Found December 01, 2012 on The Daily Stache:
Mark Reynolds was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles and could serve as an interesting option to supplement the Mets in 2013.   The first signs that baseball is beginning to awake from hibernation came yesterday as the non-tendered players were announced and a wealth of free agents entered the pool. While the Mets bid farewell to Manny Acosta, Mike Pelfrey, and Andres Torres, they’ll undoubtedly be exploring several of the newly available options. The New York Mets’ most pressing needs are in their bullpen, outfield, bench depth, and catching, and there are many players who potentially fit the bill to help supplement their lineup heading into 2013. The Outfielders: Ben Francisco: Most known for his time in Philadelphia, Francisco posted consecutive 15 home run campaigns in 2008 and 2009 before his power began to dip considerably in the proceeding years. His career high .447 SLG% in 2009 has been downgraded to a paltry .385 in 2012 with time split between Toronto, Houston, and Tampa Bay. With Francisco’s power being reduced to little, the 30-year old isn’t likely to have many options this offseason beyond exploring minor league options. Francisco’s low OBP isn’t likely to fit into the Mets system, but if Hairston signs elsewhere he could potentially end up signing a minor league deal. Ryan Sweeney: Sweeney was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in 2012 with the Andrew Bailey trade. Oakland viewed Sweeney as an expendable option because of his limited power and declining batting average, and his tenure in Boston was limited as well. There’s reason to be concerned about Sweeney heading into 2013, as his statistics in Boston raise several red flags. His strikeout rate jumped from 16.1% in 2011 to 19.6% in 2012 while his walk rate dipped from 11.0% to a staggering 5.5%. While Bill James suggests that his 2013 levels will even out to career norms, his wRC+ of 79 in Fenway Park means that he’ll likely have to sign a minor league deal as well. As with Francisco, it’s unlikely that he dons the blue and orange in 2012, but he could be a fit if there are moves made that necessitate a depth signing. Brandon Snyder: This is the first candidate that I’m exploring that I feel could make a big impact in Queens if given the opportunity. The 26-year old is a product of the Baltimore Orioles system and was traded to Texas Rangers before the 2012 campaign began. At 26 years old, Snyder has been limited to only 106 major league plate appearances, but has an impressive track record in the minor leagues. In 2011 (his most recent full season), Snyder posted 14 home runs and 21 doubles in 494 PA to compliment a .261 average and a .312 OBP. He won’t be a perennial 20 home run threat, but he could be an alternative to Scott Hairston and not be a liability if he’s needed to start for an extended period of time. Nate Schierholtz: Schierholtz will likely find a starting job on a non-contending team if he so wishes to pursue one and could be a nice fit for the Mets if Lucas Duda is elsewhere in 2013. Schierholtz is far from the power bat the the Mets need in their lineup, but he’s far from a slouch. His .257/.321/.430 line in 2012 is right in line with his career averages as he has never been a full-time starter. In fact, Schierholtz has never amassed 400 PA in a full season. That said, he’ll likely command a salary of under $3M and wouldn’t be the worst option. It’s unlikely that he lands in New York, but with the depth as poor as it stands today, there are no wrong answers (especially on short term deals). I see Snyder as the most interesting candidate, and Schierholtz as someone who could fit in New York. It’s highly unlikely that the Mets will pursue either Francisco or Sweeney, but one of them could land a minor league deal depending on how the winter meetings play out for the club. The Bench Depth: Mark Reynolds: