Showing posts with label Rumor Mill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rumor Mill. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Rumor Mill: Texas Rangers ready to trade middle infielders Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus?


Rumor Mill:

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, The Rangers again are pondering whether to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler or shortstop Elvis Andrus to clear a middle-infield position for Jurickson Profar, according to major league sources. A move of Kinsler to first base also is possible but probably less appealing.

Kinsler seemingly would be easier to trade; he is owed $57 million over the next four seasons, plus a $10 million club option or $5 million buyout in 2018.

Andrus, on the other hand, is guaranteed $126,475,000 over the next nine years, with a $15 million club option for 2023.

Mets could use either one of these two players, but Andrus would be a more likely candidate to entice the Mets. He is a short stop that the Mets need, plus he also adds a speed element that only Eric Young Jr. has on the roster.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rumor Mill: Mets Put Out the Word, Will Trade Prospects To Clear Roster Spots on 40 Man Roster

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, In desperate need of clearing several spots, the Mets have put out word to other teams that they are interested in moving non-core prospects on the 40-man roster.

Among those available via trade: Gonzalez Germen, Darin Gorski, Reese Havens, Juan Lagares, Cesar Puello, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles.

Assuming Omar Quintanilla takes the 40-man roster spot vacated by Brandon Hicks, the Mets still would need to clear at least four 40-man spots: for Aaron Laffey, Marlon Byrd, LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison.

If Mets officials are unable to trade prospects on the 40-man roster for other teams' farmhands not on the 40, they will have to start placing them through waivers at the end of the week to clear spots. A handful likely would clear, including Havens.

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..

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rumor Mill: Mets interested in Trading for Justin Upton, Hairston back up plan?

Rumor Mill:

The Mets are again interested in trading for Arizona Diamondback Outfielder Justin Upton, reports Marc Carig of Newsday (on Twitter).

Carig also says it's a long shot they'll surrender the prospects required to made a deal.

Recently Justin Upton invoked his no-trade clause to reject a proposed deal to the Mariners, one of four teams on his no-trade list.

The trade would have sent four players to Arizona: (# 5 Prospect) Nick Franklin, (MLB) Charlie Furbush, (# 11 Prospect) Stephen Pryor and (# 2 Prospect) Taijuan Walker.

Upton who can also block trades to the Blue Jays, Red Sox and Cubs... The Mets would have no problem in obtaining the outfielder if the case presented itself..

The Texas Rangers appear to be moving on from Upton.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Rumor Mill: Mets in Dogfight with Yanks for Hairston's Services?

ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews spoke to Hairston's agent Casey Close and was told that Hairston is in ongoing talks with the Yankees and Mets. Close told Matthews that his client will likely make a decision in "a matter of days."

The Yankees are pessimistic about signing Hairston, Andrew Marchand of reports (on Twitter). The outfielder could get more playing time elsewhere.

Hairston would likely have to settle for a fourth outfielder's role with the Yankees, in which he'd back up Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner while providing manager Joe Girardi with a lethal weapon against left-handed pitching off the bench.

The 32-year-old batted .286/.317/.550 against southpaws in 2012 and boasts a career line of .276/.325/.500 against opposite-handed pitching.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Rumor Mill: Mets have discussed trades for Arizona's Upton and Kubel

The Mets have discussed trades for Jason Kubel and Justin Upton, according to's Jon Heyman.

Neither of the talks seems promising. The price for Upton was too high for the Mets, and Kubel was not a “perfect fit,” according to Heyman. The Mets are in need of outfielders. The team currently has a mix of Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin to occupy their three starting spots.

Much has already been written about the 25-year-old Upton. He's looking to rebound after a .280/.355/.430 season at the plate. Because of his former prospect status, and performance during the 2011 season, the Diamondbacks are going to ask a lot for his services. He's signed through the 2015 season.

