Michael Baron | Just Mets- It seemed so far fetched 2-3 months ago the Mets would be interested in retaining Tyler Clippard after acquiring him for pitching prospect Casey Meisner last summer. But indeed, the Mets have expressed interest in bringing Clippard back to fill their need on the right side of the bullpen in 2016. Teams are clearly recognizing the importance of having stability behind their closers in the bullpen, and are clearly willing to pay a premium to acquire those services. So unsurprisingly, Clippard is looking for a multi-year deal himself. Still, the Mets remain reluctant to offer a reliever – including Clippard – more than a one-year contract, Heyman says.
(Chris Soto: I do not blame them for being hesistant. Clippard has been one of the most used RP's in baseball during his career. Over the past 6 seasons, he has topped 70 IP every single year, and all those innings finally caught up to him this past season. His velocity dipped in September/October, his arm slot dropped, and his only plus pitch, the change-up, flattened out and started getting smoked at the end of the season. The team should be rightfully concerned about committed payroll to a guy who may be losing it.)
(Chris Soto: My comments are more about Syndergaard then they are Cespedes here. I think we are beginning to see Thor take of more of a "face of the franchise" than Matt Harvey ever could. He is personable and friendly, but, he is a fiery competitor who wants to dominate you at the same time. More importantly, he wants what's best for the team AND he genuinely desires to be a Met for his entire career. He's also kind of snarky and fun with the media which is shown in a very simple tweet he sent out last week.
I truly believe that in the near future it will be Syndergaard who assumes David Wright's throne as the team leader for the next 10+ years and we are going to love every minute of it.)My bad https://t.co/S52IDAcKxV— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) December 17, 2015
HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
- According to Buster Olney, The Orioles have engaged Yoenis Cespedes and other “high-end” free agent outfielders in. The Angels have also been lightly linked to Cespedes, with the Tigers, Royals and Giants also being involved.
- According to Bill Ladson of mlb.com, The Nationals are on the lookout for starting pitching and their hunt has led them to at least consider free agent Wei-Yin Chen. Chen is reportedly seeking a 5 yr deal worth $100M.