In this week’s MetsBlog Q&A Cast, Matthew Cerrone talks with MLBTradeRumors.com’s Tim Dierkes about the market for Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, Boston’s plans for Xander Bogaerts and Yoenis Cespedes, and the trade market for shortstops in advance of next month’s Winter Meetings…
SS Sean Rodriguez was designated for assignment earlier this week by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rodriguez, 29, is projected to make around $2 million through arbitration in 2015.
He hit just .211with a .258 on-base percentage last season, though he was second on their team with 12 HR and a .443 slugging percentage.
The Rays have until Tuesday to release or trade him.
Brian P. Mangan: With a career OPS of 746 against lefties (compared to 611 against righties) and the ability to play multiple positions, Rodriguez is worth kicking the tires on if he could be acquired cheaply or on a minor league deal. He hit 12 home runs last year in only 259 at bats, but his career 24.2% strikeout rate and .297 on-base percentage render him a utility player at best.
The Mets have five players who could be selected during December’s Rule 5 Draft, including Triple-A reliever Logan Verrett, according to reporter JJ Cooper (Baseball America, Nov. 27).
In October, Mets Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola said Verrett is capable of making a difference in the big leagues, either as back-end starting pitcher or reliever.
His slider is already good enough to get out big-league hitters, according to Viola.
However, Cooper adds, “He lacks a true plus pitch and he’s always been vulnerable to left-handed hitters.”
Verrett, 24, ended 2014 in Triple-A and did not rank in the team’s Top 20 prospects entering this season.
He was 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.
It is unlikely Dilson Herrera will be on the Opening Day roster in 2015, Sandy Alderson told SNY earlier this week.
“He’s got an excellent future for us,” Alderson said. However, “unless something I don’t anticipate actually happens,” such as an injury or trade, Herrera will start the year in the minor leagues.
Hererra, 20, hit .220 with three HR and 11 RBI in 18 games for the Mets in 2014.
“We’re very happy with his progress,” Alderson said in October (WIOX, Oct. 31). “He’s got some real potential.”
Daniel Murphy is a good player, and, “He should be an important part of our team next year,” Sandy Alderson told SNY earlier this week.
Murphy is expected to earn around $8 million in 2015, after which he can become a free agent.
The team is not currently working on a contract extension for Murphy, Alderson said last week, according to reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN NY, Nov. 13). Alderson also said he is ‘reluctant’ to trade Murphy before the start of next season.
Rubin previously reported that, if the Mets can acquire an offensive upgrade at shortstop, the chance that Murphy is traded this winter would dramatically increase.
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