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).
The latest, as of Nov. 21, 2014:
Mets reporter Adam Rubin believes the Mets and White Sox have yet to have any conversations about Ramirez (ESPN, Nov. 21).
However, it was reported in early November that the Mets were among teams to contact the White Sox about trading for him, according to Chicago reporter Bruce Levine (WSCR, Nov. 6).
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Matthew Cerrone: Jose Reyes is one of my favorite baseball players of all time, a) because he helped the Mets get to a postseason, b) he’s great when he’s healthy, and c) he’s very entertaining and fun to watch.
So, considering he’s on the Blue Jays, it was a surprise to see him post a picture of himself in Mets gear to his Instagram feed, taking part in the Throwback Thursday meme, which is when people post old pictures of themselves.
Naturally, I started daydreaming about him being re-acquired, considering the Mets keep talking about upgrading at shortstop. In reality, I see no way Sandy Alderson brings him back, if for no other reason than Toronto is working to field a great team in 2015 and moving Reyes would be counter to that plan. That said, it’s fun to think about… and judging by Jose’s choice in photos, I’m not the only one imagining a reunion…
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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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