Last Updated: Nov. 21, 2014:
Who is interested in signing him?
The Braves are scheduled to hold a private workout with Tomas (Heyman, Nov. 20) and, along with the Padres, they are now considered among the favorites to sign the 24-year-old Cuban free agent (Sanchez, Nov. 21).
The Phillies were once considered the favorites to sign him, however they’re beginning to back off due to his asking price and limited defensive skills (Hagen, Nov. 20) The Giants, D-Backs, Mariners and Royals are said to also have interest (Passan, Nov. 20).
What about the Mets?
The Mets watched Tomas, but their scouts didn’t love him (Sherman, Nov. 10) and, like the Yankees and Red Sox, they don’t feel he is worth a $100 million price tag (Cerrone, Sept. 30 & King, Oct. 8 & WEEI, Nov. 3).
What is he asking for?
Tomas could end up signing a seven-year deal worth as much as $110 million (MLBTR, Sept. 24). He’s getting eager to sign a deal, but is being encouraged to remain patient (MLBTR, Nov. 21).
The Mets need to let Matt Harvey be himself, Terry Collins told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove on Thursday.
“The one thing Matt Harvey brings to this team is the attitude that he’s the best in the game,” Collins said. “He talks about it. He believes it. And he wants to go out there and prove it.”
According to Collins, Harvey’s expectations for himself tend to rub off on the rest of the clubhouse, particularly the pitching staff.
“That starts to catch on,” Collins said. “He can be so good, and those other guys in the rotation won’t let this guy run by them. So, it’s going to bring their games up as well.”
The Mets may end up waiting into January to see if prices come down before acquiring a shortstop (Rubin, Nov. 18).
“There aren’t a lot of free agent shortstops out there that check all the boxes,” Sandy Alderson explained to reporters Tuesday. “There also aren’t that many trade possibilities, frankly, that check all the boxes.”
That said, if by January prices begin to come down, the team might reconsider free-agent SS Jed Lowrie (Rubin, Nov. 20), who is expected to sign a three-year deal, worth as much as $30 million, according to one GM and player agent (Heyman, Nov. 10).
Matthew Cerrone: Again, like last year and the years before that, it sounds like Alderson has no interest in giving a long-term deal to someone who may or may not be better than what he already has on the roster. Wilmer Flores showed enough at the plate last season to trust he can be on par (if not better than) Lowrie, Asdrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew.
In October, I said Alderson intended to get a shortstop to compete with Flores, be it trading for, say, Brad Miller or Didi Gregorius, or signing a guy like Drew. But, I don’t see him overpaying (especially in years) to get someone on Wilmer’s level with the bat. And, since no team is tripping over themselves to lock these guys up, he may as well continue to wait it out…
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The Mets might consider signing another free-agent who received a qualifying offer, such as Hanley Ramirez, assuming the player is looking for a one-year deal and has yet to sign on with a new team (Rubin, Nov. 20).
Matthew Cerrone: I can see them pursuing Ramirez or David Robertson, in the event each player is left out in the cold. I mean, Alderson has already given away their first-round pick in next year’s draft in return for signing Michael Cuddyer. So, at this point, if ever there was a year to sign another big free agent, this would be it, since they may as well give up their second-round pick as well >>> Read More.
In advanced of tonight’s deadline, the Mets added six pitchers to their 40-man roster on Thursday, including RHPs Noah Syndergaard, Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris and LHP Jack Leathersich.
The team did not add RHP Logan Verrett, which means he can be claimed in the Rule 5 draft in December (MetsBlog, Nov. 20). However, if a team selects him, he must remain on that team’s big-league roster all season or be offered back to the Mets for a fee.
To make room, the Mets removed RHP Jeff Walters from the 40-man roster, which now stands at exactly 40 players.
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The Mets have hired Pat Roessler as their assistant hitting coach. according to reporter Mike Puma (Post, Nov. 20).
Roessler will also have other duties with the team, Puma said.
Roessler was the only external candidate the Mets interview for the assistant hitting coach vacancy, with all other candidates coming from inside the organization (Rubin, Nov. 12).
Roessler was let go as the Yankees director of player development last month after nine years with the organization. He has a good relationship with new Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, who was fired from the same job by the Yankees this past season (Waldstein, Nov. 11).
It was reported last week that the Mets are considering filling their assistant hitting coach position with a more general coach (Puma, Nov. 4).
Zack Wheeler believes the Mets will make the playoffs soon, he said Thursday at Citi Field after distributing food to local families in need.
“I know what’s about to happen here,” he said. “I came from the Giants. I saw it happen over there – a lot of homegrown talent, young guys coming up and stuff. They’ve won three World Series. It sort of puts a bitter taste in my mouth. … It makes me want to work that much harder and do it over here with this group of guys.”
Last week, Terry Collins made a similar comment, stating he fully expects the Mets to be a playoff team in 2015, he told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove.
“There’s no question in my mind,” Collins said, when asked about the playoffs.
Earlier this week, Sandy Alderson told reporters he expects the Mets to be competitive in 2015. Later telling WOR 710 AM, “We’re as well-positioned for the next two or three years as anyone in the division.”