The Blue Jays offered Jose Reyes to every team in baseball, but the Mets were not interested, a league source told Daily News reporter Andy Martino (July 28, 11:30 am).
The Jays and Rockies eventually agreed to a trade swapping Reyes and three pitching prospects for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins >> Read more.
The Mets have no plans to try and acquire Reyes from the Rockies, according to the NY Post’s Joel Sherman (July 28. 9:30 am).
“There used to be no more elating play in the sport than Reyes rounding second and gaining speed toward third,” Sherman writes. However, “He is not that player any longer. He is a fielding liability. He ranks next to last in Defensive Runs Saved among shortstops. He has a .613 OPS against lefty pitching, negating his impact as a switch-hitter.”
Reyes is making $22 million this season, another $22 million each of the next two seasons and has a $4 million buyout on a $22 million option in 2018.
Matthew Cerrone: Ugh, I know Sherman is right. The fact is, Reyes and Ruben Tejada are having equally productive seasons for a shortstop. Also, if Sandy Alderson wanted part of Reyes at age 32, 33 and 34, he would signed him to such a deal back in 2011. The Marlins were literally the only team to offer Jose a deal more than three years, from what I recall.
I still believe Alderson had interest in keeping Reyes, knowing his value to the franchise and Mets fans, but not if it meant having him in his early 30s, which is exactly where Jose is today… plus making $22 million. It’s a shame. I love the idea of bringing Jose home, hearing those chants again and letting the energy rock Citi Field. But, there is enough evidence this morning to indicate no such move is in play, so – again – it’s time to move on…
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Rockies GM Jeff Bridich don’t have the best relationship, “there’s a disconnect there,” Jim Duquette said on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio (July 28, 10:48 am).
Previous Reports & Info.
The Mets are not interested in acquiring Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig (July 28, 9:50 am).
In the wake of dealing Troy Tulowitzki to the Jays, a GM with interest told CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman that the Rockies also plan to deal Gonzalez (July 28, 9:17 am).
The Mets, Angels, Royals, Cubs and Orioles have all reportedly been working to acquire a middle-of-the-order outfielder this summer.
Gonzalez, 29, has 10 HR, 23 RBI, a .405 batting average and 1.328 OPS in July. He is due roughly $7-8 million the rest of this season and another $37 million through 2017.
Matthew Cerrone’s Reactions
10:24 am: Ugh! I don’t understand why the Mets wouldn’t be interested in Gonzalez, who would be a terrific addition to Citi Field. I can only hope it’s because they have a line in on someone else, who is equally attainable and productive.
9:40 am: This past winter, all anyone wanted to tell me was how perfect the Mets match up with the Rockies, with the Mets searching for a shortstop and an outfielder with power and the Rockies seeking hard-throwing pitching prospects. The Mets and Rockies reportedly talked recently. I assumed it was about Tulowitzki, with Zack Wheeler‘s name being mentioned. But, maybe those talks were really about CarGo?
The Mets acquired RH reliever Tyler Clippard and $1 million from the A’s for High-A St. Lucie RHP Casey Meisner. The deal will not preclude the Mets for exploring a trade for an outfielder, according to multiple reports.
Travis d’Arnaud continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton Monday, after which he told ESPN New York that he expects to return to the Mets this weekend for their series against the Nationals.
Zack Wheeler threw a baseball on Monday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in late-March.
The Mets inquired about Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki, but came away with the impression that Colorado is not serious about trading him. The Rockies then traded Tulowitzki to Toronto for Jose Reyes…
The Mets called the Padres to inquire about OF Justin Upton, but balked at the asking price, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported.
What’s on tap for Tuesday, July 28
The Mets open a three-game series against the Padres on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 2.97 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by James Shields (8-3, 3.77 ERA) for San Diego.
For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Visit mets.com/citi to see this season’s grand total to date.
Monday’s minor league recaps…
Recently crowned South Atlantic League Player of the Week John Mora extended his hitting streak to seven games with a pair of doubles in Savannah’s 9-0 win in Greensboro. Mora is 14-for-27 during the streak, lifting his batting average to .278.
Eudor Garcia also had two hits, one of which was his 17th double >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
Travis d’Arnaud was 1-for-3 with a single and caught seven innings in a rehab game with Double A Binghamton on Monday night.
D’Arnaud told ESPN NY’s Adam Rubin that he’s on track to return to the Mets for their series against the Nationals at Citi Field this weekend.
“I feel great, and I’m excited to get back whenever they feel like I’m ready,” d’Arnaud told Rubin.
D’Arnaud, who went on the DL June 20 after straining his left elbow while tagging the Braves’ A.J. Pierzynski, caught five innings Saturday and DH’d Sunday for Binghamton in Trenton.
He is 4-for-11 during his current minor-league rehab assignment.
