The Morning Report 12.16.2015 | Terry Wants One More Big Bat for His 2016 Line-up, Flores is the New Super Utility-Man, Montero to Start in Dominican Winter League.

Matt Ehalt | NJ Advance Media- When the Mets acquired Neil Walker from the Pirates last week, they found their replacement for free agent Daniel Murphy, who batted third for them throughout the playoffs. They have yet to find a replacement for cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes, though, and manager Terry Collins would welcome another bat to strengthen a lineup that lacks a right-handed slugger. “It’d be nice,” Collins said. “As we all know, you’d like to have as many great bats as you can possibly get. The front office executives are certainly searching for a couple more pieces.”

(Chris Soto: Terry speak generally mirrors what the front office is thinking so for him to publicly come out and say that he specifically wants a right-handed OF with a power bat is a pretty good indication of where the team's focus is right now. The only guy who fits that profile exactly is Yeonis Cespedes, unless you think Alex Gordon is capable of playing CF.)

Adam Rubin ESPN New York- Barring an outfield acquisition also capable of playing first base, Wilmer Flores will be the primary backup to Lucas Duda at that position in 2016 for the New York Mets, manager Terry Collins said Tuesday."We've certainly got to go into spring training and give Wilmer a chance to play around the infield a little bit more -- to put him at some different positions to where we can give guys days off," Collins said. "We're certainly aware that we've got to keep an eye on David and his workload. We've got to make sure Duda is rested up. There's got to be some spots where you're going to need a bat. 

(Chris Soto: As we expected, with the Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker signings, Flores now finds himself in the heavily used utility role that Terry Collins loves so much. Against lefties, you could see Flores spotting Walker at 2B or Duda at 1B both of which have lower splits when facing their fellow handed counterparts. In addition, you'll likely see Flores start for Wright at least twice a week in an effort to not overtax the Captain's back.)

Michael Mayer | Metsmerized Online- According to multiple sources I talked to on Tuesday, RHP Rafael Montero will make his Dominican Winter League debut on Thursday pitching for the Leones del Escogido in the Parallel League. The Parallel League is like the minor league feeder system for the younger players to get some experience. If all goes well Montero could pitch on Monday in the last game of the season or in the playoffs. He will be on a short pitch count and could be limited to only relief appearances. He hasn’t pitched since throwing in the Mets Instructional League this fall, he struck out all four batters he faced in one outing.

(Chris Soto: Michael does some great work over at MMO and is far more plugged into the Caribbean Leagues then I am. Mr. Mayer is usually the first to know about news coming out of there and also follows guys in the much more distant Colombian League and in these smaller "minor" leagues. In regards to Montero, this is a very important start for him as the Mets front office is probably going to use this game as a barometer to figure out what kind of health shape Montero is in. His performance will probably dictate what the Mets next steps are in the Free Agent market for SP's.)

HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
  • The Mets lost another minor league player to free agency when SS Wilfredo Tovar signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.
  • The Washington Nationals are discussing a trade with the Cincinnati Reds that would send Gold Glove 2B Brandon Phillips to D.C. This comes on the heels of current 2B Danny Espinosa asking the team to give him a shot at playing SS in 2016 which would allow the club to keep prospect Trea Turner in AAA for additional seasoning.


Tom Brennan said...

I would definitely replace Cespedes with Yoenis.

Come on, Rafael...2016 is your year.

Flores is our super sub, hopefully with a nuclear-powered bat launching missiles in 2016.

Mack Ade said...

Morning Tom, all -

I'm not giving up on Montero. I was always high on him and I still think he has what it takes to me a major league starter.

That Adam Smith said...

I'm good with Flores playing that role, as I think that the league is coming to grips with the fact that it's better - particularly in a post-amphetamine age - to play your starters 135 games than 160. Add in Wright's issues, and Flores, if he produces, ought to get close to 500 AB's all over the IF. I also think that he'll be pretty solid defensively everywhere, and petty good at the corners. He's still a young guy, and if he can have a breakout year offensively, the super sub experience will make him far more valuable going forward.

Dallas said...

I'm with you Mack. He posted similar or better numbers in AAA (and dominated everywhere he pitched in the minors) than many of our current studs before the call up and subsequent injuries. Wouldn't it be something if he ended up in the same ball park as the other guys?! If they luck out and get both Wheeler and Montero healthy and performing it certainly opens the door to bring back some good talent in a trade next off season. I just hope they don't sell low on either of them.

Mack Ade said...

Dallas -

I'm confident that Wheeler will bounce back and join the 'Big 5'. This will give the Mets an opportunity to move Montero to the pen, or trade him, or trade one of the Big 5 and slot in Montero.

Zozo said...

The Mets could have beat that offer for Frazier. Nimmo, Cecchini and Beccera in my estimation would have been better of a haul for the Reds?

Christopher Soto said...


I refuse to make a comparison for this trade because the entire industry feels like the Reds screwed up royally with this trade.

i mean....there are 29 other teams that could have willingly made a better offer including the package the White Sox sent to the Dodgers.