonzalez has been generating considerable interest on the trade market of late, with many teams currently in on the sweepstakes:

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Mets and Mariners have joined in, and the Marlins, Reds, Red Sox, and Rangers are still pursuing the young lefty. In addition, the Nationals want Gonzalez,as their priority is to acquire a left-handed starter. With Mark Buehrle headed to Miami, Washington has turned to Gonzalez and the White Sox' John Danks as other options.

Gonzalez, just 26, has posted a 129 ERA+ in over 400 innings since 2010. His control has been somewhat of an issue, as he's averaged four walks per nine innings, but he's proven to be quite skilled at inducing strikeouts -- having averaged roughly a strikeout per inning since debuting in 2008. His performance earned him an all-star nod this season, and he won't become a free agent until 2016, so it's easy to see why so many teams are after him.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rumor Mill: No Significant Trade Talks Involving Jon Niese reports with starting pitching at a premium, the Mets were reportedly listening to offers for left-hander Jonathon Niese last week at the winter meetings. GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin that there have been no "significant" trade talks involving Niese though, and he still envisions him as part of the club's future (Twitter link).

Niese, 25, told Andy Martino of The New York Daily News that the front office reached out to him last week after the trade rumors became public to assure him they still want him on their club (Twitter link). Three or four teams still have interest in trading for him according to's Jon Heyman (on Twitter), and the Mets seek a young catcher and young pitchers in return. That price is too high for some clubs, says Martino (on Twitter). The Rockies and Yankees were said to have some interest in Niese last week.

Although his 4.40 ERA in 2011 is nothing special, Niese did post impressive peripheral stats in his 157 1/3 innings: 7.89 K/9, 2.52 BB/9, and 51.5% grounders. He's had trouble staying healthy in recent years thanks to hamstring and oblique problems, which is why he's never thrown more than 180 innings in a season, majors or minors. Niese is under team control for another four years, the final three as an arbitration-eligible player.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Mets considered the idea of trading Bobby Parnell?

ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that the Mets were mulling over the idea of trading Bobby Parnell to an unknown team for a starting position player.

The Mets drastically revamped their bullpen on Tuesday, signing Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco to handle the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and also landing Ramon Ramirez in a trade with the Giants, so they've got the depth to make it work. Parnell though, as Rubin points out, is controllable for four more years, while Ramirez and Rauch are free agents following 2012.

It's not surprising to see other teams interested in the flamethrowing 27-year-old, though. Parnell's average fastball sat at a blistering 97.2mph last season, and he posted a 3.64 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 4.1 BB/9, and 50.6% groundball rate in 59 1/3 innings.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Rumor Mill: Several Teams have talked to Mets about Jon Niese

According to the NY Post's Joel Sherman, The Red Sox have talked to the Mets and have interest in Jon Niese.

The Padres and Rockies are among the teams interested in Niese, tweets Sherman.  The Padres could get in on Niese but have not engaged yet, adds Andy Martino.

Among young players, the Mets are talking the most about Jonathon Niese rather than Davis, tweets Joel Sherman.  Niese, 25, is under team control through 2015 and could be an alternative for teams that find Oakland's asking price too high for Gio Gonzalez.

It would be interesting to see how creative the Mets will be to upgrade this roster, if they dare to show they have some balls...

Stay tuned!
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