Hot Stove: - Eduardo Nunez, Ty Wigginton, John Lannan, NY Mets, Jack Wilson


John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Braves have asked the Yankees about the availability of Eduardo Nunez. "They need offense, they need a shortstop because they don’t want to bring (Alex) Gonzalez back, and they like Nunez a lot," Harper's source said. "They know the jury is out on him defensively, but they think his offense is strong enough that he could move to the outfield if he can’t be their long-term answer at short." Harper says the two sides haven't discussed any other names, but he opines that Jair Jurrjens could be involved since he's known to be on the block and the Yanks need pitching. It would take a lot more than Nunez to net Jurrjens, though, so he'd have to be part of a package for the right-hander http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/mlb/345627/baseball-headlines?r=1

Phillies acquired infielder Ty Wigginton from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash. On a slow day in baseball, the Phillies made a nice, stealthy acquisition in taking Wigginton off Colorado's hands. The Rockies wanted to shed Wigginton even if it meant covering some of his $3.5 million salary next season (with a $4 million option for 2013 or a $500,000 buyout). Indeed, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Colorado will cover half his 2012 salary. The 34-year-old Wigginton batted .242/.315/.416 with 15 home runs, 47 RBI and a .731 OPS over 446 plate appearances this season while playing first base, third base and both corner outfield spots. In Philly, he'll provide insurance at first base while Ryan Howard is shelved and challenge Placido Polanco at third base, all while providing a bench bat and another backup outfielder. Wigginton hasn't topped a .750 OPS since 2008 and isn't a strong defender at third base, but he's a poor man's Michael Cuddyer for a fraction of the price. http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/mlb/345641/baseball-headlines?r=1

You're as likely to find 27-year-old left-hander John Lannan's name on a Washington Nationals fan's list of the pitchers most likely to be dealt this winter or be pushed out of the rotation next Spring by the next generation of Nats' arms as you are likely to find the '05 11th Round pick out of Siena College listed as part of Washington's projected 2012 rotation. D.C. GM Mike Rizzo mistakenly left Lannan off a list of the Nationals' starters in a recent interview on MLB Network Radio, but when the omission was mentioned, the general manager quickly corrected himself, apologizing for what he said was a simple oversight. "John's been a great pitcher for us, he's terrific," Rizzo told the show's hosts, "A middle-3.00 ERA, a ground ball machine, guy who's going to give us 185.0-200.0 innings. He's a good piece for us. He's a big piece for us. That was just an omission on my part." - http://www.federalbaseball.com/2011/11/20/2576195/washington-nationals-lefty-john-lannan-the-invisible-starter

Offseason agenda: Above all else, they need to re-sign Reyes. On the field, he gives them a superstar who led the NL with a .337 average, scored 101 runs and stole 39 bases last season even while missing 36 games. Off the field, he brings hope. If the Mets lose Reyes, Mets fans have little reason to believe their team can afford to compete in the NL East. The Mets finished the season with questions at first base, second base and right field but have potential in-house answers in Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda. If Davis and Murphy prove 100 percent after season-ending injuries, Davis figures to man first and Murphy could take second with Duda in right. The Mets could bring in a righthanded-hitting veteran outfielder to pair with the lefty-hitting Duda, or if they hang onto Reyes, Murphy could move to the outfield with Ruben Tejada taking second. Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/feed/2011-10/hot-stove-league/story/hot-stove-report-new-york-mets#ixzz1eMsWO8RU

Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Mets, Dodgers and Braves are among the "half-dozen teams" who have shown interest in free agent infielder Jack Wilson. Wilson, who turns 34 in December, is considered a plus-defender, but is also a .266/.307/.368 career hitter and has struggled to stay healthy over the past few seasons. There are a number of teams looking for a shortstop right now, but he is best suited as a backup and late-inning defensive replacement. http://www.rotoworld.com/headlines/mlb/345657/baseball-headlines?r=1


Mike Jay said...

I have to disagree about Reyes being a must sign for the Mets. When healthy he is a very exciting player. That said, as we all know he is an injury prone player who will command a very high salary.

If the Mets sign him, long term the fans will get on them for overpaying for a player who spends quite a bit of time on the DL. If they do not sign him, they will get rousted for not paying him the big bucks.

The Mets are not going anywhere for at least the next 2 years. For the Mets, Reyes is a lose/lose proposition.

Christopher Soto said...


I would STILL rather have 135 games of Jose Reyes a year than anyone else in the league.

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