Backman to manage winter-league

Wally Backman has been named manager for Licey of the Dominican Republic winter-league. (Rubin, Nov. 22)

Mets prospects Dilson Herrera and Hansel Robles are part of the Licey team roster.

Although it has not been made official, Backman is expected to return as manager of Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015.


ICYMI: Relationship between Harvey and Mets management is extra important

This post was originally published Nov. 18, 2014

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone, Matt Harvey has an amazing amount of talent. He also has a powerful and attractive personality, which will continue to make for buzz-worthy moments when playing in New York City, the largest media market in the world.

Think about it, he has just 12 career wins, yet he’s already appeared naked in ESPN: The Magazine. He’s done a fashion spread the New York Post and Men’s Journal. He’s dated a super model. He regularly appears in Page Six. He’s talked publicly about wanting to be like Derek Jeter. His YouTube video for Jimmy Fallon has over 3 million views. And, he openly pushed the meme that he’s Batman, The Dark Knight, the hero Gotham deserves, in a cover story for Sports Illustrated.

Frankly, I love every second of it. The bigger and bolder he is, the better, so long as he’s also helping the team win.

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ICYMI: Mets may be in market for a RH-hitting outfielder

This post was originally published Nov. 20, 2014

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.

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Do Mets match up with White Sox, Cubs, D-Backs and Rangers?

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). Do the Mets and White Sox a match? Read More

Multiple reports indicate D-Backs SS Didi Gregorius is drawing the most interest from teams looking to acquire one of Arizona’s young middle infielders (Rosenthal, Nov. 20 & Heyman, Nov. 11). Do the Mets and D-Backs match up? Read More

The Rangers will listen to trade offers for SS Elvis Andrus, Texas GM John Daniels recently said (MLB Network, Nov. 16). Do the Mets and Rangers match up? Read More

The Cubs have 2B Tommy La Stella, 24-year-old All Star SS Starlin Castro and top shortstop prospects Addison Russell and Javier Baez, leading to speculation that they will eventually make a trade to acquire a starting pitcher. Do the Mets and Cubs match up? Read More

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Mets expect to soon acquire a LH reliever

The Mets expect to sign or trade for a left-handed reliever, such as Phil Coke, Joe Beimel and Craig Breslow, by the end of the Winter Meetings, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told reporter Mike Puma (NY Post, Nov. 22).

The Mets would also have interest in re-signing LHP Dana Eveland (ESPN NY, Nov. 19).

Dario Alvarez and Josh Edgin are the only left-handed relievers on the team’s 40-man roster, though Triple-A LHP Jake Leathersich was recently added to the 40-man roster and is expected to compete for a job in the bullpen this Spring Training.

Eveland, 31, had a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings in relief for the Mets last season, during which left-handed batters hit .241 against him. He was released in October to make room on the 40-man roster after missing most of September with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Earlier this week, LHP reliever Zack Duke signed a three-year, $15 million deal to pitch for the White Sox. As such, Miller, the most prominent of the remaining group, could be the first non-closing reliever to sign a four-year deal since 2007 (MLBTR, Nov. 20).

Josh Satin signs with Reds

John Satin has signed a minor-league deal with the Reds.

Satin, 30, was removed from the 40-man roster in October, after which became a free agent.

He is a career .243 hitter with a .346 OBP in nearly 300 MLB plate appearances.

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Mets nemesis LaRoche agrees to deal with White Sox

Adam LaRoche has agreed to a two-year, $25 million deal with the Chicago White Sox (USA Today, Nov. 21).

In 16 games for the Nationals against the Mets in 2014, LaRoche hit .321 with 6 home runs and 18 RBI.

In his career with the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox and Nationals, he has 29 homers in 139 games against the Mets, who do not play the White Sox next season.

“The Mets offseason would be a complete success if Freddie Freeman would go to the American League,” the New York Post’s Mike Puma later joked on Twitter.