Team Related News

The Mets are among the teams that have recently scouted free agent reliever Kevin Siegrist, according to the Bergen Record.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick recently reported about 20 scouts watched Siegrist throw in Florida on Thursday, so it's likely the Mets were represented at that session. A once-dominant reliever, the 28-year-old owned a 4.81 ERA in 39 1/3 innings last year. If he showed anything at the showcase, a team could do worse than taking a shot on the southpaw on a minor league deal.
Feb 17 - 7:05 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets and Jason Vargas have agreed to terms on a contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is for two years and $16 million and contains a club option for 2020, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Vargas, 35, made his first All-Star team last season after posting a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts, but he faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. Still, the depth is useful given all of the health questions in the Mets' rotation. He'll presumably serve as the team's fifth starter this season.
Feb 16 - 10:45 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets "still have solid interest" in free agent starter Jason Vargas.

Vargas has drawn very little attention on the open market this winter after struggling for much of the second half of the 2017 season. He still finished 18-11, with a 4.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 134/58 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 total innings. The 35-year-old left-hander can probably be had on the cheap and would make a for a fine innings eater on most clubs. Now that the Yu Darvish domino has fallen, maybe things will pick up for these lower-tier starting pitchers.
Feb 15 - 10:32 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Giants will be in attendance at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday in Seattle.

Lincecum didn't pitch anywhere in 2017 after posting a 9.16 ERA across nine starts for the Angels in 2016, but he's gotten himself in better shape and is reportedly topping 90 mph on the radar gun in workouts. Several teams are expected to be at Lincecum's showcase later this week, with the Mets being one club that's been monitoring him, according to Heyman. Lincecum "is believed to relish the opportunity to return to his old stamping grounds" in San Francisco, Heyman says.
Feb 11 - 3:26 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have an agreement with Todd Frazier on a two-year, $17 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical. Frazier seemed likely to land a three-year deal when the offseason began, but the stagnant market obviously hurt him. The Mets will take it. A week away from his 32nd birthday, Frazier batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI for the White Sox and Yankees last season. He'll be the Mets' third baseman, which means Asdrubal Cabrera will slide over to second.
Feb 5 - 8:54 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Eduardo Nunez and Todd Frazier are the Mets' leading choices to bolster their infield.

Rosenthal notes that the Mets are a bit leery of Frazier's intentions, thinking he could be using them in order to leverage a better offer from the Yankees. Nunez is reportedly fully healthy and has been working out in the Dominican Republic. He could wind up being an intriguing fantasy commodity if he lands in the right situation.
Feb 3 - 10:08 AM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday that it is still unlikely the Mets will reunite with Bartolo Colon, even on a minor league deal.

Colon is a popular guy in Queens and the Mets were said to be in discussions with the 44-year-old right-hander earlier this offseason, but that door has apparently closed. Colon registered an unsightly 6.48 ERA in 143 innings (28 starts) last season between the Braves and Twins. He turns 45 years old in May.
Feb 1 - 11:53 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that while the Mets continue to talk to the Pirates about Josh Harrison, a free agent addition is more likely.

In other words, not much has changed here. The Mets have been linked to Harrison for quite some time, but they are reluctant to give up talent from what is already a thin farm system. Brandon Nimmo has been mentioned as a trade possibility, but the Mets are lacking in outfield depth. The Mets are believed to considering a free agent pool consisting of Todd Frazier, Neil Walker, and Eduardo Nunez, but Puma writes that we might not see movement on that front until "the bigger names are off the board."
Jan 29 - 9:04 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post hears the Mets "still view Todd Frazier as a possibility."

Puma notes in the same report that Mike Moustakas does not seem to be a fit for the Mets, even with his price presumably dropping here in late January. Frazier has been tied to several different teams this winter -- some who view him as a first baseman, some who like him at third base, and some who could shift him between both spots. The 31-year-old free agent batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 147 games last season for the White Sox and Yankees.
Jan 23 - 4:23 PM

According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, the Mets haven't been in touch with Bartolo Colon recently.

This comes after Ervin Santana said Saturday that Colon told him the Mets were interested in a reunion. Ackert's sources didn't rule out the possibility, but it's not something they are actively talking about and it doesn't appear to be a priority. While the 44-year-old Colon was a fan favorite during his time in Queens, he's coming off an ugly 6.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 2017. If he intends on continuing his career, he'll likely have to earn his way there with a minor league deal.
Jan 22 - 3:10 PM

Ervin Santana said Saturday that he was told last week by Bartolo Colon that the Mets are interested in signing Colon.

