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Dec 6, 2019
Mets resign reliever Brad Brach to one-year deal

Mets resign reliever Brad Brach to one-year deal

Photo by Al Bello/ The Mets are bringing Brach home—literally. The New York Mets have resigned reliever Brad Brach to a one-year deal worth $850,000, with a player option for 2021 worth $1.25 million. In total, Brach will earn $1.35 million next season, as the Chicago Cubs are still on the hook for $500,000 in 2020. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Brach’s overall numbers for 2019 aren’t impressive, but he was perfectly cromulent with the Mets. The Freehold NJ native and lifelong Mets fan—he was in attendance for Game 3 of the 2015 World...
Dec 6, 2019
Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Episode 28: Wilpons, Wheeler, and Other Former Mets

Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Episode 28: Wilpons, Wheeler, and Other Former Mets

The team lost a starter, gained a coaching staff, and are on the verge of a change in ownership. Welcome to Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), the new/old favorite from Amazin’ Avenue editors Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore. First up this week, Brian and Chris discuss the upcoming change in ownership, and the various aspects of that deal, including some wishful thinking and some, perhaps, some reluctance to acknowledge that the deal might not happen or, at very least, take a long time to work. Next up, we discuss some of the Mets’ that fans didn’t acknowledge for their greatness...
Dec 6, 2019
Mets Morning News for December 6, 2019

Mets Morning News for December 6, 2019

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets’ Jake quotient went up by one when they acquired outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Astros for two prospects. Despite making a move, the buzz is still around the Wilpon era having an end in sight and David Roth summed it up in a way that only he can. The legacy they leave behind will be one of failure and mismanagement in every aspect of the organization. Steve Cohen could very well possibly be the Mets’ savior but he is no saint. Despite becoming the...
Dec 5, 2019
What the Mets gave up for Jake Marisnick

What the Mets gave up for Jake Marisnick

Kenneth Lavin Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona head south for the winter, and also forever. The Mets have acquired their specified type of player - a right-handed, defensively excellent CF - in Jake Marisnick. To do so they moved a couple players not near the top of the prospect radar to the Astros. LHP Blake Taylor 2019 (at AA): 18 G (0 GS), 39.0 IP, 1.85/2.61/3.31 ERA/FIP/DRA, 28.7%/7.6% K/BB%, 50.5% GB% The 24 year old Taylor is a remnant of the Ike Davis trade, and was added to the 40-man roster this winter to avoid Rule-5 selection and minor league free agency. After hitting a wall...
Dec 5, 2019
Mets trade for center fielder Jake Marisnick

Mets trade for center fielder Jake Marisnick

Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports Marisnick gives the Mets a right-handed hitting center fielder who’s a strong defender. The New York Mets have acquired center fielder Jake Marisnick in a trade with the Houston Astros. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal. In return, the team is parting with minor league pitcher Blake Taylor and outfielder Kenedy Corona. Neither player is considered a Top 30 prospect in the team’s system, according to MLB Pipeline. Taylor was recently added to the team’s 40-man roster. Marisnick will effectively replace Juan Lagares as the team’s back-up...
Dec 5, 2019
Let’s find the Mets a backup catcher, Part 1

Let’s find the Mets a backup catcher, Part 1

Peter G. Aiken The Mets have a handful of internal options for backup catcher and, well, it’s not what you want With another remaining year of Wilson Ramos, he of the middling bad and horrendous glove, the Mets need to figure out how best to fill in the inevitable off-days required for a 32 year old with the agility of your grandma’s best friend Agnes. While the team is assuredly thrilled at the prospect of dipping into into the coffers to bring in the kind of catcher who could hold down the spot long term in case of injury, they will most likely start by considering internal names...
Dec 5, 2019
UnforMETable: Bill Pecota

UnforMETable: Bill Pecota

Before he was an acronym, the utility infielder was a member of a Mets team immortalized as “The Worst Team Money Could Buy.” Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure Mets players from the past. Before Nate Silver borrowed his last name as an acronym for his baseball projection system, Bill Pecota was the quintessential utility player. He moved between AAA and the majors for the Royals so often, his teammates nicknamed him “I-29” after the interstate between Omaha and Kansas City. Pecota was coming off a career year in...
Dec 5, 2019
Mets Morning News for December 5, 2019

