Mets Rumors & News

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Mets’ Jay Bruce trade market may be down to two

    New York Post "The narrow market for Jay Bruce is getting even thinner. With the Blue Jays and Phillies reportedly on the verge of filling outfield vacancies, the Mets may have to get creative in their efforts to trade Bruce, who became expendable when the club signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract..." January 17

  • Mets want two prospects for Jay Bruce

    Hardball Talk "In a column for CSN Philly on Sunday, Jim Salisbury mentions that the Mets are seeking two prospects for outfielder Jay Bruce. “Prospects,” in this case, seems to be a nebulous term. Salisbury adds that the Phillies have had “longstanding interest” in Bruce, but the team prefers to hold onto its..." January 16

  • Mets, Orioles take 'file and trial' approach with arbitration players

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets and Orioles will adopt a “file-and-trial” approach to their arbitration-eligible players this year, as Marc Carig of Newsday (via Twitter) and Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun (also on Twitter) report. That means that the organizations will only negotiate with players up until..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Mets Avoid Arbitration With Lucas Duda

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have avoided arbitration with first baseman Lucas Duda, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Duda will receive $7.25MM in the deal. That’s a fairly healthy bump over the MLBTR projection of $6.725MM, which would have been a repeat of Duda’s 2016 salary. Ultimately, he’ll get..." January 12

  • Alderson: What’s blocking the Mets from trading Jay Bruce

    New York Post "Jay Bruce’s new team could be his old one, at least to start the spring. With a glut of free-agent bats remaining on a plodding free-agent market, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged Thursday there is a decent chance Bruce will begin spring training with the club next month in Port..." January 12

  • Klapisch: Backman says Mets have 'blackballed' him

    North Jersey "Wally Backman will be managing in the Mexican League this summer, making sure to say he’s “grateful” to have a job — any job — in the aftermath of an ugly parting with the Mets. Backman will be leaving for south of the border in about a month, convinced he’s been blackballed by GM Sandy..." January 11

  • Mets, Zack Wheeler settle at $800k for 2017

    Fanrag Sports "Sources close to the situation have informed FanRag Sports that the New York Mets have avoided arbitration with right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler. As a result of the two sides coming to terms on Wednesday, Wheeler will earn an $800,000 salary for the 2017 season. Despite serving as one of the..." January 11

  • Mets name minor-leaguers invited to MLB spring training without Tim Tebow

    CBS Sports "Normally an announcement like this wouldn't be big news, but here are the Mets' minor-league invites to spring training... ... take note of the absence of Tim Tebow's name. [Oh and Mr. NOBODY CARES internet guy: within minutes of the Mets tweeting that there were already dozens of Twitter..." January 11

  • Wally Backman says Mets have 'blackballed' him

    North Jersey "Wally Backman will be managing in the Mexican League this summer, making sure to say he’s “grateful” to have a job — any job — in the aftermath of an ugly parting with the Mets. Backman will be leaving for south of the border in about a month, convinced he’s been blackballed by GM Sandy..." January 11

  • Mets and Jenrry Mejia agree to contract he will never receive as part of formality

    New York Daily News "The New York Mets and Jenrry Mejia agreed to a one-year, $1,976,000 contract on Tuesday, even though the suspended pitcher will never see the money. Mejia was handed a lifetime ban from baseball last year for failing a third test under the major league drug program. But he is still on the Mets..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces? "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Mets' Syndergaard calls out Bryce Harper in Instagram comment

    Yardbarker "Hey Noah Syndergaard, tell us how you really feel about Bryce Harper. Harper posted a video to his Instagram account Saturday showing him and his brother Bryan in Ohio State gear ahead of the Buckeyes’ playoff game against Clemson. Harper used the “Saturdays are for the boys” line in his video,..." January 01

  • Mets could have cheap bullpen option in ex-Angels, Reds pitcher Jose Arredondo

    New York Daily News "Sandy Alderson and the Mets' front office may have an inexpensive bullpen option for 2017 who is currently pitching lights out for a Venezuela winter ball club. Jose Arredondo, a Dominican right-hander who was originally signed by the Angels in 2002, pitched four seasons in the majors,..." December 30

