Mets Rumors & News

  • Mets sign Matt Purke to minors deal

    Hardball Talk "The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker. Purke has not appeared in the..." November 17

  • Mets open to trading away some of their starting pitching depth

    New York Post "As much as the Mets are wary of trading from their potential starting pitching depth, general manager Sandy Alderson is open to the proposition. In an attempt to acquire position players, the Mets will listen if teams ask about the likes of Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Rafael Montero. “We..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Mets leaning towards having Asdrubal Cabrera as starting third baseman in 2018

    Hardball Talk "Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are leaning towards having Asdrubal Cabrera open the 2018 season as the starting third baseman. Nothing is official yet. The Mets picked up Cabrera’s 2018 option earlier this month at $8.25 million. He finished the 2017 season batting..." November 16

  • Mets get some great news on Michael Conforto

    New York Post "Michael Conforto has received excellent medical updates from his surgeons and should be swinging a bat by late January, according to his representatives. Conforto, who had left shoulder surgery in September, is working out regularly and should be a full-go for spring training, at which point it..." November 16

  • Mets’ Carlos Santana interest exposes Dominic Smith concern

    New York Post "Carlos Santana fits the mold of “difference-maker” the Mets desire, and team officials are willing to at least explore the possibility of adding the switch-hitting slugger to a lineup that could use another proven bat. An industry source confirmed Tuesday that the Mets have expressed interest..." November 15

  • After disastrous season, Mets rethinking the way they'll use their pitching staff

    CBS Sports "In more ways than one, the 2017 season was a total disaster for the New York Mets. They went 70-92 and missed the postseason, and their vaunted pitching staff basically disintegrated. The Mets ranked 28th among the 30 teams with a 5.01 ERA, and their starters ranked 27th with a 5.14 ERA...." November 15

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Mets are taking the steps towards planning a future without David Wright as their Opening Day third baseman

    New York Daily News "The Mets are assuming David Wright will not be their Opening Day third baseman. That may be a no-brainer for most fans since Wright has not played a game since May 2016, but it’s been a tricky situation for the front office. The face of the franchise has gone through three major surgeries and..." November 15

  • Mets to consider pursuing Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani

    SNY TV "The Mets are considering pursuing Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani after his Japanese team posts him on the MLB market, according to Newsday's Marc Carig and David Lennon. SNY contributor Andy Martino later confirmed the Newsday report. Ohtani, 23, hit .332 with a .403 OBP, 8 home runs,..." November 15

  • GM Sandy Alderson plans to beef up Mets’ bullpen

    Newsday "General manager Sandy Alderson on Monday laid out a rough plan to return the Mets to contention despite a payroll that is expected to fall from $155 million. “As usual, we’ll try to be creative,” Alderson said on the first day of the general managers’ meetings. “At the same time, we definitely..." November 14

  • Mets finally starting to address that nasty injury problem

    New York Post "The Mets are adding depth to their medical department. After a season in which the team was decimated by injuries, particularly to the starting rotation, general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that two new people will be added to the medical staff — plus a trainer to replace recently fired..." November 14

  • Mets plan to change how pitchers are used in 2018, sources say

    Newsday "The Mets intend to rethink the way they use a pitching staff that disintegrated during a 92-loss season, sources have told Newsday. It’s a philosophical shift that will shape their decisions as general manager Sandy Alderson begins a critical offseason reboot. With the exception of Noah..." November 14

  • Jacob deGrom: “Shorter hair will speed up my delivery”

    New York Daily News "Hair come the Mets. Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom trimmed his long locks in the off-season, but unlike Samson, he expects to be stronger now. “I did some research and I found that shorter hair actually will speed up my delivery and add two more miles to my fastball,” said deGrom, whose..." November 12

  • With limited budget, Mets finding a way to stay healthy may be best way to improve their team

    New York Daily News "If it felt like your team was the most injured in baseball the last few years, Mets fans, well, you are wrong. Over the last eight seasons, the Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, Red Sox and A’s all had more games missed by injured players than the Mets, according to the website mangameslost.com. But if..." November 09

  • What Mets' Amed Rosario thinks about Jose Reyes hitting free agency

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets' former star shortstop and the Mets' future star shortstop became so inseparable this season that from a distance, it became tough to tell which one was which. Their haircuts, or what you could see of them underneath a hat, were the same. They sported similar facial hair and were..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Dee Gordon splash? Solid Royals starter? Sizing up Mets’ free agency

    New York Post "Unlike last November, when their focus was clearly on one player, the Mets enter free agency with surveillance in several directions. Given his team’s holes in the infield, outfield, starting rotation and bullpen, general manager Sandy Alderson will need to be prudent in dividing his available..." November 07

  • Yankees, Mets battling for Mike Moustakas?

