Will the Mets trade for…

Rangers OF Alex Rios?

The Rangers have been working to trade him (Martino, July 29) and will pay a portion of the roughly $5 million left on his deal (Rosenthal, July 30). Over the last day, his market has started to pick up (Brown, July 30). The Mariners and Yankees are interested (Morosi, July 30), while the Indians, Giants, Reds and Royals may be out (Rosenthal, July 30).

Rios, 33, has just four home runs in 2014, compared to 18 in 2013. His team will hold a $13.5 million option on him for 2015, or they can buy him out for $1 million and make him a free agent. The Mets are not on his six-team no-trade list (Cots Baseball Contracts).

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Long story short, I’m not convinced Texas really wants to trade him. Too many teams have checked in on him, only to lose interest. This smells like a  team simply gauging the market, in advance of deciding what to do about his option. That said, if he is actually available, I’d like to see Sandy Alderson make a move for him. He’d be a nice fit in left field for the Mets, especially going into next season with a one-year deal. Unfortunately, I have not heard their name connected to him at all…

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers

D-Backs OF Gerardo Parra?

The D-Backs are shopping him (Crasnick, July 29). However, a month ago, he was said to be the least-likely player to be traded, given his affordable deal and popularity among Arizona’s fans (Rosenthal, June 30). He’ll earn $4.8 million this year and is arbitration eligible in 2015, after which he can be a free agent.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I think the Mets can get him, but I don’t know why they would… He has performed below replacement level this year. He’s an excellent defensive center fielder, but the Mets already have Juan Lagares, who has more upside at this point. The last thing they need is another one-way player who Terry Collins would need to shoe-horn in to the lineup.


Cubs or D-Backs infielders?

The D-Backs may have depth, but they’re more likely to trade away a young shortstop this winter than during the regular season (Heyman, July 20). The Mets and Arizona spent time scouting one another’s players during much of Spring Training (Carig (Newsday) Mar. 21). Meanwhile, the Cubs have two shortstops among the best seven prospects in baseball, according to a recent list by MLB.com; and their big-league shortstop, Starlin Castro, is hitting .270 with 11 HR and made the All-Star team this year at just 24 years old.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: The D-Backs and Cubs are unlikely to deal a young infielder this summer, friends with both teams told me this earlier this month. Instead, both organizations will continue to evaluate their collection of shortstops, second and third basemen, and work to acquire under-contract, major-league ready, young, starting pitching this winter.

For instance, from the Mets, the Cubs are going to press for Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The D-Backs will do the same, and have been scouting Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki since this past spring. There should be a way for these teams to find a match, and the Rockies make a nice fit too, but all of this will need to wait until the winter… unless Sandy Alderson wants to cave and overpay, which he’s not going to do.

Game Recap: Mets 11 – Phillies 2

Result: The Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

Need to Know: Zack Wheeler worked deep into counts, throwing 112 pitches in 6 2/3 innings but only allowing two runs in his sixth win of the season. Wheeler got the run support he needed when Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Mets the lead. They batted around in a five-run seventh to blow the game open. Even Jeurys Familia had an RBI single. Lucas Duda added a long two-run homer into the Pepsi Porch in the eighth inning. Duda now has five homers in his last eight games.

Game Ball: Murphy, who went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer that put the Mets ahead for good.

Links: AP recapBox

What’s Next: After a day off, the Mets will send Jon Niese (5-6, 3.23) to the mound for the first of a four-game series against San Francisco. The Giants will counter with Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 3.94).


Where things stand with Bartolo Colon

Mets officials do not expect to trade Bartolo Colon before Thursday, because they refuse to pay a portion of the $11 million due to him in 2015 (Puma, July 30). As recently as Monday, there was absolutely nothing going on (Martino, July 28).

Nevertheless, they remain open to a deal (Knobler, July 22), and Colon’s name remains in the rumor mill (MLB Trade Rumors, July 28).

The Mets, who would love to get a young hitter in return for Colon, may be willing to pay the rest of his 2014 money (Daily News, July 25).

However, the ultimate goal is to free themselves of his contract next season, otherwise they may keep him through July and try to again move him through waivers this August (Sherman, July 22) >> Read More.


Where things stand with Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, Mets and Rockies

In the last few days, there have been seen several reports indicating the Rockies willingness to trade SS Troy Tulowitzki and OF Carlos Gonzalez. There is speculation the Mets and other teams are interested. However, so far, there are no reports suggesting any deal is likely before Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline…

The most recent trade rumors…

The Mets and Rockies have not had any substantive talks this week, and any deal for Tulowitzki or Gonzalez will likely need to wait for this offseason, according to reporter Jon Heyman (CBS Sports, July 30).

