4:49 PM EDT, Sun August 19, 2018
Rising Apple

New York Mets: Lucas Duda for Drew Smith trade looks like a win

Last year, the New York Mets traded Lucas Duda for minor league relief pitcher Drew Smith. The early results suggest the Mets are the winners in this swap. Among all of the seller trades made by the New York Mets over the last two seasons, a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays is paying off […] New York Mets: Lucas Duda for Drew Smith trade looks like a win - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Asdrubal Cabrera getting his second shot at shortstop

PHILADELPHIA — Nobody is more surprised Asdrubal Cabrera is back playing shortstop than Cabrera. “It’s not easy,” the veteran infielder said Thursday before facing his former team, the Mets, for the first time since his trade to the Phillies on July 27. Cabrera has become the starting shortstop for a team that is 1 ¹/₂...

Rising Apple

Mets Offseason Free Agent Candidate: Andrew McCutchen

The New York Mets will likely explore the free agent market again this offseason. One candidate I expect them to consider is former MVP Andrew McCutchen. Even just two years ago, if I told you Andrew McCutchen would play for the New York Mets, you would jump out of your Jerry Blevins giveaway socks. In […] Mets Offseason Free Agent Candidate: Andrew McCutchen - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets: Three very different players they should considering trading this winter

This winter could include several key trades for the New York Mets. These three players, for very different reasons, are candidates to see their name appear in a swap. The New York Mets didn’t make any notable trades last winter, but this offseason could look different. In fact, they have several guys to shop around […] Mets: Three very different players they should considering trading this winter - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets: Bad “big contract” players should see the bench more in 2019

If any of the highest paid members of the New York Mets have another bad year in 2019, they must move to the bench. Next year has to be about playing the best players, not the richest. All of the New York Mets free agent signings from the past winter failed. Whether it’s a guy […] Mets: Bad “big contract” players should see the bench more in 2019 - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Creative Jay Bruce trades that could solve multiple Mets problems

Part of the Mets’ many tasks to gain credibility and perhaps contention is to unclutter their corner-outfield glut, so among other things Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo cease playing center field. The Mets say they are built around their rotation, but those are just more hollow words until they prioritize defense. Their best future team...

Rising Apple

New York Mets prospect Will Toffey is off to a red hot start

New York Mets fans were not happy with what they got in return when they traded Jeurys Familia. One of those players, Will Toffey, is trying to prove people wrong. Will Toffey was ranked as the 17th best prospect for Oakland when the trade was made. It was understandable that New York Mets fans would […] New York Mets prospect Will Toffey is off to a red hot start - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Reviewing the Brew

Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: Still Interested In Mets’ Zack Wheeler

With the Milwaukee Brewers missing out on the top starting pitchers at the July Trade Deadline, they are reportedly still looking to add during the August trade period. One of the top pitchers expected to be on the market in July was Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets. Wheeler, along with teammate Jacob deGrom, […] Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: Still Interested In Mets’ Zack Wheeler - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets History: Mike Hampton’s one productive season in New York

Mike Hampton spent only one season with the New York Mets. The results were great with one dominant postseason series highlighting it all. A year after leading the league with 22 victories and finishing second in the Cy Young voting, lefty Mike Hampton became a trade piece shipped away from the Houston Astros to the […] Mets History: Mike Hampton’s one productive season in New York - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets 2019 Auditions: Jeff McNeil is the front runner for the 2019 second base job

For the rest of 2018, Jeff McNeil is auditioning for the New York Mets starting second base job in 2019. As the best internal option available, he’s the current front runner. Second base is one of the few positions the New York Mets could search for in the free agent market. If Jeff McNeil can […] Mets 2019 Auditions: Jeff McNeil is the front runner for the 2019 second base job - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: Should Brandon Nimmo be an August trade target?