    Newark Star-Ledger "A game of musical third basemen could play out in New York this winter. With the Mets (David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera) and Yankees (Chase Headley) both entering the offseason without the future at third base entrenched at the hot corner, expect to see both teams linked to similar..." November 06

  • Mets to hire Gary DiSarcina as bench coach

    New York Daily News "Gary DiSarcina will be the Mets’ new bench coach, sources confirmed Sunday. The former big leaguer was most recently the bench coach for John Farrell in Boston. DiSarcina also has minor-league managerial experience. He managed Boston's low-A team in 2007-09 and its Triple-A team in 2013. He has..." November 06

  • Mets Exercising $8.5M Option For Asdrubal Cabrera

    CBS New York "Asdrubal Cabrera is getting his wish: The Mets are picking up his option. Sources told WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman that New York is exercising the $8.5 million option next season for the infielder, who turns 32 this month. In June, Cabrera, apparently frustrated that the Mets would not..." November 03

  • Former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. joins Mets as first base coach

    New York Daily News "The Mets continue to add experience to their coaching staff. Thursday they added former MLB player and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. as their first base coach, an industry source confirmed. Amaro joins a veteran staff of Pat Roessler as hitting coach and Dave Eiland as pitching coach to back up..." November 03

  • Sources: Mets hiring Dave Eiland as pitching coach

    Newsday "The Mets will hire Dave Eiland as pitching coach, sources told Newsday on Wednesday night, the latest move in what has been a shake-up of the coaching staff under new manager Mickey Callaway. Earlier, industry sources confirmed that Pat Roessler will stay on board and be promoted to hitting..." November 02

  • Mets need to shore up outfield depth this winter given injury history of in-house options

    New York Daily News "Almost a year ago, the Mets were overflowing with outfielders. After picking up the option on Jay Bruce’s contract and then re-signing Yoenis Cespedes, they had an unbalanced roster and were looking to move an outfielder. Now, after releasing Nori Aoki on Monday, they are down to a manageable four..." November 01

  • Pat Roessler promoted to Mets hitting coach, sources say

    Newsday "Though the Mets will be shaking up their coaching staff under new manager Mickey Callaway, a few familiar faces will remain. Pat Roessler will stay on board and be promoted to hitting coach, industry sources confirmed. He will replace former hitting coach Kevin Long. After being passed over for..." November 01

  • Kevin Long unlikely to return as Mets' hitting coach

    Newsday "It appears Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will soon be making an addition to his offseason to-do list: hire a new hitting coach. After getting passed over for the Mets’ managerial opening, hitting coach Kevin Long is not expected to rejoin the organization next season, a source told..." November 01

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Wally Backman reached out to Mets for job, but GM Sandy Alderson shut it down in curt e-mail: source

    New York Daily News "Wally Backman wanted to give it one more shot. The former second baseman who helped the Mets to a World Series in 1986 was heading back to Mexico for winter ball, but before he left he decided to reach out to Flushing one last time. He knew it was a long shot, but he wanted to express his interest..." October 30

  • New York Mets Release Nori Aoki

    The Sports Daily "The New York Mets cleared another 40 man roster spot this afternoon by releasing veteran outfielder Nori Aoki, the team announced on its Twitter account. Aoki, who signed with the Mets in September, batted .284 with eight RBI’s in 27 games for the Mets. The move was likely due to financial reasons..." October 30

  • Could Mickey Callaway and the Mets bring on 1 of these 9 pitching coaches?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Mickey Callaway might have a background as a pitching coach, but he's got bigger problems to worry about than just mechanics and bullpen sessions these days. Callaway and the Mets need to bring in a pitching coach to replace Dan Warthen, who was fired following the conclusion of the season and..." October 26

  • The New York Mets Are The Perfect Example Of How Fast Hope Fades

    Uproxx "There is a dissonance underlying every World Series. Every year we watch as two very good, sometimes great teams vie to determine Major League Baseball’s champion. Even when a 2006 Cardinals team slips on through, baseball’s final showdown remains the pinnacle of the sport. This is as good as it..." October 25

  • World Series-winning pitching coach on the Mets’ radar

    New York Post "In a robust market for big-name pitching coaches the Mets will have plenty of sexy options, but also could promote from within. Mickey Callaway, named Mets manager this week, has provided few if any hints about what he and the organization will seek in a pitching coach. But Callaway, who spent..." October 25

