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Can the Mets trade for Matt Kemp?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Right now, the Mets do not have the necessary, big-time pitcher needed to get Dodgers OF Matt Kemp. The Dodgers want to win now. They’ve invested A LOT of money in this run, so they want a tested pitcher back (like Jon Lester) to help make it happen.

The buzz in LA is they’ll deal Kemp because of his contract, history, he wants to play center field and that’s not going to happen with the Dodgers. So, they’ll pay a good portion of his remaining $100 million contract and give up a top prospect with him to get the pitcher they need to be put them over the top this October (Nightengale, July 29). And, the Mets just don’t have that player to give right now… and, if they did, they’d rather keep him.


MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers


It’s not Bartolo Colon, at least not in a deal for Kemp. I know the Dodgers like Jon Niese, but he has no playoff experience and this current shoulder situation is a bit of mystery. So I don’t see a match.

Noah Syndergaard, Rafeal Montero, Jacob deGrom and Travis d’Arnaud are all really nice players, they’re terrific prospects, but they’re not going to help the Dodgers win a championship this year, which is their goal.

That said, if Kemp doesn’t get moved this season (or through waivers in August), I believe the Dodgers will consider a package of future prospects for Kemp this winter, such as the Mets pitchers listed above. But, right now, they want  a guy like Lester, like David Price, or both, which is why we keep seeing that rumor (and nothing with the Mets) over and over again…

Tejada is Terry’s SS, while trying to get Wilmer ABs (w/ audio)

Wilmer Flores has started three games since being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas six games ago, yet Terry Collins said before Tuesday’s game that Ruben Tejada is still his primary shortstop.

In the three games he has started, Flores is 2-for-10 with two singles and no RBI.


MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies


Collins was asked if he no longer has confidence in Flores, and perhaps that is why he is not giving Flores as much playing time as a 24-year-old infield prospect should get, to which the manager, noticeably bristled,  responded: ”No, no. I didn’t say that. The other kid [Tejada] is playing pretty good. I don’t know what games you’ve been watching, but we’ve been playing pretty good lately.”

Tejada is batting .103 in his last 50 plate appearances. The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games.

“You pick and choose your spots,”Collins said, appearing rather frustrated with the line of questioning. “Wilmer came up because Ruben got beaned, so we were concerned about having a backup. So that’s why he’s here. There were no instructions to play him everyday. We’re going to try to get him at-bats. That’s why he’s in there today.”

Lastly, the reporter asked if  there is anything Flores can do to stay in the lineup on a daily basis, to which Collins said, “Nothing. … We’ve got to figure out if he is going to be the shortstop, or if the other guy is going to be the shortstop.”


To hear audio of the exchange between Collins and the reporter, click here:

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Live Mets Call-In Show after Thursday’s Trade Deadline

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is this Thursday at 4 pm ET.

Immediately following, from 4-5 pm ET here on MetsBlog.com, Matthew Cerrone and guest host James Flippin will be hosting a live podcast, taking your phone calls, questions and reactions to what the Mets did or didn’t do…

Will the Mets trade Bartolo Colon?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

6:25 am: As of this morning, I still think he’ll be on the Mets come August 1. I can’t say the same about September 1, though. The buzz from the team continues to indicate not much is going on.

My understanding is the Mets let teams know their price for Colon and that was that. I don’t think they are being very aggressive “sellers,” despite a desire to dump Colon’s $11 million in 2015, as well as acquire a young hitter. Similar to how they approached trade talks for Carlos Beltran, RA Dickey, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd and others, Sandy Alderson let his price be known; and, if a team wants to come up to it, great; if not, so be it.

That said, there are lots of teams interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, and the Giants may be back in play…


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The Giants were said to have interest in trading for Colon before acquiring Jake Peavey from the Red Sox.

However, they may be back in the market for a starting pitcher, now that Matt Cain is due to visit with Dr. James Andrews regarding chronic inflammation in his right elbow (CSN Bay Area, July 29).

Meanwhile, in addition to the Giants, the Yankees, Royals, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Angels, Indians, Pirates, Orioles, Brewers and Mariners are all reportedly looking to acquire a starting pitcher before Thursday, with Jon Lester, David Price, Cliff Lee, Cole HamelsIan Kennedy, AJ Burnett and John Lackey, as well as Colon, all rumored to be available on the trade market.

