By Steven Inman
The Mets have signed Bartolo Colon to a two-year deal worth $20 million pending a physical. Colon, 40, is coming off the best year of his career but comes with major red flags. First off and most importantly the Colon signing is pretty much the Mets entire budget. They have about $4 million left to spend barring a trade if they stick with their $87 million payroll of 2013. They are trying to trade Ike Davis but he only projects to make about $3.5 million.
Stephen Drew already has a 2-year $25 million deal from the Red Sox in hand so he wouldn’t leave the World Champs to come to New York for significantly less money so you can now throw that out the window barring an unforeseen trade. Drew would have been a much better fit despite likely getting more money for the Mets than Colon. This move certainly increases the chances of Ruben Tejada being the starting shortstop again.
The Mets also need to add at least one reliever to a very young and unproven bullpen.
Colon was fantastic last year going 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA, making 30 starts with Oakland last year and now the Mets rotation goes back to being a strength but there is just too much risk in this signing for a team with no margin for error financially.
Colon is now the oldest pitcher in baseball, is coming off a PED suspension and was involved in the Biogenesis scandal last year. He is also overweight and played his home games in the most pitcher friendly ballpark in the game. Oh and again, he’s 40.
A positive of this signing though is Colon should be a big help to all the Mets young pitchers in helping them throw strikes. Colon is one of the best control pitchers in the game and walked just 1.37 batters per nine innings last year.
Colon should have success with the Mets in 2014, should he stay on the field but with all the pitching depth they have in the minors this was an unnecessary move in my opinion given the giant hole at shortstop.
The Mets continue their quest to move Ike Davis and sources believe the team will do just that before they leave Orlando tomorrow. The two teams most interested in trading for Davis at the moment are the Rays and the Brewers but neither team has offered the Mets much other than salary relief. According to Adam McCalvy of mlb.com the Mets asked for SP Tyler Thornburg in a deal for Davis. “New York wants Tyler Thornburg, and sounded firm on it. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke just told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he has Thornburg penciled in as Milwaukee’s fifth starter.” McCalvy said. McCalvy covers the Brewers on a daily basis and this would be a very good return for Davis.
Thornburg, 25, had a very strong year for the Brewers mainly out of their pen. Thornburg also made seven starts for the Brewers last year. He will be given the first crack at the 5th starters spot if he stays in Milwaukee but I think he will end up as a closer in someone’s bullpen. He has a very inconsistent changeup and simply doesn’t throw enough strikes.
Thornburg had a rough outing against the Mets on July 5th as a starter, coincidently in Ike Davis’ first game back from the minors. I don’t think they could acquire him but Thornburg would be a very good get for Sandy Alderson.
By Steven Inman
In an attempt to shake up an under performing playoff team the Reds have had interest in trading 2B Brandon Phillips and the $50 million left on his contract. Many Mets fans have asked why the Mets haven’t been involved in acquiring the popular second basemen.
For starters Phillips has $50 million left on his contract over the next four years. Phillips, 32, hit .261 with 18 homers and a .310 OBP last year. Despite his theatrics in the field, Phillips is no longer a better option at second base than Daniel Murphy. Phillips had a lower Average, OPS, OBP, WAR and extra base hits than Murphy. He is also due $45 million more than Murphy and doesn’t make sense for a team that has so many other holes.
Phillips also clashed with the Reds front office about how they handled his contract and had an altercation with a Cincinnati reporter who criticized his on base percentage.
Phillips will likely stay with the Reds because they will not be able to get much in value for him in addition to getting another team to take on the entirety of his contract. He is not an option for the New York Mets.
By Steven Inman
The Mets have brought back SP Jeremy Hefner on a minor league deal. Hefner will spend most of the season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery but will be under the Mets control as an arbitration eligible player after the season. The Mets will save about 500,000 on Hefner’s deal here and won’t lose any service time over the right-hander.
Before being shut down in August and undergoing surgery, the 27-year old posted a 4.34 ERA in 130.2 innings with the Mets.
Hefner had a nice year for the Mets last year and will be depth for the team in 2015 when a lot of their young players like Rafael Montero and Noah Synderrgaard are ready to anchor the Mets rotation.
By Steven Inman
The Mets have been “shocked” by the prices that free agents are getting on the open market. Yet, they are still shopping 2B Daniel Murphy around and he could get traded this week in Orlando during the winter meetings. With the prices that lesser players are getting on the market, trading Murphy makes even less sense.
Murphy has value on the market but the Mets won’t get fair value for him because of the perception of him defensively. Murphy has turned into a close to league average defensive second basemen. Offensively he has been fantastic the last few years and is under team control for two more years. Murphy was a three win player in 2013, his best WAR year. The Mets don’t have any interest in giving Murphy a contract extension.
One of the reasons the Mets want to move Murph is to clear his 2014 $5 million salary. I just don’t see how trading Murphy will make the Mets better as he is only 28 and should thrive in a better Mets lineup. In Murphy’s six years in the big leagues he really has only played in one above average lineup and that was his rookie year in ’08.
