The Morning Report 12.3.2015 | Mets Tender Arbitration Offers to All Eligible Players, Bob Geren Leaves NY to take LA Bench Coach Job, Notable Non-Tenders around the MLB

Marc Carig Newsday- The Mets tendered contracts to all eight of their arbitration-eligible players.Tendering all eight players will cost the Mets roughly $27 million, according to salary projections from MLBTR.com. Duda ($6.8M) and Reed ($5.7M) lead the pack, followed by Harvey ($4.7M), Familia ($3.3M), Tejada ($2.5M), Torres ($800k) and Edgin ($600k). Mejia is projected to make $2.6M, though he’ll make only a portion of that because his 162-game suspension runs into 2016.

(Chris Soto: There was a little scuttlebutt that the Mets could potentially non-tender Ruben Tejada and let Matt Reynolds play the role of back-up SS, but, with as defensively challenged as Wilmer Flores is at SS, the club needed a true SS on the roster. I am a bit surprised that Torres was tendered a contract after his dismal 2015 season, but, at only $800k, no one is really going to complain. The Mets do have a long history of avoiding arbitration hearings so I do expect most of the players here to agree to a set 1 yr deal for the 2016. However, I can certainly see a multi year, lower $ per yr deal for Addison Reed since $5.7M is quite a chunk of change for a borderline 8th inning RP.)

Maria Guardado | NJ Advance Media- Mets bench coach Bob Geren interviewed for the Dodgers' managerial vacancy in November, but Dave Roberts was ultimately selected to be Los Angeles' new skipper. But now the Dodgers have hired Geren away from the Mets to be Roberts' new bench coach. Geren spent the last four seasons in Queens working as manager Terry Collins' right-hand man in the dugout and was invited back to the Mets next season. He also served as a catching coach to the Mets' backstops, including Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki. 

(Chris Soto: This is secretly going to be a decent size loss for the Mets. Geren has a strong understanding of advanced analytics from his Oakland Athletics coaching days from 2007-2011 which was heavily leveraged during games. This was especially evident in the way d'Arnaud and Plawecki called games; attacking hitters in certain spots of the strike zone and heavily leaning on certain pitches during certain situations. This will surely fire back up the whole "Bring Backman to Queens" movement, however, it is far more likely that the Mets will find another analytics based guy in their organization. So far the leading speculation points to Binghamton Mets manager Pedro Lopez being called up to possibly take over the 3B coach role with the excellent Tim Teufel moving to bench coach.)

HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
  • The deadline to tender arbitration eligible players a contract was 11:59 PM EST yesterday. Here are some notable guys who were released and are now Free Agents.
    • RP: Neftali Feliz, Yusmeiro Petit, Al Alburquerque, Steve Cishek, Greg Holland, Craig Stammen
    • SP: Henderson Alvarez
    • 1B: Chris Carter, Pedro Alvarez
    • 3B: Will Middlebrooks

(Chris Soto: Woah....I did not expect the Marlins to non tender Henderson Alvarez. The 25 year old was a huge part of the Marlins rotation in 2014 posting a 2.98 ERA before he struggled with a shoulder injury last season. He is certainly worth taking a flyer on and seeing if he could heal up and become a contributor once again. 

Petit has been a superb swingman for the San Francisco Giants over the past few years and could be a solid addition to the bullpen. 

Cishek was a superb RP every year for the Marlins until he lost his CL job and was traded to St. Louis. I'm surprised the Cardinals non-tendered him considering he posted a 2.31 ERA during his time in the Redbirds bullpen. 

Craig Stammen was a superb 8th inning guy for the Nationals before getting flexor tendon surgery in April this year. He's not a guy would be ready come Spring Training but signing him could be a good play come May/June if he can recover well and return to form.

Lastly, Greg Holland was an unsurprising non-tender. The former top tier closer for the Royals, pitched most of 2015 with a torn UCL and needs Tommy John surgery which will knock him out for 2016. However, I could see a team signing him to a 2 yr backloaded deal to see if they can rehab him back for usage in 2017.)


Ernest Dove said...

I know Torres is cheap but dont Mets already have Goeddel, Verrett and maybe even Montero sneeks out of witness protection program?

Tom Brennan said...

Hey, read another notable (Leathersich) got non-tendered by Cubbies.

And Ike Davis. He turned out to be Lucas Lite.

Tanks hit with $26 million lux tax. Paid $26 million for nothing. Mets could spend $26 million on....OH...Yoenis Cespedes. That would be $26 million for SOMETHING.

Anonymous said...

The Mets should sign Holland on that 2 year deal
Let Holland workout with the Mets staff, who have taken care, of DeGrom Harvey and Wheeler. That would giver the Mets another top arm out of the Bp in 2017

Mack Ade said...

Morning all -

Wouldn't you love to be offered $800,000 to do your job? In baseball, we consider that getting off the hook.

I'm going to have much more to say about all the tendered players in my Saturday morning report

Tom Brennan said...

You mean that $800,000 check you sent me is gonna bounce? Felt kinda rubbery.

Kidding aside, when you really follow the minors and see how many never make it, I don't begrudge a player making $800K. A guy making $217 million? Another story.