The Morning Report – November 14 – Tulo, Daniel Murphy, Jon Niese, Brandon Allen, Bobby Parnell, Jose Peraza
Posted by Mack Ade at 7:49 AM
Marvin asked –
Hey Mack, is there any chance that Tulo becomes a Met this next season?
Marvin, thanks for the question.
We’ve discussed Tulowitzki a number of times here and I’ve taken both the positive and negative side of the discussion. Frankly, it’s very hard for me to believe that any team would commit this kind of money unless they were assured he was both healthy and productive. Yes, I believe Colorado would like to rid themselves of this contract, but my guess is you will have to wait until a trade during the trading period at the all-star break.
Will the Mets be in that discussion?
Well, I hope they solve their shortstop problems before that.
Sandy Alderson mentioned to reporters yesterday that he was reluctant to extending 2B Daniel Murphy though he has no plans on moving him. I guess this means that Murphy will be the 2015 second baseman and the Mets will let him enter free agency at the end of the season. I for one will be sad to see him go. He is what he is and you can count on him hitting around .280 season after season. We may miss that some day.
Other than that, Alderson’s comments were to downplay any friction that was reported to be created by Jon Niese (turned out to be false info), a joke to Scott Boras and a poo-poo about the shortstop situation.
One footnote on the Niese thing. It is no big secret that there is no love lost between Terry Collins and Niese and, I would expect him to be one of the first pirchers moved in this off season.
Regarding the other stuff, this is not the time of the year that there is much to write about when it comes to the Mets and we’ve said enough about shortstop to make my gums bleed.
Here’s the original story about Niese - http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/harper-jon-niese-arm-temper-mets-thinking-trade-article-1.2009086?cid=bitly
The Mets resigned 1B Brandon Allen to a minor league deal for the 2015 season. He previously had become a minor league free agent; however, he obviously impressed team officials with what he has done so far in the Venezuelan League (90-AB, .267/.405/.489/.894, 4-HR). He will report to Las Vegas an probably split time with Jayce Boyd. There’s nothing particularly sexy about Allen who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2004 draft by the Chicago White Sox. He’s what you now can a ‘AAAA’ player and has hit 30 home runs in the past two seasons in the Pacific Coast League. I’m sure Wally Backman had something to do with Allen coming back, who was a particular favorite of his.
This is a small move, but, at least, there seems to be a move every day this off season.
The Mets have confirmed that reliever-closer Bobby Parnell will not be ready to return on opening day. The news isn’t good but let’s deal with it now. We know we have five returning excellent relievers… Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Vic Black, Josh Edgin, and Carlos Torres. I think the Parnell news strengthens my wanting Rafael Montero to become a member of the pen. This makes six and what’s missing is a second lefty.
Would Jon Niese be a good fit here (buy, would that create a ‘fuck you Terry’ comment from Niese)? My guess is that Sandy Alderson will deal off one of his excess starters (Gee, Niese, Colon) for a lefty reliever.
FYI – Fangraphs #1 Braves Prospect[i] –
1. Jose Peraza, 2B/SS: This young Venezuelan’s game took a big step forward in the second half of 2013 and he earned the No. 3 ranking on the Braves’ pre-2014 prospect list at FanGraphs. The middle infielder’s strong play continued into 2014 and he is now the best prospect in the system and could push incumbent second baseman Tommy LaStella (a rookie himself in ’14) to more of a part-time role. Peraza, 20, has a chance to develop into a top-of-the-order threat with a strong batting average and 30+ steals.