Mets Rumors & News

  • Royals or Mets? Who has the better chance to return to the World Series in 2016?

    Fox Sports "With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in just two weeks, it's time for every fan base to dream big -- even if contending is merely a dream for some of them. For the two teams that played into November, however, there are legitimate reasons to believe they can return to the..." February 05

  • Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokeless Tobacco

    New York Times "Quietly during the 2015 baseball season, Major League Baseball and the players’ union jointly hired Dr. Michael Steinberg, the director of the Rutgers University tobacco-dependence program, to serve as a consultant to the sport. If any player or other club employee wanted to quit using smokeless..." February 05

  • Mets, Zack Wheeler eyeing July 1 return

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets have decided to extend the timetable for Zack Wheeler's return from Tommy John surgery, settling on July 1 as a target date, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday. While Wheeler had said he hoped to return as early as June, the Mets decided to abide by the advice of doctors and..." February 04

  • Mets’ new bullpen addition much more than a lefty specialist

    New York Post "Antonio Bastardo is one serious man. And that is exactly the attitude the Mets need to clean up their eighth-inning bullpen woes. Bastardo does not want manager Terry Collins to have to extend closer Jeurys Familia by bringing him in for four- or five-out saves. The lefty said he will handle..." February 04

  • How much would it cost Mets to lock up their young starters right now?

    CBS Sports "Last year the Mets won the NL East for the first time since 2006 and made the World Series for the first time since 2000. Yeah, they lost to the Royals, but winning the pennant is one heck of an accomplishment. That qualifies as a great season in my book. The Mets made it to the World Series..." February 04

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Mets, Jeurys Familia Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "While the majority of the 156 players that filed for salary arbitration have agreed to terms with their teams, either on a one-year deal for 2016 or on an extension, the cases of 17 players remained unresolved as of Wednesday morning. You can track the status of each case using MLBTR’s 2016..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Wheeler doesn't want to make mediocre Mets return

    The Score "Zack Wheeler hasn't appeared in a game for the New York Mets since September of 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and with his return scheduled for the team's upcoming campaign, the 25-year-old has high expectations for himself. "You don't want to come back and be mediocre or below..." February 03

  • Mets trade Darrell Ceciliani to Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets have traded outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations, the team announced Tuesday. The Mets had designated Ceciliani for assignment last week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Yoenis Cespedes. " February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Re-meet Zack Wheeler: Chasing ‘greatness,’ threatening hitters

    New York Post "This is not just about getting back on the mound following Tommy John surgery. No, let Zack Wheeler tell you his plans. This is what he wants when he returns to the Mets. “It’s greatness,’’ Wheeler told The Post on Monday at the club’s minor league complex after throwing on flat ground at 90..." February 02

  • Carlos Torres Clears Waivers, Elects Free Agency

    Newark Star-Ledger "Mets right-hander Carlos Torres has cleared outright waivers and has elected free agency, the team announced Monday. The Mets designated Torres for assignment last week to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for lefty Antonio Bastardo. Torres had been a workhorse for the Mets out of the bullpen..." February 01

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Mets, Neil Walker settle arbitration case, new second baseman gets $10.55M for 2016

    New York Daily News "Jeurys Familia is now the lone potential arbitration case remaining for the Mets. Newly acquired second baseman Neil Walker settled with the club Friday on a $10.55 million contract, becoming the eighth of the nine Mets eligible for arbitration to agree to one-year deals in recent..." January 30

  • Carlos Torres lands on waivers after trade doesn't materialize

    ESPN "Reliever Carlos Torres has been placed on waivers by the New York Mets. The Mets had designated Torres for assignment last Friday to clear a 40-man roster spot for the addition of Antonio Bastardo. The club then had a week to trade Torres, but did not find a sufficient return." January 30

  • Doc Gooden: How ‘crazy good’ Mets can become a dynasty

    New York Post "Dwight Gooden is not afraid to break out the “D’’ word when talking about the pitching-rich Mets. That is “D’’ as in Dynasty. The 2016 season marks the 30th anniversary of Gooden’s Mets winning the World Series. The Mets haven’t won since. A lot of people thought those Mets would win more..." January 29

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • Mets designate outfielder Darrell Ceciliani for assignment

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets announced Wednesday that they have designated outfielder Darrell Ceciliani for assignment, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster for Yoenis Cespedes. " January 28

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Why Mets’ addition of Antonio Bastardo is key to Sandy Alderson’s plan

    Newsday "The signing of lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo carried none of the pizazz of the Mets’ emergence as the winners of the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes. But to general manager Sandy Alderson, it represented another example of the lower-profile moves this winter that the Mets hope translates into..." January 27

  • GM: Yoenis Cespedes signing shows Mets want to win now

    Newsday "The Mets weren’t bluffing. Indeed, for much of the offseason, and despite a growing outcry from fans, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets believed that the chances of keeping Yoenis Cespedes looked unlikely. But throughout it all, Alderson said on a conference call on Wednesday, the..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

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    David Lennon @DPLennon

    #Mets make it official. Will retire Piazza's No. 31 on Saturday, July 30 vs. Rockies.