  • Mets introduce Mickey Callaway as their 21st manager

    Newsday "The plan had been to proceed to a second round of interviews. But once Mickey Callaway presented his case to become the Mets’ 21st manager, team brass shifted focus. Their mission no longer was whom they would hire but how they could persuade him to take their offer. After a three-hour..." October 24

  • Mets to offer manager's job to Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway

    USA Today "The New York Mets have offered their managerial job to Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, according to a person with direct knowledge of the offer. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly speak about the offer...." October 22

  • Mets near manager decision with Long, Acta front-runners

    New York Post "Dusty Baker was told he would not be back as the Nationals manager, but he almost certainly will not become part of the Mets’ process for a new skipper. The Mets were described by sources as near the goal line on making a decision on who will replace Terry Collins, with the internal belief that..." October 20

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Mets to interview Alex Cora

    Hardball Talk "Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are interviewing Astros coach Alex Cora wither today or tomorrow. Cora, of course, is in New York as the Astros face the Yankees in the ALCS. He played for the Mets in 2009 and 2010. Cora is in demand, as Ken Rosenthal reports that he is the..." October 16

  • Kevin Long viewed as top choice for Mets job, but Alex Cora drawing rave reviews

    North Jersey "Mets hitting coach Kevin Long has emerged as the early favorite for the team's managerial opening, a source told The Record's Bob Klapisch. Long has been with the organization for the past three years, and has been praised for his ability to communicate with players. Players such as Robinson..." October 16

  • Ausmus out as Mets manager search continues

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Mets‘ managerial search continues this week with new sense of clarity as some names have dropped out of the derby while others have already been interviewed or are scheduled to do so. Former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has taken his name out of the running for the Mets gig,..." October 16

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • New York Mets will buy Syracuse Chiefs, bring its Triple-A team to Syracuse

    Syracuse.com "The New York Mets have reached an agreement to buy the Syracuse Chiefs and make the International League baseball team its top minor league affiliate, according to two sources briefed about the deal. Under terms of the agreement, the Mets will acquire ownership of the Triple-A Chiefs from the..." October 10

  • Brad Ausmus on Mets radar to replace Collins

    Fanrag Sports "Brad Ausmus, who was let go by the Detroit Tigers following their last-place finish, is on the radar of the New York Mets and is in fact said to be a candidate to replace Terry Collins. The Mets have reached out to Ausmus and they’ve had one conversation to date. Ausmus, the erudite Dartmouth..." October 09

  • Mets hire Tony DeFrancesco as Triple-A manager

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Mets have hired Tony DeFrancesco as the new manager of their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, sources tell FanRag Sports. DeFrancesco has spent the past three seasons as manager of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. DeFrancesco was named Baseball..." October 06

  • Carlos Beltran thinks Mets should look into hiring Alex Cora as manager

    sny.tv "Alex Cora would be a great choice to manage the Mets, former Mets outfielder and current Astros DH Carlos Beltran said Tuesday, according to the NY Post. Cora, 44, is among several candidates reportedly being considered by Sandy Alderson, who said Tuesday that he hopes to begin conducting..." October 06

  • Bobby Valentine: Mets should hire one of these two guys

    New York Post "Bobby Valentine has rooting interest as the Mets search for their next manager. As someone who managed two of the potential candidates for the job, Robin Ventura and Joe McEwing, the former Mets manager would love to see a “special” individual in his old seat. “There’s a few hundred guys..." October 06

  • Mets' David Wright: Has back surgery Thursday

    CBS Sports "Wright (shoulder) underwent successful back surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday. Wright officially underwent a laminotomy procedure, which should be able to alleviate some pressure in his back. This comes in addition to rotator cuff surgery that the 34-year-old received a month ago, after..." October 05

  • Sandy Alderson, expected to sign 2-year deal, now faces his biggest challenge with Mets

    New York Daily News "Sandy Alderson wants the challenge. The Mets general manager said rebuilding this team after it bottomed out is something he wants to do and feels a responsibility to do. So Sunday, after starting with the cosmetic change of having Terry Collins step down as manager, Alderson said he appreciates..." October 05

  • Carlos Beltran thinks Mets should consider Alex Cora for managerial opening

    Larry Brown Sports "Carlos Beltran has his opinion as to who his former club should hire as their next manager. The Houston Astros veteran slugger told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post on Wednesday that the New York Mets should look into ex-player and current Astros bench coach Alex Cora for their managerial..." October 05