Didi Gregorius

Latest SS Rumors: Mets & D-Backs scouting, but not talking

The Mets and Diamondbacks have not had trade talks about a shortstop, despite scouting one another’s players during the last week (Carig (Newsday) Mar. 21).

The Mets are looking to trade for a shortstop (Heyman (CBS Sports), March 18). They have also reportedly shown interest in Mariners’ SS Nick Franklin, as well as free agent SS Stephen Drew.

The potential swap between the Mets and D-Backs is worth watching, “it has legs,” according to a person unaffiliated with the two teams (Rubin (ESPN), Mar. 19).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Mets like Didi Gregorius, but I hear they have concerns about his ability to hit off-speed pitches and his approach to left-handed pitchers. There are zero questions about his defense.

The deal has legs, I’m sure, but it remains unlikely as long as Arizona continues to ask for Noah Syndergaard. Of course, Arizona doesn’t have to trade Gregorius. They can simply send him to Triple-A and revisit interest later this summer, so I don’t blame them for asking for as much as possible right now.

I also can’t see Sandy Alderson trading Rafeal Montero, Jeurys Familia or Jenrry Mejia to get Franklin, who may end up being only slightly better than Wilmer Flores – especially when the Mets can just cave, give free-agent SS Stephen Drew a two-year, $20 million deal, keep their prospects and be done with this nonsense. In the end, I still think Ruben Tejada will be the Opening Day shortstop, which you can read more about here, but I don’t think his place there will last forever… and maybe not even beyond the first few weeks of the season.




54 comments
eric88
eric88

Rueben had no competition at any point since last season ended., unless you count words as competition.

Detroit traded for 2 SS in separate trades in the last four days. Sandy had four months. What a sham. Again the front office treats us like blithering idiots.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Is anyone really shocked that Tejada has been having psyche problems? Sandy has kicked the tires on Drew all offseason, and then for good measure: Franklin, Gonzalez and Gregorious.  Then they tested Flores out there, brought Seratelli in and tested him there.  All the while telling RT..."you're our guy".  And that's only THIS offseason.  

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

It's all posturing. I have a better chance of joining the NY Ballet than the Mets do of getting a shortstop, because it's clear this organization will not increase payroll above its already comically low figure. Dead team walking. Enjoy Omar Quintanilla in June, Mets fans!

mets2891
mets2891

Isn't the whole point of payroll flexibility filling holes without having to give up prospects?

metstones
metstones

Hey Cerrone, instead of copying and pasting old useless crap how about making yourself usefull and post today's starting lineup. On a side note if you were on Trump's show you would be fired the first week.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Come on, Matt - The Mets aren't trading for a shortstop, and any team that thinks we're trading Syndegaard must really think our front office is a bunch of idiots.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

The Mets would be crazy to trade Montero or Familia or Mejia for a Gregorius. He cannot hit a lick. I'd stick with Reuben to see if he can hit .280 or even .260 again.

BadContract
BadContract

Jerry Sienfeld is not going to be happy when we are booing certain players and a coach on opening day.

sylow59
sylow59


"I also can’t see Sandy Alderson trading Rafeal Montero, Jeurys Familia or Jenrry Mejia to get Franklin, who may end up being only slightly better than Wilmer Flores – especially when the Mets can just cave, give free-agent SS Stephen Drew a two-year, $20 million deal, keep their prospects and be done with this nonsense. "

1)Anyone have some time to kill? http://homeworktips.about.com/od/englishhomework/ss/diagram.htm

2)the Mets can just cave, give free-agent SS Stephen Drew a two-year, $20 million deal”.If the Mets offer 2/$20M then it would be Drew that “caves”.

nymess
nymess

they have someone who can play shortstop for a year, which would then allow them to sign someone from the free agency class next offseason, sparing them the need to trade anyone away...but they decided to option him.


seriously, why even bother with the experiment if you weren't going to be taking it seriously? you created a competition for the position in spring training, which is fine, but one guy DOMINATED the other in every way, yet he's not getting the job to start the season. these are the things that piss me off about this organization. just backwards, illogical thinking. 

nolrog
nolrog

Lastest SS rumors.  Nothing has changed since this morning.  Stay tuned for an update on the latest SS rumors at 3:00PM when we will tell you once again nothing has happened.

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Drew does not at all interest me he is over price and wants 14 million he turned down us already for 9.5 thanks but no thanks let him move on. I like Didi Franllin does not overly excite me unless its for not big prospects. 

drmetfan
drmetfan

As long as teams keep asking for Syndergaard, Montero, Mejia, Familia, and such, we will not see the Mets make a trade for a SS. I rather live with Tejada than see the Mets give up any of these guys for either Franklin or Gregorious. These guys are not stud, top prospects players. 

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Such a shame. We are stuck with Tejada.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Dante makes reference to Citifield in his Inferno.  In order to get there, you exit the 7 Train at the stop between the 8th and 9th circles of hell.

helloboy
helloboy

Tejada can hit .280 and should still not be a regular due to his lack of defense, lack of speed and lack of extra base hit ability.  If you are going to be a pure singles hitter, you better have speed to get around the bases.  Tejada clogs base paths and requires two hits to get him home, many times even from second base, which makes scoring him hard.  When you figure this into his mediocre at best defense there is no reason to have him here.  In reality, he will not come close to .280 anyway.  Even if he did his OPS would still be no higher than .640.  His arm is more suited for 2nd base. 


