Are the Mets and Rangers a match at SS?

Last Updated Nov. 24, 2014

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The Rangers are willing to trade any of their shortstops, including Elvis Andrus (MLB Network, Nov. 16), though he is the least likely to be dealt (Rosenthal, Nov. 23). In addition to Andrus, the Rangers have middle infielders Luis Sardinas, Jurickson Profar and Rougned Odor.

The Rangers have said they’re looking to acquire a starting pitcher, catcher and a left fielder this offseason.

Are the Mets and Rangers a match?

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Yes, very much so, though there have been no reports linking the two teams in trade rumors. According to friends in Texas, the Rangers like Dillon Gee and Jon Niese, since they’re looking for someone to jump in to the middle of the rotation right now. They don’t want just prospects, they want an immediate. Of course, Andrus is due a ton of money ($120 million over eight years) and he’s coming off a terrible year, so it’s going to be very difficult to reach consensus on his value.

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Backman to manage winter league team

Wally Backman has been named manager for Licey of the Dominican Republic winter-league (Rubin, Nov. 22).

Mets prospects Dilson Herrera and Hansel Robles are part of the Licey team roster.

Although it has not been made official, Backman is expected to return as manager of Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015.

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Do Mets match up with White Sox, Cubs, D-Backs and Rangers?

The White Sox are open to dealing SS Alexei Ramirez, “but it’s certainly not something we’re pursuing on our end,” their GM Rick Hahn said last week (Kane, Nov. 8). Do the Mets and White Sox a match? Read More

Multiple reports indicate D-Backs SS Didi Gregorius is drawing the most interest from teams looking to acquire one of Arizona’s young middle infielders (Rosenthal, Nov. 20 & Heyman, Nov. 11). Do the Mets and D-Backs match up? Read More

The Rangers will listen to trade offers for SS Elvis Andrus, Texas GM John Daniels recently said (MLB Network, Nov. 16). Do the Mets and Rangers match up? Read More

The Cubs have 2B Tommy La Stella, 24-year-old All Star SS Starlin Castro and top shortstop prospects Addison Russell and Javier Baez, leading to speculation that they will eventually make a trade to acquire a starting pitcher. Do the Mets and Cubs match up? Read More

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Mets expect to soon acquire a LH reliever

The Mets expect to sign or trade for a left-handed reliever, such as Phil Coke, Joe Beimel and Craig Breslow, by the end of the Winter Meetings, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking told reporter Mike Puma (NY Post, Nov. 22).

The Mets would also have interest in re-signing LHP Dana Eveland (ESPN NY, Nov. 19).

Dario Alvarez and Josh Edgin are the only left-handed relievers on the team’s 40-man roster, though Triple-A LHP Jake Leathersich was recently added to the 40-man roster and is expected to compete for a job in the bullpen this Spring Training.

Eveland, 31, had a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings in relief for the Mets last season, during which left-handed batters hit .241 against him. He was released in October to make room on the 40-man roster after missing most of September with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Earlier this week, LHP reliever Zack Duke signed a three-year, $15 million deal to pitch for the White Sox. As such, Miller, the most prominent of the remaining group, could be the first non-closing reliever to sign a four-year deal since 2007 (MLBTR, Nov. 20).

Josh Satin signs with Reds

John Satin has signed a minor-league deal with the Reds.

Satin, 30, was removed from the 40-man roster in October, after which became a free agent.

He is a career .243 hitter with a .346 OBP in nearly 300 MLB plate appearances.

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Mets nemesis LaRoche agrees to deal with White Sox

Adam LaRoche has agreed to a two-year, $25 million deal with the Chicago White Sox (USA Today, Nov. 21).

In 16 games for the Nationals against the Mets in 2014, LaRoche hit .321 with 6 home runs and 18 RBI.

In his career with the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox and Nationals, he has 29 homers in 139 games against the Mets, who do not play the White Sox next season.

“The Mets offseason would be a complete success if Freddie Freeman would go to the American League,” the New York Post’s Mike Puma later joked on Twitter.