(Chris Soto: Hey nothing to be ashamed of here. Collins did an incredible job holding this team afloat until reinforcements arrived in late July. Just like Syndergaard, in a normal year Collins may have won the award, however, Joe Maddon did him one better by taking his young team as far as they did. In addition, I think Matheny actually did a better job considering he dealt with just as many injuries as the Mets did and still cranked out 100 wins.)
Tom Tango | The Hardball Times- Analyzing baseball performance data is all about understanding the context. We can generalize the impact of the batter. As it happens, we can also generalize the impact of the fielder. Today, I look at the data from the angle of the shortstop’s age. Based on this study, the defensive peak for a shortstop is between...ages 24 to 28, and then the drop is only five plays per year.
(Chris Soto: Interesting read here for anyone interesting in how aging should statistically affect a player. It's important to look at this when comparing the case of whether the Mets should be signing Ben Zobrist for 2B or just let Dilson Herrera take over the position. Based on the study, Zobrist shoul be continuing on a downswing of defensive prowess while Herrera should only get better as he has not yet reached his physical peak.)
Matt Eddy | Baseball America
(This list came out a few days ago, I just haven't gotten to it. Here is a list of all the minor league players who have declared free agency and have left the Mets organization.)
RHP: Martires Arias (Lo A), Vic Black (AAA), John Church (AAA), Jake Kuebler (Hi A), Cody Satterwhite (AAA), Jon Velasquez (AA), Edioglis Villasmil (SS)
LHP: Darin Gorski (AAA), Scott Rice (AAA), Alex Torres (AAA)
C: Albert Cordero (AA), Anthony Recker (AAA), Dan Rohlfing (AAA)
1B: Brandon Allen (AAA), Vince Belnome (AA), Zach Lutz (AAA), Brock Peterson (AA)
2B: Brooks Conrad (AAA)
3B: Jonathan Galvez (AA), Josh Rodriguez (AA)
SS: Wilfredo Tovar (AAA)
OF: Joe Benson (AA), Gilbert Gomez (AA)
HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
- Multiple reports came out yesterday indicating that due to Jose Fernandez's unwillingness to sign a contract extension with the Miami Marlins, the team is willing to hear offers for the right handed starting pitcher.
- In addition, reports have surfaced that the Braves are now looking to trade Freddie Freeman, Cameron Maybin, and "pretty much everyone" who is owed guaranteed money beyond this year. GM John Coppolella adamantly denies that they have made Freeman available on the trade block.
(Chris Soto: Boy, two huge developments in the NL East. First off, the Marlins are doing what the Mets will likely have to do in 1 maybe 2 more years. Scott Boras knows that his young SP clients have the potential to make hundreds of millions of dollars and they themselves know it too. Both Harvey and Fernandez will let themselves get to free agency and cash in. As for the Braves.....I just don't know what the heck the team strategy is anymore. The club has a number of high upside arms already in the organization but nothing in terms of hitting prospects so it is surprising to hear that they are possibly, or not possibly, interested trading their best hitter since Chipper Jones.)