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With so much work to do this offseason and many different areas that need to be addressed, it’s almost impossible to imagine that the Mets won’t make one or two significant trades this Winter to fill a couple of those needs.
Of course the follow-up to that is, which of our players would be most appealing to other teams that we would be willing to trade?
I threw this question to some of our staff:
Which players or prospects are the Mets’ biggest trade chips?
Kirk Cahill - The Mets three best trade chips, or more importantly, the three best chips that I’d be willing to deal would be Daniel Murphy, Jon Niese, and Rafael Montero. Teams are always going to target pitching, and I think Niese is an established pitcher signed to a team-friendly contract, while Montero offers upside and longterm team control. Murphy can provide a contending team with offense from a traditionally weak offensive spot, as well as a good clubhouse guy with a great work ethic.
Tommy Rothman – Zack Wheeler, Travis...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Mets 40-Man roster is now at 36 after the Angels claimed lefthander Robert Carson on waivers, the Dodgers grabbed outfielder Mike Baxter, and the team outrighted LHP Sean Henn and RHP Greg Burke.
Expect more purging as the Mets must make room for Ike Davis, Josh Edgin, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell, Scott Rice and Johan Santana who must all...
For the past few seasons, the Mets bullpen has been a major weakness. They have consistently ranked among the league’s worst, and they did not perform much better this season. In 2013, the Mets bullpen finished in the bottom ten in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts. Despite these struggles, the relief corps can become a strength in the future. The Mets have many talented relief prospects...
DILLON GEE, RHP
Coming off surgery, the expectations were minimal because the Mets didn’t know what they were getting. The surgery was to repair an artery in his shoulder after experiencing numbness in his hand and fingers. As a “feel’’ pitcher, this type of injury was especially serious because it prevented him from getting a grip on his breaking balls...
Last week I wrote about how the Mets should avoid going after injury-reclamation guys like they have previously chased during Sandy Alderson’s tenure. So of course the Josh Johnson bandwagon started up. Here’s how MetsBlog, reacting to a post on MLBTradeRumors, summed up the case for signing Johnson:
”In other words, he reads like the quintessential Sandy Alderson free-agent...
Looks like the New York Mets won’t be homeless after all…
Reports are now coming in that the Mets are close to a deal with Clear Channel Media to broadcast their games on WOR (710 AM), according to Neil Best of Newsday and Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News.
The good news here is that Howie Rose will still be broadcasting as the radio voice of the Mets, however whether...
Here’s a couple of tidbits from Keith Law’s chat today…
Jeff (NY) – Still Aaron Sanchez over Noah Syndergaard? I know you go based on ceiling, but does probability start to factor in now?
Klaw – No, I can’t stay with that, seeing Sanchez’ delivery and potential injury risk. Syndergaard doesn’t have Sanchez’ offspeed stuff, but he has to be as low a risk for an arm...
Several people I spoke with and greatly respect said they were disappointed the Mets didn’t make a run at Cuban free-agent first baseman Jose Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68-million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Considering the success of Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes and the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, all of a sudden tapping the Cuban market is the hot thing. But sometimes...
Two down and two to go!
Yesterday the Mets cut ties with a couple of lefty relievers in Robert Carson and Sean Henn. Originally, the previous line said lousy lefty relievers but it was not fair to use that word to describe Henn in 2013. While he walked the ballpark – 32 BB in 57.2 IP – in Las Vegas, he had an impressive 2.81 ERA in Triple-A and followed that up with a similar...
If there is one thing the Mets have going for them it is the very exciting crop of young pitchers in their farm system. It seems that the strategy going forward is to stockpile as many promising young pitchers as they possibly can.
The question is whether or not this is a smart move and there are a number of reasons why one would question whether this is a smart move.
Kevin Kernan put together an interesting piece earlier in the week in the New York Post on Dodger baseball phenom Yasiel Puig. In his first sentence, he speculates that Puig is ready for October baseball, but wonders whether baseball is ready for Puig.
He builds his piece around what he calls the ‘Puig Philosophy,’ an aggressive, hustling brand of baseball that has endured...
When searching for a diamond in the rough during the Amateur draft, what teams look for are quality athletes capable of rising to the challenge and reaching more than just their potential. It looks even better when these athletes have shown even in college just how good they can become. When the Mets considered signing infielder Matt Reynolds, he came with a great college resume...
On Tuesday I turned to my friends in the Mets blogosphere and asked them the following questions:
For the sake of argument, let’s assume the Mets have $20 million to spend this offseason after they take care of their own free agent/arbitration cases. How do you allocate that money?
These people all do great work and their names are hyperlinked to their blogs so please go ahead...
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After the Chicago White Sox inked Cuban sensation Jose Dariel Abreu to a six-year, $68 million dollar deal – a fair price for one who is expected to produce like Frank Thomas – my inbox began getting flooded with emails. Okay it...
The Mets minor league talent pool consists of many players that have played college baseball in the United States to those that have come from other countries. What they share in common is a love for the game; it doesn’t really matter what path they have taken, because once they arrive in pro baseball, their journey begins and the dream becomes a reality. Having the opportunity...
To trade or not to trade, that is the question:
Whether ‘tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Offers and Counters of cantankerous Agents,
Or to trade Arms to build and Outfield with power,
And by trading save cash: to trade to spend
No more; and by spending, to say we can
Afford stars, and their eight figure salaries
That Agents expect? ‘Tis a Conundrum
Difficult to weigh out...