Another outfielder being on the DL may force the hand of the Cleveland Indians front office on the waiver wire. Could the Mets make one of their pieces available? Having Leonys Martin in the fold was nice while it lasted. Like a well-placed piece of furniture in a living room, Martin tied the Cleveland Indians […] Cleveland Indians: Should Brandon Nimmo be an August trade target? - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets can learn from Johan Santana why they shouldn’t trade Jacob deGrom

When it comes to whether or not the New York Mets should trade Jacob deGrom, the deal that landed them Johan Santana says a lot. We’re now well past the 2018 non-waiver trade deadline. Still in our view, should the New York Mets keep or trade Jacob deGrom? To answer this question, one simply needs […] Mets can learn from Johan Santana why they shouldn’t trade Jacob deGrom - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Mets: Three bad baseball teams who could trade for a Mets pitcher this winter

One of the big four New York Mets starters could become trade bait this winter. There are three bad baseball teams who may even consider buying. At the 2018 trade deadline, the New York Mets avoided drastic measures. They didn’t deal any of their starting pitchers despite countless rumors of shopping each. The wise decision […] Mets: Three bad baseball teams who could trade for a Mets pitcher this winter - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Jose Reyes isn’t giving up hope on another season with Mets

Jose Reyes doesn’t want to retire, but he knows the decision might be made for him. Reyes is set to become a free agent again after this season, and is hopeful to return to Queens, but the affection of ownership toward the 35-year-old longtime Met may not be enough to outweigh his sub-.200 batting average,...

Rising Apple

New York Mets: Finding a role for pitcher Jason Vargas in 2019

The New York Mets don’t have a clear role for Jason Vargas in 2019. Will they keep him in the rotation or find another place to stash him? By keeping Zack Wheeler at the 2018 trade deadline, the New York Mets made it known that they intend to enter the 2019 campaign with a pretty […] New York Mets: Finding a role for pitcher Jason Vargas in 2019 - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Red Reporter

Red Reposter - All quiet on the Matt Harvey trade market

Tuesday links! The July 31st non-waiver trade deadline came, went, and Matt Harvey was still a member of the Cincinnati Reds. And while there is still a shot he can be moved during August in either a waiver-claim deal or should he clear waivers altogether, the market for the former New York Mets ace continues to be incredibly slow developing. I suppose that’s what happens when you have multiple arm surgeries and a few years of underperformance. The pitching market as a whole continues to flow, however, as yesterday the Detroit Tigers traded starter Mike Fiers to the Oakland Athletics, who...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Minor League Players of the Week: Week Seventeen

What minor league players put up the best numbers this past week, July 29th to August 4th? Pitcher of the Week Michael Gibbons 2018 Season: 16 G (15 GS), 74.1 IP, 71 H, 36 R, 30 ER (3.63 ERA), 30 BB, 55 K (High-A/Double-A) Week: 1 G (1 GS), 7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (High-A) Michael Gibbons was signed as an undrafted free agent back in August 2014 out of Wheaton College, making him the third individual from the school to sign with a major league club. What made Gibbons’ signing unusual was that he was offered a contract as a college junior who had gone undrafted. After impressing...

New York Post

Mets ready to take chance on potential starter of the future

There’s a lot to like of what you see in Franklyn Kilome, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound anomaly of a starting pitcher, a hard-throwing right-hander with a closer’s body shoehorned into a rotation. There’s a lot to like of what you hear from him, too. The newest experiment in the Mets’ system, acquired at the trade deadline...

Rising Apple

Mets could do something crazy like name Kevin Plawecki the Opening Day catcher

Could the New York Mets really consider Kevin Plawecki as the 2019 Opening Day starter? How do the New York Mets solve their catching woes? They could go out and spend some money on a free agent. Or they could pull off a magic trick and land an upgrade in a trade. I tend to […] Mets could do something crazy like name Kevin Plawecki the Opening Day catcher - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

New York Mets: Zack Wheeler is Living Up to his Potential

Zack Wheeler threw 7 innings of shutout baseball in the New York Mets’ win on Saturday night. Wheeler continued a strong stretch of pitching which dates back to the beginning of June. Zack Wheeler was a hot trade chip for the New York Mets during last weeks busy Trade Deadline. The Mets actively shopped their […] New York Mets: Zack Wheeler is Living Up to his Potential - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets: Zack Wheeler is most underrated player in fantasy baseball

