Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

Maddon to go to Cubs, Mets not changing managers

The Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as their new manager5,6, though follow up reports indicate the two sides are still in negotiations, Maddon is still talking with other interested teams.7,8

Maddon opted out of his contract last week following failed negotiations over a contract extension.3

In the days after he opted out, Maddon’s friends speculated he would have interest in the Cubs, as well as the Mets.4 However, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon was quick to announce his team would not be changing managers, despite Maddon’s availability1,2

In late September, before the season ended, the Mets announced Terry Collins would continue as their manager. He is under contract through next season and has a team option for 2016.

1. Heyman, Oct. 24 | 2. Carig, Oct. 24 | 3. Olney, Oct. 24 | 4. Peter Gammons, Oct. 24 | 5. Jon Heyman, CBS Sports, Oct. 29 | 6. Joel Sherman, New York Post, Oct. 29 | 7. Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 29 | 8. Bruce Levin, ESPN, Oct. 29

Wednesday’s Arizona Fall League recap…

Mets pitching prospect Rob Whalen had his second straight solid outing, tossing four scoreless innings, while allowing just two hits.

After giving up seven runs in his first 4 2/3 innings in Arizona, he’s limited his last two opponents to one run in eight frames >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Vic Black 1 (AP)

Vic Black feels great, expects to throw next week

Vic Black’s arm and neck feel great, he said. He expects to begin his off-season throwing program next week.1

Black had his season ended in early September due to a herniated disk.

In his final appearance of the season, he hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and gave up an RBI double. His velocity was around 92-93 mph, a stat which prompted the team’s concern earlier this season.2

Black later said his shoulder felt “weak,”as if he was stepping on the gas pedal and it wasn’t responding.3

1. Andrew Harts, MLB, Oct. 29 | 2. Tim Healey,, Sept. 13 | 3. Adam Rubin, ESPN NY, Sept. 13 
Daniel Murphy rounds first

Daniel Murphy: Salary expectations, where will he be in 2015

Mets 2B Daniel Murphy can expect a $2.4 million raise, and an overall salary of $8.1 million for 2015, based on calculations by Dan Masi and Jesse Kantor from Pace Law School.1

MLB Trade Rumors projects Murphy will earn slightly more at $8.3 million.2

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Obviously, this is a place Sandy Alderson can raise spending cash, by trading Murphy and using that $8 million to acquire a more powerful hitter. However, I still think Murphy will be on the Mets next season.

I understand why it makes sense to trade him, and Alderson should absolutely listen to offers, especially when the Red Son inevitably come calling. But, I just don’t see how a deal goes down that makes the Mets a better team than they would be with Murphy on the roster.

I like Murphy. He’s an asset, and Alderson knows this. I’m a bigger Mets fan than a Murphy fan, though, so if dealing him makes the team better now, I’ll be fine with the result. That said, I hope he also knows that trading Murphy for prospects, while sitting on the saved cash, should be considered unacceptable for a team that insists it is ready to start competing for a playoff spot. 

1. Adam Rubin, ESPN NY, Oct. 28 |2. Tim Dierkes, MLB Trade Rumors, Oct. 22
Eric Young 1 (Baron)

The Mets have 9 (maybe 10) players eligible for salary arbitration

According to a MLBTR’s Mets off-season preview, Buddy Carlyle, Ruben Tejada and Eric Young Jr. may be in jeopardy of being non-tendered this winter, since they are arbitration eligible and due an increase in pay (MLBTR, Oct. 14).

In the event they are non-tendered, each player will become a free agent able to re-sign with the a new team or with the Mets for less money.

In addition to Carlyle, Tejada and Young, the Mets have nine players eligible for salary arbitration, including Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Jenrry Mejia, Dana Eveland and Dillon Gee, all of whom MLBTR expects to get sizable raises in 2015.

Team reporter Adam Rubin lists Anthony Recker as arbitration eligible, but not Carlyle and Eveland (ESPN, Oct. 14).

Bobby Parnell is arbitration eligible as well, but will likely earn the same $3.7 million he earned in 2014 because he spent almost the entire season on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Important Hot Stove dates, which starts tomorrow

The 2014 MLB season will conclude tonight following Game 7 of the World Series between the Giants and Royals.

Starting tomorrow, MLB teams will have five days to decide whether to make qualifying offers to their players eligible to be free agents. Players will have 12 days to accept or decline.

The GM Meetings will be in Phoenix, AZ, Nov. 10-12.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: In the last few years, thanks to real-time, digital reporting, more and more fun rumors leak from the GM Meetings. In addition to conferences and meetings about league issues, the GM Meetings are now used for teams to meet, talk about agendas, player values, offseason plans, learn who wants who, who’s available, etc. In the past, the next month was used for research, with deals happening during or after the Winter Meetings in early December. However, last year, a bevy of activity went down during November, not long after the GM Meetings.

The buzz in baseball is that teams got spooked by asking prices last year, they saw how much money was floating around the game, and triggers were pulled to get on deals earlier than later. Will that happen again? Who knows. One thing we can always count on, though, is an appearance by Scott Boras, who never misses a moment to make jokes and goofy metaphors about the Mets, their payroll and market.

The Baseball Writer’s Association of American name their NL Rookie of the Year on November 10.

The Rawlings Gold Glove award will be announced Nov. 4.

The last day for teams to offer 2015 contracts to their unsigned players is Dec. 2, six days before the MLB Winter Meetings which will be Dec. 8-11 in San Diego.