Mets may be willing to give up another draft pick for FA

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).

miniMCavatarMatthew 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.

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Mets add six players to 40-man roster, including Noah Syndergaard

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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Mets hire Pat Roessler as assistant hitting coach

The Mets have hired Pat Roessler as their assistant hitting coach. according to reporter Mike Puma (Post, Nov. 20).

Roessler will also have other duties with the team, Puma said.

Roessler was the only external candidate the Mets interview for the assistant hitting coach vacancy, with all other candidates coming from inside the organization (Rubin, Nov. 12).

Roessler was let go as the Yankees director of player development last month after nine years with the organization. He has a good relationship with new Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, who was fired from the same job by the Yankees this past season (Waldstein, Nov. 11).

It was reported last week that the Mets are considering filling their assistant hitting coach position with a more general coach (Puma, Nov. 4).

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Zack Wheeler has joined the Confident Chorus in Queens

Zack Wheeler believes the Mets will make the playoffs soon, he said Thursday at Citi Field after distributing food to local families in need.

“I know what’s about to happen here,” he said. “I came from the Giants. I saw it happen over there – a lot of homegrown talent, young guys coming up and stuff. They’ve won three World Series. It sort of puts a bitter taste in my mouth. … It makes me want to work that much harder and do it over here with this group of guys.”

Last week, Terry Collins made a similar comment, stating he fully expects the Mets to be a playoff team in 2015, he told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove.

“There’s no question in my mind,” Collins said, when asked about the playoffs.

Earlier this week, Sandy Alderson told reporters he expects the Mets to be competitive in 2015. Later telling WOR 710 AM, “We’re as well-positioned for the next two or three years as anyone in the division.”


Do the Mets and D-Backs match up in a trade for SS?

Over the last two weeks, 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).

However, the asking price is steep (Sherman, Nov. 11).

Is there a match between the Mets and D-Backs?


Matthew Cerrone: Yes, but I don’t see a deal happening. Why? In November, when asked about acquiring mid-tier pitching, like Dillon Gee or Jon Niese, D-Backs GM Dave Stewart said, “We don’t have any interest in those kind of guys.” Of course, Gee, Niese and Bartolo Colon are exactly the kind of pitcher they’re willing to move in an upgrade at shortstop.

In October, a scout once said Rafael Montero would be fair value for Gregorius or Arizona SS prospect Nick Ahmed (AZ Republic, Oct. 9). However, I don’t think the Mets see Gregorius as a much of an upgrade over Wilmer Flores, and certainly not at the expense of Montero. So, while there’s a theoretical fit between these two teams, I don’t think either has the impact player the other is seeking.

Arizona went out and traded for RHP Jeremy Hellickson from Tampa Bay for two of their young prospects, including a young shortstop from their system, filling one of their holes in their rotation.

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What else you need to know about a possible deal

In March, a swap between the Mets and D-Backs for Gregorius was described as ‘having legs,’ according to a person unaffiliated with the two teams (Rubin, Mar. 19).

D-Backs GM Dave Stewart said last week that he is open to trading any player that can help give him a better pitching staff (AZ Republic, Nov. 10).

The D-Backs were often seen scouting Mets minor leaguers this past Spring Training, according to multiple reports.

“There’s some clubs out there that we’ve had some conversations with that includes pitching, pretty good pitching,” Stewart added (AZ Republic, Nov. 10). “It’s a matter of if we can make it happen or not.”

Watch: Zack Wheeler talks about his high pitch counts

This week on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, host Gary Apple talks with  Zack Wheeler about working with a high pitch count:

When the Mets season ends, Mets Hot Stove heats up! Join a rotating panel of local writers, experts, players and special guests as they give you the inside scoop on the off-season dealings on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove, which debuts each Thursday at 10 p.m. ET.

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ICYMI: Mets may be in market for a RH-hitting outfielder

This post was originally published Nov. 20, 2014

The Mets could be in the market for a right-handed hitting corner outfielder, such as free-agents Jonny Gomes or Ryan Ludwick, who could play in right or left field when Michael Cuddyer starts at first against lefties in place of Lucas Duda (Rubin, Nov. 20).

“I bet the Mets look to do something similar to what they did last winter, signing one player to a more substantial deal, while making a bet along the lines of a last year’s one-year, $7 million deal with Chris Young.,” MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone said in early October (MetsBlog, Oct. 190). “I think we’ll see one of, say, Alex Rios, Nick Markakis, Nori Aoiki or Cuddyer, followed by gambling on a Gomes, Colby Rasmus, Chris Denorifa, Ludwick-type talent, to get a combination of players to meet their needs, while maybe even finding a platoon-partner for Duda.”

maggieMaggie Wiggin: For a one-year, low-risk signing, the Mets should consider Gomes. His 2014 was bad, but he still managed an OBP above league average and he was a solid part-time player in 2012 and 2013. He’s always hit well against lefties, so he’s a good platoon candidate and can give 10 or so home runs in half a season of plate appearances. He got just $5 million last year and he should get less coming off a bad season, so he would be one of the less expensive options for a right-handed hitter in a market where they’re highly valued.

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