Mets Rumors & News

  • Sandy Alderson OK leaving Winter Meetings without making any moves, Mets GM is content to let market shake out

    New York Daily News "The Mets left the Winter Meetings Thursday having not made a single move during what is billed as baseball's hottest week of the offseason. Still, Sandy Alderson and his staff departed the Gaylord National Harbor hotel feeling that they are in really good shape heading into 2017. "We laid some..." December 08

  • Mets have no plans to trade stud prospect Amed Rosario

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets have been so strong in their refusal to trade top shortstop prospect Amed Rosario that general manager Sandy Alderson said most teams don't even bother to ask about him anymore. "We've made it clear before and continue to make it clear when his name is mentioned," Alderson said..." December 08

  • Mets hitting coach seriously thinks Tim Tebow can make it to the major leagues

    USA Today "Mets manager Terry Collins already said he wants Tim Tebow at camp for the Mets’ spring training. Mets hitting coach Kevin Long took it even further on Wednesday. He thinks that Tebow can actually make the big-league club. In an interview with Dan Dakich on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis,..." December 08

  • Zack Wheeler on Mets bullpen plan: ‘It might be best thing’

    New York Post "Wheels up for the Mets bullpen – for now. Zack Wheeler gave his blessing Wednesday to working out of the Mets bullpen as he fights his way back from missing two seasons following Tommy John surgery. Earlier in the week, general manager Sandy Alderson said the bullpen may be where Wheeler..." December 07

  • Mets receiving little interest in Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson

    New York Daily News "As the Mets front office met with agents and talk to other teams during the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings, they have not found much interest from teams in Jay Bruce. Even the possibility of dealing Curtis Granderson has brought limited interest. The Mets need to move Bruce or Granderson..." December 06

  • Mets will try Jose Reyes in the outfield

    Newark Star-Ledger "General manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that the Mets will likely try Jose Reyes in the outfield during spring training. "I think we may run him out there," Alderson said on Day 1 of the 2016 Winter Meetings at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. "We didn't want to do it last..." December 06

  • Mets likely to put Tim Tebow in minor league camp for spring

    ESPN "Although the formal decision has not been made, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson foresees Tim Tebow being assigned to minor league camp during spring training. Tebow, a former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner with the Florida Gators, nonetheless would be borrowed for..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Mets' success hinges on a six-man rotation

    New York Daily News "Jacob deGrom wavered Friday. One of the pitchers who had not been happy with the idea of the Mets changing his regular routine, deGrom was definitely more open to listening after the injury-plagued 2016 Mets season. The righthander said that he would listen if the Mets come to him this spring..." December 02

  • Rene Rivera settles on $1.75M contract with Mets, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Rene Rivera is staying with the Mets after all. Rivera, the Mets' biggest non-tender candidate this offseason, has settled on a $1.75 million contract with the club for 2017, according to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Friday is the non-tender deadline, but the Mets are expected..." December 02

  • Steven Matz cleared for regular offseason program

    Newsday "Mets lefthander Steven Matz said doctors have given him permission to return to his regular offseason routine, which will allow him to begin throwing for the first time since he had surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his elbow. “I got cleared,” Matz told WOR radio Thursday. “The..." December 02

  • Sandy Alderson now shifts attention to Mets bullpen

    New York Post "Now comes the creative phase of the Mets’ offseason. The more straight-forward portion concluded Wednesday, when Yoenis Cespedes’ new four-year contract worth $110 million became official at Citi Field, leaving general manager Sandy Alderson and his lieutenants to ponder the bullpen and perhaps..." December 01

  • Mets still trying to figure out closer situation, Jeurys Familia

    New York Daily News "The Mets are not any clearer about their closer situation than they were a month ago. With Jeurys Familia facing assault charges in a domestic violence incident and a possible suspension from the league, both Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon said Wednesday they were waiting for the legal situation..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • Four teams to keep an eye on at the 2017 Winter Meetings

    Yardbarker "On Wednesday night, the baseball world got good news when the league's owners and the players union came to an agreement regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new CBA will be in place for the next five years and while both sides made concessions that people are moaning about, the most..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Mets not moving Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares; prefer to trade Jay Bruce

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets apparently have a strict preference as to which of their outfielders they would like to keep and which they would like to deal. According to a report by Anthony DiComo of on Wednesday, the Mets are making it clear that they don’t intend to deal Michael Conforto or Juan..." November 30

  • Blue Jays interested in Dexter Fowler, Jay Bruce

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays, knowing they may end up losing right fielder Jose Bautista this winter, are showing a strong interest in free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler, sources tell FanRag Sports. Fowler became a free agent this winter after, like Bautista, turning down a one-year, $17.2..." November 30

  • Mets Trade Verrett To Orioles, Reportedly Looking To Deal Bruce Or Granderson

    CBS New York "The Mets traded pitcher Logan Verrett to the Orioles on Wednesday and are reportedly trying to deal one of their left-handed-hitting outfielders. The Mets will receive an undisclosed sum of cash in exchange for Verrett, a right-hander who went 3-8 with a 5.20 ERA in 35 appearances, including 12..." November 30

  • Mets receiving more trade interest in Curtis Granderson than Jay Bruce thus far

    Newsday "While Jay Bruce has long been assumed to be the most likely Mets outfielder to be traded away this offseason, a source this week said that Curtis Granderson has received more interest in trade talks thus far. That has left the Mets open to the possibility of dealing Granderson instead of Bruce,..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • With Cespedes back, Mets may look to trade one of their outfielders

    CBS Sports "The Mets on Tuesday agreed to terms with slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on a four-year, $110 million contract. That gives the Mets some much needed assurances in terms of power in the lineup, but it also leaves them with a bit of an outfield glut. Cespedes joins fellow fly-catchers Curtis..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka to play winter ball in Puerto Rico

