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Early Returns Look Good for Mike Piazza’s Hall of Fame Chances

December 22nd, 2014 at 10:26 AM
By Mike Phillips

The results of voting for the 2015 Hall of Fame Class will be revealed on January 6th, and one of the most interesting cases to watch involves former New York Mets' catcher Mike Piazza. Piazza has failed to gain enough votes to reach the Hall of Fame in his first two years on the ballot despite being regarded by some as the greatest hitting catcher of all time. The positive for Piazza is that he gained ground last season, improving from 57% of the vote in his first year on the ballot to 62% last year. If this year's early returns are indicative of anything, Piazza stands a good chance of finally reaching Cooperstown this season.

According to a database of publicly known ballots compiled by Ryan Thibs, Piazza has appeared on 34 of the 40 publicly released ballots so far. That puts Piazza at 85% of the vote if the trend holds, putting him well above the 75% minimum needed for entry into the Hall of Fame. The 40 publicly released ballots represents roughly seven percent of the voting total, a small sample size but usually a good indicator of what players are getting early support. At the moment Piazza currently ranks fourth on the ballot in terms of voter support, trailing first year pitchers Pedro Martinez (100%), Randy Johnson (97.5%), and John Smoltz (90%).

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New York Mets Have 25-1 Odds to Win World Series

December 21st, 2014 at 6:43 PM
By Mike Phillips

As we near the end of 2014, a lot of the big chips have already fallen in Hot Stove season. With very few big ticket free agents left on the market, most teams won't look too different in the spring than they do right now. This makes it an interesting time to check out the current odds for each team to win the World Series. While the New York Mets aren't the favorites to take home a championship in 2015, they do have the same odds as their cross town rivals right now. The Mets and New York Yankees are both listed at 25-1 odds to win the 2015 World Series, David Waldstein of the New York Times reports.

The odds are provided courtesy of online sports book Bovada, the same book that predicted Jacob deGrom would take home the National League Rookie of the Year award. The Mets odds of winning it all have improved slightly after they added outfielder Michael Cuddyer, and it is interesting that the odds of the New York franchises are the same. There has been a perception around the league that the Mets are building towards something while the Yankees are on the way down, and some pundits have pointed towards 2015 as a year where the Mets finish with a better record than the Yankees.

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Report: Troy Tulowitzki Deal not Happening for Mets, Rockies

December 20th, 2014 at 7:25 PM
By Mike Phillips

For about a day or so, the buzz around the New York Mets surrounded a trade rumor involving shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The Tulo to the Mets rumor has been reported throughout the winter, but gained steam after a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman indicated the two sides were in early stages of talks. The rumored deal would see Tulowitzki headed to the Mets in exchange for a package of players headlined by Noah Syndergaard. In spite of all the buzz, it appears the talks are back off. Multiple reports, including this tweet from Troy Renck of the Denver Post, indicate that the deal is dead for now.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Mets, Rockies Discussing Potential Troy Tulowitzki Trade

December 19th, 2014 at 12:05 PM
By Doug Rush

The Colorado Rockies have been talking about trading All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki ever since the start of the offseason. The New York Yankees seemed like they made the most sense because of the retirement of Derek Jeter, but they instead traded for Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius.

Instead, it's the New York Mets, who have reportedly been talking to the Rockies for several weeks now on a possible deal to bring Tulowitzki to Queens instead of the Bronx, as per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. A deal from the Mets would likely center around pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.

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New York Mets Still Considering Stephen Drew and Everth Cabrera

December 18th, 2014 at 4:04 PM
By Mike Phillips

If New York Mets' fans want to see someone other than Wilmer Flores or Ruben Tejada at shortstop on Opening Day, their options are dwindling. Sandy Alderson indicated earlier in the week that the Mets aren't planning on pursuing Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang due to concerns about his ability to make the transition to Major League Baseball. With Kang out of the picture, there are very few alternatives for the Mets on the open market. In spite of that, the Mets are still considering both Stephen Drew and Everth Cabrera, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

While the Mets are considering both players, they don't appear committed to a major investment for either. Carig is reporting that at this point the Mets are interested in both players if they are willing to accept a more team friendly one year contract. Given the state of the market, the Mets are still willing to wait until January to see if the market dries up for any of these players. The Mets are also among the teams rumored to be interested in free agent Asdrubal Cabrera, but concerns about his ability to play a good defensive shortstop put them at the back of the pack there. In addition, the Mets would like to acquire either Chris Taylor or Brad Miller from Seattle, but those talks have gone nowhere so far.

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