Player News - Mets

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

According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia, the Mets are seeking a pair of prospects in potential trades for outfielder Jay Bruce.

The Phillies have shown interest in Bruce in the past and could use some left-handed power in the middle of their lineup, though they could just prefer to sign a cheaper option through free agency and hold on to their prospects. The trade market for Bruce has been incredibly slow to develop this winter.
Jan 15 - 7:37 PM

Wilmer Flores requested $2.2 million and was offered $1.8 million by the Mets when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The two sides aren't that far apart, and a union in the $2 million range isn't out of the question. MLBTradeRumors.com projected that the 25-year-old would earn $1.9 million in arbitration, which is also in the range between the figures that were filed. Flores is set to enter the 2017 season as a utility infielder for the Mets, but given the lengthy injury history of some of their veterans, there are paths available to full-time at-bats.
Jan 13 - 9:58 PM

Mets and RHP Matt Harvey avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.125 million contract.

James Wagner of the New York Times says Harvey can make an additional $100,000 in incentives. The righty had a rough 2016 and then had thoracic outlet surgery in July, so he's a wild card heading into 2017.
Jan 13 - 4:49 PM

Mets and RHP Jacob deGrom avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.05 million contract.

ESPN New York's Adam Rubin notes that it's a record for a first-time eligible starting pitcher who didn't pitch enough innings the previous season to qualify for the ERA title. DeGrom had surgery in September to repair ulnar nerve damage in his right elbow, but he's not expected to be limited in spring training.
Jan 13 - 3:59 PM

Mets and RHP Addison Reed avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.75 million contract.

It was the reliever's final year of arbitration eligibility. Reed will likely enter 2017 as the Mets' closer before sliding back into a setup role after Jeurys Familia returns from an expected suspension.
Jan 13 - 1:40 PM

Mets and RHP Jeurys Familia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.425 million contract.

The closer was eligible for arbitration for a second time this winter. Familia is likely facing a suspension for a domestic violence incident last October.
Jan 13 - 1:36 PM

Mets and LHP Josh Edgin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $675,000 contract.

Edgin posted a 5.23 ERA over 16 appearances for the Mets last season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. He'll make a little more than the MLB minimum in 2017.
Jan 13 - 12:45 PM

Mets and C Travis d'Arnaud avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year $1.875 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the first time. D'Arnaud batted a disappointing .247/.307/.323 with four homers in 2016 but is in line to see the bulk of playing time at catcher again for the Mets in 2017.
Jan 13 - 11:02 AM

Mets and 1B Lucas Duda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.25 million contract.

Duda made $6.75 million last season. This is his final year of arbitration, meaning he will be a free agent next offseason. Duda will turn 31 years old in a couple of weeks and is coming off an injury-plagued season where he hit just .229 with seven home runs and a .714 OPS in 47 games. The Mets will hope for improved health and results in his walk year.
Jan 12 - 5:11 PM

Mets signed LHP Adam Wilk to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Wilk posted a decent 3.61 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 75/13 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings (15 starts) last season for Triple-A Durham. He'll presumably function as organizational rotation depth for the Mets in 2017. Or maybe they'll try the 29-year-old southpaw as a reliever.
Jan 12 - 3:48 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, Mets GM Sandy Alderson is "starting to say publicly" that the Mets might not trade outfielder Jay Bruce.

Alderson has been aggressively shopping the 29-year-old slugger all winter, but this market remains far too crowded for players of Bruce's type. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that the Mets would have to eat a significant amount of money to find a willing trade partner, and even then they probably wouldn't get any talent in return. New York might as well go ahead and open the 2017 season with Bruce as a backup outfielder and bench bat.
Jan 12 - 1:06 PM

Mets and RHP Zack Wheeler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Wheeler began his Mets career with much promise, turning in sub-3.55 ERAs in 2013 and 2014. During that 2014 season, the right-hander held a 3.54 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 187/79 K/BB ratio across 185 1/3 frames covering 32 starts. He hasn't seen the major-league mound since. In March of 2015, he underwent Tommy John surgery and subsequently was hit with several setbacks in his rehab which ultimately prevented him from pitching in 2016. He is expected to be a contributing member for the Mets this coming season, though whether he returns to the rotation or moves to the bullpen remains to be seen. Wheeler has said that he is open to either option.
Jan 11 - 4:38 PM

According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves are considering free agent Kelly Johnson as a bench player.

Bringing back veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur is also a possibility, per O'Brien's sources. Johnson batted just .247/.306/.391 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 131 games last season between the Braves and Mets -- the two teams he also played for in 2015. The veteran utilityman turns 35 years old next month.
Jan 9 - 1:24 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets will probably have to include cash in a potential trade involving Jay Bruce.

The Mets didn't hesitate to pick up Bruce's $13 million option for 2017, but a rival general manager told Rosenthal that the club probably should've declined it. They're desperate to trade Bruce after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes but have found the market for the outfielder to be less than desirable. Rosenthal notes that the Mets would likely receive a "minimal" return for Bruce even after including money in the deal. The Blue Jays are one team that could still have some interest.
Jan 6 - 9:28 AM

Jeurys Familia intends to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Familia has been pitching in the Dominican Winter League in preparation for the WBC. The Mets' closer is still expected to be issued a lengthy suspension from MLB, even though his wife declined to press charges following a domestic violence incident from October 31. It's unclear when MLB will announce a punishment and if he'll be prevented from pitching in the WBC.
Jan 5 - 11:25 PM


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