Colon, who turns 45 in May, is interested in continuing his career but only wants to do so with the Mets. The veteran right-hander is aiming to get six more wins to supplant Dennis Martinez as the winningest pitcher from Latin America. Mike Puma of the New York Post reported last month that the Mets had "minimal" interest in Colon even on a minor league contract, but perhaps they'll wind up taking a shot on him for some much-needed depth. Colon held an ugly 6.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 2017.
Jan 21 - 2:33 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "aren't enthusiastic" about moving Brandon Nimmo in a deal for Josh Harrison.

On Tuesday, news broke that the Mets wouldn't move Nimmo in a deal for Andrew McCutchen, who was traded to the Giants on Monday. The 30-year-old Harrison hit 16 homers for the Pirates with 12 stolen bases while registering a .771 OPS and playing four positions for Pittsburgh. He also recently mentioned that he'd prefer to play on a different club if the Pirates aren't going to contend in the next two years. New York lists Nimmo at the top of their centerfield depth chart right now, and with Michael Conforto out until May with a shoulder injury, it makes sense that they want to keep the 24-year-old outfielder without getting someone who can play center in return.
Jan 17 - 5:52 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that "if healthy," Adrian Gonzalez will probably begin the season as the Mets' starting first baseman.

In other words, Dominic Smith will likely be Triple-A bound to begin the year. The 35-year-old Gonzalez is coming off a year where he was limited to 71 games with a back injury while putting up a career-worst .642 OPS, so it's probably way too soon to talk with any certainty about this situation. But clearly the Mets aren't exactly sold on Smith just yet.
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers are a possibility for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It's an odd fit. The Brewers already have a cheaper and younger third baseman in-house with Travis Shaw, but Bowden writes that signing Moustakas would allow them to flip Shaw to the Yankees, Braves, or Mets. It's unclear whether this is just internal discussion or if talks have actually taken place. They'd presumably try to trade Shaw for a starting pitcher, though Bowden also notes that the club continues to show interest in free agent Jake Arrieta. With the free agent market still widely unsettled, there are a lot of possibilities in the air.
Jan 15 - 8:44 AM

The Mets and free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez have agreed upon a deal, pending a physical, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

No word on the terms, but it'll likely be a short deal with not a lot of money guaranteed. Gonzalez can afford to take less money for a better situation since he's still being paid $22.357 million by the Braves for 2018. For the Mets, the 35-year-old will be a mentor for first baseman of the future Dominic Smith.
Jan 13 - 10:43 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears the Mets are in "serious discussions" with free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has already had an eventful offseason, getting traded from the Dodgers to the Braves in December and being released by the Atlanta club two days later. Injuries limited him to 71 games in 2017 and contributed to his .242/.287/.355 line, but with Dominic Smith in tow, the Mets wouldn't need to rely on A-Gonz for much. It's an interesting low-risk possibility.
Jan 13 - 9:14 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets nearly had a trade worked out for Jason Kipnis earlier this offseason.

Heyman writes that it was apparently "killed by someone at the top" of the Mets' front office, "very likely over money." Trade talks between the Mets and Indians probably won't fire back up given that the self-budgeting Mets just signed Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million free agent deal. Kipnis is owed $30.5 million guaranteed over the next two years. He figures to open the 2018 season as Cleveland's regular second baseman, with Jose Ramirez primarily playing third.
Jan 11 - 11:03 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Jay Bruce's contract with the Mets will have a limited no-trade clause.

Bruce will be allowed to pick five teams that he can block trades to each year of the three-year deal. That could be important for the veteran outfielder, as the reported $39 million contract is somewhat back-loaded and will certainly be more appealing to certain clubs than others. Bruce still has to pass a physical before his new agreement with the Mets will become finalized.
Jan 10 - 10:34 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Jay Bruce will sign with the Mets, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting it will be a three-year, $39 million deal.

Finalization of the contract is pending a physical. It's somewhat back-loaded, as Bruce is due to make $10 million in 2018 and $14.5 million in the 2019-2020 seasons. Bruce came over to the Mets in a deadline deal with the Reds in 2016, and then was traded from New York to Cleveland when the Mets fell out of contention last summer. The power-hitting outfielder, who turns 31 years old this April, posted a combined .832 OPS with 36 home runs and 101 RBI over 146 games between the Mets and Indians in 2017. He'll be an everyday player for the Mets again this year, with Mike Puma of the New York Post reporting that Bruce may be asked to play some first base as well as the corner outfield. He will likely hit in the middle of the Mets' batting order.
Jan 10 - 9:09 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports the Mets have "spoken in recent days with Jay Bruce's agent."

Puma says a reunion with Bruce is "still very much a possibility" for the Mets, but the 30-year-old outfielder is probably waiting for some of the dominoes to fall on the free agent position player market so that he can get a better idea of what kind of contract he might be able to command. Bruce batted .254/.324/.508 with 36 home runs and 101 RBI in 146 games last season between New York and Cleveland. He has also drawn reported interest this winter from the Giants, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Rockies.
Jan 10 - 2:11 PM


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