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November 27, 2013

Mets add Chris Young to OF, Hawk walks to Rockies, 1B/SS/OF Market

by @ 10:02 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets added a proven major league Outfielder and lost a respected veteran reliever in the last week. The team and OF Chris Young finalized a 1 year 7.25 million dollar deal November 25th. Young had a tough year in Oakland in 2012(.200- 10 hrs-12 steals) after spending 7 seasons with the Diamondbacks. From 2007-2011 he averaged 23 homers and 20 steals. However,over the last 2 injuries have taken a toll and he has mustered only 26 HRs and 18 steals. Young is an excellent defensive outfielder and natural centerfielder who can also play the corners as well.(26 starts in Right, 24 in Left in 2013) This is vital when you consider that Juan Lagares is a difference making defender and the club would like to find playing time for Eric Young Jr. as well. Having players that can play multiple positions well aids this approach. Young also has platoon like career split numbers. He has handled lefties( A recent Mets weakness) with career splits of .262/.363/.474 vs Southpaws compared to .225/.295/.415 vs righties. This is an excellent signing by New York GM Sandy Alderson and reminds fans of the Marlon Byrd move of 2012. If he hits and fields anything like Marlon, this is a win, win move for both Young and the Mets.

Meanwhile, The team shockingly lost veteran reliever Latroy Hawkins to the Colorado Rockies. Numerous reports almost guaranteed the popular club house leader would remain in Queens but the lure of being the closer and a good contract(1 yr/ 2.5 Million Guaranteed) ended Hawkins tenure with the Mets. Hawkins,41, was huge for the this team in the last two months, filling in for injured closer Bobby Parnell. His ability to pitch in almost any role in the pen was a major reason the Mets finished .500 over the last 100 games. Want to wish Latroy luck in Denver, a real class act who will be missed.

While fans have been impatient with the teams lack of activity, let me point out some facts. Their has been very little movement throughout the game outside of the blockbuster trade between the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers involving 1B Prince Fielder and 2B Ian Kinsler. Anyone who has watched the Tigers in the last two postseasons knows why they had to make this move. A dead lightbulb supplied more power than Fielder in October. Part of this is two words: Scott Boras. The super agent has almost all of the top free agents in his stable of clients and is notorious for not getting deals done at the start of free agency. 2nd, Until teams start to lose out on free agents you will not see many major trades. They want to have money ready for contracts and if they fail in free agency will turn to teams like the Mets that have prospects to trade and/or major league players(1B Ike Davis, 2B Daniel Murphy) to offer as well. Let some of the free agent 1B sign-a Mike Napoli, Justin Morneau, James Loney,etc- and then Alderson can move Davis. Most of these teams are dipping their feet in many pools. The Outfield position is an area where I think the Mets will make a trade to get a power bat to play with Young and Lagares. Keep an eye on Milwaukee, Toronto and the Dodgers. Now the bad news. The Mets desperately need a major league shortstop and after Rueben Tejada’s awful 2013 campaign, they lack internal options. Unfortunately, Ernie Banks and Cal Ripken Jr. are not coming to Queens soon. After Jhonny Peralta signed his insane deal with the St. Louis Cardinals(4 years/52 Million), it became apparent how valued this position is throughout the game. Alderson needs to find someone to man this spot and it is going to cost him either in the wallet or trade market. A name to keep an eye on? Ex Atlanta Brave and Cardinal Rafael Furcal, who missed all of 2013 after Tommy John Surgery. Teams like the Diamondbacks have a surplus of Shortstops to move as well.

November 13, 2013

Mets Top 10 Prospects-Noah Syndergaard graves cover of Baseball America’s NL East Top 10 Prospects issue The

by @ 6:59 am. Filed under 2012 Mets

Baseball America has started with their annual Top 10 prospects issues by division and the National League East is featured in the newspaper style magazine dated November 12-26, 2013. The Mets top minor leaguer-RHP Noah Syndergaard-graces the cover.

NY METS TOP 10 PROSPECTS:

1- Syndergaard
2- Travis D’Arnaud,C
3- Rafael Montero,RHP
4- Dominic Smith, 1B
5- Kevin Plawecki,C/1B
6- Wilmer Flores, 2B/1B
7- Amed Rosario, SS
8- Brandon Nimmo, OF
9- Gavin Cecchini, SS
10- Jake DeGrom, RHP

November 10, 2013

Winter Meetings Update

by @ 1:52 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Some quick news updates,news,ideas,etc with the Start of the MLB GM meetings starting this Monday November 11 thru 14 in Orlando, Florida.

