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Mets’ Mejia avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year deal

The Mets avoided arbitration with Jenrry Mejia after the righthander agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.595 million (Heyman, Jan. 28).

Mejia,  25, began last season as a starter  but was sent to the bullpen in May. He quickly took over as the closer, a role the Mets had been looking to fill with Bobby Parnell out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April.

Mejia finished with 28 saves, a 2.72 ERA , 1.42 WHIP and 24.3 percent strikeout rate in 56 1/3 innings as a reliever.

The closer spot has been a hot topic this offseason. In December, Mets manager Terry Collins said Parnell will be the closer, which didn’t upset Mejia (Daily News, Dec.  16).  “Whatever job they giving to me I gotta be there to help my team,” Mejia told the News.

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Mets have 4th-best farm system in MLB

The Mets have the fourth-best farm system in MLB, according to Keith Law (ESPN, Jan. 28).

“They’re deep in arms and bats, especially guys who might play in the middle of the diamond or pitch in the top three spots of a major league rotation,” writes Law. “They’ve kept all their prospects while patiently building, but this is probably the year to swap some of their starting pitching prospect depth for a bat.”

The Cubs, Twins and Astros are the only teams to rank ahead of the Mets on Law’s list.


cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: We read so much about the pitching, but this is the first time I recall someone acknowledging the farm system’s hitters. In the last week, 1B Dom Smith, 2B Dilson Herrera and C Kevin Plawecki were all ranked in the top 10 of all prospects at their position. Also, Jim Callis of MLB.com said Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto will crack the Top 100. The talent is there, despite them being a year or two from having a real impact at the big-league level. How Sandy Alderson handles this is the big question, especially if the Mets are winning and, say, Troy Tulowitzki is healthy and available this summer…

Mets projected to finish 82-80, second in NL East

Baseball Prospectus projects the Mets to finish 82-80 and in second place in the NL East this season (BP, Jan. 28).

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They project the second Wild Card team to be the Padres at 83-79.


cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: For most people, it’s all about the record at the finish. However, for me, as a fan of a team ending their rebuild, like the Mets, success is about momentum. In the above scenario, for instance, we will have watched 162 Mets games, all of which had playoff implications.

Sure, they fell short, but the above means being on the edge of our seats, a packed Citi Field up until the last day of the season and a ton of compelling action. There will be momentum and an exciting feeling about 2016. I’d prefer the Mets win 85-90 games and have there be no race, because the Wild Card or division was locked up in advance. But, short of that, a thrilling, wall-to-wall pennant race and confidence heading in to the offseason will be another step in the right direction.


 

mangan avatarBrian P. Mangan: This is just a projection model, so everyone is regressed toward finishing around .500 or so. What is more important is that the Mets 82 win projection is sixth-best in the NL and two wins from being fourth-best, according to PECOTA. In reality, each of these teams are +/- 7 wins based on luck, injuries, etc., so a few teams will get up to 85+ wins or more. The Mets are well positioned to be one of those teams. So, while 82 would be a disappointment, being the sixth-best team in the model is very  good.

MLB’s top Mets prospects from a year ago

Here is is MLB.com Top 20 Mets Prospect List for 2014, which was published roughly one year ago…

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MLB.com is expected to release their 2015 list during the next few weeks, site editor Jim Callis recently told SNY’s Mostly Mets Podcast.

According to Callis, MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects List will include Mets pitchers Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, catcher Kevin Plawecki and outfielders Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.


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Yoan Moncada could be free to sign an MLB deal soon

The 19-year-old Cuban SS, Yoan Moncada, is close to being declared a free agent, at which point he’ll be able to sign with an MLB team, according to reporter Jeff Passan (Yahoo Sports, Jan. 27).

The Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and Cubs appear to be the favorites to sign him (Yahoo Sports, Jan. 27), while the Rays, Phillies and Cardinals have also shown early interest (Sanchez, Jan. 27).

Moncada is expected to get at a $30 million offer, which, depending on the team’s status, could double due to MLB’s International draft rules >> Read more at MetsBlog.


In December, Sandy Alderson said he might soon look to test the international free agent waters (MetsBlog, Dec. 2014).

“We haven’t been in that category, but I expect we will be in that category soon,” he said.

That said, while the Mets have done their “due diligence,” they don’t see Moncada as a realistic acquisition because of their budget, according to MLB.com reporter Anthony DiComo (Twitter, Jan. 20).

Mets Police: On putting all your eggs in Matt Harvey’s basket

The Mets and their fans are putting a lot of eggs in Matt Harvey‘s 2015 basket.

However, what happens if the Mets go 80-82 and Harvey is 12-10? Then what happens, asks Shannon Shark >> Read more at Mets Police.