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Mets may be in market for a RH-hitting outfielder

The Mets could be in the market for a right-handed hitting corner outfielder, such as free-agents Jonny Gomes or Ryan Ludwick, who could play in right or left field when Michael Cuddyer starts at first against lefties in place of Lucas Duda (Rubin, Nov. 20).

“I bet the Mets look to do something similar to what they did last winter, signing one player to a more substantial deal, while making a bet along the lines of a last year’s one-year, $7 million deal with Chris Young.,” MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone said in early October (MetsBlog, Oct. 190). “I think we’ll see one of, say, Alex Rios, Nick Markakis, Nori Aoiki or Cuddyer, followed by gambling on a Gomes, Colby Rasmus, Chris Denorifa, Ludwick-type talent, to get a combination of players to meet their needs, while maybe even finding a platoon-partner for Duda.”

maggieMaggie Wiggin: For a one-year, low-risk signing, the Mets should consider Gomes. His 2014 was bad, but he still managed an OBP above league average and he was a solid part-time player in 2012 and 2013. He’s always hit well against lefties, so he’s a good platoon candidate and can give 10 or so home runs in half a season of plate appearances. He got just $5 million last year and he should get less coming off a bad season, so he would be one of the less expensive options for a right-handed hitter in a market where they’re highly valued.

mangan avatarBrian P. Mangan: I’m not sure that the Mets need to pursue a corner outfielder at all. Granted, it would be nice to have someone formidable out there on days when Cuddyer takes over for Duda at first base. However, given the their limited resources, I’d rather they retain their existing arbitration-eligible talent than go after someone else’s retreads at the same price. If Gomes or Scott Hairston or Josh Willingham could be had for less than a million dollars and if they’d be happy hardly playing, then sure.

But, Eric Young has a career OPS of .654 against lefties, which, combined with his stellar defense, surprisingly made him an above-average player last year. The Mets could also look into getting another platoon partner for Duda at first and leaving Cuddyer in the outfield against left-handers, such as maybe Triple-A C Kevin Plawecki if he’s ready.

Small Berkon AvatarBen Berkon: Since 2012, only two outfielders have posted a superior wRC+ versus left-handed pitching than Gomes. In 590 plate appearances spanning three seasons, Gomes has owned a 133 wRC+, 13.2 percent walk rate, and hit 23 home runs against southpaws. The 33-year-old is certainly not as intriguing as Yasmany Tomas, but it’s likely the Mets could sign the veteran to a one or two-year deal. And, for whatever it’s worth, Gomes is a particularly celebrated clubhouse leader as well.


Reds are listening to offers for Jay Bruce

The Reds are listening to trade offers for OF Jay Bruce, though they’re hardly committed to dealing him (Rosenthal, Nov. 20).

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: The Reds are going to want a young, somewhat proven outfielder and hard-throwing pitching prospects, because that’s what everyone says they’ve been seeking in trades since last winter. They have really good pitching to deal, so there will be deals out there for them. I can’t see how Sandy Alderson meets Cincinnati’s needs better than someone else, especially since it would mean trading an arm  that is needed elsewhere to maybe get a shortstop. This is interesting, but I don’t see a match given the other’s teams goal.

Small Berkon AvatarBen Berkon: Bruce has been one of the best home run hitters in the National League since 2008. In fact, from 2011 to 2013, the left-handed hitter averaged 32 home runs per season. Yet, his 2014 campaign was worrisome. … He would certainly improve Alderson’s offense – and his young age and reasonable contract should make him an attractive target. But, in no way should the Mets hemorrhage their farm system for a player whose sole ability has been to pull home runs, and do little else with the stick >> Read More.

The Mets’ path to get David Wright started in 1980…

The Mets, eventually, turned Terry Leach into David Wright. How? You’ll have to find out via the MLB transaction tree put together by Grantland.

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Mets-White Sox Trade Rumors: Have they even talked yet?

The White Sox are open to dealing SS Alexei Ramirez, “but it’s certainly not something we’re pursuing on our end,” their GM Rick Hahn said last week (Kane, Nov. 8).

The latest, as of Nov. 21, 2014:

Mets reporter Adam Rubin believes the Mets and White Sox have yet to have any conversations about Ramirez (ESPN, Nov. 21).

However, it was reported in early November that the Mets were among teams to contact the White Sox about trading for him, according to Chicago reporter Bruce Levine (WSCR, Nov. 6).

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