More to come on this, but it is being widely reported that Carlos Beltran and cash are heading to San Francisco for minor league pitcher Zack Wheeler. We’ll have full Beltran Booty coverage on this to come, but you should know- it involves a lot of approving Rs.
So as the Carlos Beltran Trade Saga reaches its conclusion over the next few days, we’re getting treated to two sets of rumors on parallel tracks. Set One: Team X is in the lead for Beltran, followed closely by Team Y and Team Z. That is quickly followed by a… Read More →
Here at the LoHud Mets Blog, we get letters. (To send us letters, email email@example.com.) Needless to say, it is our youngest readers who are most concerned with the future of the team, which means that our Beltran prospect mail tends to skew younger. Little Jonny P., age 4, writes:... Read More →
As the countdown to the Carlos Beltran ticks away, it is beginning to feel like Christmas morning. A complicated Christmas morning, to be sure, since while whatever is under the tree in prospects will be exciting, one quick look around will reveal that your father’s also left town. But these… Read More →
Over the next few days (or hours, if the Mets strike sooner), I’ll be briefly profiling some of the players rumored to be the return for Carlos Beltran, how they fit with the Mets, and how excited a pirate Mets fan would be if such a trade occurs. Up first:... Read More →
Last year, a 32-year-old righty out of the bullpen posted an unsightly 7.32 ERA. But his xFIP was 3.77, right in line with his career ERA mark of 3.72. His peripherals were strong, and his batting average on balls in play was artificially high. His name was Chad Qualls, and… Read More →
A top-of-the-head lineup of greatest Mets would look something like: Piazza-C, Hernandez 1B, Alfonzo 2B, Wright 3B, Reyes SS, Jones LF, Beltran CF, Strawberry RF. In other words, the opportunities to see a good percentage of the finest Mets to ever man a position together have been rare. Piazza-Hernandez-Strawberry were… Read More →
With all the talk about trading Carlos Beltran, something that is flying under the radar is how expendable many of the Met relievers are. That is, if you assume that the Mets should be more focused on 2012 and beyond than a season that finds them 8.5 out of the… Read More →
The press release rolled into the inbox just after midnight. The Mets traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers early this morning for two players to be named later and cash considerations, according to the Mets, though the New York Post is reporting that the considerations are that the Mets… Read More →
The news, at first blush, isn’t good. The Mets placed Jose Reyes on the DL this afternoon; ESPN reports that he’ll need to rest his injured hamstring for three weeks, to maximize the possibility of a quick recovery. But the reality is, players are going to get hurt. What has… Read More →
In a progressive move, Major League Baseball added a rule allowing players to miss up to three days for paternity leave. The rule gives clubs a chance to add another player, rather than forcing expectant fathers to choose between employer and life-defining event. Willie Harris is the latest Met to… Read More →
After a conversation on Twitter a few weeks ago, I’ve been puzzling over the idea of trading Jason Bay for Adam Dunn, Chicago’s version of a randomly struggling power hitter with a huge contract. And the changed circumstances of Ike Davis, along with the underlying numbers for each of the… Read More →
Dale Thayer, who you might know from such roles as Wednesday night’s losing pitcher, has been optioned to Buffalo. D.J. Carrasco, the righty who’s been starting for Buffalo, gets the call. He’s an effective swingman who should provide bullpen depth.
Look, if I have to experience it, why not pass it along? Whether via trade or free agency, the Boston Red Sox have always struck me as a likely destination for Jose Reyes. Jed Lowrie is a nice player, but he isn’t in Reyes’ class (and is less than a… Read More →
In an effort to have a viable non-Bay on hand, the Mets recalled Lucas Duda from Triple-A, and designated Nick Evans for assignment. Evans will probably head back to Buffalo, though he could opt out. Duda, who has been crushing Triple-A, could quickly suppland Jason Bay in left field. No… Read More →