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@  Saxon : (16 Dec 2017 - 18:56)

The Rays are a small market team and cannot sustain success with big contracts.
Tampa will likely trade starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi and closer Alex Colome. But it is time for general manager Erik Neander to take the next step.
Evan Longoria, Chris Archer and Kevin Kiermaier are all under team control for a number of years and could bring back a big haul.


@  Saxon : (16 Dec 2017 - 18:51)

and as a way to sweeten the deal for the Mets taking on Longoria's contract, I would try to get Center Fielder Kevin Kiermaier included in the process

@  Saxon : (16 Dec 2017 - 18:50)

As far as Longoria...yes, he's got 5 years left of salary, but his average salary over that time is what we paid Paul Walker this season; and Longoria is a much better and more dependable player than Walker...Does Longoria have monster power? no, but...over the past 4 seasons, he's averaged: 160 games played, 683 Plate Appearances, 276 Total Bases (61 XBH's), 87 RBI, 77 Runs scored, plus he's still a Gold Glove caliber 3rd baseman...and IF, DW ever gets healthy enough to play, DW can play 1B where he doesn't have to throw... https://www.baseball...atting_standard

@  Saxon : (16 Dec 2017 - 18:41)

MetsBlog.com‏ @metsblog
Report: Mets interested in Evan Longoria who is 'expected to be traded'

I would prefer Longoria over most of the 2B options that I am hearing...Kipnis is just a healthy version of Paul Walker, both having career years in '16 that don't really match up with the rest of their resume...neither is particularly a power hitter, and neither have any real speed, although Kipnis did several years ago...

@  Saxon : (16 Dec 2017 - 18:33)

@ West Coast M... : Gonzalez being our 1B is probably on. Remember the objective was a RH 1B to platoon with Smith that could play RF. Gonzalez comes close to those objectives so right up Sandy's alley.

I think that Sandy kind of favors Smith back at AAA for at least part of the season...and Gonzalez could play as much as he's healthy for, with Flores/Plawecki in there when he needs a puff...Gonzo is supposedly healthy, and needs to impress in '18 to get a decent contract in '19

@  Drucifer : (16 Dec 2017 - 17:46)

MetsBlog.com‏ @metsblog
Report: Mets interested in Evan Longoria who is 'expected to be traded'

@  Drucifer : (16 Dec 2017 - 17:34)

Ken Rosenthal‏ @Ken_Rosenthal
Regarding any #Dodgers effort to trade Kemp: It won’t be easy, unless they attach at least one significant prospect. Kemp owed $43M over next two years. #Braves could not move him except in this type of mammoth, cash-neutral deal

@  Drucifer : (16 Dec 2017 - 17:32)

MetsBlog.com‏ @metsblog
Dodgers, Braves swap unwanted contracts: Kemp returns to LA


Mark Bowman‏ @mlbbowman
The Braves have traded Matt Kemp to the Dodgers for Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson and Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez has already been DFA’d. The significant cost savings for the Braves will come in 2019.

@  Drucifer : (16 Dec 2017 - 17:27)

FanSided MLB‏ @FanSidedMLB
Cleveland Indians: Finding a trade fit for Jason Kipnis is not easy
http://dlvr.it/Q6J80h via @believelandball

@  West Coast M... : (16 Dec 2017 - 16:41)

Gonzalez being our 1B is probably on. Remember the objective was a RH 1B to platoon with Smith that could play RF. Gonzalez comes close to those objectives so right up Sandy's alley.

@  Saxon : (16 Dec 2017 - 15:23)

he'd cost us what Jose Reyes cost us the past 2 seasons

@  Saxon : (16 Dec 2017 - 15:22)

Braves traded for and then DFA'd Adrian Gonzalez...Sandy Alderson traded for the so-far unimpressive 1B in the 2005 to 2006 off season...Gonzalez went on to become a superstar for the Padres...what's the chances that Adrian is our 1B in 2018?