If the Mets trade Murphy they will have a big hole at second and are hesitant to use Eric Young Jr. every day at second base. The best second basemen on the open market is Omar Infante and he is likely to get three years at more than $10 million a year so the Mets would most likely be unable to fill second base externally.
Should the Mets trade Daniel Murphy?
By Steven Inman
With the Mariners blockbuster signing of 2B Robinson Cano, infielder Nick Franklin is left without a spot in the Seattle infield and is likely to be traded according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. While Franklin played mostly second base in the majors, (just 3 games at short) he was a shortstop coming up through the minor leagues. The Mets should inquire on Franklin to see if he is a fit to fill their enormous hole at shortstop.
Franklin,22, was decent last year defensively at second base but make no mistake about it, he would be a below average defensive shortstop. However he can make a name for himself in New York with his power. Sandy Alderson is actively searching for more power in their lineup and Franklin could hit 20 homeruns in the majors if he is given 600 at bats. In 102 games last year for Seattle the rookie Franklin hit 12 homers with 45 RBI’s.
He’s just 22 and was a top 50 prospect in the game last year so he has a ton of upside.
Franklin is going to be traded and it could happen during the winter meetings in the next few days. Perhaps a deal for Ike Davis would interest Seattle who could play Davis at first and have Justin Smoak DH. A deal like that could also save the Mets about 4 million dollars that could be used to get a starting pitcher.
Would Nick Franklin be a good fit for the Mets?
The Mets have signed OF Curtis Granderson to a 4-year deal worth $60 million. The Mets were holding out at 3-years for $45 million as of this morning but something must have changed. They overpayed here a bit as it didn’t seem another team was willing to offer four years but the Mets get their guy.
The Mets will lose their second round pick as a result of signing Granderson.
Before this deal the biggest contract Sandy Alderson gave out was two winters ago when he gave Frank Francisco 2 years and $12 million. Alderson has spent a total of $27 million on free agency as Mets General Manager before more than doubling that today.
Granderson has worn numbers #14 and #28 in the past. 14 is retired by the Mets and 28 belongs to Daniel Murphy so we will see what goes on with that as we get closer to Spring Training.
The Mets must not stop here however, they need to find themselves a shortstop that can also be a leadoff hitter. With this signing Eric Young Jr. goes back to being a fourth outfielder so the Mets don’t have themselves a leadoff hitter in their projected lineup.
The team can now go into the winter meetings next week focusing on trades. Ideally they find themselves a shortstop by trading Ike Davis but many Mets players will be mentioned in rumors over the next week. Continue checking BrokeMets to hear the latest!
By Steven Inman
The Mets have been talking to former Yankee OF Curtis Granderson and the two sides are getting close. Granderson has been searching for a four-year deal in the $64 million range, while the Mets have offered roughly three years and $45 million. Most media outlets are reporting that the Mets have the only offer out there for Granderson. They are still the favorites to sign him and his camp would like to stay in New York but this is far from a done deal.
The Mets should stay firm here on a three-year deal. If they can get Granderson for $45 million it would be a strong deal for them. Keep in mind he will be 33 before Opening Day next year so a four-year deal could be a little more risky. Unless another team offers four years there is no reason the Mets should have to or they will be bidding against themselves. They need to maintain some payroll flexibility here to add a starting pitcher and or a shortstop.
The Mets main competition for Granderson are the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners. The Red Sox have their sole focus on resigning Mike Napoli while the Mariners are close to a mega deal with 2B Robinson Cano.
By Steven Inman
After non-tendering Justin Turner, Jordany Valdespin and letting go of Mike Baxter, the Mets bench is completely empty at the moment. A number of players that were non-tendered elsewhere would make good fits. One of those players could be former rookie of the year Chris Coghlan. Coghlan was non-tendered by Miami this week. They have interest in bringing him back but Marlins President Mike Hill suggested that Coghlan would need to take a minor league deal to rejoin Miami. He may have better opportunity elsewhere. Coghlan,28, hit .256 with a .318 OBP in 214 plate appearances in Miami last year. With the Mets bench as empty as it is right now, they need to consider guys like Coghlan who have had success in the past.
While Coghlan is a poor outfielder at best, he would probably be the Mets 5th outfielder so he wouldn’t start all that much. the mets have been missing depth players like this for a while because of all the injuries and poor performance they have gotten over the past few years by role players. If Coghlan bounces back the Mets will have control over him for a few years as an arbitration eligible player.
Coghlan hits righties relatively well (.279 compared to .242 against left-handers.) He doesn’t have a ton of pop but he can be what Mike Baxter was for the Mets in 2012 which is a reliable pinch hitter against right-handed relievers late in games. A contract close to the league minimum could get it done if the mets guarantee he will make the team.
By Steven Inman
Lagares has been playing very well in winter ball for Las Aguilas Cibaenas. Lagares hit .342 with a .379 OBP in 28 games, with five doubles, a home run, 16 RBI and seven walks.
Lagares hit .242 with a .281 OBP and .633 OPS in 121 games for the Mets in 2013.