The Tigers are telling teams they are sellers and will listen to offers for OF Yoenis Céspedes, according to multiple reports (July 29, 3:40 pm).
MLB Network Radio host Jim Bowden lists the Mets among teams that ‘should’ be interested.
The Mets reportedly had interest in Cespedes, at least as of last week, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig (July 25, 2015), though he later backed off this claim.
July 29, 4:00 pm: Cespedes is a really good fit for the Mets, since he has 16 home runs, 13 of which are against right-handed pitching. Of course, he’s a corner outfielder and I’m not quite sure what that means for Michael Conforto, center field or Juan Lagares. But, he’s a free agent at the end of the season, shouldn’t cost a fortune, he could bat clean-up, give the Mets power, and push Michael Cuddyer to being a platoon player.
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The Mets still have their sights clearly set on acquiring a “big bat,” according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, who continues to list Justin Upton, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Gomez, Gerardo Parra and Jay Bruce as possible targets (July 29, 2:50 pm).
Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he’s still talking with teams about potential acquisitions (July 28, 6:45 pm).
Earlier in the day, WFAN’s Mike Francesa said he’s learned the Mets are actively pursuing a significant deal (July 28, 1:28 pm). However, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney cited multiple sources who believe the Mets may end up only making a smaller acquisition before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline (July 28, 12:40 pm).
The Mets and Reds discussed a deal involving OF Jay Bruce and RHP Zack Wheeler, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman (July 29, 3:10 pm).
FoxSports.com Ken Rosenthal reported the same earlier this week, but said talks did not gain traction, (July 25, 3:31 pm). Nevertheless, the Mets are still scouting Bruce, a source told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (July 26, 10:40 am).
Bruce is due roughly $5-6 million between now and the end of the season. He will earn $12.5 million in 2016. He can earn $13 million in 2017 or be made a free agent with a $1 million buyout.
MLB.com’s Reds reporter Mark Sheldon believes Bruce could be dealt before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline (July 26, 2:44 pm), since they’ve been listening to trade offers for him since the start of the month (July 18, 2015).
The Angels, Royals and Orioles have also reportedly shown interest in Bruce, according to updates by MLB Trade Rumors.
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The Mets balked at San Diego’s request for at least one top prospect in a deal for OF Justin Upton, CBSSports.com Jon Heyman reported earlier this week (July 26, 2015).
However, he reported today that the two sides haven’t ruled out rekindling talks later in the week (July 29, 2:21 pm).
Previous Reports and Reaction
The Padres initially asked the Mets to pick up all of the roughly $7 million due to Upton between now and the end of this season, after which he can be a free agent, according to Heyman.
The Padres have been scouting the Mets farm system since early July, according to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone (July 10, 10:45 am).
It was first reported July 21 that the Mets were interested in Upton (July 21, 11:55 am). However, later in the day, a source familiar with the team’s thinking told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that a deal would not happen (July 21, 2015).
The Orioles, Astros, Cubs and Pirates have also reportedly shown recent interest in Upton (July 21, 2015). The Angels were intrigued, but told sources that San Diego’s asking price was too steep (July 20, 2015).
The Mets have also reportedly shown interest in acquiring Padres OF Will Venable.
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A note that Mets manager Terry Collins wrote to the wife of a Mets fan who passed away has been circulating on the Internet after it was posted to Reddit.
Reddit user ‘animalchef’ posted the note online on Tuesday, with the headline, “My dad and I watched the Mets together for my whole life. He died 9 months ago. Somehow, the team found out, and Terry Collins sent this to my mother.”
The Mets confirmed that Collins wrote and sent the note.
The Mets do not appear to be involved in talks for Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (July 29, 2:10 pm).
Newsday’s Marc Carig reported the same earlier this week (July 28, 2015).
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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). However, a source familiar with their thinking later told Crasnick the Rockies are more likely to trade Gonzalez this winter, (July 28, 3:54 pm).
The Mets, Angels, Royals, Cubs and Orioles have all reportedly been working to acquire a middle-of-the-order outfielder this summer, leading to rumors about Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has 10 HR, 23 RBI, a .405 batting average and a 1.328 OPS in July. He is due roughly $7-8 million the rest of this season and another $37 million through 2017.