ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick talks trades, trades and more trades with Mostly Mets
In this edition of Mostly Mets, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick talks about Sandy Alderson’s recent trades, what he still needs to do, and what other teams are up to as the week in advance of Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline…
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The Mets and Reds discussed a deal involving OF Jay Bruce and RHP Zack Wheeler, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman (July 29, 3:10 pm).
FoxSports.com Ken Rosenthal reported the same earlier this week, but said talks did not gain traction, (July 25, 3:31 pm). Nevertheless, the Mets are still scouting Bruce, a source told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (July 26, 10:40 am).
Bruce is due roughly $5-6 million between now and the end of the season. He will earn $12.5 million in 2016. He can earn $13 million in 2017 or be made a free agent with a $1 million buyout.
MLB.com’s Reds reporter Mark Sheldon believes Bruce could be dealt before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline (July 26, 2:44 pm), since they’ve been listening to trade offers for him since the start of the month (July 18, 2015).
The Angels, Royals and Orioles have also reportedly shown interest in Bruce, according to updates by MLB Trade Rumors.
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A note that Mets manager Terry Collins wrote to the wife of a Mets fan who passed away has been circulating on the Internet after it was posted to Reddit.
Reddit user ‘animalchef’ posted the note online on Tuesday, with the headline, “My dad and I watched the Mets together for my whole life. He died 9 months ago. Somehow, the team found out, and Terry Collins sent this to my mother.”
The Mets confirmed that Collins wrote and sent the note.
The Mets do not appear to be involved in talks for Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick (July 29, 2:10 pm).
Newsday’s Marc Carig reported the same earlier this week (July 28, 2015).
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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). However, a source familiar with their thinking later told Crasnick the Rockies are more likely to trade Gonzalez this winter, (July 28, 3:54 pm).
The Mets, Angels, Royals, Cubs and Orioles have all reportedly been working to acquire a middle-of-the-order outfielder this summer, leading to rumors about Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has 10 HR, 23 RBI, a .405 batting average and a 1.328 OPS in July. He is due roughly $7-8 million the rest of this season and another $37 million through 2017.
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Mets rookie RHP Noah Syndergaard retired the first 18 batters he faced Tuesday night against the Padres.
“It was kind of in the back of my head from when the game started,” Syndergaard said about the idea of throwing a perfect game. “Everything was working for me. My two-seam, I was able to locate it on both sides of the plate and keep them off balance with my curveball and my changeup.”
In the end, Syndergaard tossed 107 pitches, let up no runs and no walks, just three hits and struck out nine batters in eight innings.
He is 3-1, with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP during his his last 42 innings, spanning six starts.
“I don’t think anyone could have predicted the rise to where he’s at this fast,” Terry Collins said of Syndergaard. “The reports we got him where, ‘Good arm, but command needs help, secondary pitches are sometimes ineffective.’ I’ve got to tell you something, the guy has not shown any of that here. … He is an absolute sponge when it comes to learning what he has to do to be successful. His first week to 10 days here, every night he was asking questions, paying attention, every night he’s talking to guys on the bench about stuff.”
The win Tuesday moved the Mets to within one game of the first-place Nationals, who come to Citi Field for a three-game series this weekend.
“It’s a good day to be a Met,” Syndergaard said. “I think it’s going to be a fun couple months.”
Matthew Cerrone: He struggled with his command during his previous start, because it looked like he was searching for something, using all of his pitches, trying to grind his way through against the Nationals. He did a nice job and ended up surrendering just one run. But, Tuesday, he was in total command. It was an impressive game plan. I am not sure if that’s Warthen’s handy work, or isolated to Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki, who appear to have a nice dynamic going, or all three, but whatever it was it was working.
Also, his two-seam fastball was particularly incredible Tuesday. He had it moving and working in all corners of the strike zone. If he can lock down that pitch, he’s going to cruise through the rest of this season… Nice work, gentlemen.
To read more about Tuesday’s win and Syndergaard’s performance, check out reports at MLB.com, NJ.com, ESPN NY, Newsday and the New York Post.
RH reliever Tyler Clippard made his Mets debut on Tuesday after being acquired from the A’s on Monday. He pitched one inning, let up one hit, no walks and no runs, while joining a bullpen with the sixth-best ERA in MLB.
“I was anxious to get out there and put that first one under my belt,” Clippard said after the game.
Earlier in the day, Clippard told reporters he believes the Mets have a better starting rotation than the Nationals, where he’d been pitching since 2008 before getting traded to Oakland this past winter.
“They’re beatable,” Clippard said of the Nationals. “There’s no perfect team in baseball.”
“I am really excited to be back in the NL East,” Clippard continued after Tuesday’s win. “National League baseball is my kind of baseball for sure and the Mets are right in the mix and it’s going to be a lot of fun chasing down my old teammates in Washington. There is a lot of incentive there for me on a personal level and professional level to get the job done here in New York.”
Clippard had 17 saves for the A’s this season. However, Terry Collins said Tuesday that Jeurys Familia is still his closer, with Clippard taking over on days when Familia is not available.
To listen to Clippard’s talk with reporters before Tuesday’s game, click below…