The Mets have acquired A’s RH reliever Tyler Clippard for Single-A RHP prospect Casey Meisner, the team announced on Twitter.
Clippard, a two-time All-Star, has held left-handed hitters to a .100 average this year and .183 for his career. He led the majors with 40 holds in 2014.
This season, he was 1-3 with 17 saves. He was tied for third in the AL with four blown saves, had the AL’s third-lowest save percentage (81) and was tied for second among AL relievers with 21 walks.
Meisner, taken by the Mets in the third round of the 2013 draft, was 10-4 this season with a 2.35 ERA in 18 starts at Low- and Single-A.
Clippard, 30, will earn roughly $4 million between now and the end of this season. The Mets will pay a little more than $2 million of that, according to the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff.
Clippard began his major league career with the Yankees in 2007, then spent the next seven seasons with Washington before the Nationals traded him to Oakland in January for infielder Yunel Escobar.
Matthew Cerrone: This is an outstanding deal. For starters, Clippard lengthens the bullpen and shortens the game, in return for a pitcher, who has a very promising future but wouldn’t have helped the big-league Mets for another few seasons. Also, Clippard can pitch in the postseason, which is more than I can say for Jenrry Mejia, who, because of his 80-game suspension for PEDs, is not eligible for playoff baseball – assuming the Mets get in. Equally important, Clippard did not go to the Nationals, who, from what I understand, were the only other team trying to acquire him.
It’ll be interesting to see what Terry Collins does with the bullpen. Does he keep Jeurys Familia at closer? Or, does he bump him in favor of Clippard? I’d stick with Familia for a little while, because I think he’s earned it. However, if he stumbles again, hook him and pass the baton to Tyler. There’s no messing around, especially with the Nationals coming to town this weekend. At this point, every game matters.
I like this a lot. Nice work, Sandy! Now, go get that hitter…
Matthew Cerrone: According to multiple reports, acquiring A’s RH reliever Tyler Clippard will not keep the Mets from also trying to trade for a hitter.
I’ve been hearing all day that, while the price for Justin Upton is sky high, it will likely drop as the week goes on. The kicker is that I think he could get moved through waivers in August, so it will not shock me to see San Diego keep him through Friday, despite everyone in baseball saying they’re desperate to unload. I’d love to see the Mets get him or bring home Brewers OF Carlos Gomez, who can be had for a similar price. Of course, I’m still holding out hope for Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki, but if Colorado is smart they will do nothing and wait to create a larger market this winter.
I like that Sandy Alderson is seemingly open to dealing Zack Wheeler. He should be. Wheeler will not pitch a full season until 2017, and who knows where the Mets will be at that point. What I do know is that they’re in contention right now, with a strong rotation, in a weak division.
In the end, I think the Mets are trying to trade one or two pitching prospects for Clippard, while later sending Wheeler and/or Jon Niese and other prospects for a significant bat. If that hitter can’t be had, they should be able to aim lower, give up less and get Brewers OF Gerardo Parra or Padres OF Will Venable. It’s crazy to think Alderson has the talent to do this, but I think he does. Will he take on the added salary? He insists that he can, though that remains to be seen.
In case you missed it, here’s what else was reported earlier today…
The Mets balked at San Diego’s request for at least one top prospect in a deal for Upton >> Read more.
The Mets and A’s continue to discuss a deal involving Ben Zobrist, but Oakland expects to get better offers from other interested teams >> Read more.
The Mets reached out to the Rockies about acquiring Tulowitzki, but left talks thinking Colorado was not serious about trading him >> Read more.
The Mets believed they were close to a deal for Parra before it fell apart Thursday night >> Read more.
Wheeler threw a baseball on Monday for the first time since Tommy John surgery >> Read more.
The Mets and Reds discussed a deal involving OF Jay Bruce and Wheeler, but talks did not gain traction >> Read more.
The Mets balked at San Diego’s request for at least one top prospect in a deal for OF Justin Upton, according Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (July 26, 2015).
Heyman believes the Padres also want the Mets to pick up all of the roughly $7 million due to Upton between now and the end of this season, after which he can be a free agent.
Interested teams, including the Mets, expect San Diego’s price will drop as the week goes on, since they’ve signaled being desperate to make a deal before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone tweeted (July 27, 2:15 pm).
Previous Reports and Reaction
The Padres have been scouting the Mets farm system since early July (July 10, 10:45 am).
It was first reported July 21 that the Mets were interested in Upton (July 21, 11:55 am). However, later in the day, a source familiar with the team’s thinking told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that a deal would not happen (July 21, 2015).
The Orioles, Astros, Cubs and Pirates have also reportedly shown recent interest in Upton (July 21, 2015). The Angels were intrigued, but told sources that San Diego’s asking price was too steep (July 20, 2015).
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