Masahiro-Tanaka

Mets not in on Tanaka, additional pitchers will be minor deals

It is very unlikely the Mets put in a bid to sign Japanese free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Sandy Alderson told reporters during the team’s annual kid’s holiday party at Citi Field.

“Obviously, you’d love to have a quality pitcher anytime one became available,” he said. However, “realistically, I don’t think it’s an area of weakness at this point.”

The Mets could still sign free-agent starting pitching, he said, but they’ll most likely be to a minor-league deals.

According to Alderson, he’s fine acquiring depth to compete with minor league players for the fifth spot in the rotation.

The rotation will likely Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and whomever wins the final spot in Spring Training.




69 comments
Jesse Owen
Jesse Owen

Alderson has brilliantly used his past with Oakland to bring the Met's some quality upgrades. Sandy Alderson is grossly underestimating the Asain market in Flushing. Considering how a fairly average basketball player named Jeremy Lin creates 200 million dollars in revune for the Knicks in half a season

Players like Tanaka and Choo get noticed in New York and followed by a Billion Asain people. Fan's I want to have on my side instead of the Yankee's

arc34
arc34

Why???? This is a major market team and they are not even going to try for Tanaka or Maeda....come on, the Wilpons are clueless about how to create fan interest, SELL the team already!!!!

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

That dude's delivery looks awesome.

dolemite
dolemite

Any whispering on the Mets signing Mark Mulder? He apparently looked good in his tryout.

metjetnet
metjetnet

After getting Colon (assuming he comes as advertised), SP is set. We have many other holes, still, SP isn't one.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Cerrone, please, this is a professional, commercial news source, it's no longer someone's blog from his basement. All these NYC sports blogs are owned by SNY now, and you're the managing editor, responsible for all of them. Please bring on board an editor to handle the workload. Or at the very least, a proofreader. According to the sentence's structure, it's "...Colon and WHOEVER wins the final spot in Spring Training." 'WHOEVER wins the final spot in Spring Training' acts as a noun phrase, with WHO, not WHOM, as its subject, which ends the serial phrase. If you wanted WHOM, it would have been simply, "...Colon and WHOMEVER." That easily & smoothly ends the serial phrase. But as soon as you added the additional copy, it turns into WHOever...

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

I think if we didn't sign Colon, then we should have gone after Tanaka. We don't need him now.

jasonbay
jasonbay

Oh really?  We have no need in our rotation for the second coming of Yu Darvish?  


I hate being a fan of a small market team.

Wayno
Wayno

No doubt in my mind after Alderson "we are fine in pitching" comment mets will now have. At least 3 major pitching injuries

Peter Urrutia
Peter Urrutia

Doesn't surprise me one bit ! Mets only sign other teams hand me downs!

You could never have enough Pitchers,they do break down!

Alex Fernandes
Alex Fernandes

I think its a good decision that were not so when are we ever and I'm big name guys anymore even though I don't think he's that good

hashburry
hashburry

Tanaka would make way too much sense for the Mets.

Robert Hess
Robert Hess

It's all about 'spin' and Sandy is a master at it.  I hate this ownership and this do little front office.  I don't see any creative moves being made.  If you go with Tejada and he gets injured or is hitting .150 in May what are your options?  Sandy should shut up and improve this team.  I'm not even sure if this outfield is that good but we have glaring holes at SS relief, and/or 1st or 2nd.

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

niese, gee, wheeler, colon, mejia - that's the starting 5, as long as everyone is healthy - Montero should be ready in June synderguard by august - but not sure who they replacing unless there are injuries.  an eventual trade should be made with one of the young pitchers to land a GOOD hitter.  We also have other good pitchers coming up.

Mlb GM
Mlb GM

lmao that's funny - I thought we had a shot at landing him

lou2565
lou2565

I would assume Niese has the leg up for Opening Day starter?  Anyone think Terry gives the ball to someone else? 

orangeblue
orangeblue

i thnk they are making the wrong decision here.  they need to make a splash bringing in someone as talented as tanaka.  they will make everything back in terms of how much they spend getting him, and then some.  they have to try and see what happens. 

arc34
arc34

@metjetnet This may free up trading Gee or a sp prospect for a real SS...

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

@jasonbay just because he's Japanese doesn't mean he's gonna be as good as Darvish...Dice-K was insanely hyped too and look how that turned out 

kachook
kachook

@SuperDuper -We don't have a single rookie in the rotation. Get a clue knucklehead.

DMMP
DMMP

@Wayne Martiak Jr I've always said Sandy should go up there and say our team looks terrible top to bottom.  We'll win 95 games and go to the WS haha.  (All this reminds me of is Major League where they win to spite the owner.)

DMMP
DMMP

@hashburry Makes sense... BUt with our payroll "restrictions." It does not. We have pitching.  We need bats... We need a power hitter. We need a leadoff hitter.  We have pitchers.  If we had an extra 40 mil available to spend...  I'd say 100% makes perfect sense.  

