Viola likes Triple-A reliever Verrett, who could be taken in Rule 5 Draft

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.

Players to acquire, players to lose in Rule 5 Draft

Michael Mayer looks at six players that should interest the Mets during December’s Rule 5 Draft, including Astros infield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. >> Read more at MetsMerized.

Similarly, Julian McCarthy looks at five players the Mets left unprotected that could get drafted by other teams, including Triple-A relievers Jeff Walters and Logan Verrett >> Read more at Mets 360.


Alderson says Mets are willing to give up another draft pick

The Mets will consider giving up another draft pick if a player is available at a discount toward the end of the off season, Sandy Alderson said Tuesday (MLB Network Radio, Nov. 26).

Alderson cited last year’s situation with Nelson Cruz, who had been looking for a multi-year deal early in the winter, but eventually signed a one-year, $8 million with the Orioles.

“We’d consider it, of course it’s easier to give up a second-round pick,” he said, since he’s already lost a first-round pick from signing Michael Cuddyer.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I can see them pursuing David Robertson or Andrew Miller, as well as Cruz, who Alderson had interest in last winter. I think the other free agents who are tied to draft-pick compensation, and who are seeking multi-year deals, will get what they’re looking for. Cruz may struggle, as may Robertson. Miller is already getting three- and four-year offers, so I don’t think he’ll be around much longer. In the end, it’s clear Alderson has no intention of committing to a player beyond next season, regardless of how much money the player is looking to get. So, it’ll come down a situation like Cruz or Stephen Drew last year, assuming they’re willing to accept a one-year deal.


Mets may be willing to give up another draft pick for FA

The Mets might consider signing another free-agent who received a qualifying offer, such as Hanley Ramirez, assuming the player is looking for a one-year deal and has yet to sign on with a new team (Rubin, Nov. 20).

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I can see them pursuing Ramirez or David Robertson, in the event each player is left out in the cold. I mean, Alderson has already given away their first-round pick in next year’s draft in return for signing Michael Cuddyer. So, at this point, if ever there was a year to sign another big free agent, this would be it, since they may as well give up their second-round pick as well >>> Read More.


Mets have little interest in giving up draft pick

The Mets have very little interest in giving up their top pick (15th overall) in next year’s draft, a source said this week (Martino, Nov. 4).

Qualifying offers were made Monday to free agent outfielders Nelson Cruz, Melky Cabrera, Michael Cuddyer and shortstop Hanley Ramirez (SB Nation, Nov. 4), meaning they will each cost a top pick.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I don’t think it’s going to matter, because I don’t see the Mets signing Cruz, Cabrera or Ramirez anyway… My hunch is the O’s are going to fight to bring back Cruz, who has said he wants to return to Baltimore. And, I can’t see Sandy Alderson giving the level multi-year deal it will take to get Ramirez and Cabrera, both of whom will be 31-years-old next season.

Cuddyer is the biggest hit, since I think he was realistic option for the Mets, but he’d be crazy not to accept the one year, $15 million deal. So, draft pick compensation is pretty much a moot point…