@  Drucifer : (16 Dec 2017 - 11:46)

MLB Trade Rumors‏ @mlbtraderumors
Top 60 Remaining Offseason Trade Candidates
https://www.mlbtrade...-2017-18.html …

@  Drucifer : (16 Dec 2017 - 11:41)


@  NYMet5 : (16 Dec 2017 - 01:09)

Swarzak gets a $1M signing bonus and than $5M in 2018 and $8M in 2019. So 2018 payroll hit of 5 or 6M depending on where they account for the signing bonus.

@  Saxon : (15 Dec 2017 - 23:48)

I guess sometime before the renewal/cancellation process, I need to remember what my yahoo email password is...

@  Saxon : (15 Dec 2017 - 23:47)

@ West Coast M... The way this off-season is going I am considering cancelling my mlb.tv subscription

I cancel mine every year just before it auto-renews...and then either they send me an email with an offer to come back real cheap; or I wait until they have their Father's Day special (which is usually under $50 for the rest of the season as MLB Premium)

@  Drucifer : (15 Dec 2017 - 22:41)

FanSided MLB‏ @FanSidedMLB
Phillies sign Carlos Santana to massive contract http://dlvr.it/Q69xTx via @FS_tboh

@  Drucifer : (15 Dec 2017 - 22:36)

Anthony DiComo‏ @AnthonyDiComo
Anthony Swarzak passed his physical and the Mets just made his signing official. Two years, $14 million for the right-handed reliever.

@  West Coast M... : (15 Dec 2017 - 18:55)

The way this off-season is going I am considering cancelling my mlb.tv subscription

@  NYMet5 : (15 Dec 2017 - 18:17)

Mets signed Jose Lobaton to a MiL deal. Milk him for info on the Nats staff. https://www.mlbtrade...se-lobaton.html

@  yogib8 : (15 Dec 2017 - 18:16)

Specifically Burch Smith (Rule 5) was sold to the Royals

@  METS FANG : (15 Dec 2017 - 16:46)

exciting? forever the optimist ;)

@  NYMet5 : (15 Dec 2017 - 16:45)

I agree with you West Coast and Saxon on those latest posts

@  thomasam : (15 Dec 2017 - 16:25)

I've been so overwhelmed lately I haven't had a chance to get on and discuss all of the exciting offseason moves

@  thomasam : (15 Dec 2017 - 15:26)

How is everyone's holiday season going?

@  Saxon : (15 Dec 2017 - 15:22)

Fred loves to be a 3rd place type of owner...he will not accept the fact that he's a small market owner of a big market team...with the revenue stream of a big market team

@  Saxon : (15 Dec 2017 - 15:18)

when you have an organization that has used the following 2 slogans for the entire Wilponzi ownership scheme:
"Wait until next year" and "Meaningful games in September" is it a real shocker that they aren't really concerned with winning as much as dangling a carrot in front of their fans that have the appearance of being "this close to the playoffs"...which is why you have pretty much never seen Wilpon's team totally tank (which is HOW you build for the future) nor have they gone all in for winning their division either

@  West Coast M... : (15 Dec 2017 - 14:40)

NYMet5, I agree with you but the problem is deeper than the NL East, We have done nothing to catch the Nats, nor have we done anything to catch the WC teams either. The D-backs won, 93 last year, if not for a bit of a late-season slide the Rockies were on track for 90. Adding Ozuna surely improves the Cards. Meanwhile, we have more holes than swiss cheese and more question marks than a Riddler costume

@  NYMet5 : (15 Dec 2017 - 14:27)

That's the sad thing Brian. Mets had their window open in 2015 and if it shuts it's no ones fault other than the Wilpon's and Sandy. While the Marlins will be a mess and the Braves havent exactly done much to improve either it was only a matter of time before one of the also rans in our division was going to start to rebound. Phils are doing that now.

@  brian stark : (15 Dec 2017 - 13:42)

Santana to the Phils, 3/60. 4th place is looking more and more like a reality...

