Mets will take a look at Cuban SS and 3B

The Mets will soon take a look at 28-year-old, free-agent Cuban SS Roberto Carlos and Cuban defector 3B Pavel Quesada, sources told reporter Mike Puma (NY Post, Aug. 22).

The team is expected to work out both players in the Dominican Republic next week, according to Puma.


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Look, I hope these guys are great. But, the player I’m hoping to see them go after is Yasmani Tomas, who defected from Cuba earlier this year. He will pursue an MLB contract, though he won’t be cleared to sign or showcase until late this winter, according to people keeping tabs on his situation. He’s described as one of the best young power hitters to come out Cuba. Of course, I’m also told he’s likely to see offers close to $90 million. And, at least so far, I’ve seen no evidence the last few years to suggest Sandy Alderson will even consider signing a guy like this, let alone make an offer… and that’s unfortunate.

I was SO wrong about Jose Abreu it’s laughable. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone, since pretty much every National League team was leery of signing him, because he profiled to be an obvious DH… and still does.
In this case, though, with Tomas, I want the Mets to make a move. At this point, given the state of the their offense and lack of immediate help in the farm system, even if this guy is a total bust, it might be worth the bet. And if Tomas can be that guy, which it sounds like he can, when the bidding starts this winter, the Mets should step up like the home-run hungry New York team they are and go for it…


“Carlos may have slipped through the baseball cracks,” because he didn’t have representation after defecting from Cuba in 2012, a person familiar with the player told Puma.


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Sandy Alderson told Puma that his organization is very aware of the Cuban market, though he doesn’t necessarily view it as a short-term fix.

“We scout them now, so it’s not as if we’re not aware of what is going on,” Alderson said. “It’s not like we’re not aware of who is out there.”




139 comments
robo
robo

time to put up or shut up 8 long miserable years without winning. time to get tomas or tulo we need offense and either one of them can provide it but the wilpons are holding sandy back in that case make a trade we have the pitching chips montero , matz or even noha is expendable now that we have de grom

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

'I’ve seen no evidence the last few years to suggest Sandy Alderson will even consider signing a guy like this"................... WHAT IS WRONG WITH "A GUY LIKE THIS"

blueorange
blueorange

Would Toronto trade Jose Reyes? I know people don't think it's a good idea but he is still a top SS in the league. I think his contract has 3 more years after this season.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Mets surrounded Piazza with Zeile and Ventura. Nice, ok, players but not big time protection. Will they ever get someone to protect Wright in the lineup again? Or will they squander that chance too?

cubaboy305
cubaboy305

Cubans who are MLB level of future MLB level players and you may never see becuase of their allegiance to the Gov't of Cuba........ Yuliskey Gourriel(3B), Alfredo Despaigne(OF),Hector Mendoza(RHP), Fredrich Cepeda(DH/OF)(too old),Lourdes Gourriel JR(OF),Vladimir Garcia(RHP),Yoanni Yera(LHP) and a few others......

cubaboy305
cubaboy305

Tomas is not as good as Abreu not even close. He strikes out to much and can't field. Tomas is more of DH than Abreu. In the case of Ramirez he can't hit to save his life.Pavel Quesada might be a find at 3B. He has 3 1/2 solid tools. The Mets might want to wait for Johan Moncada he will be in the US soon he is the SS of the future in the ARod and Carlos Correia mold. I am cuban and I grew watching the Cuban Serie Nacional.Trust me when I say that Abreu is worth the money more than Tomas. Castillo is overpaid also but he has 41/2 solid tools he is basically Leonys Martin with power. Castillo is worth no more than 50 mill. In the case of Tomas he can't hit a breaking pitch if you tell him it is coming aka Pedro Serrano.Cubans to watch on their way up are Jorge Soler (Cubs), Armando Rivero(Cubs),Alex Guerrero(Dodgers), Erisbel Arruebarruena(Dodgers)Onelki Garcia(Dodgers)......Cuban on the island to watch who might be here soon Ariel Miranda(LHP),Freddy Asiel Alvarez(RHP),Norge Luis Ruiz(RHP),Guillermo Heredia(CF),Yadiel Hernandez(OF),Yurisbel Gracial(3B-1B),Raul Gonzalez(SS).....

tango01
tango01

Sucks because now you have the Red Sox giving Castillo 72 mil and the guy who must be happier than Castillo is Tomas. I don't see the Mets giving over 60 mil to any UNKNOWN player.

Roberto Carlos looks like he's a lot older than 28.. Tomas is that power bat. We need him in RF!!!

Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy

Feel bad for the suckers who think Mets have $ for Yasmani Tomas!

Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy

We saw Sandy Alderson dumpster-diving for players in the USA. Now he dumpster dives in Cuba!

robby
robby

A team that is a disgrace to NY thats what the Mets are.  This cuban player cost to much for the Mets payroll.  I guarantee penny pinching Sandy will not sign him.  Thats his nature.  They just scout him to tell there fans we tried.  which in reality they did nothing.  SELL THE TEAM WILPONS NOBODY LIKES YOU!

mike23
mike23

If mets don't add payroll over the off season I hope the new Commissioner will realize what Selig didn't and that is the mets need new ownership.. no excuses anymore. Wilpons/Mets have to put a playff caliber team together for 2015 or Sell. 

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

The Mets are unable to increase the payroll over $78 million dollars. No matter how much you want it, it simply will not happen. The team will make zero, I repeat, zero acquisitions this winter that will improve the offense. Sandy will come out and say, "With the emergence of Duda at first base, we believe Wright and Granderson will both have bounce back years. This will improve our numbers significantly."


