Mets sign six more picks from 2012 amateur draft

The Mets announced they have signed six more picks selected in the 2012 first-year player draft.

The Mets signed second-round selection 3B Matt Reynolds from the University of Arkansas, sixth-round selection first baseman Jayce Boyd from Florida State University, 11th-round pick righthanded pitcher Logan Taylor from Eastern Oklahoma State, 14th-round pick righthanded pitcher Chris Flexen from Newark Memorial High School (CA), 24th-round selection righthanded pitcher Andrew Massie from Dyer County High School (TN) and 32nd-round pick first baseman Jon Leroux from Northeastern University (MA).

Reynolds will be assigned to Single-A Savannah, Boyd and Taylor will be sent to Single-A Brooklyn, and Flexen, Massie and Leroux will be assigned to Rookie-League Kingsport.

The Mets have now secured 21 of their draft selections from this year’s draft.




44 comments
stemsv2k
stemsv2k

Trading Zucc this year would be too much of a gamble, team is playing well and messing with the team chemistry is a huge gamble at this point. Status quo and adding a 6th defenseman and/or third line center is the way to go for the playoffs.

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

The way things like this get written about him ain't no wonder his play is down at times.  He's a little spark plug and does not hurt the team that I've seen all year. He's also one of the very, very few who hits people. Eliminate the distractions, let him play his game, get the Cup, then worry about it.

bromancer
bromancer

I love everything about Zuuc -- playmaking ability, heart, entertainment value, etc.  Also, Brass and Hags are his besties.  He means more to this team than just his numbers.  Find a way to keep Zuuc.

Jay Lewis
Jay Lewis

would do Zucc+ and consider trying to kick the tires on Shane Doan. Sather has pulled stuff out of nowhere before.. maybe this is the year Doan wants to go to a contender...

Loglo99
Loglo99

@Jay Lewis Doan?? No more old guys, especially ones making 5.5 mil and under performing!

Jay
Jay

Assuming Hank comes back the Rangers are a legit contender this year.. which means they're not trading Zucc unless it is for an upgrade which quite frankly doesn't exist.  Anyone on the other side wont want that deal either. I like Zucc a lot, One of the those glue guys and I do think he is a top 6 forward, but if they cannot sign him to a reasonable deal (4.5m/5y) and we win the cup and he walks, then so be it.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

based on the consensus, most of the fans agree that Zucc is not worth $5M per. The Rangers have other players who I believe are more valuable to their future than Zucc. Players like Stephan/Hagelin currently on the roster and lets not forget that in 2016 players like Kreider, Hayes and Duclair will be RFA. The Rangers do not have the luxury of having a lot of cap space this off season; which has created the possibility of trading Zucc. Sather can save some additional money by not re-signing J. Moore (another possible trade bait) Stempniak, C. Bourque and C. Mueller. Releasing these 4 players would save the Rangers appox $2.950M. Zuccarello will never be a bonafide scoring forward and in my opinion is not a top 6 forward. Zucc does have many parts of his game that the score sheet doesn't reveal. However; that doesn't warrant a contract worth $5M plus per year.

The Rangers would benefit by making a move either for a center and/or a defensemen before the trade deadline. However; hard to find a trading partner that would satisfy both parties if Zucc was part of the package. Looking at the players who have been reported as available, I came up with only 2 possible players.

Cam Atkinson (RW/Shoots Right) Atkinson would be a RFA at the end of season (like Zucc) and has a cap hit of $1.15M. Atkinson has 13 goals/11 assists  for 24 pts; compared to Zuccs 12/22/34. Not sure if Atkinson would make the Rangers better for the playoff run. However; he would give the Rangers the opportunity of more control, unlike Zucc, who will be a UFA.

Another forward I found was Tyler Bozak. Bozak is a bit more complicated than Atkinson as he has 3 years left on this contract with a cap hit of $4.2M (which would be lower than what Zucc is demanding). Bozak is slightly better offensively 16/21/37 and plays center. As mentioned earlier, the Rangers limited cap space, so making this deal work if Toronto was interested in Zucc could be hard to achieve.

There are not many options for Rangers to find a trading partner for Zucc. Remember, any team willing to trade for Zucc, must decide to re-sign him in the off season at a costly contact possibly worth 5 years/$25M+. At 27 years old, I believe this is the best of Zucc we will see.

In the end, Sather will not be able to deal Zucc for a player of equal value or for a player with more years left on their contract. Enjoy Zucc for the rest of the season & into the playoffs, cause the Rangers will not re-sign him if Zucc doesn't lower his demands considerably.

kachook
kachook

Why would they want a center with 3yrs left on his contract? The Rangers top 3 centers are set for the next 5yrs and Bozak @ $4.2mil is nota fit on the 4th line.

They need a banging winger (winnick or Bergenheim types) and a 3rd pair Lhanded Dman.

