In case you missed it on MetsBlog…

The new dimensions at Citi Field, with right-center field moved in a small amount, were revealed >> Read more

In advance of the Rule 5 draft, Sandy Alderson said the Mets would likely add five to six prospects to the 40-man roster on Thursday >> Read more

Wilmer Flores continues to impress Mets officials with his work ethic >> Read more

Matthew Cerrone wrote that the relationship between the Mets and Matt Harvey >> Read more

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Mets announce new Citi Field dimensions

The Mets announced their latest changes to the Citi Field outfield wall on Tuesday.

The changes affected are located in center to right field ranging from three to 11 feet, the team said. The right-center field fence will move from 390 feet to 380 feet, while the area near the bullpen will move from 375 to 370 feet.

“These modifications are a refinement of previous changes made to the Citi Field fences and continue to be fair to both pitchers and hitters,” General Manager Sandy Alderson said in a release. “A lot of analysis went into this decision. We believe these modifications will increase the number of home runs without adversely affecting our pitchers.”

The new dimensions should resemble Shea Stadium, Alderson told reporters at the GM Meetings in Arizona.

“It’s all about how our hitters feel comfortable, I think that’s more important,” Jon Niese told MLB Network Radio on Monday. “Us, as a pitching staff, I think we can figure out how to get outs.”

According to Alderson’s research, had the new dimensions existed last season, his team would have hit an additional 17 home runs, while opponents would have hit an extra 10.

Alderson shows the media the changes currently underway to the right-field dimensions at Citi Field…

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Sandy Alderson wants Harvey to be available in September

Sandy Alderson made it sound like he does not intend to handle Matt Harvey‘s first year back from Tommy John surgery in the same way the Nationals handled Stephen Strasburg.

“The key for us is figuring out a way to manage his season so that he’s available to us if or when we get to the postseason,” Alderson told WNBC’s Bruce Beck on Sunday night.

Update: Alderson said that Harvey will likely start the season in the rotation and will have his early starts monitored to shave innings off earlier, instead of later (Carig, Nov. 18).

In 2012, the Nationals ended Strasburg’s season the first week of September, ruling out the 24-year-old star from pitching during the franchise’s first-ever post season run.

The Mets have not ruled out a similar shutdown, they could could also rest him for 2-3 weeks earlier in the season or simply limit the length of his early-season starts (Daily News, Nov. 12). To read more of this story, click here


Noah Syndergaard will be next year’s ROY

MLB.com’s prospect insider Jim Callis believes Noah Syndergaard will win next year’s NL Rookie of the Year (MLB.com, Nov. 18).

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom won the award this past season.

“Unlike most young pitchers his size, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Syndergaard repeats his delivery easily,” according to Callis. “That gives him better command than most 22-year-olds, enhancing his premium stuff. Syndergaard regularly pitches at 95-97 mph with his fastball and can crank it up into triple digits, and the run and sink on his heater make it even more effective.”

According to Baseball America, despite a 4.60 ERA in 26 starts, Syndergaard was the fifth-best prospect in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League this past season.

syndegaard and warthenCallis points out that, like Syndegraard, deGrom had a high ERA in his first stint in Triple-A. However, deGrom rebounded well in Las Vegas to start 2014, after which he got to the big leagues and cruised to a Rookie of the Year award. Callis expects Syndergaard to do the same next season.

To get to the big leagues, Syndergaard says he needs to be more consistent with his off speed pitches and he must learn to avoid the big inning, he recently told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender >> Read Syndergaard’s full Q&A.

Similarly, Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola has said Syndergaard is not quite ready to be on an Opening Day roster, though he should be ready to make his big-league debut later next season >> Listen to Viola.

Duda goes 1-3 in Japan…

Lucas Duda went 1-3 with a double and a run scored as the MLB All-Stars beat the Japan Samurai on Tuesday. Duda played left field and scored on a passed ball.

For the boxscore >> Read more


Mets-Cubs Trade Rumors: Is there a match?

Last Updated: Nov. 17, 2014

This past weekend, the Cubs traded for another young infielder, 2B Tommy La Stella, adding to their already-deep crop of position prospects. In addition to La Stella, they now have 24-year-old All Star SS Starlin Castro and top shortstop prospects Addison Russell and Javier Baez, leading to speculating that they will eventually make a trade to acquire a starting pitcher.

Are the Mets and Cubs a match?

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Maybe, but not yet… It reads like the Cubs are looking to sign a top free-agent arm, like James Shields, who has a fan in Joe Maddon. Then, insiders expect they’ll look to make blockbuster deal, such as trading two or three of the above hitters for an already-established ace, think Cole Hamels. Then, next year, expect them to go heavy for David Price, who also have a history with Maddon.

The point is, right now, in November, the Cubs are thinking about the names above. They’re not thinking about Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, at least not yet. I suspect that if Chicago rolls craps on the above options, maybe they call Sandy Alderson to try and get Jacob deGrom or Zack Wheeler. 

Javier Baez 3abHowever, my hunch is this more-elite market will have to play itself out before the Mets become Chicago’s best option.

What you need to know about a possible deal…

The Cubs reportedly have interest in trading for Hamels, who cannot block a deal to Chicago. The Cubs were also rumored to be in talks with the Nationals about a deal involving RHP Jordan Zimmerman.

In the last year, the Cubs have scouted Syndergaard (Daily News, Aug. 2014) and the Mets have scouted the Cubs (Chicago Tribune, July 2014).

Baez might be the easiest Chicago infielder to acquire, according to a source familiar with Sandy Alderson’s plans (ESPN, Aug. 2014). Castro is a perfect match for the Mets, according to an anonymous member of the Mets (Daily News, July 2014).

The Cubs will want one of Steven Matz, Montero or Syndergaard, plus one of Wheeler, Jon Niese or deGrom from the Mets (Daily News, Aug. 2014).

In a July, 2014, poll on MetsBlog, 52 percent of more than 8,500 voters said that they would not trade Wheeler for Castro (MetsBlog, July 2014)

Peter Gammons and Jim Duquette do see how the Mets and Cubs match up on a potential deal (Gammons, Aug. 2014).

Braves send Jason Heyward to Cardinals, Shelby Miller to Atlanta

The Cardinals have acquired OF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden from the Braves for RHP Shelby Miller and pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins >> Read more at MLBTR.