Mets Morning News for December 5, 2019

Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets It was just another ordinary day in Metsland when a former-Met signed with a division rival but then EVERYTHING CHANGED. After Tiki Barber hinted at what was to come a day earlier, it was announced that Fred and Jeff Wilpon will no longer be majority owners of the team in five years. The sale reportedly stems from a rift between the Wilpons and the Katz family who had no interest in working with the younger Wilpon should he assume control in the future. Billionaire...
Dec 4, 2019
Wilpons taking steps to sell large portion of Mets to billionaire Steve Cohen

Wilpons taking steps to sell large portion of Mets to billionaire Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen, left, is looking to become the new controlling owner of the Mets. | Photo by Dave Kotinsky/ for Lincoln Center The Wilpon Era may — slowly — be coming to the end. The Wilpons are currently in the process of selling up to 80 percent of their stake in the Mets to billionaire Steve Cohen, according to reports. While the potential sale has been confirmed by a press release, Bloomberg.com was first to report the 80 percent figure. A potential hint that a sale was coming was dropped by former Giants running back Tiki Barber, of all people, on his show “Tiki and...
Dec 4, 2019
Zack Wheeler, Phillies, agree to 5-year, $118 million deal

Zack Wheeler, Phillies, agree to 5-year, $118 million deal

Photo by Rich Schultz/ See ya on the Turnpike, Wheels. Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies have, reportedly, agreed to a five-year contract, worth $118 million, according to multiple sources. Wheeler, who turned down a Qualifying Offer from the Mets earlier this off-season, had been a Met since 2011. Acquired for Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline in 2011, Wheeler made his debut, alongside fellow Met farmhand turned star Matt Harvey, on ‘Super Tuesday,’ a double headed in Wheeler’s native Georgia against the Atlanta Braves on June 18, 2013. Wheeler underwent Tommy John...
Dec 4, 2019
Baseball Prospectus writer and A Pod of their Own guest Jen Ramos critically injured

Baseball Prospectus writer and A Pod of their Own guest Jen Ramos critically injured

A beloved member of the baseball community has been the victim of a horrific drunk driving incident and the family is raising money for her treatment It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Jen Ramos, a wonderfully talented baseball writer and analyst who appeared on A Pod of their Own this past summer, has been critically injured in a drunk driving crash that also killed their husband. We are asking the Amazin’ Avenue community to support the Go Fund Me started by their family to help cover the cost of their medical care, which is enormous. Jen has been working with Baseball...
Dec 4, 2019
Let’s find the Mets a relief pitcher, Part 1

Let’s find the Mets a relief pitcher, Part 1

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Mets need to improve their bullpen, and there are several free agent options who could help. It’s not so crazy to say that if the New York Mets had a better bullpen in 2019, they would have been a postseason team, and potentially a World Series contender. Late-game meltdowns became a commonplace occurrence last season and led to a number of the team’s most demoralizing defeats, especially in the first half of the year. While things improved slightly in the second half, the bullpen overall remained their weakest link. The good news is that no...
Dec 4, 2019
Mets Morning News for December 4, 2019

Mets Morning News for December 4, 2019

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The market for free agent Zack Wheeler is heating up. As of now, the Mets have not been linked to any rumors pertaining to Wheeler. Jon Heyman is reporting Wheeler is the White Sox top target. Ken Rosenthal writes that Wheeler will go for $100 million plus. Deesha Thosar does not think Jed Lowrie deserves a second chance with the Mets. For the second straight season, Jacob deGrom showed baseball why the win is not the best way to measure the performance of a pitcher. Anthony...
Dec 3, 2019
Non-tendered players the Mets should target

Non-tendered players the Mets should target

Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports Love me non-tenders. With baseball’s deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligilble players having passed yesterday, a slew of players were non-tendered by their now-former teams. Let’s take a quick look at some players from that group who could help the Mets in 2020. Position Players C - Elias DiazC - Josh PhegleyC - Kevan SmithC - Kevin PlaweckiC - John Ryan MurphyC - Caleb JosephC - Luke MaileIF - Jose PerazaIF - Charlie CulbersonIF - Cesar HernandezCF - Kevin Pillar Almost any available catcher should be of interest to the Mets. Wilson Ramos’s...
Dec 3, 2019
Mets Morning News for December 3, 2019

Mets Morning News for December 3, 2019

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets As expected, the New York Mets have tendered contracts to all eight of their eligible players: Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman. Nimmo, the happiest man in baseball, will don the Santa Claus costume for a third consecutive year to spread some holiday cheer at Citi Field on December 4 at the team’s annual holiday party. J.D. Davis will serve as his elf. On the night before the holiday party,...