December 9th, 2013 at 4:02 PM
By Mike Phillips
Baseball's Winter Meetings kicked off today at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin hotels in Orlando, Florida and there figures to be a flurry of activity. After some big dominoes fell in both free agency and the trade market last week. baseball executives will look to shape the rest of their offseason at the meetings. The New York Mets, after signing outfielder Curtis Granderson last Friday, come to the meetings with a new lease on life and are looking to fill some more holes on their roster this week. With that in mind, here is a look at some of the top items on Sandy Alderson's wish list this week.
1. Improve the Starting Rotation: After the Mets addressed their outfield dilemma by adding free agents Chris Young and Granderson, the next biggest area of need for the team is their starting rotation. The Mets have three starters locked into the rotation for 2014: Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler, and Dillon Gee. The Mets have plenty of young pitchers in their farm system, including prospects Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Rafael Montero, but they would prefer not to rush these arms to the majors. With that in mind, the Mets are prepared to dive into the market in search of at least one innings eater for their rotation. One name to watch here is Bartolo Colon, whose representatives met with the Mets today according to WFAN's Sweeney Murti. The Mets would like to address their rotation, but according to Mets Blog contributor Robert Brender Alderson would like to avoid a multi year deal for pitching since the Mets have a lot of young pitching in the pipeline. Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 8th, 2013 at 8:28 PM
By Mike Phillips
It looks as if Ike Davis and Lucas Duda may not be the only players on the trade block for the New York Mets. General Manager Sandy Alderson held a press conference at the Winter Meetings in Orlando this evening, and made some comments implying that Eric Young Jr, displaced from a starting job after the Mets added Curtis Granderson, may not be destined for a bench role. This statement raised eyebrows, and then a very interesting report broke.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported on Twitter that a rival team executive told him the Mets are willing to deal second baseman Daniel Murphy this week. Murphy, who hit .286 with 13 home runs and 78 RBI's in 2013, was the Mets' best offensive player not named David Wright last season. Trade rumors involving Murphy are a bit surprising, but there is logic in exploring a deal. The Mets have a couple of in house candidates who could play second in the event Murphy is dealt, including Eric Young Jr and Wilmer Flores. Murphy also should command about five million dollars in his second year of salary arbitration.
The press conference from Alderson also yielded the following tidbits:Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 8th, 2013 at 1:16 PM
By Mike Phillips
The New York Mets officially kicked off their offseason with a major splash on Friday, signing outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four year contract worth 60 million dollars. That puts the team in position to upgrade other areas of their roster at this week's Winter Meetings, which are set to kick off tomorrow in Orlando. The Mets are expected to be active, and could set the next phase of GM Sandy Alderson's plan in motion with a trade.
The Mets are expected to actively shop both Ike Davis and Lucas Duda at the Winter Meetings, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. The Mets are looking to try and relieve some of their first base log jam at the meetings, and there has been interest in both first baseman from other teams. The Mets appear to prefer Lucas Duda internally, so the odds are higher that Davis will be dealt.
Davis, 26, struggled mightily in 2013 after hitting 32 home runs in 2012. Davis got off to another slow start and was demoted to the minor leagues in June. Upon his return Davis hit better, but ended up with only a .205 batting average and nine home runs on the year before being lost in September with an oblique injury. In spite of his struggles, Davis appears to have more trade value than Duda because of his demonstrated power. Other teams may believe that Davis' potential can be tapped with a change of scenery, expanding his market. Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 6th, 2013 at 6:04 PM
By Mike Phillips
After days of negotiations and speculation, New York Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson made a big splash. The Mets agreed to terms with outfielder Curtis Granderson on a four year deal worth 60 million dollars, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports on Twitter. The deal was sealed when Alderson guaranteed the fourth year of the deal, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports via Twitter.
Granderson, 32, will primarily play left field for the Mets and can serve as David Wright's protection in the lineup. Granderson hit .229 with 7 home runs and 15 RBI's in 61 games for the New York Yankees last season, but his year was curtailed by two broken bones in his hand from being hit by pitches. The previous two years Granderson hit 40+ home runs, and his signing gives the Mets a much needed power infusion in their outfield.
Granderson completes a new look outfield for the Mets. The Mets will now go with Granderson in left field, Juan Lagares in center, and recent signee Chris Young in right. Eric Young Jr transitions to the role of fourth outfielder now, and he could also be used at second base if the Mets choose to move Daniel Murphy to first or out of the organization. Read more... Join the Conversation...
December 6th, 2013 at 1:03 PM
By Steve Popoloski
The New York Mets and GM Sandy Alderson made their first big splash of the 2013 offseason Friday afternoon, coming to terms with free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson on a four-year, $60M contract.
The 32-year old spent the last four seasons with the Yankees, batting .245 with 115 homers and 307 RBI in pinstripes. Granderson missed all but 61 games last season after breaking his hand – twice – being hit by pitches. The result was career lows in batting average (.229), homers (7) and RBI (15).
Granderson is the second free agent outfielder signed this offseason, joining Chris Young, who came over from Oakland, signing a one-year, $7.25M contract last week.
Keep checking back with Mets 101 into this evening as we continue our coverage of the Granderson signing and provide in-depth analysis on where this puts the Mets moving forward!
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