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Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
You didn't just watch an 8-0 loss by the Pirates. It could have been 1-0. This was a pitching domination in a one game series after a 162-game season. Absolutely stupid that baseball couldn't work out the best of five for this series.
Russell Martin could begin the breakup of a team that, two years ago, just seemed to be forming.
Boy, I'm sure happy I'm a Mets fan tonight. It's so much better not making it at all than going out this way.
Victor Black @Vic_Black_2 - Thank you New York....from the bottom of my heart. So grateful to everyone for a great season of support. Be ready for 2015
Marc Carig @MarcCarig - Wilmer Flores wants to play winter ball in Venezuela. He’d like to play as much shortstop as possible to prepare for next season
Neutral talent evaluators believe that lefty Jon Niese is the Mets‘ best trade chip among the club’s veteran starters, tweets Marc Carig of Newsday. Niese, 27, threw to a 3.40 ERA over 187 2/3 frames in 2014. He is owed $16MM over the next two seasons and has a pair of options ($10MM and $11MM, with respective $500K buyouts) thereafter. - http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/09/nl-notes-burnett-hamels-niese-mets-padres-johnson.html
Mack – See… they go back and forth on Niese. First, he’s too sick to trade…now, he has a great contract. His contract is very attractive in today’s market, especially for a lefty that can throw 3.40 over 187.2-IP. He’s be a perfect replacement for the loss of A.J. Burnett. Keep reading…
I still find it absolutely fascinating that P John Holdskom came back and made it in the majors. He was absolutely the biggest flake that ever past through both Grayson Stadium and St Lucie. What you won’t have to worry here is another Mets-Prates trade with this guy involved. It will never happen.
Phillies starter A.J. Burnett seems more likely to retire (and forego his $12.75MM player option) than many people believe, observes Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com in an offseason preview piece. Meanwhile, the club will listen on Cole Hamels but continue to demand a ransom in return, while Philadelphia could be more open to dealing not only veteran Marlon Byrd but also arb-eligible outfielders Domonic Brown and Ben Revere. As Salisbury notes, the rotation has plenty of question marks and openings. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/09/nl-notes-burnett-hamels-niese-mets-padres-johnson.html
Mack – No, we done Byrd one. I want BOTH Brown and Revere for Niese. Let my staff work them out and walk away with who’s my new starter next to Juan Lagares.
Or tell me hell no and I’m buckle in for Revere only. 26-yr. old centerfielder who can play either corner outfield positions… hit .306/.325/.361/.686 in 2014. No pop. I mean, no pop whatsoever. 49 stolen bases. Big time upgrade to EYJ. And sorry dD… he bats left.
This would be your 2015 leadoff hitter.
Ald lastly, we move on to the AL-West in our quest to find next year’s left-fielder or shortstop.
First stop… the Houston Astros.
According to Cot[i], the Astros’ 2014 salaries are $50,485,800.
There are only three players under more than a one-year contract[ii], (RHP Scott Feldman, 2B Jose Altuve, RHP Chad Qualls). The rest are either working their way up to, or through, the arbitration process.
In the outfield, Dexter Fowler is being paid this season $7.85mil in his ABR-3 year, George Springer is pre-ARB (DL), Jake Marisnick is pre-ARB, and Robbie Grossman is pre-ARB. Alex Presley (.252) is also pre-ARB.
Shortstop wise, Marwin Gonzalez will enter his first arbitration year in 2015. His backup, Gregorio Petit (.284), is also pre-ARB. Carlos Correa (ETA: 2016) is the future.
A good target for the Mets could be #3 prospect, OF Domingo Santana, who just finished PCL-AAA ball with a stat line of 443-AB, .296/.384/.474/.858, 16-HR, 81-RBI.
Another could be SS Nolan Fontana, who has a 2015 ETA after hitting .262 in AA ball. He’s also a ++ defender.
Mack Observation – Houston isn’t a very good team and the only players they would be interested in obtaining would have to be team controlled. They are looking to improve on their bullpen and this could a good place to ship Jenrry Mejia.
My problem is I just can’t seem to find anyone here to trade for.