Anthony Mastantuoni
Anthony Mastantuoni

@Michael Stewart Releasing Mueller and C. Bourque does not impact the Rangers because they are in the minors and do not count against the salary cap.  Frankly, Mueller's $600,000 salary is pretty cap friendly,

twiggy10
twiggy10

@Michael Stewart So many things wrong with what you say here. How does everyone who is an NHL fan not understand that players in the minors have NO barring on the NHL Cap. Seems pretty simple to assume and figure that out.


Neither Atkinson or Bozak are possible players. Zucc has no value to the Jackets in exchange for Atkinson and Atkinson has no value to the Rangers in exchange for Zucc. The same thing with Bozak as it relates to the Leafs unless they are simply taking Zucc to slash payroll or they will offer him $5M, which would make no sense for the Leafs to do. 

holy
holy

Mind boggling that no one in this thread has any idea what they are talking about. First of all for the geniuses below me, Vermette is a center so he would never be on that top line... he would be added as a depth center (twiggy10). secondly the rangers will only trade zucc for a big time player, otherwise just use him as their own rental. Zucc has nothing to do with vermette phone calls, what you are all missing is that zucc has real trade value and if he is in discussions then the rangers are trying to swindle Kessel or Bozak mark my words 

aaronrules
aaronrules

@holy we are not getting out of shape Kessel, $8 million cap hit, Bozak got better numbers than Zuccs because he plays on top line, on the Rangers will be a 3rd line center.  Toronto would love to move both of them, but best deal probably at draft time, more teams would be involved in conversation that is the reality.

twiggy10
twiggy10

@holy Can you tell me where you read that I said Vermette for Zucc is a viable deal?!? I'm saying people suggesting that makes no sense! Vermette doesn't fit into the top 6 like Zucc does.


You think Zucc has value to the Leafs in exchange for Kessel or Bozak? Please explain how Zucc going to the Leafs is attractive to them. Unless the Rangers are throwing in two 1st rounders, more picks and prospects along with Zucc. 

Avraham Frisch
Avraham Frisch

As painful as it would be I think you have to trade Zuccarello , when you let players walk for nothing you turn into the nj devils

Loglo99
Loglo99

@Avraham Frisch Hopefully they keep Zucc, they shouldn't trade him just so that we get something in return. We're not the NJ Devils and when Parise walked they couldnt get anyone to come there because why would anyone want to come to Jersey, so insteaad they overpaid a bunch of  old guys nobody wanted.  If he walks we get that money which will be filled with a similar caliber guy. Did they lose Stralman for nothing, no they just gave that money to Boyle instead (which was dumb), as long as they make the right signing you arent losing him for nothing you get 4 mil in cap space to figure it out.

twiggy10
twiggy10

@Avraham Frisch When you say walk you are then suggesting the Rangers get something they can keep past this year for Zucc. What pieces would those be? A draft pick? A prospect? If you do that then how do you fill the hole Zucc creates in the lineup

Johnny W
Johnny W

My only fear is trading him our keeping him past the trade deadline and the Islanders swooping in to sign him.

He needs to meet the Rangers half way.  Since he is young give him more years at less money.  It will balance out in the end.  It is not as if he is going to become a 50 goal scorer and miss out on an opportunity for a bigger contract.  I say offer him 5 years 21 million.  I know he wants 5 million a year but quite frankly he is not worth that kind of money to the Rangers.  We have depth at the wing with Duclair, Lindberg and others and there is no cap space to pay him that and have a competitive team.  Something has to give.  And if you do not sign him before the deadline, trade him to Phoenix for Vermette.  I am sure Don Maloney will work with Sather.

twiggy10
twiggy10

Why trade him for Vermette? Is Vermette better than Zucc for this team? Both are UFA's so you are going to lose Vermette just like you would Zucc in the summer.


I don't think a top line of Nash-Brass-Vermette is better than Nash-Brass-Zucc. Even if you move Kreider or MSL to the top line than Vermette is playing on the 2nd line. 


Doesn't make sense to trade Zucc for another player that is a UFA this summer because the team becomes worse for this year.

stage52
stage52

Zucc is part of the heart and soul of this team and why I like the Rangers this year.  If they can pay Stall big money for what he does they can pay for Zucc.    Stupid move that gets you nowhere in my book.

alvin johnson
alvin johnson

I think zuc is gonna get traded for run to lord Stanley stay tune something is brewing don't be surprise its with kings

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Can not sign him for what he wants. He is not worth the price tag. Would love to see a big young forward with speed picked up.

Could really use a big physical talented forward. Just don't know if any are out there. A Backes type forward would fit great.

