Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates spoke to the Mets about trading for first baseman Ike Davis, a source told the Tribune-Review on Tuesday. Davis is a left-handed hitter who has shown a blend of power and on-base skills throughout his career. If acquired, he would presumably platoon with Gaby Sanchez at first..." December 18
ESPN New York "Daniel Murphy said his agents spoke with Mets executives during the winter meetings and came away feeling that he will be a Met in 2014. Moreover, Murphy added Tuesday, he wants to be a Met next season. Murphy remains under the Mets' control through the 2015 season. Sources told..." December 17
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
Worth repeating: a good team-friendly deal could develop for the Mets with 1B Kendrys Morales in February or March.
The #Mets have traded RHP Seth Rosin to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations. Rosin was selected in yesterday's Rule 5 Draft.
New York Post "Mets officials say they grimaced, swallowed, accepted the questions and the zings because, well, they had to do so. They were interrogated Tuesday about whether Curtis Granderson was their lone significant play and whether they were going to reach deeply into their pockets again this offseason..." December 12
brewers-mets meeting on ike davis. milwaukee needs a real 1B. loney also still on board. hou pitt tb also seek 1B.
Mets have agreed to terms with Bartolo Colon. Hearing its 2-year deal, pending physical.
Sources: #Mets, Colon in agreement on two-year, $20M deal, pending physical.
Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with Bartolo Colon. Colon going from out of baseball in 2010 to throwing 507 innings with a 3.32 ERA over the past three seasons is a remarkable story, especially considering he was 38 years old..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "The Mariners took two first baseman off the board earlier today by agreeing to a deal with Corey Hart and acquiring Logan Morrison from the Marlins. Could Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis be the next domino to fall? While nothing appears to be imminent, Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reports..." December 11
ESPN New York "The Yankees have joined the Mets among the total of eight teams that have expressed interest in Johan Santana for 2014, sources have told ESPN New York. The talks with all the teams are in the preliminary stages. Santana, 34, has not pitched in two of the past three seasons because of..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
New York Post "The Mets want to know if Johan Santana still loves them. According to an industry source, team officials met with the free-agent lefty’s representatives on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings and were interested in knowing whether Santana’s first choice for 2014 would be a return to the Mets. But..." December 11
If #Brewers find out they're not signing Hart, sound positioned to move quickly on Ike Davis. Have done extensive background work on him.
#Mets have agreed on a new contract to bring RHP Jeremy Hefner back, after non-tendering him last week. He'll rehab from Tommy John in 2014.
Mets still in SS market. Stephen Drew still in play.
Curtis Granderson will wear No. 3.
Mets are interested in knowing if they would be Santana's top choice, but were told it's too early to know. At least 7 teams interested.
CBSSports.com "The Orioles and Mets are among the many teams with interest in free agent left-hander Johan Santana, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Santana, 34, did not pitch at all in 2013 after having surgery to repair a..." December 10
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
New York Daily News "Sandy Alderson still has work to do. He's expected to make the acquisition of free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson official with a press conference at the winter meetings sometime this week, the Mets general manager said he is happy with that progress, but he's not finished making..." December 09
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Mets had meeting today with agent for Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65 in 30 starts, 190 IP for Oak in 2013).
#Mets have a 4-yr agreement with Curtis Granderson, the Post has learned
New York Post "The Mets are in no hurry to bid against themselves for Curtis Granderson’s services. With it unclear if there is another team willing to offer the free-agent outfielder three years, never mind four, the Mets were holding steady in negotiations on Thursday. On the table for Granderson was a..." December 06
Newsday "After three years of financial austerity under the watch of general manager Sandy Alderson, the Mets moved closer Wednesday to making a major free-agent splash of their own. Negotiations with outfielder Curtis Granderson have heated up, according to sources, with the Mets expressing some..." December 05
Source: #Mets “moving forward” on Granderson, have cooled on Nelson Cruz.
ESPN New York "Talks between the New York Mets and Curtis Granderson's representatives intensified late Tuesday, and a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com the organization is negotiating to land the free-agent outfielder on a three-year deal. A second source said late Tuesday night that..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Newark Star-Ledger "Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is still considering filing a grievance against the Mets for the timing of his promotion to the major leagues in September, according to a person with knowledge of Tejada’s thinking. The person requested anonymity because the discussions were to remain private. The..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
Newark Star-Ledger "With a midnight non-tender deadline looming, the Mets have notified shortstop Omar Quintanilla and reliever Scott Atchison that they will not be tendered a contract, both players informed The Star-Ledger via text message this afternoon. The two players are now free agents, leaving the Mets'..." December 02
Scott Atchison also has been non-tendered, I'm told. #mets
ESPN New York "Jordany Valdespin's troubled tenure with the Mets has ended. Valdespin has been non-tendered by the Mets, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. Scott Atchison and Omar Quintanilla were cut loose earlier in the day. Valdespin had plenty of flair, and his signature moment came with a pinch-hit homer..." December 02
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Sources: #Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met yesterday with free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson.
ESPN.com "A Mets official downplayed the team's interest in Bronson Arroyo, now suggesting a meeting may or may not take place with the free-agent pitcher. The team insider characterized the Mets' actual interest in Arroyo as "not super high." ESPNNewYork.com, relying on a source familiar with the..." December 02
One name Mets will keep an eye for non-tender is ChiSox Tyler Flowers. Team execs have liked him in the past. Potential d'Arnaud backup.