PRIORITIES: Mets GM Sandy Alderson and I are on the same page and he is clearly looking to address the shortstop position in a big way. Numerous media reports have New York favoring ex Detroit Tiger SS Jhonny Peralta over Boston Red Sox free agent Stephen Drew due to a combination of contract demands and compensation(Drew was tendered a contract by Boston(Team that signs him forfeits a draft pick), Peralta was not). The Mets have also discussed corner outfielders and two names to look at from the free agent group are Curtis Granderson(NY Yankees) and 1B-OF Corey Hart(Milwaukee Brewers).

METS NOTES: Veteran reliever Latroy Hawkins will resign with the Mets for the 2014 season according to a report in the NY Daily News. Excellent move for a great guy who contributes a lot on and off the field… Look for NY to trade 1B Ike Davis and go with a platoon of LH Lucas Duda and RH Josh Satin at 1B. Alderson has fielded several offers from teams regarding the slugger…Keep an eye on the Milwaukee Brewers as a potential trade partner. OF Norichika Aoki would be a great fit in the Mets outfield and has a .350 OBP out of the leadoff position… The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for ML starting pitching for either 1B Edwin Encarnacion or RF Jose Bautista. If Matt Harvey was 100% healthy in 2014 NY would be an ideal trade partner but they are reluctant to deal Jon Niese, Dillon Gee or Zack Wheeler with their ace out for the year. Hard to see a major trade between the two teams.

November 5, 2013

My Mets Offseason plan-Part 2

by @ 4:59 am. Filed under 2012 Mets

After showing promise and appearing to turn the page in 2013, How should Mets management led by GM Sandy Alderson approach this important offseason? What postions should they be targeting with trades or free agent signings? What players and teams should fans focus on? Lets look at some areas, names and clubs my readers should keep an eye on. Here is my plan to return the New York Mets to winning ways.

Positions of Need: The Mets have some obvious needs, here is a prioritized list: Middle of the Order bat,Everyday Rightfielder and Shortstop, Top 4 Starting pitcher, Bullpen and Leadoff options.This team is starved for power and needs at least 1 bat to make the opposition nervous not named David Wright. A 20+ homer power bat to hit 4th would be ideal. Unfortunately those type of players do not fall out of trees. Mets GM Sandy Alderson will have to be creative, money or no money. NY suprisingly got an outstanding season out of Marlon Byrd before trading him at the deadline and rookie Juan Lagares electrified fans with his defense. Alderson and his staff made a great deal early in the 2013 campaign ,acquiring Eric Young Jr. to play LeftField and bat leadoff. EY was not Rickey Henderson but he was a legit threat in that spot and even won the National League stolen base title. His defense was also a major strength and he proved energy from day 1 in Queens. However, the team still needs at least one proven major league outfielder and ideally, two corner outfield options.

The Mets have not replaced Jose Reyes at SS since he left after the 2011 season via free agency. Two names to look at are current free agent options in 2014- Stephen Drew(World Champion Boston Red Sox) and Jhonny Peralta(Detroit Tigers).Drew is an elite gloveman and solid bat while Peralta has limited range and more stick. Both would be significant upgrades over the hodge podge NY rolled out in 2014 as Ruben Tejada’s play and attitude deteriated to the point where he was demoted to Triple A Las Vegas. This is the most glaring hole in the Mets infield. With Jon Niese, Dillon Gee and Zach Wheeler locked in the top 3 rotation spots starting pitching is solid. But with the recent surgery to ace Matt Harvey shelving him for the 2014 season, NY has a need for 200+ innings veteran starter. Alderson has done a great job adding reclamation projects with upside to the back end of the rotation in recent years so look for the Mets to spend around 15 million total for 2 starting pitchers.

Alderson and Manager Terry Collins pieced together an effective bullpen in 2013 but injuries cost them their closer(Bobby Parnell) and top LH option(Josh Edgin) in the 2nd half. Veterans Latroy Hawkins, Pedro Feliciano and David Aardsma stepped up and helped the team close out strong.However, this is an area the Mets will address in the offseason. Hawkins is free agent but would be a great fit back in Queens. Both the team and Hawkins sound optimistic. He has a big fan in Collins. Three players that showed the are ready to be full fledged major league contributors in 2014 and beyond? Carlos Torres, Gonzalez Germen and Vic Black. With some minor moves and return to health, this group could be deadly FAST.

