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Mets sign José Quintana to two-year, $26 million contract

Mets sign José Quintana to two-year, $26 million contract

Photo by Joe Sargent/ The Mets add a starting pitcher on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings. In a move that was not rumored until it broke, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mets signed free-agent José Quintana to a two-year, $26 million contract, pending a physical. Quintana, who split 2022 between the Pirates and the Cardinals, will be 34 when the season begins. Joel Sherman reports that Quintana will receive $13 million per season. After starting his career with the White Sox in 2012, Quintana was traded cross-town to the Cubs in 2017. Once he hit free agency, Quintana...
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Mets Morning News for December 7, 2022

Mets Morning News for December 7, 2022

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets are reportedly interested in signing Kevin Kiermaier, a sign Brandon Nimmo may not return to the team. The Mets announced they signed Tommy Hunter and Sean Reid-Foley to minor league deals. While the Mets would like to have Brandon Nimmo back, they’re also preparing for life without him. Glenn Sherlock has received a contract extension through 2024 as he transitions to catching instructor. Scott Boras said nothing has changed recently...
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Mets considering Kevin Kiermaier

Mets considering Kevin Kiermaier

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ The veteran outfielder would be an option for the Mets if they can’t resign Brandon Nimmo While the Mets main priority in the winter meetings remains pitching, pitching, and more pitching, the team still currently has a gaping hole in the outfield they must address with Brandon Nimmo reaching free agency. If Nimmo were to depart for another team, the backup options for the Mets are sparse, but one option they are reportedly considering is Kevin Kiermaier. The 32-year-old has been with Tampa Bay since he came up in 2013, and has spent years...
Dec 6, 2022
Mets bring back Tommy Hunter, Sean Reid-Foley

Mets bring back Tommy Hunter, Sean Reid-Foley

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/ The Mets continue to restock their bullpen with bargain arms. The Mets continue to bring in intriguing arms with on low risk/high reward deals, today re-signing Tommy Hunter and Sean Reid-Foley to minor league contracts. Both Hunter and Reid-Foley were members of the 2021 and 2022 Mets teams, though both missed significant time due to injuries. The veteran Hunter became an important piece of the 2022 Mets’ bullpen, appearing in 18 games and putting up an impressive 141 ERA+ in 22 and a third innings. His most famous moment as a Met was...
Dec 6, 2022
Tylor Megill looked fantastic in 2022...until he got hurt

Tylor Megill looked fantastic in 2022...until he got hurt

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Big Drip’s velocity bump led to a dominant April, but may have come at a cost. Tylor Megill was the Mets’ Opening Day starter in 2022. No one can take that away from him. The Mets won 101 games last season and the first of those wins was credited to Tylor Megill. His solid rookie campaign in 2021 propelled him up the pecking order on the Mets’ depth chart, but in the Mets’ stacked rotation, Megill was still on the outside looking in. That is, until Jacob deGrom went down with a shoulder injury right before the season started and hamstring...
Dec 6, 2022
Francisco Lindor was everything the Mets paid for in 2022

Francisco Lindor was everything the Mets paid for in 2022

Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via After a lukewarm start to his Mets tenure, Lindor put up one of the best seasons of his career Mets fans have always been known as a rational bunch. The same, of course, is true of the fine people whose job it is to cover this team. That’s why, when Francisco Lindor put up some pretty atrocious numbers to begin his Mets tenure in 2021, nobody panicked, and everybody remained secure in the knowledge that the superstar player the Mets gave an overwhelmingly huge contract to would eventually put up the kind of production he’s put...
Dec 6, 2022
UnforMETable: Terry Leach

UnforMETable: Terry Leach

The determined sidearmer overcame many odds to carve out a memorable baseball career in Flushing and beyond. Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure Mets players from the team past. As R.A. Dickey would a generation later, Terry Leach saw his future dream of major league glory seemingly disappear to the scourge of arm injuries, only to reinvent himself with a unique pitching style and a dogged determination to pitch in the major leagues and ultimately put pen to paper to eloquently write about the...
Dec 6, 2022
Mets Morning News for December 6, 2022

Mets Morning News for December 6, 2022

Photo by Harry How/ Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets made a big splash on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings, signing reigning AL Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander to a two-year, $86.66 million deal with a vesting option for a third year that could bring the deal up to $130 million if the right-hander reaches 140 innings in 2024. Verlander’s AAV is exactly the same as Scherzer’s, which ties him for the highest in major-league history at $43.33 million. The Mets being financial bullies is a good thing,...
Dec 5, 2022
Mets still interested in Kodai Senga

