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MLB Team Wins Rights To Jung-Ho Kang, Mets Did Not Submit A Bid

The New York Mets will not be the MLB team that signs Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets never submitted a bid on the power-hitting infielder. KBO’s Nexen Heroes have in fact accepted a $5 million dollar winning bid for the rights to exclusively negotiate with their 27-year old phenom. Which MLB team submitted the winning bid...
Via Mets Merized Online
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rockies and Mets kicking around Troy Tulowitzki trade

The New York Mets need a shortstop. Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada are nice players, but the Mets need someone who can make more of an impact at the position offensively. That doesn’t leave general manager Sandy Alderson many options. How many MLB shortstops can provide middle-of-the-order run production, while also playing excellent defense? Ian Desmond fits such criteria, but...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rockies and Mets kicking around Troy Tulowitzki trade

The New York Mets need a shortstop. Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada are nice players, but the Mets need someone who can make more of an impact at the position offensively. That doesn’t leave general manager Sandy Alderson many options. How many MLB shortstops can provide middle-of-the-order run production, while also playing excellent defense? Ian Desmond fits such criteria, but...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Projected 2015 New York Mets Opening Day lineup and statistics

New York Mets manager Terry Collins revealed his projected 2015 opening day lineup during a press conference on Wednesday morning. Collins’ projected lineup is as follows, with offensive projections courtesy of Steamer. 1. Juan Lagares – CF .256/.298/.360 — 8 HR, 27 2b   2. Curtis Granderson – LF.223/.315/.400 — 19 HR, 20 2B 3. David Wright – 3B.275/.347/...
Via Around Citi
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets Rumors: Jung-Ho Kang Update

The New York Mets have remained undecided on who will play the shortstop position, with indecision on Sandy Alderson’s part about whether to make a bid for Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang. Kang was posted by the Nexen Heros of the Korean Baseball Organization on Monday December 15th, and teams will be able to bid on Kang until 5pm this Friday, December 19th. The highest bidding team...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pros and cons of the potential signing of Jung-ho Kang

The Mets have been, and might continue to be, in sports purgatory: a team that floats around the playoff hunt without willing to be completely bad and getting a great draft pick. While they had gotten progressively worse from 2011-2013 (in relation to the league), they took a leap forward in 2014 and saw the development of a slew of younger players. Yes, this is old news by now,...
Via Mets360.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Sandy Alderson: Wilmer Flores ‘likely’ 2015 SS, but why?

New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters at the Mets Holiday Party for Kids that there is a ‘very high’ probability the club will field Wilmer Flores at shortstop in 2015. Somehow, this makes sense. Jose Reyes is long gone, and Troy Tulowitzki will not soon don a Mets jersey. The price for high-profile bats has skyrocketed this offseason. The Detroit Tigers parted ways...
Via Around Citi
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Alderson: Very High Probability Wilmer Flores Is Opening Day Shortstop

A quick update live from Citi Field: Sandy Alderson confirmed once again that there is a “very high” probability Wilmer Flores is the Opening Day shortstop. “I don’t think the Jed Lowrie signing increases the probability, because we weren’t really in on Lowrie,” Alderson said. “To that extent the probability of Wilmer Flores as the Opening Day shortstop remains about...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Wilmer Flores’ defense will be fine in 2015

Many fans are clamoring for the Mets to improve at shortstop before going into the season . Collins said that Ruben Tejada is still a possibility to start at short in 2015, even though he has been given many chances and profiles nicely as a backup middle infielder. For most other options, the Mets would have to give up a significant amount, Troy Tulowitzki, or trade for a player...
Via Mets360.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the New York Mets finished making moves this offseason?

Short answer: no, or at least I hope not. The New York Mets made one major splash this offseason, signing free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year $21 million dollar deal. The team then followed up by signing OF/1B John Mayberry Jr. to a one-year deal to serve as a right-handed bat off the bench. Now, there are two potential moves left for the Mets to make. The first is...
Via NYMetsLife
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets 360 Monday Leadoff: Shortstop decisions

As you get your work week started, here’s a few links and notes you may have missed this weekend: Joel Sherman of the New York Post argues for the Mets to make an aggressive push to acquire Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies.  I don’t find myself agreeing with Sherman very often, but here he is spot on.  There is not a player without a flaw.  There is not a player without...
Via Mets360.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Could Be Better, But Still Have Concerns

Are the Mets better today than they were at the end of the season? Even after addressing their need of right-handed hitting with the additions of Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry Jr., the Mets still have pressing issues. David Wright and Curtis Granderson are coming off subpar seasons, and the former was also injured last year. Another key Met coming off an injury is closer Bobby...
Via New York Mets Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: Do The Mets Have A Shot?

