What’s on Tap for Tuesday, June 24

The Mets (35-41) open a two-game series against the Athletics (47-29) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

A’s LHP Scott Kazmir, who was traded by the Mets to Tampa Bay in 2004, will make his first-ever start in Queens. He’ll be opposed by Mets RHP Bartolo Colon.


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In case you missed it…


Travis d’Arnaud is expected to return to the Mets on Tuesday, prior to which the Mets will likely demote Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden.


There are several teams interested in acquiring Daniel Murphy, but the Mets are no rush to trade him >> Read more in the Daily News.


Chris Young is reportedly in danger of being cut Thursday, when Juan Lagares is expected to be activated from the disabled list, but Sandy Alderson denied it >> Read more at MetsBlog


C Kevin Plawecki, currently with Double-A Binghamton, is expected to be promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas when d’Arnaud joins the Mets.




56 comments
upstaphan
upstaphan

Tejada is the man and deserves to play every day! Flores deserves to be on the bench! TC knows what he is doing!

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

the first guy the Wilpons/Doubleday had to cut early then they expected was George Foster  he was given a big contract but he did not last through the 1986 season.

greekgod
greekgod

When was the last time Wright hit a HR with guys on base? He signed for a $138 ml. contract? Wilpon is probably taking sleeping pills about now.

Jim McEnroe
Jim McEnroe

Whatever happened to keeping a player who was successful with the team. It seems like the mets concentrate on getting rid of anybody who plays well and keeps the junk, with the exception of David Wright. The team doesn't score enough runs now, without Murph they'll score less. 

Mike
Mike

Why is this team looking to trade Murphy? We hear it every year and I have no idea why they would do it and yet it seems inevitable. 

1harris1
1harris1

Colon looking for career victory 197 tonight. For a guy who's seems to always be getting ridiculed, he's had a damn good career

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Its funny how there is talk of deals the Mets could make in this post. You people do realize that Alderson is the GM not Omar or Duquette right?

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

I don't think Mets release CY. They'll do some creative roster management and he will "come down" with an ailment that will land him on the DL.

greekgod
greekgod

I have a sneaky suspension that Wilpon wants the team to sink in order to get rid of high paying players on the staff....this way he can say, "you see!" 

greekgod
greekgod

I stand by my prediction the team will be 10 games out of first place by end of June....hope I'm wrong.

greekgod
greekgod

Can't wait to see the "Bum" the next two days.

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

From what I understand, and folks correct me if I am wrong, but are these next 2 days the end of the trial period for Chris "The Bum" Young?  If so, then on your way out don't let the door hit you in the arse!!!!

hankypanky
hankypanky

Kazmir will always be remembered as the prospect who was traded away for Zambrano, who had a bum elbow. One of the worst trades in Mets history. It was never made clear as to what degree Franco might have played a role in that trade.

upstaphan
upstaphan

Can't wait to see Tejada in there tonight!

dooley
dooley

I have a few ideas on restructuring this team to be a contending team, but it requires making some extremely difficult decisions. This is a

very rough draft, so I welcome feedback :)

1. Trade David Wright to the Cardinals for Oscar Taveras, Carlos Martinez, Stephen Piscotty. Money could be an issue here, as well as Wright declining a trade to the Cardinals. Cardinals move Carpenter to second, and become even more of a threat to go to the World Series.

2. Trade Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, and Wilmer Flores to the Cubs for Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro.

Pros: Youth, and around 20 million to fill other holes (1B, bullpen, or trading Jon Niese and signing Jon Lester).

Cons: Losing the face of the franchise and our top pitching prospect. Young team without much veteran presence.

Again this is a very rough draft, and I could get into much more detail on the pros/cons involved for each team, but I am doing all of this on my phone...

Matthew Cerrone
Matthew Cerrone moderator

@Jim McEnroe I don't think it's the Mets who think this way. I think it's the media, who ask the question, print the response, and generate the discussion. The report specifically says the Mets don't want to trade him. It's the reporter who brings it up as a topic.

mets2891
mets2891

@Jim McEnroe On a normal team I'd have no problem getting rid of Murphy because he has the baseball IQ of a 3 year old, but with the team struggling the way it does offensively, how does it make sense to create another hole?

vimets
vimets

The Mets aren't looking to trade Murphy.

1harris1
1harris1

Jeff Wilpon is still the owner though. I've always thought he was the one who orchestrated that deal, and Duquette served as a willing fall guy. What knowledgeable baseball person trades his best prospect for a mediocre starter with elbow problems?

It is what it is. Time to move on

greekgod
greekgod

@Bob Burket This is one reason that teams lose year in and year out playing players who do not make a difference. GM's hate to be wrong......hate it!

1harris1
1harris1

Fine by me. He's getting paid regardless of what they decide to do. Just get him out some way.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Bob Burket Yeah and then send him down to the minors for a conditioning assignment hoping he hits down there to try to get something for him.

1harris1
1harris1

I wouldn't put anything past the Wilpons. Have zero trust or faith in them with anything they may do.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@greekgod As much as the fans would string him up by the short and curlys I could see him doing that

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Father Dooley  My fear is that he'll play tonight, get a couple of bloop hits, and TC will keep running him out there after that saying that he's looking like the CY of old.

1harris1
1harris1

Definitely a good pitching matchup tonight.

2.5 runs: Mets go over or under?

1harris1
1harris1

It was definitely a bad trade, but it's not like the guy became an all time great or anything. Folks really need to move on. lol

greekgod
greekgod

@dooley I like it get rid of the bums that are infiltrating our lineup and reason we are in fourth place heading to last place.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

If th mets had Bryant and the Cubs offered those 3 players for him you would laugh at them.Then you want Castro also!