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

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    Mike Puma @NYPost_Mets

    Sounds like the Twins might have some interest in Carlos Torres.

  • Report: Cespedes to undergo physical for Mets on Tuesday

    The Score "The New York Mets will take another step towards finalizing a three-year, $75-million deal with Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday when the outfielder will be in town to undergo his physical, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN. Cespedes reportedly agreed to return to the Mets on Friday, despite receiving..." January 25

  • Mets to retire Mike Piazza’s No. 31 in July ceremony

    Hardball Talk "Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown, New York and one week later the Mets will retire his No. 31 at Citi Field, the team announced today. Piazza’s jersey will be retired on July 30 and there’s also a Piazza bobblehead giveaway scheduled for July 31...." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    duda settles with mets at $6.725M

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    mejia $2.47M settlement is the midpoint but represents a cut from his $2.595M '15 salary. 2-time drug loser in tough spot.

  • Yoenis Cespedes will be eligible for a qualifying offer next winter

    Hardball Talk "As part of his reported three-year, $75 million deal with the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes will have the ability to opt out of the contract after the first year. He will receive a $27.5 million salary for 2016 if he decides to opt out. Due to his major league service time, there was some question about..." January 23

  • Mets captain David Wright blasts rumor Yoenis Cespedes is bad teammate

    New York Daily News "Just hours before the Mets landed Yoenis Cespedes on a three-year deal, David Wright was defending the slugger’s honor. The Mets’ captain wanted those who were leaking rumors about Cespedes being a bad clubhouse guy to put their names behind the claims. Because he couldn’t feel more..." January 23

  • Yoenis Cespedes agrees to three-year deal with Mets

    SI "Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has agreed to terms with the New York Mets on a deal for three years with a one-year opt-out clause, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports estimates the deal is in the $75 million range and includes a no-trade clause. If Cespedes opts..." January 23

  • Cespedes prefers to stay in New York, calls Yankees as Mets talk upping contract offer

    New York Daily News "Yoenis Cespedes loves playing in New York. Does he love it enough to leave millions on the table from the Nationals and re-sign with the Mets? That surprising possibility emerged on Thursday night as Cespedes went about deciding between a five-year offer from the Nationals and the parameters of..." January 22

  • Cespedes torn between Nats' offer, desire to stay with Mets

    Fox Sports "Late Thursday afternoon, the Nationals’ signing of free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes seemed likely, if not inevitable. The Nats had made Cespedes a five-year offer for an unspecified amount, according to major-league sources. The Mets were unwilling to go beyond three years, sources..." January 22

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Sources: After missing out on Upton, Nationals pursuing Yoenis Cespedes

    Fox Sports "Almost a year ago to the day, the Nationals stunned the baseball world and signed free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 free-agent contract. Could the signing of free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes be the next bombshell out of Washington D.C.? The exact market for..." January 21

  • Mets agree to terms with reliever Antonio Bastardo

    CBS Sports "The Mets have agreed to terms with free-agent lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo, reports Jon Heyman. A source tells Robert Murray that the deal is for $12 million over two years. Bastardo, 30, is coming off a 2015 season with the Pirates in which he pitched to a 2.98 ERA and 2.46 K/BB ratio in 57..." January 21

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Antonio bastardo has an agreement with mets

  • The solution for the Mets is easy: Sign Yoenis Cespedes to a five-year deal

    Fox Sports "The solution for the Mets is easy – so easy, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before. Sign Yoenis Cespedes. Sign him to a five-year, $120 million contract with a two-year opt-out and a ton of deferred money. Cespedes, 30, could claim victory – he would get the long-term security he..." January 20

  • Padres monitoring market for Cespedes

    San Diego Union-Tribune "With a month left until spring training, the Padres' offseason has involved few mentions of high-end pursuits. General Manager A.J. Preller said in December his focus would not be on pricey free agents. But now it is Jan. 19, and Yoenis Cespedes remains unsigned. According to a source, the..." January 20

  • Source: Antonio Bastardo’s Market Heating Up; Four Teams Interested

    Baseball Essential "The market for free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo is beginning to heat up, with the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets all interested, according to a league source. Bastardo’s market has been somewhat quiet this offseason, but with it heating up, he..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20