Free Agent Targets: OF Shin-Soo Choo,SS Drew and Peralta, Starting pitchers Tim Hudson, Bronson Arroyo and Roy Halladay.

Teams to Trade With: Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays. The Rockies are an ideal team for the Mets to deal with due to their stars playing need positions for NY in SS Troy Tulowitski and RF Carlos Gonzalez. However, Colorado ownership is reportedly very reluctant to trade their franchise players and the price would be very steep. I think a smaller trade for OFs Michael Cuddyer(Close friend of Mets captain David Wright) and Dexter Fowler would fill two holes and really improve the Mets. One of New York’s biggest issues last season was the lack of major league bats— these are two pro’s and would be upgrades defensively as well. Fowler could play LF or CF, dependent on the roles of Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr and his game would translate well to the vast confines of CitiField.

The Angels have 4 players that fit specific needs for the Mets: 1B-OF Mark Trumbo provides incredible power, 2B Howie Kendrick is pro with bat and glove and SS Erick Aybar would be good fit in the field and batting order. Finally, speedy OF Peter Bourjos defensive skills and offensive upside make him appealing. The Royals have a loaded farm system and abundance of young players to trade. Like the Mets they are close to being a serious contender. Not sure if he is in play but if you could pry OF- Lead off man Alex Gordon out of Missouri he would look great in Queens. The cost would be high but think David Wright like skills and character in Left Field. Finally,we have the ML version of GroundHog Day- The Toronto Blue Jays. This team never changes and are floundering. They are reportedly open to trading anyone and everything for the right price. All Star RF Jose Bautista would be a great middle of the order addition and has a favorable contract situation. If all else fails and Alderson wants to acquire a SS and leadoff man ex Met All Star Reyes could be had. The cost for these two would also be high.

GM JAY:If I was Sandy Alderson my first move would a trade with the Rockies to bring Cuddyer and Fowler to Flushing. My package would be built around pitching prospect Rafael Montero, INF Wilmer Flores and either 1B(Lucas Duda OR Ike Davis). I would include some minor prospects but that is the cusp of the deal. Check Outfield off the list. Next I would get super agent Scott Boras on the phone and talk about Drew. I think he would be great in NY and the Mets would be great for him. But I have a number in mind— actually 2 numbers. I would offer 3 yrs at 40 million total or 4 at 50. Drew will have some serious bidders and we need to have this position- a MAJOR hole- filled…ASAP. If Boras does not bite, I would sign 2 low level free agents in Brendan Ryan and Willie Bloomquist to be a defense-offense platoon at shortstop. Finally, I would then sign Arroyo with a 2-3 year deal to round out the top 4 of the rotation. My reclamation target for the starters? Halladay. If he does not sign, I would look at ex Mets Johan Santana and Scott Kazmir. Bullpen wise, bring back Hawkins and sign a top level free agent lefty to team with Edgin. San Francisco Giant free agent Javy Lopez fits the bill.

November 4, 2013

Mets find new Radio home, 40 Man roster moves

by @ 7:40 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The New York Mets announced Monday November 4th that they have signed a deal with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment AM 710 WOR to become the flagship station for the team starting in 2014. The deal is for 5 years and more lucrative than the contract the Mets had with WFAN. The Clear Channel family of stations consists of 6 station(5 FM and WOR)can be heard over 93% of the New York DMA population. The Mets and WFAN ended their broadcast relationship at the end of the 2013 season after a 26 year partnership since the stations inception in 1987.

ROSTER REDO: The Mets front office has been busy preparing for the Rule 5 draft and has made some minor moves to reshape the roster as the November 20th deadline approaches. The team transferred several big names from the 60 Day DL to the 40 man On Halloween, October 31st, hi-lighted by ace Matt Harvey, Closer Bobby Parnell, 1B Ike Davis and pitchers Josh Edgin, Scott Rice, Jeremy Heffner and Jenrry Mejia. The moves were balanced out when the team had several veteran pitchers became free agents: David Aardsma, Tim Byrdak, Pedro Feliciano, Frank Francisco. Aaron Harang, Latroy Hawkins and Daisuke Mastuzaka are all eligible to sign with other clubs. Hawkins and Feliciano are the best bets to return to Queens while Harang and Mastuzaka would be low risk high reward rotation fillers.

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