Kubel is signed through next season with the Diamondbacks, and is scheduled to make $7.5 million. His contract also includes a mutual $7.5 million option for 2014. The 30-year-old outfielder hit .253/.327/.506 in 571 plate appearances last season.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rumor Mill: Mets still looking for Starting Pitching

Well, the Mets who were in pursuit of starting pitching after the departure of R.A. Dickey have lost out on Francisco Liriano to the Pittsburgh Pirates for big bucks considering. The Mets were hoping to land the big lefty on a one year contract..

So now the Mets are continuing their ongoing search for a fifth starter. The Mets according to Marc Carig of New York Newsday are in pursuit of RHP Carl Pavano. He also tweets that he hears the Mets also have interest in Shawn Marcum and Chris Young.

Free agent left-hander Joe Saunders is talking to the  Orioles, Mariners, and Padres according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The Mets have expressed interest in him, but again he is looking for a multi year contract.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Rumor Mill: Grady Sizemore, Francisco Liriano, and Carl Pavano on Mets Radar

The Mets don’t have a legitimate everyday outfielder at this point. So far they have Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda (wrist injury) and newly acquired Collin Cowhill, who are all mostly going to be platoon players.. The Mets are hitting the recycling bin once more by having interest in someone who hasn’t played in the majors since September 22, 2011,  former Indian Grady Sizemore..

SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt hears that the Mets are “very interested” in free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore. The 30-year-old didn’t play at all with the Indians in 2012 and is expected to be out until midseason next year following microfracture surgery on his right knee in September, so patience will be required by any team that signs him.

After having micro-fracture surgery on both of his knees since 2010, his days as a center fielder are likely over. Chances are he’ll have to settle for a one-year deal with a low guarantee or possibly a minor league deal.

Sizemore's Career:
2004 21 CLE AL 43 159 138 15 34 6 2 4 24 2 0 14 34 .246
2005 22 CLE AL 158 706 640 111 185 37 11 22 81 22 10 52 132 .289
2006 23 CLE AL 162 751 655 134 190 53 11 28 76 22 6 78 153 .290
2007 24 CLE AL 162 748 628 118 174 34 5 24 78 33 10 101 155 .277
2008 25 CLE AL 157 745 634 101 170 39 5 33 90 38 5 98 130 .268
2009 26 CLE AL 106 503 436 73 108 20 6 18 64 13 8 60 92 .248
2010 27 CLE AL 33 140 128 15 27 6 2 0 13 4 2 9 35 .211
2011 28 CLE AL 71 295 268 34 60 21 1 10 32 0 2 18 85 .224
8 Yrs 892 4047 3527 601 948 216 43 139 458 134 43 430 816 .269
162 Game Avg. 162 735 641 109 172 39 8 25 83 24 8 78 148 .269
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Generated 12/21/2012.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dodgers have Parnell on the trade radar??

According to John Heyman of CBS Sports,  sources suggest the Dodgers are considering a variety of relievers, and could also make a play for either Indians closer Chris Perez or Mets reliever Bobby Parnell instead of  Pirates Closer Hanrahan (Red Sox also have interest).

The Pirates are willing to consider trading Hanrahan, as they have re-signed Jason Grilli, who could close. The bullpen has been a Pirates strength in recent years.

The Dodgers would prefer a left-hander, but many of their best choices appear to be right-handers -- including Hanrahan, Perez and Parnell.

OF Andre Ethier has been mentioned on the block. Can the Mets pull of a deal with the Dodgers??? Is he a right handed hitting power hitter?  No, but it is a power threat and he is in the prime of his career..

Ethier's Stats:
2006 24 LAD NL 126 441 396 50 122 20 7 11 55 5 5 34 77 .308
2007 25 LAD NL 153 507 447 50 127 32 2 13 64 0 4 46 68 .284
2008 26 LAD NL 141 596 525 90 160 38 5 20 77 6 3 59 88 .305
2009 27 LAD NL 160 685 596 92 162 42 3 31 106 6 4 72 116 .272
2010 28 LAD NL 139 585 517 71 151 33 1 23 82 2 1 59 102 .292
2011 29 LAD NL 135 551 487 67 142 30 0 11 62 0 1 58 103 .292
2012 30 LAD NL 149 618 556 79 158 36 1 20 89 2 2 50 124 .284
7 Yrs 1003 3983 3524 499 1022 231 19 129 535 21 20 378 678 .290
162 Game Avg. 162 643 569 81 165 37 3 21 86 3 3 61 110 .290
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Generated 12/20/2012.