    Fanrag Sports "Daisuke Matsuzaka has not given up baseball as a career, returning to his native Japan to pitch in a big-league game for the first time in 10 years since prior to joining the Red Sox. Now, he’ll attempt to stabilize his career — to a degree — by playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. “I’ve been..." November 30

  • Mets could see JD Martinez as Cespedes fall-back

    Fanrag Sports "Yoenis Cespedes remains by far and away the Mets’ main outfield target, but sources say the team has some interest in Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a fall-back option should things not work out for Martinez. The Mets have been hopeful of doing a quicker deal with Cespedes this winter than..." November 29

  • Re-signing Yoenis Cespedes a move the Mets had to make

    ESPN "Make it two years in a row that the New York Mets have re-signed their slugger -- with favorable terms. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract with the Mets on Tuesday that should be finalized within days. And that makes it two straight offseasons that Mets..." November 29

  • Report: Blue Jays “making a push” for Jay Bruce

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays are among several teams making a push for Mets outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mets signed free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on Tuesday afternoon, giving them four starting-caliber outfielders for three positions. Bruce, no surprise, is expected to be..." November 29

  • Yoenis Cespedes is coming back to the Mets

    New York Post "Yo is back. The Mets have reached an agreement to re-sign star slugger Yoenis Cespedes, according to FOX Sports. The deal is worth a reported $110 million over four years. Cespedes, 31, was considered the top free agent in baseball. He hit .280 with 31 homers and 86 RBIs last season as..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Tim Teufel to remain with Mets as minor league instructor

    Newsday "Tim Teufel, replaced as Mets third- base coach last week, has decided to stay with the organization as a roving minor-league infield instructor and club ambassador, the Mets announced Friday. Teufel, 58, was removed from his job on Terry Collins’ staff in favor of Glenn Sherlock, a former..." November 26

  • Mets' Noah Syndergaard declines invite to pitch for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

    New York Daily News "Noah Syndergaard has declined an invite to pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic to focus on the Mets’ 2017 season, his agent confirmed Tuesday night. Syndergaard took into consideration the injuries the Mets rotation suffered last season, and will continue his stringent..." November 23

  • Yoenis Cespedes not part of Yankees’ free agent plans

    New York Daily News "After the Yankees dealt veteran Brian McCann to the Astros last week, Brian Cashman said the move opened up the possibility of pursuing some lumber while the team still focuses on its main goal of strengthening the rotation and bullpen. But don’t expect free-agent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Cespedes will get extra year he craves — but from Mets?

    New York Post "The Mets remain optimistic a deal can be struck that will return Yoenis Cespedes to their lineup in 2017, but market forces are threatening to thwart that reunion. Within the industry, there is a growing sense the star outfielder will command a five-year deal, which would leave the Mets facing..." November 22

  • Blue Jays showing interest in free agent left-hander Jerry Blevins

    MLB Trade Rumors "After seeing Brett Cecil agree to a surprising four-year, $30.5MM contract with the Cardinals over the weekend, the Blue Jays are turning their focus to other free-agent lefties and have interest in Jerry Blevins, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet (Twitter link). Toronto had reportedly..." November 21

  • RA Dickey adopting ‘Little Ugly’ nickname to go with Bartolo Colon’s ‘Big Sexy’

    Larry Brown Sports "Like Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey is a veteran quadragenarian right-hander who signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves this offseason. And now he has the nickname to rival Colon’s as well. Dickey announced on Friday that he’s adopting a new moniker to go with Colon’s renowned “Big Sexy”..." November 19

  • Amed Rosario among those Mets protect from Rule 5 Draft

    Newsday "Amed Rosario headed a list of five prospects the Mets protected from the Rule 5 draft. The others include righthanders Chris Flexen and Marcos Molina, outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, and catcher Thomas Nido. All were added to the 40-man roster by Friday’s deadline, making them ineligible to be..." November 18

  • Victim In Jeurys Familia Domestic Violence Case Asks Charges To Be Dropped

    MLB Trade Rumors "The victim in the domestic violence case against Mets closer Jeurys Familia has asked that charges be dropped, reports Jim Baumbach of Newsday (Twitter link). Back on Nov. 1, news broke that Familia had been arrested and charged with simple assault in an alleged domestic violence incident. Even..." November 18

  • Alderson optimistic about Tebow despite scouts' concerns

    New York Post "As the first step in Tim Tebow’s baseball career wound down with the end of the Arizona Fall League, scouts from several teams continued to have harsh words for the former quarterback and current Mets farmhand. “Awful,” said one AL scout. “Stinks,” said one from the NL. “Ugly,” said..." November 18

  • Tim Tebow’s Arizona Fall League season ends with horrendous assessments by scouts

    Hardball Talk "The Arizona Fall League ends this week. Tim Tebow’s stint in the Fall League ended last night. The final batting line: .194/.296/.242 in 70 plate appearances in 19 games. He hit three doubles and no homers. He walked eight times. He struck out 20 times. To be fair, Tebow did improve as his fall..." November 18

  • Yoenis Cespedes interested in returning to Mets, but is talking with ‘a few’ other teams

    New York Daily News "The Mets are still very much in the mix. While they do not know where they stand exactly with Yoenis Cespedes, the team feels that the Cuban slugger has narrowed down the teams he is talking to and the Mets remain strongly in the running, a team source said. “I know he’s talked to some people...." November 18

  • Familia hires Chapman's lawyer in domestic case

    New York Post "Jeurys Familia has retained the services of a prominent attorney to aid him in his upcoming day of judgment with Major League Baseball, The Post has learned. Jay Reisinger confirmed that he will represent Familia with respect to MLB’s investigation into Familia’s Oct. 31 arrest for domestic..." November 18

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