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Yoan Moncada could be free to sign an MLB deal soon

The 19-year-old Cuban SS, Yoan Moncada, is close to being declared a free agent, at which point he’ll be able to sign with an MLB team, according to reporter Jeff Passan (Yahoo Sports, Jan. 27).

The Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and Cubs appear to be the favorites to sign him (Yahoo Sports, Jan. 27), while the Rays, Phillies and Cardinals have also shown early interest (Sanchez, Jan. 27).

Moncada is expected to get at a $30 million offer, which, depending on the team’s status, could double due to MLB’s International draft rules >> Read more at MetsBlog.


In December, Sandy Alderson said he might soon look to test the international free agent waters (MetsBlog, Dec. 2014).

“We haven’t been in that category, but I expect we will be in that category soon,” he said.

That said, while the Mets have done their “due diligence,” they don’t see Moncada as a realistic acquisition because of their budget, according to MLB.com reporter Anthony DiComo (Twitter, Jan. 20).

Mets Police: On putting all your eggs in Matt Harvey’s basket

The Mets and their fans are putting a lot of eggs in Matt Harvey‘s 2015 basket.

However, what happens if the Mets go 80-82 and Harvey is 12-10? Then what happens, asks Shannon Shark >> Read more at Mets Police.

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Mets still not close to a deal for Gee

The Mets are still not close to trading away Dillon Gee, Jon Niese or Bartolo Colon (DiComo, Jan. 28).

Sandy Alderson has reportedly been looking to deal a starting pitcher in order to re-open a spot in the five-man rotation for Matt Harvey.

However, in order to make a deal, free-agent RHP James Shields may need to sign a new deal and be off the market (Sherman, Jan. 13). And, according to reporter Jayson Stark, the market for Shields has stalled as more teams are shifting in to bottom-feeding mode (ESPN, Jan. 21).

Last week, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone identified the Rockies and Giants as Alderson’s best bet for trading Gee, who is likely to bring back only a back-end bullpen arm or two older minor leaguers (MetsBlog, Jan. 20). However, the Giants have since re-signed Ryan Vogelsong, which may have taken them out of the market for Gee.

The Padres, Royals, Twins, Rangers and Mariners all discussed Gee at points this off season, but have acquired other players instead or seemingly changed direction in their planning >> Read More.

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What grade would you give Alderson’s offseason?

Sandy Alderson’s off season gets a “D,” according to SI.com writer Jay Jaffe, who is giving out grades to each MLB team (SI.com, Jan. 28).

“The Mets entered the offseason only a few moves away from returning to contention,” Jaffe wrote. “Instead, what their fans have had to endure is another winter of head-scratching moves while the organization gives every sign that it is still mired in its post-Madoff financial morass. ”

In Jaffe’s opinion, Alderson’s failure or refusal to trade from pitching to upgrade at shortstop was a mistake, since he only added Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry Jr to a team in need of offense.

“The Braves and Philies are rebuilding, creating an opportunity for this team to contend for a postseason spot, but whereas the Marlins have seized the initiative and bulked up significantly, the Mets haven’t done the same,” he wrote. “Yup, still business as usual in Queens.”

Sandy Alderson had four months and didn’t acquire a shortstop. Why?

This post originally published January 8, 2015

cerroneMatthew Cerrone: I understand not settling for Didi Gregorius, Jed Lowrie or Asdrubal Cabrera. And, I believe the Cubs were never intent on dealing Starlin Castro, just like the White Sox weren’t serious about trading Alexei Ramirez.

However, I’m not convinced more couldn’t be done to get, say, Elvis Andrus, Jimmy Rollins or someone from the Cubs >> Read more from Jan. 8.

Parnell to throw bullpen in Feb., hopes to be 100 percent for ‘playoffs’

Mets reliever Bobby Parnell expects to throw his first bullpen session around February 2, he told SNY during David Wright’s Vegas Night charity event last week.

“I want to be there and I want to pitch, but more importantly I want to be out there when the playoffs start,” Parnell said. “I want to make sure everything is done right early to make sure I’m there at the end.”

According to Parnell, he is not worried about returning to being the closer when he’s ready to re-join the Mets.

“I’m confident in the bullpen, every one down there can do every body’s job,” he said. “I know my job is safe. … I know when I come back I’ll be healthy and 100 percent, and in the meantime it’s in good hands.”

Terry Collins said in December that, while Vic Black will get a chance to be the team’s closer, in addition to Jenrry Mejia, the job is Bobby Parnell‘s to lose when he comes back from the disabled list.

Parnell appeared in one game last season before injuring his elbow and requiring Tommy John surgery.

GM Sandy Alderson said in December that he expects Parnell will return at some point during the first half of the season.