That is what is going to happen.

archer41
archer41

Tomas would be awesome, but is anyone confident this ownership group will make such a bold move? I think it's highly unlikely.

Glenn Adelson
Glenn Adelson

They always look, but only buy bad leftovers

Angelo Castelli
Angelo Castelli

The only Cuban the Mets should be pursuing is Mark Cuban. Sell him the team, and bring a winner to New York!

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

When you're wrong you're alone door Matt or is that Floor Matt?

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

They have too, do they want to show that really want to make impact in the post season next year. Put Wilpons money where your mouth is, 90 game win team.

mike23
mike23

so now they are going to scrape the bottom of the barrel on an international level as well, good to see the mets stepping up their game (oh boy)!

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

Starting to lose faith in Matt.......

RockMarz
RockMarz

I want to know who are these scouts are.

eric88
eric88

@blueorange Mets are looking to drop next years payroll another 10 to 15 million.

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@cubaboy305 I heard Cuba may allow them to play in the MLB without having to escape because they want the posting fee. Japanese teams get $50 Million just to give the player the right to negotiate an MLB contract. Cuba is a poor country and I heard they may soon come up with a similar system rather than see all those dollars slip over the border and not get anything for it

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

The mets are to politically connected there is no chance they will get booted even though we need for this to happen

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

@nymetsrule What's truly sad is that Matt will back them up all the way. They could trade David Wright and Matt would find some way to justify it

matmil
matmil

I think Wright is on a downhill slope and Granderson is already crashed. If this were a contending team with a good lineup Duda might hit 6. Murphy is a nice hitter but may not have enough power to be a 3 hitter. TDA may hit . 280 with 20 homers but it's a stretch. Lagares maybe .280 with 15 homers. A lot of holes to fill.

Kevin Bishopp
Kevin Bishopp

@nymetsrule im sure every other negative mets fan on this blog would love to agree with you and im looking forward to seeing everyones reaction when significant changes are made to this team. Yes, SA is going to speak positively of the improvement (for the most part) of all our young players and how their continued success will positively affect everyone around him (do you exactly expect him to be pessimistic?), but I do not doubt that SA will make SIGNIFICANT changes to this roster come spring training. Looking at all the negative comments on this blog every singe day, bashing Sandy, Terry, the rest of the front office, and even the writers of this site, I am clearly in the minority saying this, but I believe in Alderson. 

matmil
matmil

I'm hoping your under estimating SA. It's not hard to see that this team constituted as it is is going nowhere. I would think pride alone would be enough to get him to try something. He is an ex Marine, there has to be some desire there to be respected as a GM.

javy180
javy180

@nymetsrule Stop going to the games. Maybe that will force the Wilpons to sell.

jrb74
jrb74

@nymetsrule Don't worry, Sandy will throw in a "role the dice" FA like Chris Young again--although that person will make a lot less than Young did this year.

bill1960
bill1960

Nymetsrule- hate to say it but you"re prob right.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@nymetsrule As much as that disgusts me, it certainly wouldn't surprise me.

And I could see him saying how they'd have a full year of d'Arnaud hitting like he did after being called up too. 

I just can't imagine how nasty this blog will get if that's the case though

rico
rico

@archer41 Tomas is supposed to be the better of the 2 and Castillo just hit pay dirt.


Do you think the METS are going to play auction against the big spenders in the league?  They can't hang there.  I assume the Yankees will make a big play for Tomas. Their offense is nearly as abysmal as ours, only they are ancient.  

matmil
matmil

Is there a marine biologist in the house?

tullydew
tullydew

Why is my post "pending"? Is it b/c coupo-ns was used? Really?.....is Metsblog that paranoid about the Wilpons?

tullydew
tullydew

Starting? Little late to the party.

cubaboy305
cubaboy305

@Bryan McEntee @cubaboy305 cuba already allows them to play abroad .....they already play in Japan and Europe...the cuban gov't acts as their agent cubadeportes it is called.......but cuba charges the player 20 % in taxes...they can't play because of the embargo and the a MLB policy that says that any player the wants to play in any associated league with MLB including winter leagues and the mexican baseball league then must established residence in a second country

elcondor
elcondor

I'm with you. The beautiful. Thing about Sandy is that he doesn't care what the "Fans" think. He has a job to do a and will do it his way. As it should be.

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

Stop sandys covering up for the wilpons they are not spending money Saul Katz said it him self tired of putting money into the team

bill1960
bill1960

@tarheel11- and that Harvey is back.

RockMarz
RockMarz

So I guess nobody is buying...besides...they couldn't find a house even if you pointed it to them.

matmil
matmil

A real 4 hitter meaning what 30 homers? That means you'll have maybe 3 hitters with over 20 a season. Every power hitting team that I remember, that was successful, had at least 4 guys hit 20 . And I believe if your gonna have no speed and play one base at a time that you need to get 20 homers a year from 5 different positions to win a championship. If you can't get that many power hitters then it's best to try to go for speed and defense. And play aggressive hit and run move the runners along type of ball.

javy180
javy180

@borsh13 MLB forced the Dodgers to sell why can't they do the same for the Mets?


matmil
matmil

If the Mets decide to go once again with the same philosophy of offense as they did this year, than they would need to get at least two more guys who could give them at least 20 homers a year. And even that might not be enough power to play the way Terry manages.

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

The Freddy and jerry reindoff. The white sox owner got selig his job it the good old boys club google this great article Doubleday the man who saved the mets

matmil
matmil

That might work with a manager who demands from his players that they play to win. Not play to add to their stats. They have to sacrifice their numbers to move runners along instead of swinging for the fences. And you need guys who get clutch hits. I see nothing in Collins which makes me think he will do that. And I don't see it from the players on this team.