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December 23, 2014


by @ 1:26 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Lots of noise and reports regarding a potential trade between the Mets and Colorado Rockies involving their franchise player, SS Troy Tulowitzki. Great player with health issues as well as a 118 million dollar contract. I know the Mets have a glaring hole at the position for the 2014 season if Wilmer Flores does not step up. However, The team features 2 young players in the system, Amed Rosario and Matt Reynolds, who are close to being major league ready. I am not sure I want to gut the team strength(young pitching), mortgaging our future and reversing the great work of GM Sandy Alderson and his talented front office. My belief is we are about to enter a 6-8 year window ala the 1984-1990 Mets where our pitching allows us to compete for that period of time. Here is what I would offer the Rockies-no more, no less for Tulo.

RHP Noah Syndergaard
C Kevin Plawecki
Pick 1 of 2: Ruben Tejada or Wilmer Flores
Pick 1 of 3: Dillon Gee, Jon Niese or Bartolo Colon

Basically, our top pitching and catching prospect as well as a veteran top 4 starting pitcher and young ML ready SS. I do not think the Rockies will go for this but I am not NOT trading Syndergaard AND a Wheeler or de Grom. I do not want to strip our ML team of starters, I am aware we have 6 MINUS Noah. One of them will be moved(More than likely Gee) but starting pitching is our bell cow and we cannot strip that for a guy with medical and money issues. Not with the Mets history of trade, free agent flops.

December 20, 2014

2015 Lineup, SS Update, BBA Top Prospects list, Mets Notes

by @ 3:41 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

During a recent media session, Mets skipper Terry Collins revealed his potential lineup for the 2015 season and followers of the team have to be excited. Here it is: CF Juan Lagares, LF Curtis Granderson, 3B David Wright, 1B Lucas Duda, RF Michael Cuddyer, 2B Daniel Murphy, C Travis d’Arnaud, SS Wilmer Flores and the Pitcher in the 9 hole. This group is not the 61 New York Yankees but it is a solid and provides room for upside with guys like Duda and d’Arnaud building off strong 2014 finishes. The key to me is Lagares, who can be a real weapon if he can get to a .350 OBP. I also like putting Granderson in Left, a spot he played well for the Yankees during his time in the Bronx. Cuddyer is a natural rightfielder and while neither is Roberto Clemente, this is the best fit for both players. Hitting wise, if Flores is your 8th hitter, you have a good major league lineup. Wilmer can rake. If he plays 150 games at SS, mark me down for 280-15-75.

The Mets appear to be closer to entering the 2014 season with Flores as the starter at SS after they chose not to bid on Korean SS Jeong-ho Kang and reports surfaced of more talks between the team and the Colorado Rockies about superstar Troy Tulowitski, The Rockies- Mets talk will not end til either Tulo is traded or NY signs a free agent or makes a smaller trade with a team like Cubs,Mariners or Diamondbacks for a lesser named player. All 3 teams have been very active this offseason and have a larger group of young middle infielders to ship to Flushing. Seattle seems to be a good trade partner with both Chris Taylor and Brad Miller nder 25 and good enough to man shortstop for most ML teams. Free agent options continue to flood the market with Stephen Drew(NO!!!!!!!!!), Everth Cabrera(My top selection after giving Flores time) and Asdrubal Cabrera(more a 2B or 3B at this point) being the biggest names. With their recent flurry of additions and signings, the Chicago White Sox and SS Alexei Ramirez do not appear to be parting ways soon. That team can make the playoffs in 2015 and is more likely to add than subtract.


1- RHP Noah Syndergaard
2- LHP Steven Matz
3- OF Brandon Nimmo
4- 2B Dilson Herrera
5- C Kevin Plawecki
6- SS Ahmed Rosario
7- OF Michael Conforto
8- RHP Rafael Montero
9- RHP Marcos Molina
10-SS Gavin Cecchini

METS NOTES: To clear a roster spot for free agent signing OF John Mayberry Jr , the team traded P Gonzalez Germen to the New York Yankees…. Wright has started to swing the bat for the 1st time since September 8th and his shoulder has improved drastically. He is scheduled to visit new hitting instructor Kevin Long in Phoenix sometime in January…With the team looking to keep Matt Harvey healthy and pitching into October, the idea of holding him out to the home opener April 13th has been floated. The team will skip some of his starts and limit his innings while having him available for a potential postseason run. Look for Syndergaard to be an option to make some spot starts when Harvey needs a blow.

December 14, 2014

Mets make minor moves but still have giant hole at SS

by @ 6:15 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets made some small moves with the roster over the past 2 weeks including adding a strong backup Outfielder via free agency and potential lefty reliever in the Rule 5 draft but the team still does not have an stone cold lock everyday major league shortstop. Part of the problem is Cal Ripken Jr or Honus Wagner is not on the market and several of the shortstops who have changed teams are bad fits for the Mets. See Jimmy Rollins. Their are some potential free agent options- Stephen Drew, Asdrubal Cabrera are two of the bigger names but again, these guys will not be bronzed for Cooperstown anytime soon. The financial prudent Mets are not going to pay someone they do not view as a significant upgrade over internal option Wilmer Flores. Monday could be a big day for the organization as Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang will be posted. He put up amazing offensive numbers(38 home runs, 107 rbi) in a sub standard league but has potential. A 2-3 year deal with a 10 million posting fee will be part of the cost. So you can figure 30-40 million total investment. Reports have the Mets being linked to Kang.

The other big story revolving around the Mets is their desire to trade a veteran starting pitcher out of the veteran group of Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee. Both Niese and Gee have team friendly deals and Colon is 150 years old, so the decision was easy and Gee has drawn better offers. Why the need to move a starter? If the season started today, the Mets have 6 major league ready starting pitchers: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and the 3 vets mentioned above. Then you take into account the organizations top prospect in P Noah Syndergaard and you have too many pitchers for 5 rotation spots. Gee is almost assured to be traded and a team like the Texas Rangers make sense. The key here is payroll flexibility more than talent return, as the Mets want to clear around 10 million of the books to reinvest in other positions. The team would take a player(who fills a minor need, think reliever, bench stick) or prospects back for Gee.

METS NOTES: The team signed OF John Mayberry Jr at the winter meetings and he projects as a 4th-5th OF who plays when Michael Cuddyer moves to 1B or needs a day. He is a pro’s pro and good bench addition. He will pair with the winner of the Kirk Nieuwenhuis -Matt den Dekker spring training competition to be the outfield back ups….LHP Sean Gilmartin was claimed the team in the rule 5 draft and could make the Mets out of camp as a lefty specialist. Former Atlanta Braves 1st rd pick and Florida State pitcher with upside… The team signed LHP Scott Rice to a minor league deal…. After he was non-tendered by the Mets, INF-OF Eric Young Jr. elected to file for free agency. A fan favorite who was fun to cover, his speed and energy has value to some team. Best of luck to EY!

December 2, 2014

Non Tender deadline tonight at 12 Midnight Tuesday

by @ 9:15 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The MLB non tender deadline hits tonight at 12 Midnight Tuesday December 2 and this could mean the end of the Mets careers for 2 veterans: OF-INF Eric Young Jr and SS Ruben Tejada. Basically, players up until the date they hit free agency are under club control, the team decides whether they will continue to employ the individual. Since both Young Jr and Tejada do not appear to be part of a the long term plan of the organization, they are at risk to not be offered a contract. Factor in that both players are starting to make decent dollars and you see why they might be in their final hours of their tenure in Queens.

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