If there’s one man I’ve been an ardent supporter of the Mets exploring, it’s Reynolds. Reynolds was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles after posting 20 home runs for the 5th consecutive season. The problem? He’s a huge strikeout risk, leading the league for four consecutive years. The good news? He cut down his strikeouts by nearly 50 in 2012 and could learn a lot from Dave Hudgens and the team’s hitting philosophy. He’s an option at both 1st and 3rd when Davis or Wright need a day off, and has no real weakness against LHP or RHP. It’s likely that he’ll find a more regular role elsewhere, but he could reasonably have 200-300 AB in 2013 in Flushing. Ian Stewart: Minor league star Ian Stewart was non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs after yet another disappointing campaign. Stewart has thrived in the minor leagues throughout his career, but has yet to figure out major league pitching. While he may never figure it out at the big league level, he hits righties at nearly a .240 clip and has a respectable .427 SLG%. He’s likely to land a minor league deal as well, but could be interesting as a back-up corner infielder in spring training. Especially if he can finally put all the talent he has together.   The Catchers:  Jesus Flores: Wait, you mean Omar Minaya SHOULD have protected him from the Rule-5 draft several years ago? Hindsight is always 20/20, but coming off of a disappointing year in Washington, Minaya doesn’t seem as wrong as he did when Flores appeared to be on the verge of becoming a starting catcher in 2008 and 2009. Flores was came off of an injury-riddled 2011 to post a meager .213/.248/.329 line at the major league level, but for perhaps no other reason than the fact that he’ll be 28 and could regain his stroke, he could be worth a minor-league contract. He won’t be landing a starting gig anywhere, but could be interesting if invited to spring training. Geovany Soto: In 2008, Soto was named the National League Rookie of the Year and made the All-Star game, posting a .285/.364/.504 line while blasting 23 home runs while helping to lead the Cubs offense. Unfortunately, Soto has never been able to come close to those numbers since. While he has remained a power threat at the plate, his average and OBP have dipped each year to his career-low 2012 line of .198/.270/.343. If the Mets don’t trade for a catcher and fail to retain Kelly Shoppach, Soto could be an option. The Bullpen:  Tom Gorzelanny: Gorzelanny being non-tendered speaks volumes for the pitching depth the Washington Nationals organization has. Gorzelanny had previously been a league average to below-average pitcher, but found his niche in 2012 as he appeared in 45 games (44 relief appearances), pitching 72.0 innings and posting a 2.88 ERA. His WHIP was actually right in line with his career numbers (1.319), and both his strikeout and walk rates decreased. He’s likely to have some regression in 2013, but the Mets have a very young bullpen and if Gorzelanny can post another campaign similar to 2012, he’ll be very helpful to the team. Daniel Schlereth: The 26-year old had an injury plagued campaign, but could be a good investment to a club looking for bullpen depth. In 2011, Schlereth pitched 49.0 innings to the tune of a 3.49 ERA, recording a 8.1 K/9 rate. Unfortunately, he has always been a walk-happy pitcher, which reflects in his high WHIP (1.607 in 2010, 1.366 in 2011). He’ll frustrate as a closer, but his primary need would be in the middle-innings, where he has found success historically. Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Any players missing that you believe could contribute in 2013? Let us know in the comments section.   The post Exploring The Non-Tendered Possibilities appeared first on The Daily Stache.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Digging Deeper Into David Wright’s New Deal: Is It Actually a Bargain For The Mets?

