MLB’s annual Rule 5 Draft will conclude this week’s MLB Winter Meetings at 12 p.m. ET.
Update, 12:08 pm: The Mets have selected 24-year-old LHP Sean Gilmartin from the Twins during the draft >> More on Gilmartin.
Gilmartin, 24, went 9-7 with a 3.71 ERA (60 earned runs/145.2 innings) in 26 starts between New Britain (Double-A) of the Eastern League and Rochester (Triple-A) of the International League in 2014. The 6-2, 190-pounder held lefties to a .201 (30-149) mark with five extra-base hits (all doubles) while issuing four walks and registering 49 strikeouts last year, the Mets said.
The Mets now have 40 men on their 40-man roster.
Update, 12:10 pm: The Orioles have selected Mets Triple-A RHP Logan Verrett, who ended 2014 in Triple-A and did not rank in the team’s Top 20 prospects entering this season.
Update, 12:30 pm: The Mets lost RHP Greg Peavey, C Cam Maron, SS Juan Gamboa and RHP Randy Fontanez in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.
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Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he expects to lose several players during the draft, which he views as a testament to his strong minor league system.
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The Mets are expected to lose RHP Logan Verrett during tomorrow’s Rule 5 Draft (Sherman, Dec. 10).
Verrett, 24, was not added to the team’s 40-man roster before November’s deadline, meaning he’s eligible for the draft. However, if a team selects him, he must remain on their big-league roster all season or be offered back to the Mets for a fee.
He ended 2014 in Triple-A and did not rank in the team’s Top 20 prospects entering this season, while going 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA.
In October, Mets Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola told SNY.TV that Verrett is capable of being a back-end starting pitcher or reliever. On the other hand, minor-league reporter JJ Cooper says Verrett has always struggled against left-handed hitters because he lacks a true plus pitch (Baseball America, Nov. 25).
Melky Cabrera may soon be the only non-starting pitcher on the free agent market tied to draft pick compensation.
Nelson Cruz and the Mariners have reportedly agreed to a four-year deal (MLBTR, Dec. 1), while closer David Robertson is said to be looking at multiple, multi-year offers (Heyman, Dec. 1).
Sandy Alderson said last week that he would consider giving up another draft pick if a player is available at a discount toward the end of the off season (MLB Network Radio, Nov. 26).
Matthew Cerrone: The way Alderson explained it, because he’s already given up his top pick, he would consider giving up another if he could snag a player with an affordable one-year deal. For instance, last winter, Cruz started the winter asking for five years and ended up signing for just one season with the Orioles. In the event a similar situation repeats itself, Alderson is saying he would weigh it out. Of course, this is all about to be a moot point…
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.
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.
Matthew 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.
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).
Matthew 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.
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.
Matthew 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…