Interestingly, there are a number of teams willing to pay the bulk of contracts they’d be acquiring, such as the $14 million due to Colon (for the remainder of this year, and next season’s salary) or the $50 or so million due to Lee, but, by doing so, those teams feel they should give up less talent in the deal. However, at that point, a team like the Mets or Phillies may choose to keep their pitcher.

It’s not just about shedding salary for Alderson, it’s about continuing to stockpile young talent. If he can’t do both, I think he’ll simply keep Colon and revisit the market in August or this winter.

What’s on Tap for Wednesday, July 30

The Mets (51-56) and Phillies (47-60) play the rubber game of their three-game series on Wednesday at Citi Field at 12:10 p.m ET.

Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87 ERA) for Philadelphia.


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In case you missed it…

The Mets were silenced by Cole Hamels as they fell to the Phillies by the score of 6-0 on Tuesday night at Citi Field >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday and New York Post…

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The Royals may have interest in acquiring Bartolo Colon, who the Mets are open to trading prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline >> Read more at MetsBlog


Rumors are connecting the Mets to both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez of Colorado, but a trade any time soon is unlikely >> Read more at MetsBlog

Game Recap: Phillies 6 – Mets 0

Result: The Mets were shut out on Tuesday night at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-0,  at Citi Field.



Need to Know: The Phils socked three home runs, two of which came off Mets starter Dillon Gee. The big blow was Chase Utley’s seventh-inning grand slam off reliever Josh Edgin that gave the Phils a 6-0 advantage. Jimmy Rollins and Grady Sizemore each blasted solo homers, which was enough for Philadelphia starter, Cole Hamels.

Game Ball: Hamels, who tossed eight shutout innings and struck out eight while scattering six hits, picked up his sixth win of the season.


Links: AP recap | Box

What’s Next: The Mets will send Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64) to the mound for a matinee, series finale against the Phils at 12:10 p.m. Philadelphia will counter with Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87).

Tuesday’s minor league recaps…

Matt den Dekker has been tearing the cover off the ball since July 21. After going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles Tuesday, the Las Vegas 51s center fielder now has seven multi-hit games in his last 10 starts.

During that span, he has nine extra base hits, seven of them doubles.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Tonight’s Game: Phillies at Mets, pres. by Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

The Mets and Phillies play the second of their three-game series at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

Mets Pre Game begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49) starts for the Mets, while Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) pitches for Philadelphia.

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1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Ben Revere – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Jimmy Rollins – SS
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Chase Utley – 2B
4. Eric Campbell – 1B 4. Ryan Howard – 1B
5. Chris Young – LF 5. Carlos Ruiz – C
6. Travis d’Arnaud – C 6. Grady Sizemore – RF
7. Juan Lagares – CF 7. Dominic Brown – LF
8. Wilmer Flores – SS 8. Cody Asche – 3B
9. Dillon Gee – RHP 9. Cole Hamels – LHP

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Latest trade rumors for Colon: Happy in NY, Royals may be interested

The Mets have been trying hard to trade RHP Bartolo Colon (Knobler, July 22).

However, while they are willing to pay some of his remaining salary this season, (Martino, July 25), they are unwilling to pick up a portion of his $11 million in 2015 (Carig, July 22), which is exactly what interested teams are asking them to do (NY Post, July 23).


5 pm: The Royals have shown interest in Colon (Martino, July 29). Kansas City is also interested in A.J. Burnett, the report said.


Colon, 41, pitched into the eighth inning Monday night as the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-1, at Citi Field.

He surrendered 10 hits, let up one run, struck out six, tossed 121 pitches and is now 10-8 with a 3.88 ERA this season.


“I would say nothing will happen,” Sandy Alderson said about his chances of making a trade before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. However, “you never know what’s going to transpire in the last three days or so.”


Colon continues to tell reporters he is not bothered by the speculation he could end up on a new team in the next few days.

“I know there’s talk about it because it’s everywhere, but I don’t really pay attention to anything anyone is saying,” Colon said through a translator (NY Post, July 28). “I’m happy here. I would like to stay here, but it’s really not up to me.”