Ethier is set to make $10.9 Million and is under contract to 2017.. Click Here for more

Starters RHP Aaron Harang and LHP Chris Cappuano have been also mentioned available... The Mets do need starting pitching help , especially in the 5th spot of the rotation..

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey Trade Done Deal?

Rumor Mill:

The Mets and Blue Jays have agreed in principle to trade that will send Dickey to the Blue Jays, Ken Rosenthal reports (on Twitter).

The deal is contingent on Toronto being able to work out a contract extension with Dickey and they'll have a negotiating window of 72 hours, expiring Tuesday at 1pm CST (Twitter link).

The deal was said to be a three-for-four swap with Dickey, Josh Thole, and a prospect going to Toronto for Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, John Buck, and a prospect.  Neither prospect is expected to be of exceptionally high quality.

Many other teams had interest in trading for Dickey. Every AL East team checked in on him, and the Royals, Rangers, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Angels were also interested at various points during the off-season.

Rumor Mill: Mets getting close on Dickey Trade

The Mets are closing in on the trade that will send the reining NL Cy-Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays...

It's currently a 3-for-4 trade according to Sherman (all Twitter links). Dickey, Thole, and a prospect will go to Toronto for d'Arnaud, Syndergaard, John Buck, and a prospect. Sherman says the two unnamed prospects would not be elite guys. He adds that the framework could change since the Blue Jays will send the Mets money to help cover Buck's salary.

Evaluators around baseball are beyond shocked that Toronto is talking about trading d'Arnaud for a player with one year on his contract in Dickey, according to Buster Olney of (Twitter links).  The broad perception in the industry is that if the Mets pull off the deal, it's an incredible trade for them.

The combination of Syndergaard and d'Arnaud seems like an overpay by the Blue Jays unless they can get Dickey to sign an extension and also land a quality prospect in the deal, tweets Ken Rosenthal of  Rosenthal adds that he wants to see the full deal before making a judgement on it, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported yesterday that neither prospect in the deal will be an elite one.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rumor Mill: Seven Player deal with Blue Jays??

Rumor Mill:

As of this morning, the deal had four players coming to the Mets and three to the Blue Jays, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (Twitter links).

Toronto also wants a catcher back in the deal, and that could be Thole.  The Mets have discussed getting pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in the deal as well, Puma tweets.

The two teams are inching towards the finish line, a source tells Passan (via Twitter).  At least some players' medicals have been reviewed and a deal is imminent.

Jon Heyman of says the two sides have agreed that d'Arnaud can be the centerpiece of the trade after the Mets rejected a Gose/J.P. Arencibia package (all Twitter links). Once they finalize the rest of the players involved, it's believed Dickey will talk about an extension with Toronto.

It is believed from what I read that the Mets will send Pitcher R.A. Dickey, Catcher Josh Thole, and either RHP Jeurys Familia or IF/OF Wilmer Flores for Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Catcher John Buck, OF Anthony Gose, and  LHP Noah Syndergaard.... Nothing Confirmed yet!

Stay Tuned!

Rumor Mill: Mets nearing a deal with Blue Jays for Dickey

Rumor Mill:

The Blue Jays and Mets are nearing a trade that would send R.A. Dickey to Toronto for top prospect Travis d'Arnaud according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Other players involved in the deal are unconfirmed.

Richard Griffin of The Toronto Star reports (on Twitter) that the Blue Jays need to sign Dickey to an extension and receive a top prospect from the Mets if they're going to include d'Arnaud and Gose in the trade.

Dickey has not yet engaged the Blue Jays in contract extension talks, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. He also has yet to be asked to take a physical.

The Blue Jays are willing to include d'Arnaud and Anthony Gose in the trade according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (Twitter links). Any other names remain unconfirmed.

