D-Backs may wait until after season to deal a SS

The Diamondbacks may have depth, but they’re more likely to trade away a young shortstop this winter than during the regular season (Heyman, July 20).

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Arizona Diamondbacks

As of this past May, the Mets were still focused on trading for a young shortstop under team control for many seasons, a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, May 21).

The Mets and Arizona spent time scouting one another’s players during much of Spring Training (Carig (Newsday) Mar. 21). The potential for a trade between the Mets and D-Backs has been worth watching, “it has legs,” a person unaffiliated with the two teams said in March (Rubin (ESPN), Mar. 19).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The D-Backs and Mariners were often seen scouting Mets minor leaguers this past March. Insiders say the two sides had low-level talks before the start of the regular season, but the Mets were repeatedly asked to part with Noah Syndergaard, who they still have no interest in moving.

That said, I expect to hear some rumors next week connecting the Mets to Mariners shortstops Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, as well as Arizona shortstops Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings and the collection of young infielders piling up in Chicago. I doubt anything will happen and that talk will certainly continue this off season.

Opinion: Mets will try, but Tulowitzki not likely to be dealt during next 18 months

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Rockies are not going to trade SS Troy Tulowitzki this season, a good friend who works with the Rockies predicted when I talked to him earlier this week. Instead, despite how they’ve handled him in the past, Colorado will seriously consider moving him for three or four, top major-league prospects this winter.

Tulowitzki currently leads the National League in batting average, on-base and slugging percentage, he’s third in home runs and tops in Wins Above Replacement.

However, earlier this week, he was put on the disabled list with a hip flexor strain, which he suffered running out a ground ball the previous weekend. It’s a small injury, but it comes on the heels of him missing roughly 30 percent of all games due to some sort of injury since 2010. Also, he has not played more than 130 games in a season since 2011, he’s 29-years-old and has six years and $118 million remaining on his current contract after this season.


“The contract makes (trading him) an impossible situation,” a non-New York GM told columnist John Harper (Daily News, July 23). “If you’re the Rockies, he’s your franchise player having a great year, so you can’t just dump the contract. If you’re going to trade him to start a rebuild, you need a package of high-end prospects to justify it to your fans. But if you’re on the other side, you can’t justify taking on that contract AND emptying the farm system for a shortstop with a history of leg injuries. Because, you know, as he heads into his 30s those leg injuries are likely to happen more often.”

The Mets are going to check in on him, if they haven’t already, I’ve heard. In addition, I talked to a National League scout last week who believes the Mets have more than enough pitching prospects, along with one of their young catchers, to acquire a player like Tulowitzki, especially if they’re taking on his contract. For what it’s worth, he said the Yankees will never be able to meet Colorado’s asking price…

I still think Tulowitzki is Alderson’s White Whale and I’ve heard from friends in Colorado that something like Jon Niese, Travis d’Arnaud and a top pitching prospect could get it done, because it brings back proven players that can be marketed and help win now.

That said, my bet is Tulowitzki — again — doesn’t get dealt in the next 18 months. Why? It’s looking the Rockies may soon bring in a totally new front office and I can’t imagine a new regime dealing its most popular player as its first move. This, plus the contract, plus in the injuries, says to me that he’s more likely to get dealt after next season.

Wilmer Flores turns two

Flores called up from Triple-A

Wilmer Flores will be called up from Triple-A, the Mets announced.

He will join the team in Milwaukee.

Flores is hitting .341 with a .376 OBP in 93 plate appearances since July 1. He has eight home runs and 28 RBI over 21 games, and recently had a 23-game hitting streak snapped.

Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by a fastball during Wednesday’s game, but was later cleared by the medical staff and traveled with the team to Milwaukee. Eric Campbell took over at shortstop for Tejada.

The Mets said a corresponding roster move will come later in the day.

ICYMI: There is no good reason for a team to acquire Colon before July 31

This post originally appeared on July 23, 2014…

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The way I see it, there is no good reason for a team to acquire Bartolo Colon before July 31, unless they’re really, really desperate. Otherwise, they wait, and so do the Mets. Why? I suspect Sandy Alderson took a calculated risk giving Colon a second year on his contract because Alderson felt the Mets would be able to move Bartolo before the end of the season in some way, shape or form. So, if giving him the second year got him to ink the deal, so be it.

Well, here we are…

The Mets are trying hard to move him (Knobler, July 22), and the Giants have expressed interest (ESPN Deportes, July 22).


Interested teams are asking the Mets to pay a portion of Colon’s $11 million salary for 2015, according to columnist Joel Sherman (NY Post, July 23). However, Sandy Alderson would prefer not to do that (Carig, July 22).

In other words, “I think there is zero chance they find someone to take him,” a scout told Sherman. “You have to pay him $11 million next year when he will be 42 and no one wants to do that. No one is going to trust to give up prospects and take on that risk.”