Mets still interested in Kodai Senga

Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP via Having signed Justin Verlander, the team is still looking for significant rotation upgrades. Having agreed to a two-year deal with Justin Verlander today, the Mets are still interested in 29-year-old Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga, per Jon Morosi, who notes that the team isn’t “close to done with rotation upgrades.” In 148.0 innings in Japan this year, Senga had a 1.89 ERA with 159 strikeouts and 50 walks. The Mets were already known to have met with the right-handed pitcher in mid-November. With Verlander in the...
Dec 5, 2022
Get your Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander shirts now

Get your Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander shirts now

Our friends at BreakingT have a couple of new shirts celebrating the Mets’ pair of aces. With the news that the Mets had come to terms with Justin Verlander earlier today, our friends at BreakingT have released a couple of shirts celebrating the Mets’ new pair of aces. Is there a better way to celebrate the signing than picking up a snazzy new shirt? We think not. TAKE ME TO THE SHIRTS Having seen Jacob deGrom choose to sign elsewhere just a few days ago, the Mets acted quickly in inking Verlander to help fill the void in the team’s starting rotation. The 39-year-old...
Dec 5, 2022
Amazin’ Avenue Winter Meetings Special, Day 1: Verlander is a Met

Amazin’ Avenue Winter Meetings Special, Day 1: Verlander is a Met

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ The Mets make a splash by signing the reigning AL Cy Young Winner. Welcome to the first ever Amazin Avenue Winter Meetings Special focusing on all of the major events and news that happened on that particular day of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings. For the next few days, the crew at Amazin’ Avenue will be bringing you short episodes covering each day of the Winter Meetings. First, Brian and Lukas discuss Justin Verlander signing with the Mets for a 2 year, $86 million contract and the good and bad that goes along with building a...
Dec 5, 2022
Mets, Justin Verlander agree to two-year deal

Mets, Justin Verlander agree to two-year deal

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Mets have reached an agreement with the 2022 AL Cy Young winner. The Mets have reportedly agreed a deal with reigning AL Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, a two-year contract with a vesting option for a third year. The deal is for $86 million over the two years, and he will earn $43.3 million annually. The third year will kick in at $35 million if he pitches 140 innings in 2024. The right-hander also has a full no-trade clause. The Mets now have their second ace to pair atop the rotation. After making one start in 2020 and...
Dec 5, 2022
It was the end of the road for Dominic Smith in 2022

It was the end of the road for Dominic Smith in 2022

Photo by Dustin Satloff/ Smith’s inability to get his groove back spelled the end of his Mets tenure. Dominic Smith was at a critical moment at the start of the 2022 season with the Mets. After reaching incredible heights with the teams during the 2019 and 2020, he fell back to earth and then some in 2021. But this season he started as part of a designated hitter triumvirate to start the season, with Robinson Canó and J.D. Davis. And all three of them were basically put in the position to prove it. Smith wasn’t able to do that in 2022. In 152 plate appearances over...
Dec 5, 2022
Despite some solid numbers, David Peterson was maddening in 2022

Despite some solid numbers, David Peterson was maddening in 2022

Photo by Patrick McDermott/ The Mets may want to think twice before handing Peterson a rotation spot on the 2023 team If you went back in time to the beginning of the year and showed yourself the basic numbers that David Peterson was going to put up in 2022, you’d probably think to yourself that the young lefty starter was about to undergo an encouraging season. Pressed into an almost permanent role in the starting rotation for much of the season thanks to injuries, Peterson made 19 total starts and put up a 3.86 ERA in that sample of games, a marked improvement over...
Dec 5, 2022
Looking back at Jacob deGrom’s tenure in New York

Looking back at Jacob deGrom’s tenure in New York

Photo by Dustin Satloff/ The right-hander has flown south to Texas and, as a Mets fan, it sucks. On Friday, Jacob deGrom signed a five-year, $185 million deal (plus a conditional sixth-year option that brings the deal up to $222 million) with the Rangers. The move officially ended his nine-year tenure with the Mets, one that saw him win the 2014 Rookie of the Year Award, back-to-back Cy Young Awards in 2018 and 2019, and established himself as the best starting pitcher in baseball. From a baseball perspective, it’s hard to blame either side. deGrom, who turns 35 next...