Rafael Furcal to a one-year contract to be their starting second baseman.
The deal is pending a physical and believed to be worth $3.5 million plus incentives...
The Mets were very interested in Furcal when free agency started, but they’re interest faded shortly after that..
Furcal, 36, played in 121 games with St. Louis in 2012, but did not play at all in 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. He is a career .281 hitter with a .346 OBP over 13 seasons.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, reports indicate that the Mets have no interest in Rafael Furcal.
But those reports seem untrue as Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports the Mets seem interested in the free agent shortstop.
"Many teams have shown interest," Furcal told Rojas in Spanish. "Boston, the Marlins, Mets, Washington, Pirates and Colorado are interested, among others."Furcal, 36, missed last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Furcal indicated his interests are playing for a contender and for playing time.
"At my age, if I have health, I can play regularly," Furcal said. "... I am a natural second baseman. If I have to move around to various positions in order to play for a contender, I would do it."
As for his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Furcal said: 'This week I will begin to throw some baseballs, and doctors will evaluate me in two weeks to increase the workload. Right now I'm focused on getting fully fit for spring training. I hope to have a chance to prove that I can play every day. In this part of my career I do not play for money."
Of course the Mets may opt to let Ruben Tejada start opening day unless they can swing a deal that involves a shortstop...
Other news, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to meet with right-hander Bronson Arroyo at the free-agent pitcher's Tampa, Fla., home during the upcoming week, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Jhonny Peralta appears to be the Mets' top free agent target, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes. The club "really likes" Peralta but they don't know if he intends to sign soon or later in the offseason.
The Mets' top priority is shortstop, but they're hardly alone in that, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Possible options for the Mets include Jhonny Peralta, Erick Aybar, Didi Gregorius, Rafael Furcal, and Jed Lowrie.
The Mets have talked to free agent Corey Hart, but Martino gets the sense that they either don't identify him as a top target or aren't that eager to get a deal done with him. Carig also hears from a source that the Mets aren't close to a deal with the Brewers first baseman. "We haven't discussed him in depth enough to say where we'd put him if we got him," the source said.
The Mets have plans to meet with Curtis Granderson's agent this week, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The outfielder is turning down the Yankees' $14.1MM qualifying offer.
The Mets have touched base with Marlon Byrd's representatives in the last few days, according to Carig. He could fetch a deal in the neighborhood of $16MM over two years.
The Mets aren't actively talking to Mike Pelfrey about a possible reunion, but they are open to it, a team official tells Adam Rubin. "I know he is on a long list of guys just like him," the team insider said. The Mets non-tendered the hurler after he earned $5.7MM in 2012.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The Mets who are looking for a offensive upgrade at shortstop have reached out to Rafael Furcal, according to the Star Ledger.
Furcal would be a cheaper option to Free Agents Stephen Drew and Jhonny Peralta who are seeking multiyear contracts.
Furcal missed the entire 2013 season with the Cardinals after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March, but took part in fielding drills before Cardinals postseason games without noticeable hinderance.
The Dominican turned 36 years old last month, which makes him a short-term option for a ballclub. But Furcal represents an upgrade at shortstop for the Mets, who had their shortstops post a .561 OPS in 2013, and he can double as a leadoff hitter, which the Mets could also use.
Furcal's Career Stats:
|162 Game Avg.||162||650||107||183||31||7||11||59||32||9||65||91||.281||.346|
Sunday, December 04, 2011
|Rumored to be on the Mets radar|
Here is the Shortstop Free Agent List that the Mets will have to choose from:
Yuniesky Betancourt (30) - Type B, no arbitration offer
Andres Blanco (28)
Orlando Cabrera (37)
Ronny Cedeno (29)
Craig Counsell (41)
Rafael Furcal (34) - Type B, no arbitration offer
Alex Gonzalez (34) - Type B, no arbitration offer
Jerry Hairston Jr. (36)
Cesar Izturis (32)
Nick Punto (34)
Edgar Renteria (35)
Luis Rodriguez (32)
Jack Wilson (34) - Mets have interest
Mets have been rumored to be interested in Jack Wilson, but the Mets can go another route like Rafael Furcal who has been known to lead-off... We will see what they do!