DMMP
DMMP

@Robert Hess There are no options. Right now it looks like Ruben or bust unless they do something. We really have little depth at SS.

hashburry
hashburry

@Mlb GM Why does anyone think Syndergras will be more than a couple of start pitcher at the end of the year?  He only pitched 117 innings last year.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@lou2565 Colon?  Gee?  Who knows if Niese will even be available by opening day.  He may be traded before then or injured in spring training or too tired to pitch or any other possible malady that he's come down with in the last 5 years.

Anthony Fiore
Anthony Fiore

@lou2565Would rather see Wheeler but maybe Colon because of his 18 wins.  Niese deserves it if we are talking seniority.  But would rather see Wheeler first or Colon.

jjong
jjong

@orangeblue well if the Mets bid 20 mil and so does other teams, the player gets to choose where to go?   Do you think he will choose Mets if Yankees or other playoff teams also put up the bid.  Right call

Hodges14
Hodges14

@orangeblue Didn't the Red Sox do that with Dice-K?  These guys that have never played major league baseball come with big question marks attached.  The Mets have enough other holes to concentrate on at the moment.

DMMP
DMMP

@hashburry We could be looking at a 2015 rotation of Harvey, Tanaka, Wheeler, Colon, Neise (or Mejia, Or Syndergaard, OR Gee, OR Hefner... OR MONTERO) For example.   BUT.... Yeah.

DMMP
DMMP

@hashburry @Mlb GM He's on the exact same track as Harvey and Wheeler, and Sandy has already stated that he will likely move faster on Montero and Syndergaard than past similar pitchers.  Even mentioning that he potentially could make the club out of Spring Training (though I think there really is no chance in hell this happens.) His quote, not mine.

orangeblue
orangeblue

@jjong it's about showing everyone that the mets are real again.  until i see a team that can win at least 2 of 3 games at home each series, the rest of the mlb won't be scared to come into a away series, in NEW YORK, and see less than 20000 fans sit silently as the stadium organist and pump up music are much louder than the fans. they need more than these three guys this offseason.

DMMP
DMMP

@Hodges14 @orangeblue Terrible argument.  I'm sure the Rangers are SO terribly upset they signed Yu Darvish.  

orangeblue
orangeblue

@Hodges14 it doesnt hurt to try.  yes they have other holes but by the way it sounds, they will be inviting players to camp with minor league deals.  that not the way you fill out the major league roster when you're looking for possibly on emore SP, RP, backup C, 1B, SS, and a major league bench.

DMMP
DMMP

@hashburry @DMMP I'm very confident in Syndergaard from everything I've seen of him.  And IF Mejia can stay healthy, I am one of the biggest supporters of him out there to become either a great #3 or a good #2.  Montero will probably end up a very good #3, but I see him as expendable. - We don't know what Hefner will be like after Tommy John, but most come back throwing harder so there is that...  Gee is Gee...  Matz could be up by midseason 2015 so there is that to add into the mix as well, plus guys like deGrom, Tapia, Fulmer, that should be ready by 2015.  

hashburry
hashburry

@DMMP @hashburry Exactly.  If you can make your staff a real strength, which it is only on paper, as the minor leaguers haven't proven anything yet, then you can trade from that strength for a bat.  But Tanaka costs money, something the Mets don't have.  Wouldn't it be cool to have Tanaka (obviously assuming he is as advertised) Harvey (if he comes back strong) Wheeler Neise?  But I have to admit I have heaped a couple of big "ifs" in there.

orangeblue
orangeblue

@jjong  i know its the mets, but they need to be those METS they were by taking the risks and bringing in a team that can compete for the playoffs. they can't stop after one signing or two an offseason.  i know about the other positions, i said that but those will be minor league deals and that won't work.

jjong
jjong

@orangeblue@jjongI think it isn't signing something we have strength in but in build an overall sound baseball team.   We still need SS, relief pitcher or two, and back up C especially with limited payroll.    I know it is NY, but this the Mets

Hodges14
Hodges14

@DMMP There will come a time for that but personally I think they need to find a SS and a first baseman first.

DMMP
DMMP

@orangeblue @DMMP @Hodges14 If we're a team that wants to stay under a certain payroll threshold, we're going to need to make some high risk high reward signings. A's are a great example of a team that has made this into a science.  

DMMP
DMMP

@Hodges14 @DMMP @orangeblue I'm not saying that they will. I know they won't. Not a mets kind of move. But successful teams have to take risks in the international market.  The Dodgers, A's, and Texas have all, for example... taken some major risks internationally and are better for it.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@DMMP @Hodges14 @orangeblue It's a big risk.  The Mets are not the kind of team that's going to risk a big contract on a guy that hasn't played MLB.  We saw the same thinking with Abreu.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@ctjoe @Hodges14 @orangeblue Here's the thing with Mejia.  He pitched 55 innings last year.  IF he is healthy (big IF since he's coming off another surgery) how many innings do you think they're going to let him throw in 2014?  100, 110?  He's probably not going to be allowed to throw every 5th day.