Martino reports (on Twitter) that the Blue Jays have been reviewing Dickey's medicals since yesterday afternoon.

Joel Sherman reports (on Twitter) that Gose is not part of the trade talks for Dickey. The Blue Jays are building a package around d'Arnaud.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Rumor Mill: Blue Jays in Lead for Dickey Trade, Rangers out

Rumor Mill:

Here are the Dickey Rumors and News from around the internet:

D'Arnaud is very much in play in the talks, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The deal would be bigger, however, with multiple pieces going both ways.

There has been mention on Twitter that Ike Davis might be in the package, but that remains to be seen.. I have seen Adam Lind's name mentioned in return to replace Davis at 1B.

Not happy if that happens...

The Mets may be landing d'Arnaud in the deal, Heyman tweets.

Travis d'Arnaud was a "must have" during the winter meetings for a deal with the Blue Jays to happen, sources tell Andy Martino of the Daily News (via Twitter).

Two sources involved in the talks say not to expect any resolution with Dickey tonight, tweets Anthony DiComo of

The Mets and Blue Jays have made progress on a potential deal, Morosi reports (on Twitter). They aren't in agreement at this point.

The Blue Jays began the day with the belief that they could obtain Dickey within 24-48 hours, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports (on Twitter).

Rumor Mill: With Hamilton Signing, Opens Door to Dickey Trade?

The trade market for R.A. Dickey might open now.... GM Sandy Alderson has refused to give in to recent trade proposals of one prospect for Dickey... He has been constantly monitoring the trade market in the hopes of turning Dickey, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, into a youthful package of position players.

The process has left Dickey pissed off with some team officials grumbling about his public complaints and potentially produced a favorable terrain for the Mets, who may be able to reap the benefits of Josh Hamilton’s reported five-year, $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

There is no guarantee that a trade will now happen, but the shifting terrain does give the Mets more leverage in their talks with Dickey.

The Hamilton contract creates an outfield surplus for the Angels, and also provides the Texas Rangers with an impulse to make a move. In Hamilton, Texas just lost its best hitter to its biggest American League West rival. The Rangers already lost out on signing free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke (Dodgers) and trading for Rays workhorse James Shields (Royals). The Rangers want to rebuild after a disappointing late-season skid cost them a division title.

Texas had previously engaged in lengthy discussions with the Mets regarding Dickey, who Texas drafted in the first round of the 1996 draft. Those talks could heat up, with the Mets targeting third baseman Mike Olt (who could move to the outfield) as the centerpiece of a package.

The Angels would be a late entry into the Dickey sweepstakes. With Hamilton in the fold, a pair of outfielders may be considered expendable. Peter Bourjos is an excellent center fielder, but a question mark at the plate, with a .703 on-base plus slugging percentage. Mark Trumbo packs a wallop — 61 homers in two big-league seasons — but struggles getting on base and may be an adventure in the field.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rumor Mill: Mets up offer to Dickey - Not Good Enough, Trade still being explored?

According to the New York Daily News, “team insiders continued to indicate an irreversible aversion” to matching Dickey’s desired deal, reportedly $31 million over three years, including the $5 million he’s slated to earn in 2013.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reported there’s “little chance” the knuckleballer would get a no-trade clause from Mets brass.

“Dickey wants this deal so bad, he’ll probably do it,” a source told the Post.

New York reportedly upped its offer this week to three years at $25 million, closing the gap to around $6 million from the knuckleballer’s asking price. An American League exec told the Post that it sounded like “a pretty fair offer.”

General manager Sandy Alderson told reporters there was “some progress” in the ongoing Dickey talks, and he hoped to have “more clarity in a few days” — one way or another. With the market shaking out, trading Dickey has to still be considered as a real possibility.

The Mets “consider four teams as ‘serious’ potential trade partners” for Dickey, meaning they’d include one major prospect, the Post reported. But the Mets reportedly want more than one top prospect.

So in conclusion, either one team caves in and gives the Mets what they want or they will have to give Dickey what he wants.... DD   Still say he will be traded...

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