(Chris Soto: The Cespedes market may finally be waking up....but that offer is far below what his agency has been holding for. For what it's worth, there have been multiple reports of Cespedes negotiating a potential 1-2 year deal with the Mets in the event that he is unable to secure "the big deal" that he is looking for. Perhaps the Met can afford to bump up the dollars and try and secure a 3 year deal?)
Maria Guardado | NJ Advance Media- As it stands, right-hander Addison Reed is primed to take over the setup role for the Mets in 2016. The hope is that Reed will team up with closer Jeurys Familia to form an effective duo at the back end of the Mets' bullpen. But at least one scout has reservations about whether Reed will be suited to assume the eighth-inning job. "Definitely no," the talent evaluator said. "He throws too flat a breaking ball, throws hard but straight. He needs a splitter — not a changeup. You can tell he's not confident against lefties. Plus, he's tight in late-and-close situations." Another scout was a little more optimistic about Reed's ability, "With a little tweaking, I think he can be highly effective again."
(Chris Soto: I do not agree at all with this talent evaluator's comments. Sure Reed struggled in Arizona and ended up losing his closer's job...but his peripherals have continued to look strong throughout his career. His K rate still hovers in or near the double digit per 9 IP mark and his BB rate is a reasonable (for a RP) 3.0 per 9. His FIP, which measure situations that the pitcher can only control, has been lower than his ERA every season. Last season when he came to the Mets, he saw an immediate boost in his numbers and posted a 1.17 ERA in his 17 games pitched. Do I think he can repeat that? Probably not....But it's not too far fetched to think he could settle 2016 at or near his FIP last season of 2.74. I'll take that in a RP.)
HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
- The Miami Marlins have signed 2B Dee Gordon to a 5 yr contract extension worth $50M + a 6th year vesting option worth $14M or a $1M buyout.
- Another Cuban National team member has left the country in search of an MLB contract. 32 yr old OF Alexei Bell will be holding a showcase for interested team in roughly 2-3 weeks. Bell posted a .319 AVG with a .964 OPS in his Cuban Career. He has just 8 more K's (439) than BB's (431) in that span