Thursday’s minor league recaps…
Thursday night in Las Vegas Rafael Montero showed the dominating form that made him one of the top pitching prospects in the organization. The right-hander threw a season-high 6 2/3 innings without allowing a run and just three hits, while walking two and striking out six .
It’s his best outing since May 25, when he threw six innings of one-run ball for the Mets against Arizona.
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The Mets did not make a trade before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline, though GM Sandy Alderson said there was some activity, and talks about ‘”significant players,” but “nothing came to fruition.”
“There were some proposals we made that were not accepted, and some were made to us that we felt were not reasonable,” Alderson said. “We were active in conversations, we just didn’t make any deals.”
The team can still make trades into August, but players will be subject to waivers.
The Mets reportedly fielded interest in both Bartolo Colon and Daniel Murphy, while checking in on other team’s players and scouting the Cubs. In regards to Mets prospects RHP Noah Syndergaard and C Kevin Plawecki, Alderson said he wasn’t ready to “move any of them at the moment.”
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There had been talk of middle-of-the-order hitters being available before today’s 4 p.m. trade deadline; but none were moved, including Dodgers OF Matt Kemp, Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki and OF Carlos Gonzalez, Rangers OF Alex Rios, Phillies OF Marlon Byrd and Twins OF Josh Willingham.
Sandy Alderson told reporters late Thursday that he did have talks with teams about “significant players.”
However, he added, “We just never agreed on anything,” especially since he did not want to subtract from his 25-man roster, nor give up one of his top pitching prospects for the names being offered.
That said, the Cubs traded Emilio Bonifacio to the Braves; the Padres sent OF Chris Denorfia to the Mariners; the Indians traded SS Asdrubal Cabrera to the Nationals; Arizona sent OF Gerardo Parra to the Brewers and infielder Martin Prado to the Yankees; and the Red Sox and Yankees swapped SS Stephen Drew for infielder Kelly Johnson.
The Tigers traded OF Austin Jackson in a deal for David Price; Oakland traded OF Yoenis Cespedes in a deal for Jon Lester; and the Cardinals traded OF Allen Craig in a deal for John Lackey.
Mets officials do not expect to trade Bartolo Colon today (NY Post, July 30). Instead, expect them to try and move him through waivers in August (NY Post, July 31).
Teams turned away from Colon because of his age, body shape, history with steroids, and Sandy Alderson’s reluctance to pay a portion of the $11 million due to him in 2015, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman told MLB Network late Thursday afternoon.
Instead, Sherman said the Mets may look to move Colon this winter when, with one year and $11 million on his deal, he’ll be more valuable compared to comparable starting pitchers getting significantly more money on the open market.
The Orioles (CBS Sports, July 31) and Royals (Daily News, July 30) recently expressed interest, and the Blue Jays, Mariners and Dodgers had been linked to him earlier this month.
3:20 pm: Mets officials said earlier today that there was just a 25% chance of them making a trade this afternoon; now it’s even less, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman (MLB Network, July 31).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
12:11 pm: It sounds to me like the Mets will end up doing nothing before today’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline. The lack of action is less about Sandy Alderson sitting on his hands and more about teams not coming up to his asking price…
Based on what I’ve heard from other organizations, the Mets let teams know weeks ago that it will take a lot to acquire Bartolo Colon and/or Daniel Murphy, and they will only move Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, etc., in a deal for a young hitter, under contract beyond next season.
That said, I see no evidence of an impact, middle-of-the-order hitter being available in this trade market. And I don’t think Sandy Alderson is being very proactive or willing to overpay to change that. Instead, he and his staff will likely lay groundwork in hopes of finding a more fair deal for this type of hitter this winter. So, based on how they’ve handled trades and deadlines in the past, I bet Alderson and his staff are spending today fielding calls and circling back with teams they’ve talked with before (such as the Tigers, Giants, Blue Jays, Brewers, Royals, Nationals and others), while checking to see if anyone is desperate to sell or willing to overpay (specifically for Colon), and, if not,- the deadline will come and go with not much happening in Queens.
