John From Albany – Mets Breakfast Links 12/12/2019


Mets news from the Winter Meetings and we had winter league baseball last night.

MLB Trade Rumors: The Los Angeles Angels have signed Anthony Rendon.  At least he is out of the division.

MLB Trade Rumors reported that the Mets signed Michael Wacha. It guarantees $3MM…with up to $7MM in possible incentives.

Mets 360 said the Mets rectified 2012 draft mistake by signing Michael Wacha.  They note: “With the 12th pick the Mets took Gavin Cecchini…Wacha was the 19th pick and Stroman was the 22nd pick.”

SNY.TV says the Mets are talking to the Astros about Carlos Correa. “The Astros might want Matthew Allan, the first round-caliber high school pitcher the Mets smartly drafted with a third-round pick last June, ignoring warnings that he wouldn't sign, but they'd have to get more than that for Correa. And, in truth, with so little high-ceiling pitching in their system, the Mets can hardly afford to trade Allan. So while Brodie Van Wagenen should continue to explore the possibility, it's hard to see how the teams match up to make such a deal.”

The NY Post says that Steve Cohen is staying on right track to rescue Mets. “At the winter meetings, Commissioner Rob Manfred indicated he is satisfied with the manner in which team owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are proceeding on the sale…Manfred said he had to be notified before Wilpon and Katz put the team on the market, and those guidelines were “followed to a T.” Manfred also indicated he has been kept apprised of the process.”

Elite Sports NY has how Yu Darvish says that J.D. Davis is one of the toughest hitters in MLB. “Davis could be a special hitter. If the Mets are serious about trading him, they have to make sure the deal is worth it.”

Reflections on Baseball asks why the Mets won’t take a flyer on Matt Harvey.  “Matt Harvey may or may not be an answer to strengthening the Mets team in 2020. But what would it hurt to at least try…”

The Rule 5 draft is today.  We will have more on this later this morning here at Mack’s Mets. 

In the Dominican league, Daniel Zamora was the only Met to see action for Toros Del Este as they won last night 4-2 (box).

With two out in the 8th and Juan Lagares on third base, Daniel came in and gave up a single scoring Juan.  Instead of facing the next batter, Carlos Gomez, Daniel was removed. The new pitcher induced Carlos to hit into a force play ending the inning.  So while he gave up an inherited runner, no runs were charged to Daniel Zamora.

Mack’s Mets blast from the past comes from January 2012: Mack on Baseball Chapter 7 – Do the Math.

UltimateMets has this date in Mets History:


New York Mets traded Jim Gosger and Bob Heise to the San Francisco Giants for Ray Sadecki and Dave Marshall on December 12, 1969.

New York Mets traded Rusty Staub and Bill Laxton to the Detroit Tigers for Mickey Lolich and Billy Baldwin on December 12, 1975.

New York Mets traded Gene Clines to the Texas Rangers for Joe Lovitto on December 12, 1975.

New York Mets traded Roy Lee Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays for Bob Bailor on December 12, 1980.

New York Mets signed free agent Orlando Mercado of the Minnesota Twins on December 12, 1989.

New York Mets traded Alex Ochoa to the Minnesota Twins for Rich Becker on December 12, 1997.

New York Mets signed free agent Jose Valentin of the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 12, 2005.

New York Mets traded Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Connor Robertson on December 12, 2008.

Ambiorix Burgos granted free agency on December 12, 2008.

New York Mets claimed Jeremy Hefner on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 12, 2011.

Michael Cuddyer announced his retirement on December 12, 2015.

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