“There has been much recent talk between the Mets and Brewers,” a source told the NY Post’s Mike Puma (July 29, 5:40 pm).
Previous Reports & Info.
The Mets believed they were close to a deal for Brewers OF Gerardo Parra before it fell apart last week, sources told Newsday reporter Marc Carig (July 25, 2015). “The Mets offered a pitching prospect the Brewers had asked about previously,” according to Carig, “but the interest in Parra is now to the point where the Brewers believe they can do even better.”
CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman recently reported that the Mets, Angels and O’s were interested in Parra (July 28, 12:00 pm). However, the Angels have since acquired two outfielders and reports indicate the Orioles may be buyers not sellers. The Astros and Giants had also been connected to Parra.
Milwaukee was seen scouting Brandon Nimmo, Michael Fulmer and other Mets minor leaguers in early July, according to MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone (July 21, 2015).
In talks for Brewers OF Carlos Gomez, the Brewers want ‘a lot of players,’ a source familiar with their thinking recently told Cerrone (July 29, 11:00 am), which is probably why a team source is on record saying Milwaukee may not be serious about moving him (July 28, 3:50 pm).
Gomez, 29, who is represented by Scott Boras, will earn $3-4 million through the end of this season and $9 million in 2016, after which he can be a free agent.
Parra is due roughly $3 million the rest of this season, after which he can be a free agent.
Matthew Cerrone: I think the Mets are trying to acquire an outfielder that can play center field. After that, I have no read on any other aspect of their plans…
In talks with all sorts of people, be it connected to the Mets, other teams, reporters, scouts, etc., I’ve heard a variety of ways the Mets may be trying to play the next 48 hours. To me, this indicates they have a solid Plan A, B and C, and they’re confident they can execute something when prices drop in advance of Friday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.
My hunch is either Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez or Gerardo Parra is their main target, depending on the asking price. Parra makes a ton of sense, because he won’t cost as much as Gomez, he can stabilize center field, hit leadoff, hit righties, will make just $3 million the rest of this season and he’s about to be a free agent. But, again, that’s just a hunch.
I’ve repeatedly been told by sources that some combination of Mets prospects will be more than enough to land Parra or Padres OF Will Venable, both of whom can play center field and will upgrade the lineup. Indians OF Ryan Raburn is intriguing as well, but he only plays corner outfield. And of course, if the price drops and the Mets want to expand the deal to include Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler or Juan Lagares, I think Gomez, Padres OF Justin Upton or Reds OF Jay Bruce can be had, as well.
In either case, I think they’ll execute something before Friday afternoon. But, right now, I have no idea where they’re leaning or who or what it will be. So, stay tuned…
In case you missed it, here’s what was reported earlier today...
The Mets still have their sights clearly set on acquiring a “big bat,” according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman >> Read more.
The Tigers are telling teams they are sellers and will listen to offers for OF Yoenis Céspedes, among others >> Read more.
The Mets and Padres haven’t ruled out revisiting talks about OF Upton >> Read more.
The Mets do not appear to be involved in talks for Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez >> Read more.
In talks for Gomez, the Brewers want ‘a lot of players,’ a source familiar with their thinking said >> Read more.
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Andrew Battifarano: The Mets have made a number of deals at the deadline before, some of which worked and led to World Series titles, while others flopped and proved to be a complete miss.
Here’s a look back at some of the best and worst trade deadline deals the Mets have made throughout their history… To read more of this story, click here
The Mets (52-48) continue their three-game series against the Padres (47-53) on Wednesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.
Bartolo Colon (9-9, 4.60 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Tyson Ross (6-8, 3.45 ERA) for San Diego.
|1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
||1. Will Venable (L) CF
|2. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B
||2. Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B
|3. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
||3. Matt Kemp (R) RF
|4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
||4. Justin Upton (R) LF
|5. Michael Conforto (L) LF
||5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
|6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
||6. Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
|7. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
||7. Alexi Amarista (L) SS
|8. Anthony Recker (R) C
||8. Austin Hedges (R) C
|9. Bartolo Colon (R) P
||9. Tyson Ross (R) P
Colon Notes: Colon is 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA in his last five starts at Citi Field. In 10 starts at home this season he is 6-3 with a 3.80 ERA. He’s 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA in five career starts against the Padres. Since the 2014 All-Star Break Colon has 16 wins.
Ross Notes: Ross is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA over his last seven starts, going 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four on the road over that span. He set a franchise record in his last appearance by going 16 straight starts without allowing a home run. He’s 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.
Mets Notes: The Mets are third in the Major Leagues with a 3.23 ERA. The starting rotation has a combined 790 strikeouts, the ninth-most in the Majors and has issued 244 walks, the third-fewest in the Majors. New York’s bullpen has allowed just 13 earned runs in its last 34.1 innings pitched. Lucas Duda has homered on each of his last three hits over the past three games. Ruben Tejada Is hitting .313 since July 8, ranking third in the National League over that span. Last night’s win put the Mets one game behind the Nationals in the NL East standings. They haven’t been in first place since June 19.
Padres Notes: San Diego has lost seven of nine on the road, averaging two runs and batting .120 with runners in scoring position in those games. Matt Kemp, who was batting .413 in the 13 games prior to this series, was held hitless last night. He has a career .361 batting average at Citi Field, the second highest among active players with at least 70 at-bats. The Padres have not won a series in New York since 2009.
The Tigers are telling teams they are sellers and will listen to offers for OF Yoenis Céspedes, among others, according to multiple reports (July 29, 3:40 pm).
MLB Network Radio host Jim Bowden lists the Mets among teams that ‘should’ be interested.
New York is not in on Cespedes right now, Mike Puma of the New York Post wrote on Wednesday (July 29, 2015). 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: He wasn’t available, according to sources, as of yesterday. But, if he’s on the block today, he should interest 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 or center field and 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. The thing is, Sandy Alderson had two chances in two years to acquire Cespedes and he didn’t seem to have much interest. It’s possible things have changed, but it’s worth noting since there are other options on the market…
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In this edition of Mostly Mets, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick talks about Sandy Alderson’s recent trades, what he still needs to do, and what other teams are up to as the week in advance of Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline…
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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).