Player News - Mets

Date: Team: Pos:

According to Newsday's Marc Carig, the Mets are "positioned to move fairly quickly" in regards to trading either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce.

The Mets' outfield is already well-stocked with Yoenis Cespedes coming back and up-and-comers Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo ready to take on bigger roles. That makes Bruce and Granderson expendable, though the most likely scenario is that New York will trade one and keep the other. The Blue Jays, who are likely to lose Jose Bautista in free agency, have already shown a keen interest in Granderson. He could be playing for a new team by the end of the Winter Meetings.
Dec 3 - 6:15 PM

Mets and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Rivera saw more and more playing time down the stretch for the Mets this past season, although he batted only .222/.291/.341. He figures to share catching duties with Travis d'Arnaud in 2017.
Dec 2 - 12:42 PM

Jacob deGrom (elbow) said Friday that he's close to beginning a throwing program.

DeGrom had surgery in September to repair ulnar nerve damage in his right elbow. He added Friday that he's feeling much better than he did pre-op, as he's now able to snap his fingers without discomfort. DeGrom is not expected to be limited at the beginning of spring training.
Dec 2 - 11:23 AM

Steven Matz (elbow) expects to begin throwing soon.

Matz underwent surgery in October to remove a large bone spur from his left elbow, but he expects to have a normal offseason. The southpaw also dealt with a shoulder issue toward the end of 2016, but fortunately didn't need surgery to address it. The 25-year-old owns a 3.16 ERA with 8.7 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 through his first 28 starts in the majors, so the potential is clearly there. But questions about his durability linger.
Dec 1 - 7:19 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that the team is anticipating the possibility that Jeurys Familia might not be eligible to pitch at the start of the 2017 season.

"That's something we certainly have to consider," Alderson said. Familia was arrested in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on Halloween for an alleged incident of domestic violence involving his wife. He is next scheduled to appear in court on December 15. Whether a suspension similar to Aroldis Chapman's 30-gamer from a year ago could be coming down the pike from Major League Baseball remains to be seen. Should Familia be forced to miss time during the regular season, Addison Reed would be next man up for saves. This past season, Reed registered a 1.97 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 91/13 K/BB ratio across 77 2/3 frames of relief work.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 30 - 7:06 PM

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the Mets have made it clear that they don't have any intention to trade Michael Conforto or Juan Lagares.

The Mets would prefer to trade Jay Bruce after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes, but teams are asking about Curtis Granderson in addition to Conforto and Lagares. Conforto had a rough year in 2016 and doesn't necessarily have a clear role even if the Mets trade Bruce or Granderson, but the feeling is that he still has a bright future ahead of him. As for Lagares, he's the only true center fielder on the Mets' roster right now.
Nov 30 - 3:30 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears that Jay Bruce's eight-team no-trade list hasn't changed since the summer.

Bruce has the ability to block deals to the Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics, Rays, Marlins, Twins, Indians, and Diamondbacks. The Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract, so the club is now shopping both Bruce and Curtis Granderson. Bruce had a rough transition in New York and could welcome the change in scenery, perhaps even to a team on his no-trade list. He's owed a very reasonable $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency.
Nov 30 - 2:29 PM

Mets re-signed OF Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract.

The Mets will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday to official announce Cespedes' return to Queens. Many speculated that Cespedes could potentially land a five-year deal this offseason, so the Mets are surely thrilled they were able to keep it at four years. Cespedes can't complain either, as he now has the highest AAV (average annual value) ever for an outfielder. Only Miguel Cabrera has a higher AAV among all position players. Cespedes, 31, batted .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI over 132 games this past season and simply couldn't be replaced in the Mets' lineup. There are some moving parts in this outfield, but Cespedes figures to be the primary left fielder moving forward.
Nov 30 - 12:48 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that Curtis Granderson is of interest to the Blue Jays.

The Mets are also shopping Jay Bruce after re-signing Cespedes, so the Blue Jays have interest in both of them depending on the possible asking price. The Mets would surely prefer to keep Granderson because he's capable of playing center field and is a proven performer in New York, but he's reportedly drawing more interest than Bruce. In addition to the trade market, the Blue Jays have shown interest in Dexter Fowler, among others, in free agency.
Nov 30 - 12:47 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Curtis Granderson has received more trade interest than Jay Bruce.

The Mets managed to keep Yoenis Cespedes with a four-year, $110 million contract, so most have speculated that the next step will be to trade Bruce. Teams like the Blue Jays have reportedly expressed interest, but the inquiries on Granderson simply give them more options to upgrade in other areas. Both players are due to become free agents after 2017. Granderson, who turns 36 next March, slugged 30 homers with a .799 OPS (111 OPS+) in 2016. He's owed $15 million next season.
Nov 30 - 11:24 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick confirms the Blue Jays are "making a push" for Jay Bruce.

Bruce became somewhat expendable for the Mets on Tuesday with the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, though there's also talk of Curtis Granderson being shopped. Crasnick notes the Blue Jays tried to acquire Bruce last spring, but a three-team swap with the Reds and Angels ultimately fell through. Jim Bowden of ESPN also tied Toronto to Bruce earlier this month. There's long been interest, and Bruce's bat probably would play very well in the American League East.
Nov 29 - 5:40 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday hears "it's possible" Curtis Granderson gets moved.

Jay Bruce feels like the Mets' most obvious trade chip following the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, but the team will also apparently shop Granderson (and his $15 million salary for 2017). Granderson is coming off a season in which he slugged 30 home runs and played in 150 games, but he does turn 36 years old next March. Michael Conforto is probably off the table for New York this winter.
Nov 29 - 4:12 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Yoenis Cespedes is headed back to the Mets.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that it's a four-year deal worth $110 million, pending a physical. Andy Martino of SNY reports that the deal includes a full no-trade clause. Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Cespedes will make $22.5 million in 2017, $29 million in 2018 and 2019, and $29.5 million in 2020. It was a no-brainer for Cespedes to opt out of the final two years of his contract in order to test free agency, but the Mets made it a top priority to keep him around. He ended up getting two more years and $55 million by opting out, so both sides ultimately got what they wanted. Now that the Mets have successfully re-signed Cespedes, they have a number of scenarios to mull over with their outfield. It's now likely that Jay Bruce is traded elsewhere. Curtis Granderson is also a possibility to be moved.
Nov 29 - 2:12 PM

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports hears that optimism is "growing" with the Mets that they can re-sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

It's unclear whether this means the two sides have made substantial progress in talks or if the Mets feel his market isn't as active as his representatives might have hoped. Cespedes opted out of the final two years and $47.5 million of his contract with the Mets and figures to land a deal north of $100 million. Mike Puma of the New York Post recently reported that the Mets are comfortable with a four-year deal in the $100-110 million range, but it's unclear whether they'd be willing to give that fifth year. The Giants and Nationals are among some of the other teams who have been mentioned as possible landing spots for the free agent slugger.
Nov 29 - 1:42 PM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News doesn't expect the Mets to bring back Rene Rivera.

Rivera is projected to net $2.2 million in arbitration this winter, which is probably more than the Mets are willing to spend on a backup catcher. Ackert also expects the Mets to move on from utility man Kelly Johnson unless they can sign him on a cheap one-year deal. Rivera hit .222 this past season while serving as Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher.
Nov 26 - 4:45 PM


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