@  Saxon : (14 Dec 2017 - 20:42)

Mets blogasphere: Mets have "talked" to or about every 2B and reliever that the blogasphere can come up with;


Reality: Sandy hasn't done shit because he has no talent to trade and he ain't got no money to spend

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 18:29)

New York Mets‏ @Mets
We’re going to pitch guys when it makes sense and we’re going to do everything to win the game that night.” - Callaway on his unique way of using his bullpen.

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 18:28)

FanSided MLB‏ @FanSidedMLB
#ClevelandIndians: Jason Kipnis is the odd man out in 2018
http://dlvr.it/Q60kbK via @calltothepen

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 18:13)

Matt Ehalt‏ @MattEhalt
In aftermath of agreeing to deal with Swarzak, a look at Sandy's success when signing relievers. It hasn't been pretty.


Record Sports‏ @TheRecordSports
Mets GM Sandy Alderson's hits and misses when signing relievers

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 17:59)

James Wagner‏ @ByJamesWagner
Mets indeed have legit interest in Indians' Jason Kipnis, who is under team control for the next three years. They've done a good amount of legwork on several 2B possibilities. (Jose Reyes is a potential fallback option.)

@  NYMet5 : (14 Dec 2017 - 14:04)

Interesting post by Martino. Looking forward to something actually happening soon.

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:57)

FanSided MLB‏ @FanSidedMLB
Mets: Winter Meetings recap Day 3 http://dlvr.it/Q5yyKQ via @risingappleblog

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:55)

Metsmerized Online 🎅🎄‏ @MetsMerized
New Post: Mets Had “Serious Talks” With Cleveland About Kipnis
http://metsmerizedon....com/?p=251187 #Mets

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:51)

Andy Martino‏ @martinonyc
Mets were veeeery close on a few trades for position players last night ... keep your eyes peeled next few days

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:43)

David Lennon‏ @DPLennon
Don’t confuse Mickey Callaway’s “caring” for players with a soft clubhouse touch. Terry Francona will vouch for that. #mets

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:40)

Matt Ehalt‏ @MattEhalt
Michael Conforto meets with a doctor next and hopes to find out when he will start swinging. But will he be ready for Opening Day?

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:36)

Marc Carig‏ @MarcCarig
And if the Mets don’t swing a deal for a second baseman, Jose Reyes seems to be the most likely fallback in free agency.

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:33)

Marc Carig‏ @MarcCarig
Kinsler wasn’t going to waive no trade for Mets. Also heard Rafael Montero’s name came up in talks. Perhaps instructive moving forward in that one of those controllable young arm may need to be moved (like Gsellman, Lugo) to get second baseman.

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:31)

Anthony DiComo‏ @AnthonyDiComo
The Mets nabbed infielder Andrew Ely from the Cubs in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.
They lost left-hander Jose Medina to the Padres.

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:21)

MetsBlog.com‏ @metsblog
Mets select RHP Burch Smith in Rule 5 Draft from Rays, trade him to Royals


Tim Dierkes‏ @mlbtrmets
Royals Acquire Brad Keller, Burch Smith http://dlvr.it/Q5xH13 #mets #mlb

@  Drucifer : (14 Dec 2017 - 13:15)


@  Saxon : (14 Dec 2017 - 10:47)

per Metsblog also: Detroit's GM told reporters that Kinsler told him this week that he would only waive his no-trade clause if sent to the Angels.

@  Saxon : (14 Dec 2017 - 10:25)

according to some twitter on the sportspyder page, Kinsler would have been a Met but would not waive his no-trade clause to go to the Mets

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 22:10)

Katie Strang‏ @KatieJStrang
Players coming back in Kinsler deal: RHP Wilkel Hernandez and OF Troy Montgomery

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 22:08)

Metsmerized Online 🎅🎄‏ @MetsMerized
New Post: Ian Kinsler to the Angels is Official
http://metsmerizedon....com/?p=251121 #Mets

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 22:03)

Chris McCosky‏ @cmccosky
Two things could be snagging Kinsler deal to Angels; still haggling over return, or another team upped the ante (Mets?). My understanding was Kinsler agreed to waive no trade clause for Angels.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 21:45)

Ken Rosenthal‏ @Ken_Rosenthal
Plenty of middle infielders still available: #Indians’ Kipnis; #Pirates’ Harrison; #DBacks’ Owings, Drury; #Phillies’ Galvis, C. Hernandez; free agents Cozart, N. Walker. Kipnis owed $30.5M including $2.5M buyout on 2020 option - and he currently is without a position in CLE.