This is disappointing…
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The Nationals have acquired Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera for infielder Zach Walters, according to multiple reports (MLB Trade Rumors, July 31).
Earlier today, it was reported that the Nationals, Blue Jays and two other teams had been in contact with the Indians about Cabrera (FoxSports, July 31), while the Blue Jays and Giants expressed interest earlier this month.
Cabrera, 28, who is hitting .246 with a .305 OBP and .386 slugging, is due roughly $3 million the rest of this season, after which he can be a free agent.
Matthew Cerrone: I saw zero evidence the Mets were interested in Cabrera. I recall them having limited interest this past off season, but that was about it. This time around, given he’s a free agent after this year, I can’t imagine he was high on their list. My understanding from friends in Cleveland was that, if they were going to deal him, it would be for a young, zero-to-three starting pitcher, such as Dillon Gee.
The Dodgers do expect to trade OF Matt Kemp before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, their GM said (LA Times, July 31).
“No one’s ever heard me say we’re shopping Kemp,” he said. “That’s all in another world.”
Kemp, 28, who is batting .288 with 11 HR, has four years and $107 million remaining on his current contract.
Matthew Cerrone: The Dodgers want to win now. They’ve invested A LOT of money in this run, so they want a tested pitcher back if they were ever going to move Kemp. They were open to paying a good portion of his remaining $100 million contract and giving up a top prospect with him to get the front-line pitcher needed to be put them over the top this October (Nightengale, July 29). The Mets don’t have that pitcher to give. That said, if Kemp doesn’t get moved this today (or through waivers in August), I bet the Dodgers consider a different type of deal for him this winter.
The Mets were among five teams scouting the Cubs in recent days (Chicago Tribune, July 31).
The Cubs have reportedly been shopping utility infielder Emilio Bonifacio, who the Mets looked in to acquiring this past winter, Sandy Alderson said before the season (MetsBlog, Feb. 7).
Bonifacio, 29, is hitting .279 with a .318 OBP in in 298 plate appearances this season. He is a switch-hitter, batting well against left-handed pitching, with experience in center field and second base. He is due roughly $1 million the rest of this year, after which he can be a free agent.
The Cubs also have two shortstops among the best seven prospects in baseball, according to a recent list by MLB.com; and their big-league shortstop, Starlin Castro, is hitting .270 with 11 HR and made his third All-Star team this year at just 24 years old.
Castro is a perfect match for the Mets, now that the Cubs have since acquired top SS prospect Addison Russell, an anonymous member of the Mets recently said (Daily News, July 7).
Matthew Cerrone: As for Castro, or Javier Baez, etc., I keep hearing they’re unlikely to deal a young infielder this summer. Instead, like the D-Backs, they will continue to evaluate their collection of shortstops, second and third basemen, and work to acquire under-contract, major-league ready, young starting pitching this winter. I have no idea why Alderson would want Bonifacio, other than it gives him more versatile, mediocre options on his roster.
The Yankees and Mets are not mentioned among the five teams showing interest in Rangers OF Alex Rios (Heyman, July 31).
The Rangers have been working to trade Rios (Martino, July 29), his market is gaining momentum (Brown, July 30) and Texas will pay a portion of the roughly $5 million left on his deal to make get a deal done (Rosenthal, July 30).
Rios, 33, has just four home runs in 2014, compared to 18 in 2013. His team will hold a $13.5 million option on him for 2015, or they can buy him out for $1 million and make him a free agent. The Mets are not on his six-team no-trade list (Cots Baseball Contracts).
Matthew Cerrone: I’m not convinced Texas really wants to trade Rios. Too many teams have checked in on him, only to lose interest. This smells like a team simply gauging the market, in advance of deciding what to do about his option. … Unfortunately, I have not heard the Mets connected to him at all >> Read more.