Player News - Mets

Date: Team: Pos:
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Blue Jays still have some interest in Jay Bruce.

However, he adds that they're "offering little" for the Mets outfielder. The Mets are looking to trade Bruce after they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, but they've received more interest on the market in Curtis Granderson. Bruce slugged 33 home runs in 2016, but he hit just .219/.294/.391 down the stretch for the Mets and his glove has really slipped in recent years.
Dec 6 - 12:02 AM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that shortstop prospect Amed Rosario will play multiple positions in 2017.

Rosario has played shortstop exclusively in the minors aside from one game at third base in 2014. He's one of the top shortstop prospects in the game and could take over as the Mets' starter there as soon as 2018, but his best chance to contribute with the big club in 2017 is to increase his versatility. Alderson noted that third base in particular is where Rosario could see time, and that could be an area of need for the Mets if David Wright's back doesn't hold up.
Dec 5 - 7:50 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday that Jose Reyes will be tried in the outfield during spring training.

The idea first popped up in early November, and it sounds like the Mets fully plan to go through with it. Reyes hasn't played any outfield since rookie ball in 2000 -- when he was 17 years old -- but he probably still has enough athleticism in that 33-year-old body to pull it off. It would obviously give the Mets a little more flexibility.
Dec 5 - 3:48 PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he expects David Wright (neck) to be ready for Opening Day in 2017.

Wright is scheduled to begin baseball activities later this month and has no other medical hurdles to clear, so he should be on a fairly normal workout schedule leading into the start of spring training. How he holds up throughout the summer is another story. Wright was limited to 37 games in 2016 and 38 games in 2015. He underwent a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery this past June for a herniated disc and spinal stenosis.
Dec 5 - 3:43 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are willing to listen to trade offers on outfielder Michael Conforto.

With Yoenis Cespedes back in the fold, the club now has the flexibility to be creative in order to fill their other needs. They'd certainly prefer to deal Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, but Conforto could fetch a much better return. Their priority at the winter meetings seems to be adding at least one, if not two, late-inning relievers.
Dec 4 - 5:30 PM

Mark Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets prefer a reliever with team control and a prospect in any potential trade for Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce.

The Mets are stockpiled with talent in their outfield, and they're planning on moving quickly this winter to jettison either Granderson or Bruce. With the uncertainty looming around the potential suspension of Jeurys Familia, the club has made it a priority to upgrade the backend of their bullpen.
Dec 4 - 4:49 PM

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


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