Player News - Mets

Date: Team: Pos:

Mets signed RHP Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million contract.

The Mets made the deal official today after Swarzak passed his physical. He turned in the best season of his career in 2017, registering a 2.33 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings while pitching for the White Sox and Brewers. The Mets will be the sixth major league team for the 32-year-old right-handed reliever. He will see action in a set-up role in front of closer candidates Jeurys Familia and A.J. Ramos.
Dec 15 - 9:48 PM

Mets signed C Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lobaton is a career .218/.295/.324 hitter over parts of eight seasons in the majors. He'll likely be assigned to Triple-A at the beginning of the season.
Dec 15 - 5:22 PM

Mets selected 2B Andrew Ely from the Cubs in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

The former 32nd-round pick batted just .259 with a .710 OPS in 97 games this past season at Double-A Tennessee. Ely, who turns 25 years old in January, has managed just 14 home runs in 1,232 minor league plate appearances.
Dec 14 - 11:54 AM

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets have signed free agent reliever Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million deal.

That is a very palatable price in this market for a guy who posted an excellent 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 91/22 K/BB ratio across 77 1/3 innings of relief in 2017. Swarzak, a well-traveled 32-year-old right-hander, is likely to operate in a setup role with the Mets. This deal is pending a physical.
Dec 13 - 11:37 AM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the club is inclined to keep Matt Harvey.

Harvey's name has circulated in rumors over the past 24 hours, with the Rangers and Orioles being mentioned most prominently, but Alderson said the club isn't ready to give up on him. "All I’m weighing right now are the opinions of Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland," said Alderson. "And they don’t want to lose him." The Mets couldn't possibly sell any lower on Harvey and the health of the other members of the rotation remains a concern, so there's a strong argument to keep him around even if there's only a small chance he can show some of his old form.
Dec 12 - 3:48 PM

Mets manager Mickey Callaway indicated Tuesday that he might not have a dedicated closer in 2018.

Instead, Callaway would prefer to make his decisions based on the situation. It's a refreshing way to think about things, though obviously any plan is subject to change. Jeurys Familia and A.J. Ramos are at the top of the depth chart, but the Mets could still add another name to the mix soon.
Dec 12 - 2:48 PM

Andy Martino of SNY TV reports that the Cubs "have shown some interest" in Matt Harvey.

Martino notes that it's "unclear how serious" the Cubs' interest is at this point. The Orioles and Rangers have also displayed interest in Harvey, but Newsday's Marc Carig and others have expressed doubt that the Mets will wind up trading the right-hander for fear of depleting their rotation depth. Harvey could potentially be the Cubs' backup plan for Alex Cobb, who looks to be their top pitching target at the moment.
Dec 11 - 9:13 PM

Newsday's Marc Carig was told by a person with knowledge of the Mets' thinking that it's "doubtful" the team trades Matt Harvey.

There's been some early buzz at the Winter Meetings about the Mets discussing Harvey in trades, with the Orioles and Rangers being two teams to have inquired. However, Carig writes that the club is hesitant to move Harvey because they're "concerned about pitching depth after injuries wrecked the starting rotation last season." Harvey posted a 6.70 ERA in 18 starts and one relief appearance in 2017 after returning from thoracic outlet surgery and will be a free agent after the 2018 season.
Source: Newsday
Dec 11 - 8:39 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles are discussing trading a reliever to the Mets for Matt Harvey.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first mentioned earlier Monday that the O's were seen as one club that could make a play for Harvey. Rosenthal mentions that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years and that Darren O'Day is owed $18 million over the next two seasons. There's been a decent amount of smoke the last few days about the Mets listening to offers for Harvey.
Dec 11 - 5:45 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "would probably need to get more" than Jurickson Profar from the Rangers in a trade for Matt Harvey.

Meanwhile, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears that the Rangers won't deal Profar for a player with one year of control. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that the two teams had discussed a Harvey-for-Profar swap, but it doesn't appear this one has any legs. Harvey posted a 6.70 ERA in 18 starts and one relief appearance in 2017 after returning from thoracic outlet surgery and will be a free agent after the 2018 season.
Dec 11 - 4:13 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Mets and Rangers have discussed a Matt Harvey-for-Jurickson Profar swap.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News speculated on a potential match early Monday morning while Mike Puma of the New York Post reported Monday afternoon that the two sides were talking. It would be the ultimate change-of-scenery deal, as Harvey has seen his career go off course over the past two years due to injury and there's no clear spot for Profar on the Rangers' roster. Heyman notes that there's "nothing firm" between the two sides, but they at least discussed the scenario. Harvey is due to become a free agent after 2018 while Profar still has three years of team control remaining.
Dec 11 - 3:41 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles are seen as one team that could consider a trade for Mets right-hander Matt Harvey.

We know that the Mets have already discussed a potential trade for Harvey with at least two clubs. The Orioles hope to add multiple starters this offseason and could aim to buy-low on Harvey. The 28-year-old is coming off a brutal 6.70 ERA in 92 2/3 innings this past season and has one more year of team control remaining.
Dec 11 - 8:43 AM

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed Matt Harvey with at least two teams this offseason.

According to Ackert, the Mets were attempting to flip him for a reliever and were much more inclined to move Harvey than Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo. Harvey is entering his third and final year of arbitration and is coming off of a troublesome season where he posted a cringe-inducing 6.70 ERA in 92 2/3 innings.
Dec 10 - 11:17 PM

Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that the club is "very high" on first baseman Dominic Smith.

He also indicated that they were not in the market for an upgrade at first base this off-season, which somewhat contradicts his statements from a month ago that Smith wasn't a lock to go into spring training with a starting job. The 22-year-old slashed .198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 49 games as a rookie in 2017.
Dec 10 - 7:47 PM

Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that Michael Conforto (shoulder) may not be ready for Opening Day.

Alderson told reporters Sunday, "He may be ready to go by Opening Day but I don't believe he will be". Conforto underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his left shoulder. Even if he isn't quite ready by Opening Day, he shouldn't be sidelined for much longer.
Dec 10 - 5:09 PM


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