The Mets could choose to let Colon get claimed off waivers and, though they’d get nothing back in return for him, they also wouldn’t be on the hook for his salary in 2015, a front office executive told Sherman, predicting that this is exactly what the Mets will try to do.

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Familia-to-Mejia has been sensational since mid-June

Jeurys Familia entered the eighth inning Wednesday with two runners on base and one out. He got out of the inning with help from an instant replay review and then striking out Endy Chavez.

In the ninth inning, the Mariners got the tying run to second against closer Jenrry Mejia, but Logan Morrison then struck out to the end game.

Familia has allowed just one earned run in his last 19 appearances. Meanwhile, Mejia has allowed just one earned in his last 13 innings, while locking down six saves in seven chances.

“It’s starts with the starting pitching, though, because the bullpen is even nastier with rest,” David Wright told SNY after the game. “So, when they came in, their stuff is more sharp. These guys have defined roles and they’re pretty good at it.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

This has been a sensational duo ever since Familia started getting such impressive downward movement with his fastball, which essentially gives him four pitches to use in such a short set. As such, I trust him coming in to situations with runners on base, which is a huge asset in a set-up guy. He doesn’t need to start an inning clean and that’s huge. I love the contrast between him and Mejia as well, be it their height, demeanor or approach. It’s a fantastic combination. Imagine life when Bobby Parnell is back in the mix next summer… Nice!

Bartolo Colon was in control from the first batter of the game

Bartolo Colon flirted with a perfect game Wednesday afternoon, but lost it when Robinson Cano got a single in the seventh inning.

“I knew it was going on, but in the seventh or eighth inning you can’t really think about it,” Colon said through an interpreter (ESPN, July 23). “Once you get to the ninth inning, then you think about that.”

In total, he pitched 7 1/3 innings, gave up three hits, two earned runs, walked a batter and struck out five.


Colon, 41, is 9-8 with a 4.01 ERA in 20 starts this year, during which the Mets are 11-9.

“Today, you just sensed it in the first inning, he went out there in the first inning and the second hitter you’re saying, ‘He’s on today,’” Terry Collins said after the game. “I saw some funny swings from good hitters.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He went back to his strength, which is commanding his fastball with a remarkable pinpoint location and change in speeds. It’s what he does best. He had been using more off-speed pitches in his last few starts. This was not the case Wednesday, and he looked sensational. I don’t know if he simply made an adjustment, based on what wasn’t working, or if it’s a guy who feels comfortable facing the M’s having played in the AL West for the previous two years, but whatever it was it worked well.

MLB: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners

Yesterday’s Highlights: Terry and Wright talk Colon, Wright’s RBI, Familia talks bullpen

Terry Collins and David Wright talk about Bartolo Colon’s performance and beating the Mariners, 3-2, on Wednesday >> Watch here.

Jenrry Mejia recorded the save as he strikes out Logan Morrison, and did his infamous stomp dance, to end the game >> Watch here.

Wright drove in Eric Young Jr. with an RBI single for the team’s third run of the game in the seventh inning >> Watch here.

Prior to the game, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia talked with SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt about his recent success working out of the bullpen >> Watch here.

What’s on tap for Thursday, July 24

The Mets (48-53) will make the final stop on their three-city road trip in Milwaukee on Thursday when they’ll start a four-game series with the Brewers (57-45) at 8:10 pm ET.

Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) will start for the Mets against Brewers RHP Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04).

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Bartolo Colon lost a no-hit bid in the seventh-inning, but the Mets held on to beat the Mariners, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon.

The Mets are trying hard to trade Colon (Knobler, July 22), and the Giants have expressed interest (ESPN Deportes, July 22). Interested teams are asking the Mets to pay a portion of Colon’s $11 million salary for 2015, according to columnist Joel Sherman (NY Post, July 23). However, Sandy Alderson would prefer not to do that (Carig, July 22).

Ruben Tejada was hit in the head with a fastball in the fifth inning. He showed no concussion symptoms after the game and flew with the team to Milwaukee after the game.

Curtis Granderson missed his second straight game Wednesday with “flu-like symptoms.”


Ruben Tejada hit in helmet, removed from game

Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet by M’s RHP Taijuan Walker with a 94 mph fastball during the fifth inning on Wednesday.

He immediately hit the dirt, but was quickly walked off the field without assistance.

Tejada was cleared to fly with the team to Milwaukee and Terry Collins said he does not anticipate making a roster move.

SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt reported that there was a baseball imprint on Tejada’s helmet, but that the helmet did not crack.

Tejada was pinch run for by Eric Campbell, who took over at shortstop. The Mets do not have a true backup shortstop on the roster.

Wilmer Flores, in Triple-A, had a 22-game hitting streak broken up during Tuesday’s games. He’s hitting .333 with a .364 OBP, with seven home runs and 25 RBI over 88 plate appearances in July.