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@dooley I do think the Cardinals are our best bet if we want to add a young OF bat. With the kids they have at AAA and they always value pitching so maybe there is a match there for something. 

mets2014
mets2014

@dooley  i think these trades are very one sided and aren't truly addressing the other teams' needs...for example, the cubs are so loaded with position players and lack pitching, so if they were to give up those two offensive studs, the mets would basically have to give them an entire pitching rotation...syndergaard, Montero and deGrom might be a good starting point...I'd rather keep wright and trade Montero, deGrom and a prospect for castro

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@dooley I'd sign up for in a minute! But in my opinion you are way underpaying for what you are getting. The Cardinals aren't giving up all three of those guys. Piscotty and Tavares are projected to be studs! Let alone Martinez. 

And I can't see the Cubs trading Bryant for anybody! He is an animal. In today's game you don't give up kids like him with his power. Let alone giving up the only true shortstop they have. 

Matthew Cerrone
Matthew Cerrone moderator

@vimets Right. They're looking to get better, and no one is off the table, which is how it should be. Field offers. There's nothing wrong with that. Have a price. If it isn't met, if it doesn't move the team forward, you pass. Why is this bad?

greekgod
greekgod

@citifield @greekgod that's what I'm afraid of him getting two hits and bringing home a couple of runs. Let him go Sandy!!! He's going to cripple the team as he has done already.

mets2891
mets2891

@1harris1 My biggest issue is that they apparently could've gotten Alfonso Soriano straight up for him.

dooley
dooley

@Steven Matregrano Yup a lot of risk involved, but all trades, (and maybe to a lesser extent free agent signings) involve risk

dooley
dooley

@citifield No, not kidding at all if it meant getting Taveras, Bryant, and payroll flexibility

dooley
dooley

@Ed Yano Yeah the Castro part was too much. But I would not laugh at getting 2 blue chip prospects for one

mets2014
mets2014

@Tarheel11 @dooley  colon dominated them in two starts this year...maybe a deadline deal of colon for taveras?!?!?!

dooley
dooley

@mets2014 Agreed they probably are one sided, but the Cubs could use a catcher, and Bryant might be expendable if Baez moves to third. But, that would mean not getting Castro, who I could honestly live without. I honestly think Thor and one of TDA/Plawecki/Montero could get Bryant. I don't know if he could get more from any other team.

dooley
dooley

@Tarheel11 I completely agree that the trades need revision, but the key players I wanted moved would be Bryant, Wright, and Taveras. Trading Wright could fill a lot of holes while providing payroll flexibility. I was trying to think of each teams needs & strengths, and thought that the Cubs might trade Bryant if it meant getting a potential ace. But you are probably right, it would mean sacrificing more on the Mets side.

1harris1
1harris1

Well, since we've won a few of late, I'll go over as well and say 3-2 Mets.

0-3 for CY with a walk.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@dooley Yes but Steven is right thought. Their value in say spring training was much higher than now. Syndergaard with his struggles although expected as a young power pitcher in Vegas as well as TDA struggling and it's not like Flores has torn it up. 

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Bryant looks like he could lead the NL in home runs for the next 10 years.If the Mets had him you would be screaming if they were talking about giving him up.Thor is rated about 4th in pitching prospects and Travis is no longer a blue chip prospect,he is a struggling rookie.He could turn out to be very good but three are clearly questions about.Bryant on the other hand is by far the highest power hitting prospect in all of baseball.I'm sure the Cubs envision an infield of Bryant,Castro,Baez,and Arizona.I doubt they will mess with that.The Cub excess is in the outfield,not the infield.There should be a match there for the Mets.

mets2014
mets2014

@dooley  I think the cubs and mets match up well for a trade...if the mets plan to make a serious run at it next year, castro would be a terrific target

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@dooley Oh I completely agree about moving Wright. Although I don't think they'd do it but with our obvious payroll constraints his money is hurting us.

And I do think the Cubs need/want good young pitching but I can't see Theo moving Bryant for anything. But the Cardinals who knows. With the glut of outfielders they have I could see them moving one of them. Despite Syndergaards struggles of late at AAA, he does project out to be an ace. Lord knows they love their pitching. I'm guessing they would try to keep Tavares and push one of the other ones but who knows.

dooley
dooley

@Tarheel11 In TDA's case yes it has dropped. However in Thor's case his stock has remained stable, since he is playing in the PCL and his stuff is the same (and secondary offerings have improved). The numbers should start to reflect that once he gets promoted.

dooley
dooley

@Ed Yano Yeah Bryant is going to be amazing one day, but the Cubs are as desperate for pitching as we are position players. At some time, both the Mets and the Cubs are going to have to trade that depth to fill needs. If Bryant netted them a possible ace and catcher or 2/5 of their rotation for years to come, I think they would listen. Their outfielders are also not as major league ready as any of the players previously mentioned, but I definitely would investigate that route as well.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Ed Yano Could not agree more about Bryant. With Baez at second Castro at SS and Bryant at 3rd they are set for the next decade. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@mets2014 @dooley Agreed but I can't see the Cubs moving him at all. Baez is struggling at AAA and besides the fact that he's butcher defensively and won't stay at SS. We know first hand how hard it is to get a good SS. And he's good, young, cheap and controlled in his contract

dooley
dooley

@Tarheel11 That's why I thought that Bryant could be had in a trade. If Baez goes to third one of the two could be had in a trade. Not sure which player is more expendable to the Cubs, since Baez is still very highly thought of as well. I have even read one scout saying that Baez is a potential HOF, so yeah, they are loaded