The Rockies want to acquire the best young, power pitching possible and feel they match up best with the Mets and Cardinals, Matthew Cerrone said Tuesday on MetsBlog. However, they would prefer to not pay any of either Tulowitzki’s ($129 million) or Gonzalez’s ($53 million) remaining contract. Therefore, though the Mets may prefer Tulowitzki, Gonzalez is a more reasonable target (MetsBlog, July 29) since he has less coming to him and will require giving up less in trade, Heyman said on radio earlier this week (WFAN, July 29).

How might things play out?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The way I understand it, there have been low-level talks between the Mets and Rockies, who know Sandy Alderson’s position on who he will trade and for what. So, instead of Sandy making pitches, Colorado is waiting for someone to meet their demands. They’re probably running numbers, scouting reports and weighing deals with other teams.

If something were to happen with the Mets in the next 48 hours, which I doubt it will, I’d say Alderson is only capable of and willing to acquire Gonzalez right now, since the Rockies seem open to moving him at any time, but for the right deal. Tulowitzki is significantly more complicated than that given his contract, health and history with the franchise. … In short, based on what I’m hearing, I’d now put a Tulowitzki-to-the-Mets outcome at less than one percent, and a CarGo-to-the-Mets outcome at around 20 percent…


Live Mets Call-In Show after Thursday’s Trade Deadline

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is this Thursday at 4 pm ET.

Immediately following, from 4-5 pm ET here on MetsBlog.com, Matthew Cerrone and guest host James Flippin will be hosting a live podcast, taking your phone calls, questions and reactions to what the Mets did or didn’t do…

Today’s Game: Phillies at Mets, pres. by Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

The Mets and Phillies play the rubber game of their three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Mets Pre Game begins at 11:30 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m.

Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64) starts for the Mets, while Kyle Kendrick (5-10,4.87) pitches for Philadelphia.

Mets Phillies
1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Ben Revere – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Grady Sizemore – LF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Chase Utley – 2B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Ryan Howard – 1B
5. Travis d’Arnaud – C 5. Marlon Byrd – RF
6. Chris Young – LF 6. Cody Asche – 3B
7. Juan Lagares – CF 7. Wil Nieves – C
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. Andres Blanco – SS
9. Zack Wheeler – RHP 9. Kyle Kendrick – RHP

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Chat with Bobby Ojeda, pres. by Verizon

We took questions for Bobby Ojeda — live from the SNY Studios — pres. by Verizon, starting in the third inning of Wednesday’s day game. Here’s what fans asked and what Bobby had to say…


Chris: In your professional opinion, why has the Tommy John injury become such an epidemic, what are pitcher less durable than the past, and what should be done to prevent these injuries?

Bobby: I think overuse of young kids… I think six-year-olds having pitching coaches… I think sports-specific attitudes of parents… I think the rubber bands they all use to stretch… I think they’re all contributing to the epidemic of arm injuries.

Quite simply, do not force the kid to play year-round baseball and to throw year-round. It’s too much. It’s obvious. An adult needs time to recover, how about a little arm, that’s growing? It’s so obvious, it’s ridiculous.

Gary: Bobby O! Can you logically explain why Terry won’t give Flores a chance? Tejada is batting .103 in last 50 abs yet Terry keeps saying he has been playing very well. We know what we have in Tejada (.230 avg at best) why not see what we have in flores?

Bobby: He feels that Tejada has earned it. The reasoning for bringing Flores up was to backup Tejada after he got hit. It wasn’t as though Tejada played himself out of the lineup.

Jaime: Will the Mets trade Bartolo Colon before the trade deadline and if not what will they do with him? To read more of this story, click here

Can the Mets trade for Matt Kemp?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Right now, the Mets do not have the necessary, big-time pitcher needed to get Dodgers OF Matt Kemp. The Dodgers want to win now. They’ve invested A LOT of money in this run, so they want a tested pitcher back (like Jon Lester) to help make it happen.

The buzz in LA is they’ll deal Kemp because of his contract, history, he wants to play center field and that’s not going to happen with the Dodgers. So, they’ll pay a good portion of his remaining $100 million contract and give up a top prospect with him to get the pitcher they need to be put them over the top this October (Nightengale, July 29). And, the Mets just don’t have that player to give right now… and, if they did, they’d rather keep him.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s not Bartolo Colon, at least not in a deal for Kemp. I know the Dodgers like Jon Niese, but he has no playoff experience and this current shoulder situation is a bit of mystery. So I don’t see a match.

Noah Syndergaard, Rafeal Montero, Jacob deGrom and Travis d’Arnaud are all really nice players, they’re terrific prospects, but they’re not going to help the Dodgers win a championship this year, which is their goal.

That said, if Kemp doesn’t get moved this season (or through waivers in August), I believe the Dodgers will consider a package of future prospects for Kemp this winter, such as the Mets pitchers listed above. But, right now, they want  a guy like Lester, like David Price, or both, which is why we keep seeing that rumor (and nothing with the Mets) over and over again…