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Oakland claims Andrew Brown from Mets

The Oakland Athletics claimed Andrew Brown off waivers from the Mets, the team announced.

Brown played 19 games for the Mets in 2014, hitting .182 with a .245 on base percentage, with two home runs and seven RBI.

Brown signed with the Mets in January 2013 and hit .216 with a .278 OBP over 87 games. He hit nine home runs and drove in 31 runs for them in 214 plate appearances.

In two season with Triple-A Las Vegas, Brown hit 28 home runs and drove in 110.

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ESPN writers like the future Mets

The Mets have the 10th brightest future of all teams in MLB, according to a list created by ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden, Keith Law and Buster Olney (ESPN, Oct. 31).

The Nationals check in at No. 5, while the Braves, Marlins and Phillies all rank toward the bottom.

The list takes in to consideration the quality and age of the team’s current big league roster; the quality and quantity of prospects in the their farm system; payroll flexibility and overall budget; and the stability of ownership, the front office and coaching staff.


In the latest MetsBlog.com Right-Track, Wrong-Track Poll, 82 percent of 8,000 voters said the Mets are heading in the right direction.

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Alderson says 2B-SS will remain in flux

Sandy Alderson said he expects his middle-infield situation to be in flux over the next couple of years, the GM told WIOX radio’s John Bernhardt (WIOX, Oct. 31).


Mets 2B Daniel Murphy, who is expected to earn roughly $8 million next season, was been the subject of trade rumors the last year, with the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Nationals and Giants all reportedly showing interest.

Meanwhile, the Mets promoted 20-year-old infielder Dilson Herrera to man second base in late August, with Murphy moving to third base in place of the injured David Wright.

Alderson told WIOX that he was impressed with what he saw from Herrera, who hit .220 with three HR and 11 RBI in 18 games.

“We’re very happy with his progress,” Alderson explained. “He’s got some real potential.”

 

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Alderson talks about life with Plawecki & d’Arnaud

It is possible the Mets carry both Travis d’Arnaud and current Triple-A catcher Kevin Plawecki on the same roster, Sandy Alderson told WIOX Radio on Friday (WIOX, Oct. 31).

For example, he said, the two could split catching duties and one could also play first base or the outfield, or during interleague play one could be the team’s designated hitter.

“There are ways to do it,” he said. However, he added, “Is that the best use of those two resources?”


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: The Mets love Plawecki. However, I’m 90 percent sure Anthony Recker will be this team’s back-up catcher next year, at least through the first part of the season. Plawecki will start the year in Triple-A, assuming he isn’t traded. It’s nothing against Plawecki, the Mets seem to really, really like him, but they talk like he needs more work. Plus, he’s a nice trade chip (be it now or next summer) if packaged with a young arm and veteran pitcher.


This past winter, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said Plawecki is on the verge of cracking the top 10 minor-league catchers in baseball (MLB.com, Jan. 17).

He has a knack for hitting for average and getting on base, explained Mayo, adding, “If he displays a little more power and continues to prove to people that he can stay behind the plate, despite his big frame, he could be a big league regular someday.”

In early September, Alderson said Plawecki is “knocking on the big-league door,” with d’Arnaud being the incumbent (Press & Sun-Bulletin, Sept. 4).

“We like Travis. We like Kevin. We like them both,” he said. “I would expect that we’ll see them both in spring training next year and see where it takes us.”

Seratelli, Reid not expected back

Minor league free agents Anthony Seratelli and Ryan Reid are not expected to return to the Mets organization next season, their agent said.

Seratelli, 31, hit .279 with a .385 OBP in 93 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. He saw time at second, shortstop and all three outfield positions.

The 29-year-old reliever, Reid posted a 4.91 ERA and 1.737 WHIP in 48 games at Triple-A last year.

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Royals will listen to offers for Alex Gordon

The Royals will listen to offers for OF Alex Gordon, 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B Mike Moustakas, sources tell reporter Andy Martino (Daily News, Oct. 31).

Gordon will likely be a free agent at the end of next season, though he does have a $13 million player option for 2016.

He finished among the five most productive players in 2014, and was more productive than Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy combined, according to FanGraphs’s WAR.

He hit .266 with a .355 OBP, 19 HR, 34 doubles and 87 RBI in 156 games this season, while playing a Gold Glove-caliber defense.

According to Martino, “While Kansas City would likely see a package of, say, Rafael Montero and Murphy as fair value, Mets people would be reluctant to part with Montero for a rental.”

Instead, Sandy Alderson is more likely to consider acquiring Red Sox OF Yoenis Cespedes, who will also be a free agent at the end of next year, but who might cost less in trade.


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I would trade Montero and Murphy for Gordon. I don’t care that Gordon could be gone in a year. The Mets have no idea what’s in store for them, how things will break, who will pan out or not; so, if I can acquire an elite, young hitter, I do it every day. Who knows, maybe like Mike Piazza, Gordon gets here, the Mets do well and he re-signs? Or, maybe he leaves. In either case, again, if the Mets are going to talk like they’re a win-now team, they need to act like it.

I see people say, “It’s not Sandy’s style to trade for a rental player,” or, “It’s not a Sandy-type move.” This may have been true. However, for the first time since being GM of the Mets, I sense he’s open to these sort of deals. The Mets know they need to get off the bench, but they also have little room in the budget to use just their checkbook. He’s going to have to deal someone, be it big-league player for big-league player, or big-leaguer with a prospect for a big-leaguer, which would simultaneously free up spending cash. So, I think Cespedes is an option, even though he may not fit the team’s overall approach at the plate. Gordon would be better, but more costly. It’s early, but I anticipate this sort of deal to go down, regardless of how unlikely it may have been in years past.