(Chris Soto: Ok....let's break this down. This was an absolute steal for Sandy Alderson. A) He gets one of the best power hitters in the MLB right now...for under $100M, B) the deal is front loaded, so whether or not Yoenis elects to stay beyond 2016, Sandy is going get some extra spending money for next off-season too, and C) Cespedes agreed to allow the Mets to place a Qualifying Offer on him if he chooses to leave next season, giving them an extra Top 40 draft pick in 2017 if he ends up leaving. This is an unbelievable sign....)
Derrick Goold | St. Louis Post-Dispatch- An annual question Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak faces from the fans at Winter Warm-Up is whether the designated hitter is about to intrude on the National League. It did Saturday. He said there’s “more momentum” for the DH in the NL. “I do feel like there were times I could look all of you in the face and say it’s a non-starter, it’s not being discussed at the owner level or GM,” Mozeliak said Saturday during an expansive discussion with the media at the team’s 20th annual fanfest. “But over the past year it has. I’m not suggesting you’re going to see a change but I definitely think the momentum (has changed).” Mozeliak’s comments echoes similar ones made this past spring by Major League Baseball Players’ Association chief Tony Clark, who said he has heard more discussion about the DH spreading to the NL than in years past.
(Chris Soto: Whether we agree with the idea of the DH in the National League or not...we have to recognize that from a player's union perspective....this move makes sense. Having a DH allows for players with big bats, but tiny gloves, to finally have a defined job role in the other half of the league. It expands the number of "jobs" available, thus increasing the amount of money that is available to players to earn. It also reduces the potential for injury among high profile SP such as what happened with Adam Wainwright last season.)
HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
- Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe argues that former Mets RP Bobby Parnell could have some significant value as a end of the off-season signing. Parnell's velocity has reportedly returned to the upper 90's area that it was before his surgery.
- Meanwhile, it is being reported that despite the $27.5M addition to the 2016 payroll, that the Mets may STILL not be done with the off-season. Per Mike Puma, a team source at the BBWAA dinner indicated that the Mets still spend more money to bring in some additional help for the 2016 bullpen.