At first glance, the eight-year, $138 million deal David Wright signed early Friday morning didn’t appeal to many. Originally, reports indicated that the Mets wanted to offer a little less than $120 million, and the Wright camp started out well above $140 million, so I was very surprised that the two sides settled for such a high amount. However, when you dig deeper into the deal...

Jenrry Mejia: The Mets’ forgotten ace

When people talk about the future of the Mets’ rotation, they always talk about Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, as well they should. If he isn’t included in a trade, Jonathon Niese will be there, too. I’ve heard some mention Dillon Gee and while I’m still a bit skeptical about that one, after the half season he had in 2012, I won’t dismiss the possibility. Minor league...

If The Mets Trade R.A. Dickey, Who Becomes The Team’s Ace?

At seasons end Dickey called he and Wright a “package deal.” Now that the Mets have locked up David Wright to an extension, they will probably shift their attention to the 2012 Cy Young award winner, RA Dickey. Could it be the reason why David Wright agreed to sign on the dotted line was because he and Dickey are truly a package deal, and now the Mets are going to lock up Dickey...

New York Mets non-tender Mike Pelfrey, Andres Torres, and Manny Acosta

According to multiple reports, the New York Mets have officially non-tendered centerfielder Andres Torres, reliever Manny Acosta, and right-handed starter Mike Pelfrey. Though the Mets can still sign Pelfrey at a lower rate — arbitration-eligible players who are tendered contracts must receive at least 80 % of their previous year’s salaries, Mike made $5.6M in 2012 — the former...

Mets' Jonathan Niese to Have Heart Surgery Before Christmas

Last winter, New York Mets starter Jon Niese underwent surgery to correct his deviated septum, in hopes his breathing easier would help improve his game stamina. This winter the doctors will be tuning up his heart. Niese was forced to leave two starts early during the 2012 campaign, suffering in each instance from a rapid heartbeat.  Diagnosed as an arrhythmia, the lefty from...

Mets decline offers to Torres, Pelfrey, Acosta

The Mets declined to offer contracts to outfielder Andres Torres, right-hander Mike Pelfrey and right-handed reliever Manny Acosta on Friday. The three players will become free agents on Saturday. The switch-hitting Torres hit .239 with 15 homers and 57 RBIs this season for New York. Pelfrey, who has spent parts of seven seasons with New York, appeared in only three games this...

Mets sign David Wright to a 8 year deal worth 138 million

Mets 3rd baseman David Wright has become the richest man in Mets franchise history. He has agreed to a new 8 year contract worth 138 million dollars keeping in a Mets uniform through 2020. David Wright will now be playing for the Mets for the rest of his major league baseball career. This was the right move by the Mets management of keeping David Wright for years to come. New...

Waiting to Exhale: He’s Ours!

Hello Mets faithful and Happy December!  It will certainly be Happy Holidays for all of us because…he’s ours!  At long last, after all the rumors, false reports, speculating, praying, hoping, rain dancing, etc., David Wright is now a Met for life (barring any future trades).  We finally have our generation’s version of Ed Kranepool…someone we can rally around and cheer...

Mets Hot Stove: 6-7 Teams Interested In R.A. Dickey

Updated Post 8:45 PM According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets have fielded six or seven calls from teams that would like to meet at the Winter Meetings and discuss trading for R.A. Dickey. Heyman also says that Sandy Alderson has been given clearance to pursue trading Dickey. The Mets and Dickey have been trying to work out a contract extension for two months...

Orioles interested in Brett Myers, outfield upgrades

The Baltimore Orioles don’t plan to make big changes to a roster that produced 93 wins and the franchise’s first postseason berth in 15 years. The team has downplayed the chances it will sign an expensive superstar like Josh Hamilton, focusing instead on lower-cost veteran acquisitions. The Orioles have interest in free-agent right-hander Brett Myers as a rotation upgrade, sources...

Winter Meetings Preview: What to Expect (with *Some* Bold Predictions)

On Monday all 30 GMs, along with a handful of players, agents, and other baseball folks, will all come together in R.A. Dickey’s hometown of Nashville, TN for the Winter Meetings. Personally, this is one of my favorite weeks in all of baseball. This is when the Hot Stove really gets cooking, so all you crabby Mets fans who keep complaining the front office isn’t doing anything...

Olney: Mets increased their offer to R.A. Dickey

With David Wright signed for the next eight years, the New York Mets next order of action is to figure out what they are going to do with reigning NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey.  While negotiations have reportedly been slow, Buster Olney of ESPN recently reported that the team has increased it’s offer to the 38-year-old knuckleballer: The Mets increased their offer to R...

Mets Winter Meetings Preview (Dickey, OF’s, C’s, etc)

The Mets finally lit the hot stove last week with the extension to David Wright, and now they head into Nashville with a lot to do, but a lot of different ways to do it. There are three items that must be accomplished in Nashville, and they are all related to each other: - Dickey’s future must be determined - At least one OF’er must be acquired - The Mets will decide whether...

Mets talk possible trade involving J.P. Arencibia with Blue Jays

Earlier in the week, a source aware of the organization’s planning told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the New York Mets would enter the winter meetings under the assumption that the bulk of their winter additions would come via free agency. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports recently reported, NY general manager Sandy Alderson has talked to the Toronto Blue Jays about a possible...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.