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@Bo Beck  Never gets old seeing these idiotic comments on this board. Fans incessantly clamoring for a "big, fast, physical, talented forward". Hahaha. These players don't exist bud. Actually, wait one does exist. His name is Alex Ovechkin. For a package built around Mats Zuccarello? Yeah... Sure thing


Seriously though.. Wingers with 2/3 of those traits are few and far between. And when teams do get their hands on one, they do not trade them for Mats Zuccarello. You're talking about guys like Backes, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ladd, Nick Foligno, Dustin Brown, Wayne Simmonds, Shane Doan. Notice a trend? They all have letters on their jerseys. The 8 guys I mentioned have played on a combined 11 teams. Guys like this simply are not available, and if they happen to be, they will cost a hell of a lot more than Zuccarello on an expiring contract.

Eric Puck Rehberg
Eric Puck Rehberg

5 years $20 mil is more then fair. Cally part deux. Nice job agent o' his

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

With the prices of some of these rentals being a first round pick, prospect or young roster player you would have to think the Rangers could get that for Zucc.  I would hope the idea would be to flip that and maybe add one of our own prospects to add a player that is already signed.  If it's just a one for one UFA they should probably pass.

twiggy10
twiggy10

@Ed Zambrano To get a 1st round pick and a prospect that means you are trading Zucc to a playoff team and leaving a whole in your line-up without getting anyone back in return. Who out there are you then flipping the 1st round pick for? You aren't getting a player with term for a 1st round pick. You are getting another UFA just like Zucc.

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

@twiggy10 @Ed Zambrano Right, and that's why I said you would have to take whatever you get for Zucc and add something.  1st round, prospect and let's say JT Miller -- that might actually net you something good.  Now, I'm not saying we should and I have no idea who is available, I'm just speculating on what the plan could be.  Personally I want to see them retain Zucc.

Straw18
Straw18

I'm sorry but if we are paying $5-$6M to someone we need a 25-30 goal scorer. And you are not going to get this with Zucc.....Plus we need to get Stepan signed LT....I say trade him 

wally1616
wally1616

@Straw18 Why Stephan? He's not a 25-30 goal scorer. I don't get all the fuss over this at best average  player.

jqstave
jqstave

@wally1616 @Straw18 Stepan has 43 points in 45 games. That's good for 3rd in points on the Islanders. One point behind Okposo.

cljamny
cljamny

It probably is a negotiating tactic but as was pointed out they did it with Cally too.  Could see them getting O'reilly from the Avs but hard to work out the dollars.  Zucc/Glass for O'reilly would make every Ranger fan happy...not so much Av fans tho.

7b7c
7b7c

This sounds like a lot of smoke. I mean, of course they have to consider moving him if they don't think he can be re-signed, but Vigneault has been pretty adamant publicly he wants Zucc on the Rangers. (More direct than his remarks on Callahan last season.)


The Rangers would be hard-pressed to replace the quality of the player at a similar price point. When he's on the ice, the Rangers have the puck. More than any other forward on the team. 


They'll work something out in the summer at the 5yrs for 4.75MM range. 

twiggy10
twiggy10

If you are trading Zucc one-for-one its for a UFA. If that's the case you are risking losing the player you acquire just as you are with Zucc. So is that player better for this team than Zucc? I don't know of any player out there available that would be better for the team. Not only for chemistry that Zucc has with Nash and Brass, but also the role Zucc plays.


If you are getting a player back who has term on their contract you are then giving up Zucc + picks and/or prospects. I don't see why you give up extra pieces just cause you are afraid of losing Zucc in the summer. The player you would be getting back would need to be a solid top 6 guy. 


I would be surprised if Zucc gets dealt. He is great for this team and really fits the system. I can understand listening to offers for him, but unless its a player that really improves the team you can't trade him.


I don't think its any secret that he can get more from another team in the summer. Someone (and it only takes one team) will offer him $5-5.5M for 5 or 6 years. The Rangers cannot offer that much and if he wants to stay he will have to play for cheaper than that. Sather also can't low-ball the guy at $4M. 



aaronrules
aaronrules

@twiggy10 the only one that would make sense what you are suggesting is with AZ Vermette for Zuccs. and I am not sure we really improve the team with that deal.  Wish Duclair was up with the big team then you are really in driver's seat.

twiggy10
twiggy10

@aaronrules @twiggy10 I'm not suggesting Zucc for Vermette. I'm saying a deal like that is a bad move. It doesn't improve the team in my opinion. You end up losing Vermette this summer anyway so you might as well just gamble with Zucc and if you lose him so be it.

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

Interesting. You have to think this was planted by the Rangers in order to scare Zucc a little.

I'm not opposed to trading him if it makes the team better. This is just life in a cap world.

Ed Zambrano
Ed Zambrano

 @Ed Zambrano Not sure what you mean. Do you mean the scare tactic? Obviously didn't work with Cally but you never know with Zucc. It's probably just the SOP when dealing with these situations.