An MMO Fan Shot by Bobby Beneventano As is normally case with the New York Mets, one can find him or herself looking at the roster going into the season saying, ‘this team could actually be pretty good’. Of course, we’re all too familiar with finding ourselves singing an entirely different tune come late spring, early summer time. So will this year be any different? It’s...
Via Mets Merized Online
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mayberry should add punch in 2015

With it becoming more and more evident every day that Wilmer Flores is likely to be the 2015 Opening Day shortstop, the Mets used the Winter Meetings to fill a few gaps in their roster – a second lefty out of the bullpen (Rule 5 draftee Sean Gilmartin and Scott Rice re-signing on a minor league deal) and a righty-hitting outfield bat (John Mayberry Jr). While none of the moves...
Via Mets360.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Ball Update: Flores Stays Hot, Carrillo Has Big Week

Here’s how the Mets have fared at Winter Ball over the last week: Wilmer Flores had a nice week going 7-21 with a homer, 4 RBI and 3 stolen bases. He played SS in all five games and batted cleanup in four of them. He’s batting .310/.370/.452 for the season in 42 at-bats. Gonzalez Germen got into two games and pitched 2 scoreless innings. Have to wonder is he loses his 40 spot...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Offseason Has Been A Long And Winding Road Thus Far

There is one essential rule in order to survive the Major League Baseball offseason, don’t believe anything you hear. Especially this week during the Winter Meetings in San Diego, about 90 percent of the rumors you will hear are just that, rumors. A perfect example of how out-of-control the MLB offseason can get is the twists and turns of free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Defense Matters, But Apparently Not That Much

It was interesting to hear Sandy Alderson downplay the importance of defense on Tuesday which seemed to indicate the Mets are moving closer to the realization that Wilmer Flores could very well be the Mets Opening Day shortstop. “We’re going to have to score more runs than the other team, so that’s a combination of pitching and offense,” Alderson said. “We’re mindful...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings Blues: “Inaction” Is Making Met Fans Antsy

The 2014 Winter Meetings have started and the Mets haven’t made their long-awaited splash. Sandy Alderson has, instead, gone through his annual litany of tempering enthusiasm, lowering expectations and pricking lofty thought balloons. Since the Mets’ contingent arrived in San Diego, we’ve heard: • The payroll – currently sitting at $100 million – is more likely to go...
Via Mets360.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Collins Says Flores Doesn’t Have Shortstop Job Yet, Expects Big Season From Tejada

Talking to reporters at the Winter Meetings in San Diego on Monday, manager Terry Collins said that Ruben Tejada will be a candidate for the starting shortstop job if the team doesn’t get a new one and it’s just a choice between him and Wilmer Flores. “As I sit here today, I’m not going to name Wilmer Flores just yet,” Collins said. “Ruben promised me he’d be at the...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Collins: Shortstop Up For Grabs Between Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada

Talking to reporters at the Winter Meetings in San Diego on Monday, manager Terry Collins said that Ruben Tejada will be a candidate for the starting shortstop job if team doesn’t get a new one and it’s just him and Wilmer Flores. Collins said Flores hasn’t earned the job yet and that shortstop is up for grabs between him and Tejada. “I’m not gonna name Wilmer Flores just...
Via Mets Merized Online
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Are Mets Sabotaging Flores?

I have been writing over a month Wilmer Flores should be the Opening Day shortstop. Speaking to reporters at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, GM Sandy Alderson all but confirmed it. “I’d say where we are today, that’s the likelihood. But that doesn’t mean it’ll happen,’’ Alderson said. “But if you look around at all the possibilities, is it more likely than not...
Via New York Mets Report
12 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets may look outside US for shortstop

MLB’s winter meetings have officially begun, perhaps causing the hot stove to get much more interesting in the coming days. However, recent free agency news may have an even greater impact on the New York Mets. It has been reported that Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be posted and be available to be signed by a MLB team. Source: Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang expected to be posted...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumors: Mets, A’s, Among Teams Interested In Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s are among teams interested in  the power hitting Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang. In 116 games in 2014, Kang posted a .364/.457/.733 line with 39 home runs. The obvious question is if his power can translate into Major League success, especially given the pronounced leg kick that he uses...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Alderson: More Likely Than Not That Flores Is Opening Day Shortstop

Sandy Alderson fielded questions from Mets beat writers at the Winter Meetings in San Diego on Sunday, and said that Wilmer Flores will likely be the Mets shortstop on Opening Day. “I’d say where we are today, that’s the likelihood. But that doesn’t mean it’ll happen. But if you look around at all the possibilities, is it more likely than not? Probably.” Before leaving...
Via Mets Merized Online
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Patience Is Mets’ Winter Meetings Approach

The Mets enter the Winter Meetings with three needs, but don’t expect any to be met soon because of their approach of waiting out the process. They are seeking a shortstop, a right-handed bat off the bench and left-handed reliever. The Mets want an upgrade over shortstop Wilmer Flores, but for now aren’t biting on Stephen Drew, Asdrubal Cabrera or Jed Lowrie. They could have...
Via New York Mets Report
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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