The Mets had every opportunity to trade away Zack Wheeler in July. They didn’t because they saw greatness in him. That applies to fantasy baseball too. If you play fantasy baseball, then you might want to take a look at Zack Wheeler. The odds that he’s already owned in your league are pretty low, despite […] Mets: Zack Wheeler is most underrated player in fantasy baseball - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Florida Marlins Blog | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Cabrera eighth-inning blast propels Phillies to four-game sweep of Marlins

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning and the surging Philadelphia Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-3 victory on Sunday. Cabrera, acquired in a July 27 trade with the New York Mets, crushed a 2-0 slider from Drew Steckenrider (3-2)...

New York Post

Broken Mets promises define team’s work at trade deadline

The Mets made three promises at the trade deadline: 1. They would be open-minded about trading their best starting pitchers, yet it was difficult to find an executive who felt they ever engaged the Mets seriously on Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard or even Steven Matz. 2. They would eat money to make better trades. They...

Call to the Pen

New York Mets: Was the Decision Not to Trade Jacob deGrom a Mistake?

Do the New York Mets need to rebuild? Can this club compete in 2019 with their current core of players? Now with a record of 44-63, one can only wonder about the Mets’ possible return from a blockbuster trade of their ace, Jacob deGrom. Friday night, Jacob deGrom made his first start in the month […] New York Mets: Was the Decision Not to Trade Jacob deGrom a Mistake? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets Rumors: Jose Bautista may have a roster spot in 2019

The latest New York Mets rumors tell us a little something about their plans for 2019. Veteran Jose Bautista could come back in a lesser role. There may be a reason why the New York Mets didn’t trade Jose Bautista at this year’s trade deadline. According to the August edition of Mets rumors from Mike […] Mets Rumors: Jose Bautista may have a roster spot in 2019 - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets: Jacob deGrom deserves an extension similar to Corey Kluber

It’s time the New York Mets give Jacob deGrom the extension he deserves. The New York Mets are running out of time and patience with Jacob deGrom. Unfortunately for him, free agency is two years away. The Mets are in the driver’s seat and deGrom is just hoping to get a ride. During the All-Star […] Mets: Jacob deGrom deserves an extension similar to Corey Kluber - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pinstripe Alley

The Yankees’ trade deadline was driven by pragmatism

The Yankees didn’t have a flashy deadline, but they made meaningful improvements nonetheless. The Yankees entered trade season with seemingly boundless opportunities. The market had an elite position player talent in Manny Machado. With the Mets imploding, there were whispers that perhaps Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard could be had. Chris Archer’s name persisted in trade rumors, as it always has, to go along with a litany of interesting rental options. In the end, though, the Yankees didn’t do anything explosive. They bowed out of the Machado sweepstakes quietly. The Mets, ever...

Amazin Avenue

The first of many “Sign Machado” episodes

This week, we say try to envision what a contending team in 2019 looks like.  Amazin’ Avenue Audio, Episode 291: The first of many “Sign Machado” episodes Welcome back to Amazin’ Avenue Audio, where we look to next year...already. This week, Brian Salvatore and Allison McCague recap the trade deadline, and look at what ‘contending in 2019’ actually looks like (cough, Manny Machado, cough), lament the way the Mets have treated David Wright and Carlos Beltran, and more. (1:03) Next up, Steve Sypa takes a look at the minor league players of the week. (1:05:48) Finally, Allison...

Catching up on the Mets catchers, is Jonathan Lucroy an option?

On SNY's Baseball Night in New York, the panel looks at the merits of the New York Mets upgrading the catcher position, possibly with Jonathan Lucroy as a free agent signing.

The New York Mets quest to trade Jay Bruce goes on and on...

On SNY's Mets Hot Stove, Jim Duquette and Nelson Figueroa discuss how the offseason has shaped the market for outfielder Jay Bruce, as the endless quest to trade him drags on.

What's the latest on the Jay Bruce trade front?

On SNY's Mets Hot Stove, Steve Gelbs, Jim Duquette, and Anthony DiComo discuss the status of outfielder Jay Bruce with the New York Mets, and where he may be traded before the 2017 season.