Kristie Ackert | NY Daily News- The Mets still have a hole in their outfield, but they are not going to a burn a hole in their pocket to fill it. Despite newfound money due to the retirement on Michael Cuddyer and not having to spend $56 million for Ben Zobrist, the Mets are not interested in Yoenis Cespedes and other expensive outfield bats — at least at the current asking price. Industry sources said the 30-year-old outfielder is looking for a deal in the neighborhood of six years at around $120 million. That is not the kind of neighborhood the Mets are interested in. But the door is not completely shut on Cespedes. The Mets have had contact with his representatives this winter and if his price tag and length of contract come down, the Mets would be happy to welcome him back.
(Chris Soto: Focus really hard on the wording of the article...Kristie is basically saying that the Mets DO want Cespedes back but it seems like they are unwilling to go the 6th year needing to obtain him. Personally, I'm ok with that thinking, especially for a guy who is more of an athleticism play than he is baseball instincts. Lets first see if anyone is willing to give him a 6th year before committing ourselves to that kind of figure.)
Staff Report | Kingsport Times-News- The New York Mets signed a five-year contract extension with the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau and the city of Kingsport that will keep the minor league Kingsport Mets at Hunter Wright. The agreement extends a long-running commitment between the Model City, the KCVB and the Mets. The K-Mets have had a player development contract with New York since 1980, making them the eighth-longest affiliated team in minor league baseball. “We are ecstatic that the New York Mets have extended their long-term presence in Kingsport an additional five years,” Jud Teague, KCVB executive director said. “They contribute to our local economy and are great community partners. We look forward to working with the Mets organization to continue to improve the stadium and game experience.”
(Chris Soto: With all the movement and rumors swirling around multiple upper level minor league affliates of the Mets, It's good to see having some stability in the lower levels. The Kingsport team is now locked up for 8 more season, the St. Lucie team has a low standing relationship with the county that is unlikely to be broken, and the Brooklyn team is owned by the Mets.)
Danny Abriano | Rising Apple- The Mets have agreed to terms with four players on minor league deals, the team announced. RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHP Duane Below, and IF Marc Krauss signed and were invited to Major League Spring Training. The Mets also signed LHP Andrew Barbosa, who did not receive an invite to Major League Spring Training. Of the players, the only one who might be on the radar for a spot on the 25-man roster out of Spring Training is Carlyle, but that would likely only happen if there are injuries to those ahead of him on the depth chart.
(Chris Soto: Expect to see a lot more of these types of signings during the month of January. With the large number of prospect promotions and trade the Mets made in 2015, the AAA and even the AA ended up carrying a number of journeymen who were eligible for Minor League Free Agency. Las Vegas lost 13 players to MiLB free agency, 1 to Rule 5, and Binghamton lost 8 to free agency and 3 to trade. Their just aren't enough bodies in the middle minors to fill those spots.)
HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
- Binghamton Mets OF Joe Benson has signed a minor league deal to play for the Minnesota Twins.
- Las Vegas SP Dillon Gee has signed a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite to play for the Kansas City Royals.
- The San Francisco Giants signed RHP Johnny Cueto to a 6 year/$130M contract with an opt out after 2 seasons.