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • Noah Syndergaard sums up the Mets’ 2016 season in one depressing tweet

    Fox Sports "The New York Mets failed to repeat as National League champions in 2016, though they did overcome a ton of adversity to reach the NL Wild Card Game. Unfortunately for the Mets, they ran into Giants postseason deity Madison Bumgarner in that winner-take-all playoff matchup. And despite seven..." December 28

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Mets haven't tried for David Robertson, who will cost Conforto "To get reliever David Robertson from the White Sox, the Mets would have to include Michael Conforto in the deal, team sources told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert. According to Ackert, though the they haven't ruled out adding Robertson to their bullpen, a source with the White Sox told her..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • How Mets should apply last season’s lessons to potential deal for Andrew McCutchen

    New York Daily News "Sometimes you have to learn to appreciate what you already have. In this season when everyone is dreaming of grand presents of video games, new clothes and jewelry, Mets fans now have high hopes of adding another All-Star outfielder to their team’s lineup. Reports that the Mets had preliminary..." December 21

  • Mets trying to trade for center fielder, but it's complicated

    CBS Sports "A few weeks ago the Mets made the biggest free-agent signing of the offseason when they agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal with Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes has been with the Mets since the 2015 trade deadline and the marriage couldn't be going any better. He loves New York and New York loves..." December 20

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Jeurys Familia remains in line for significant MLB ban

    New York Post "Jeurys Familia’s legal troubles are over after domestic violence charges against him were dropped, but the Mets closer almost certainly will be suspended by MLB, with sources expecting a penalty of approximately 40 games. Familia’s wife, Bianca Rivas, declined to pursue the case during a court..." December 16

  • Domestic Violence Case Against Mets Pitcher Jeurys Familia Dismissed

    CBS New York "A judge on Thursday dismissed the domestic violence case against Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia. Familia pleaded not guilty last month. He was charged with simple assault for an alleged incident at his Fort Lee, New Jersey, apartment in late October. He was released on $1,500 bail. Legal..." December 15

  • Matt Harvey 'feeling great' following surgery and Mets rotation still on the mend

    CBS Sports "Mets right-hander Matt Harvey is progressing well following surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Harvey, who had the procedure in July, has resumed regular offseason baseball workouts, he told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. He's long-tossing at a distance of 120 feet and plans to report to..." December 15

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Familia, Cabrera don’t have Mets’ permission to play winter ball

    New York Post "Don’t buy your tickets yet to see Jeurys Familia pitch in the Dominican winter league or Asdrubal Cabrera play in the Venezuelan winter league. Both veterans hope to get in some game action in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. However, neither can do so without the Mets’ consent. The..." December 14

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • Yankees, Mets floating vets in deals as only way to tweak rosters

    New York Post "The price for Aroldis Chapman and Yoenis Cespedes went beyond their contracts. Both the Mets and Yankees are currently in holding patterns, and unless they can remove salary from their payrolls then what you see might be what you get as far as rosters are concerned. In the aftermath of signing..." December 14

  • Alderson: Wright Slowly Working His Way Back To Mets

    CBS New York "Mets third baseman David Wright expects to resume baseball activities next month following back surgery last spring. General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday the Mets captain will report to the team’s Florida complex in January, a month or more ahead of spring training. Wright, who turns 34..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • 9 MLB contenders that still have glaring holes on their rosters

    Fox Sports "The Winter Meetings featured a flurry of activity, but the trip to Maryland wasn’t one-stop shopping for every major-league team. Unlike holiday shoppers -- who are down a dozen shopping days until Dec. 25 – MLB teams still have about two months before spring training. Therefore, there is..." December 12

  • Mets give Familia permission to play winter ball "Mets closer Jeurys Familia has received permission to pitch in winter ball as he faces possible suspension via Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence Policy, ESPN reported on Sunday. The Mets haven't officially issued a comment. Familia, 27, is scheduled to attend a court hearing on..." December 11

  • 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

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