@  jeffmetsfan : (13 Dec 2017 - 20:15)

If Mets want to get serious...acquire McCutchen (CF) and Harrison (2B) and sign Hosmer for 6 years $132 million as projected by MLBTR.

@  NYMet5 : (13 Dec 2017 - 19:07)

Kinsler going to the Angels https://www.mlbtrade...an-kinsler.html

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:55)

Metsmerized Online 🎅🎄‏ @MetsMerized
Mets Have Been “Curious If Not Aggressive” on Todd Frazier
http://metsmerizedon....com/?p=251084 #Mets

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:51)

Ken Rosenthal‏ @Ken_Rosenthal
As noted by @JonHeyman, #Marlins plan to talk to Yelich to gauge his sentiments about staying with a stripped-down club. Possible Yelich will want to stay. More likely he will want to follow his friends Stanton and Ozuna and leave Miami.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:47)



Bleacher Report MLB‏ @BR_MLB
Marlins trade OF Marcell Ozuna to Cardinals, per @CraigMish

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:39)

Anthony DiComo‏ @AnthonyDiComo
A Michael Conforto update from @JoeTrezz: http://atmlb.com/2zaj8o0

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:38)

Anthony DiComo‏ @AnthonyDiComo
Sandy Alderson indicated the Mets are likely moving onto other areas (2B, 1B/OF).
The team is not actively looking for another reliever beyond Anthony Swarzak.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:32)

SportsNet New York‏ @SNYtv
Mets have been 'curious' about free agent 3B Todd Frazier

@  jeffmetsfan : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:22)

@brian stark Ideally, we walk away with a Joe Smith as well.

@  METS FANG : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:09)

I thought he got rings for life as part of his gifted final age 40 contract? Seems about right with all the other things they threw in

@  yogib8 : (13 Dec 2017 - 17:07)

As part of the Stanton swindle he gets a 5th ring if Giancarlo delivers

@  Saxon : (13 Dec 2017 - 15:47)

I mean...the guy has 4 WS rings...therefore he is the greatest shortstop that has ever ever ever walked the planet

@  Saxon : (13 Dec 2017 - 15:46)

I prefer Captain Fistpump...

@  brian stark : (13 Dec 2017 - 14:40)

Maybe we can get Yelich and Realmuto, since Captain Overrated is selling anyone with a slight pulse off...

@  brian stark : (13 Dec 2017 - 14:39)

Ozuna to the Cardinals for not much...

@  brian stark : (13 Dec 2017 - 13:04)

Swarzak can't be the lynchpin of the Winter Meetings for the Mets. Just can't be.

@  jeffmetsfan : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:52)

Now to focus on rounding out their lineup..

@  jeffmetsfan : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:51)

Not a bad signing. Better option in the 7th than Hansel Robles...

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:45)

SportsNet New York‏ @SNYtv
Swarzak reinvented himself as a two-pitch guy in 2015, under then-Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway. It all came together in a dominant 2017

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:09)

Matt Ehalt‏ @MattEhalt
Mets have two-year deal with righty reliever Anthony Swarzak, a source confirms. Rebounded in 2017 after poor 2016 season.
Mets now have four quality late-inning options: Familia, Ramos, Blevins, Swarzak.

@  NYMet5 : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:07)

Adding Smith or Cisek would be wise as long as it doesnt impede them from adding a 2B and a power 1B/OF.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:07)

Mike Puma‏ @NYPost_Mets
Mets convened with Jay Bruce's agent, no offer on the table, but remain very interested. Team is first looking to address other needs.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:05)

Joe DeMayo‏ @PSLToFlushing
Steve Cishek, Joe Smith would be a couple prime options I would still keep my eye on if I were the #Mets

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:04)

Marc Carig‏ @MarcCarig
Evaluator says Swarzak was up to 97 at end of last year and touched low 90s with slider, with command of both.
He joins Ramos, Familia and Blevins as bullpen anchors.