Flores has a stronger arm and better offense.  His defense, which is already close enough to Tejada in terms of range, totally justifies starting him.  The Mets do off and nonsensical things. 


Didi Gregorious is still a better defensive and offensive player than Tejada.  So passing on him and keeping Tejada makes no sense, unless the plan is to start Flores at which time you do not need to make the move since Flores will be a superior offensive player. 


Flores can be a top 7 offensive SS now.  I do not believe his D will be that much of an issue except maybe 1 play a week.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

RT was effectively handed the starting SS job with Flores being demoted.  Hopefully, Flores will continue to impress in AAA and we'll have a viable option to replace RT when he's hitting .220 2 months into the season.  

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

I don't get it.. if he won't last there for more than a few weeks WHY WASTE OUR TIME!

Dan Meade
Dan Meade

How is this latest news when you re posted articles from a week ago?

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

How long is Terry's leash? Say the Mets start out 5-20, would Terry then get fired?

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I understand you're quoting Rubin...but he's quoting someone unaffiliated with the two teams...?  You then recycle old posts' paragraphs and compare Flores....who was just demoted.


This team is a mess and the fact we are going into the season with 7/9 hitters probably hitting under .230 and our #1 and #2 starters out with no real fix is a joke.  The braves have a man go down and what do they do?  Sign Santana.

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

@C.K. Dexter Haven  Well, boo hoo! Every MLB player has competition for his spot; it's the law of the land. Tejada has yet to man up and prove he's got the confidence to get it done.

Ian Roberts
Ian Roberts

We've already got Fredo for the little boy role.

xavier22
xavier22

@sylow59  That's what I was thinking.  If the Mets could get Drew for 2 years/$20M and they haven't done so, heads should roll.


Matt - silly question but, do you have a source for that figure?  Or did you pull it out of thin air?

helloboy
helloboy

@drmetfan  I guarantee you will never see a championship team as long as Tejada is your starting SS.  Your SS needs to be an outstanding hitter or a very good defender or above average for both to win.  Teams do not often win when SS is below average in every possible way.

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

@drmetfan  Both are top prospect players. Check Franklin's background, he was consistently highly ranked Top 100 Prospect by Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus. 

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Tony Flores was heating up. They had to send him down now before they made the Mets look bad. The Flores naysayers will look back on this spring and say he only hit .238 and conveniently forget the 9 rbis in 14 games. This is how the Mets roll.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Father Dooley As long a Terry submits to Sandy and baby Wilpon, he has a job. Winning is secondary in this organization.

Ian Roberts
Ian Roberts

Quoting Rubin is Cerrone's sole business. Sad to see someone with the grand resources and backing of a multi million dollar corporation that owns billions in real estate and, an MLB club and the majority stake in a sports tv golden goose stoop to cutting and pasting a real journalist's exemplary work.

nymess
nymess

@Victor Triguero  i don't have any faith in much regarding this organization. i'm just saying what i think would be the logical thing to do.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

How do last years World Series SS fit into your statement.One might be slightly above ave. defensivley certainly not very good.Neither can be described as an outstanding hitter.

drmetfan
drmetfan

@helloboy @drmetfan  I agree with you on that. Tejada needs to go. But no matter who we trade for a SS the Mets will not win the WS this year. We need a long term solution there that makes sense giving up Syndergaard, Montero, Mejia, Familia for it. Talk to me about Baez, Profar, Segura, Bogearts as a possible trade and then we can talk about giving up Syndergaard and Montero. 

helloboy
helloboy

@Jon Pace @drmetfan  I like Franklin.  I like the fact that he switch hits and he has a great baseball personality.  He reminds me of Murphy in attitude and style.  I am doubtful though that he would be any different than Flores in terms of production.  Flores may even get a higher OBP and K less.  Defensively, i think it would be a wash.  

drmetfan
drmetfan

@Jon Pace @drmetfan  The guy can't play SS. He would just be another Flores. Also, are you willing to give up Syndergaard, Montero, Mejia, Familia for Franklin?


nolrog
nolrog

@Father Dooley  I'd say at least to July.  They'll let him go into May, then say they are not happy with his performance and thinking about it, and then in June, they will say it's not acceptable and they should do something, and then in July they will finally do something.  This is not an organization that holds people accountable.

nolrog
nolrog

@BringBackDaveTelghe That's because other sites didn't put additional thought into their articles for them to "reference". 

Ian Roberts
Ian Roberts

@brockl @Ian Roberts  Closest is James Dolan, barely got through Cold Spring Harbor HS and SUNY New Paltz according to published reports.  Not that I'd defend Dolan, but he does head three publicly traded companies. Jeff WIlpon? Please. 

xavier22
xavier22

@brockl @Ian Roberts  Didn't he go to some community college in Pensacola or somewhere in Florida? 

helloboy
helloboy

@drmetfan  I would not give up either.  I still think Flores can fit the bill well enough and provide that Offense we need.  I would rather go that way than give up a major prospect for someone that may not equal Flores.