The Mets are still looking for a potential match before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, “but it may well be that the heavy lifting is over,” multiple sources have told ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (July 28, 12:40 pm).
Sandy Alderson recently acquired RH reliever Tyler Clippard, 3B Juan Uribe and 2B-3B-OF Kelly Johnson, but is reportedly still in the market for an outfielder that can play center field and hit well against right-handed pitching.
In deals made during the last week, Alderson was able to keep all of his big-league pitchers, as well as retain all top 10 prospects above Single-A.
The Mets are also expected to activate C Travis d’Arnaud from the disabled list this weekend.
The Blue Jays offered Jose Reyes to every team in baseball, but the Mets were not interested, a league source told Daily News reporter Andy Martino (July 28, 11:30 am).
The Jays and Rockies eventually agreed to a trade swapping Reyes and three pitching prospects for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins >> Read more.
The Mets have no plans to try and acquire Reyes from the Rockies, according to the NY Post’s Joel Sherman (July 28. 9:30 am).
“There used to be no more elating play in the sport than Reyes rounding second and gaining speed toward third,” Sherman writes. However, “He is not that player any longer. He is a fielding liability. He ranks next to last in Defensive Runs Saved among shortstops. He has a .613 OPS against lefty pitching, negating his impact as a switch-hitter.”
Reyes is making $22 million this season, another $22 million each of the next two seasons and has a $4 million buyout on a $22 million option in 2018.
Matthew Cerrone: Ugh, I know Sherman is right. The fact is, Reyes and Ruben Tejada are having equally productive seasons for a shortstop. Also, if Sandy Alderson wanted part of Reyes at age 32, 33 and 34, he would signed him to such a deal back in 2011. The Marlins were literally the only team to offer Jose a deal more than three years, from what I recall.
I still believe Alderson had interest in keeping Reyes, knowing his value to the franchise and Mets fans, but not if it meant having him in his early 30s, which is exactly where Jose is today… plus making $22 million. It’s a shame. I love the idea of bringing Jose home, hearing those chants again and letting the energy rock Citi Field. But, there is enough evidence this morning to indicate no such move is in play, so – again – it’s time to move on…
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David Wright is expected to begin working out with teammates at Citi Field either Tuesday or Wednesday, Terry Collins told reporters this past weekend.
Wright, 32, has been out since mid-April, while working to overcome and avoid surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis.
He was cleared last week by doctors to begin baseball activity, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday, July 23.
Wright told teammates during the team’s trip to Los Angeles in mid July that he isn’t going to rush the process, though he expects to play again this season.
Mathew Cerrone: I want to see David swinging and running and throwing for a decent stretch, pain free, before I get my hopes up that he’ll ever return to the lineup. And, frankly, even if he does get back, I expect to watch every at bat like it could be his last, because I’m that skeptical of his recovery. I so badly want to see him help this team and take part in their success, but I can’t help feeling like it’ll never happen. That said, if he does start up baseball activity this week, people say he’ll need at least a month before he’s back in the lineup. So, figure the last week or August, at best (July 23, 2015).
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Rockies GM Jeff Bridich don’t have the best relationship, “there’s a disconnect there,” Jim Duquette said on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio (July 28, 10:48 am).
Previous Reports & Info.
The Mets are not interested in acquiring Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig (July 28, 9:50 am).
In the wake of dealing Troy Tulowitzki to the Jays, a GM with interest told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman that the Rockies also plan to deal Gonzalez (July 28, 9:17 am).
The Mets, Angels, Royals, Cubs and Orioles have all reportedly been working to acquire a middle-of-the-order outfielder this summer.
Gonzalez, 29, has 10 HR, 23 RBI, a .405 batting average and 1.328 OPS in July. He is due roughly $7-8 million the rest of this season and another $37 million through 2017.
Matthew Cerrone’s Reactions
10:24 am: Ugh! I don’t understand why the Mets wouldn’t be interested in Gonzalez, who would be a terrific addition to Citi Field. I can only hope it’s because they have a line in on someone else, who is equally attainable and productive.
9:40 am: This past winter, all anyone wanted to tell me was how perfect the Mets match up with the Rockies, with the Mets searching for a shortstop and an outfielder with power and the Rockies seeking hard-throwing pitching prospects. The Mets and Rockies reportedly talked recently. I assumed it was about Tulowitzki, with Zack Wheeler‘s name being mentioned. But, maybe those talks were really about CarGo?
The Mets acquired RH reliever Tyler Clippard and $1 million from the A’s for High-A St. Lucie RHP Casey Meisner. The deal will not preclude the Mets for exploring a trade for an outfielder, according to multiple reports.
Travis d’Arnaud continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton Monday, after which he told ESPN New York that he expects to return to the Mets this weekend for their series against the Nationals.
Zack Wheeler threw a baseball on Monday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in late-March.
The Mets inquired about Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki, but came away with the impression that Colorado is not serious about trading him. The Rockies then traded Tulowitzki to Toronto for Jose Reyes…
The Mets called the Padres to inquire about OF Justin Upton, but balked at the asking price, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported.
What’s on tap for Tuesday, July 28
The Mets open a three-game series against the Padres on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 2.97 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by James Shields (8-3, 3.77 ERA) for San Diego.
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Monday’s minor league recaps…
Recently crowned South Atlantic League Player of the Week John Mora extended his hitting streak to seven games with a pair of doubles in Savannah’s 9-0 win in Greensboro. Mora is 14-for-27 during the streak, lifting his batting average to .278.
Eudor Garcia also had two hits, one of which was his 17th double >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
Travis d’Arnaud was 1-for-3 with a single and caught seven innings in a rehab game with Double A Binghamton on Monday night.
D’Arnaud told ESPN NY’s Adam Rubin that he’s on track to return to the Mets for their series against the Nationals at Citi Field this weekend.
“I feel great, and I’m excited to get back whenever they feel like I’m ready,” d’Arnaud told Rubin.
D’Arnaud, who went on the DL June 20 after straining his left elbow while tagging the Braves’ A.J. Pierzynski, caught five innings Saturday and DH’d Sunday for Binghamton in Trenton.
He is 4-for-11 during his current minor-league rehab assignment.