@  NYMet5 : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:03)

In 77 innings I should add

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:03)

Anthony DiComo‏ @AnthonyDiComo
The Mets have signed reliever Anthony Swarzak to a two-year deal, source confirms.
He posted a 2.33 ERA, 10.6 K/9 over 70 appearances last season.

@  NYMet5 : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:02)

Interesting stuff Dru. If 2017 Swarzak is the Swarzak we get it;s a real good deal. 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 10.6 K/9.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 12:00)

Christopher Soto‏ @SotoC803 Christopher Soto Retweeted Joe DeMayo
Swarzak made significant adjustments in 2015 to led to a spike in his K rate. Since then, his K ratio hascontinued to improve each year.


The team he was playing for in 2015 when he made those adjustments........the Cleveland Indians.


The pitching coach?......Mickey Callaway

@  NYMet5 : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:59)

Mets simply won't give our 3 year deals it seems.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:59)

Ken Rosenthal‏ @Ken_Rosenthal
Source confirms: #Mets in agreement with Swarzak on two years, $14M deal, pending physical.
First: @MarcCarig.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:58)

MetsBlog.com‏ @metsblog
Report: Mets agree to two-year deal with RH reliever Anthony Swarzak

@  NYMet5 : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:56)

Anthony Swarzak on a 2 yr deal worth $14M. If he can repeat last year that's awesome but the track record isnt there before 2017.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:50)

Tim Dierkes‏ @mlbtrmets
Details On Ian Kinsler’s No-Trade Clause
http://dlvr.it/Q5mbhF #mets #mlb

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:49)

MetsBlog.com‏ @metsblog
Are the Mets trying to get Shane Greene in same deal for Ian Kinsler?

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:45)

SportsNet New York‏ @SNYtv
Two former Mets could be targets

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:43)

Amazin' Avenue‏ @AmazinAvenue
Mets 2017 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Starting Pitchers

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:42)

Mike Puma‏ @NYPost_Mets
Scott Boras on the Marlins: "We are seeing one of the major leagues' jewelry stores become a pawn shop."

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:40)

Metsmerized Online 🎅🎄‏ @MetsMerized
Mets On Kinsler’s No Trade List, Angels Prioritizing Him
http://metsmerizedon....com/?p=251059 #Mets

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:39)

MLB Network‏ @MLBNetwork
"This is something definitely worth watching." - @Ken_Rosenthal on Shohei Ohtani's reported elbow ligament damage #MLBNHotStove

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:36)

James Wagner‏ @ByJamesWagner
Agent Scott Boras on the Mets: “We have to get to the vault. The ATM has limits.”

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:32)

I remember one year when the ;mets; hunt for a reliever ended up being a castoff that could not make his team going north - the crooket cap dude.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 11:19)

If he's really available I want the :Mets: to get him.

FanSided MLB‏ @FanSidedMLB
Miami Marlins: Hot stove approach slowing market for Ozuna
http://dlvr.it/Q5lZCK via @marlinmaniac

@  METS FANG : (13 Dec 2017 - 10:38)

middling payroll defined: a team that 1) can't compete with the big market teams + 2) can't compete with the small market teams loaded w/ a decade of top 5 picks and finally making their run = bottom 1/3 more often than not for a decade.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 10:16)

David Lennon‏ @DPLennon
You wanted to know about the #Mets payroll situation. So I asked.

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 10:13)

Mike Puma‏ @NYPost_Mets
Here is a big reason the Mets plan on keeping Matt Harvey:

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 10:08)

Well. if you're looking for young fast infielders/outfielders on the cheap . . . . . .


Metsmerized Online 🎅🎄‏ @MetsMerized
Six Players Mets Should Look At In Rule 5 Draft
http://metsmerizedon....com/?p=251019 #Mets

@  Drucifer : (13 Dec 2017 - 10:02)


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