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Amazin Avenue

Franklyn Kilomé will look to rebound in 2021

Franklyn Kilomé | Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The pitching prospect didn’t exactly impress in his MLB debut in 2020 but his potential remains high. Having hit .280/.343/.455 over the life of his two-year contract with the Mets, it was a no-brainer decision for the team to exercise the third year team option on Asdrubal Cabrera’s contract. When the infielder found himself hitting .277/.329/.488 approaching the trade deadline, it was a no-brainer decision for the team to find a suitor to trade him to. In the end, the Mets dealt Cabrera to division rival Philadelphia in...

Rising Apple

Mets may want to think about moving Sean Reid-Foley to a permanent relief role

Sean Reid-Foley is of the arms the New York Mets picked up in the Steven Matz trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 25-year-old righty has spent most of his professional career as a starter, but made all five of his 2020 appearances out of the bullpen. In this limited sample size, Reid-Foley posted a […] Mets may want to think about moving Sean Reid-Foley to a permanent relief role - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

New York Post

What made Mets have to have reliever Sam McWilliams

PORT ST. LUCIE — Sam McWilliams’ fastball was popping at new levels and his slider had developed into a plus-pitch. The Mets were taking notes during spring training last year, aware the right-hander would become a minor league free agent after the season. In camp at the time for the Rays, the 6-foot-7 McWilliams —...

New York Post

Mets may eventually have to answer for passing on Jackie Bradley Jr.

PORT ST. LUCIE — In early February, the Mets held a Zoom meeting with free-agent center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., as a contingent which included team president Sandy Alderson, acting general manager Zack Scott, manager Luis Rojas, hitting coach Chili Davis and outfield coach Tony Tarasco talked about the organization’s vision and ambition. The Mets’...

Rising Apple

Three Mets trade deadline needs we should expect to see this summer

It’s March and already we’re talking New York Mets trade deadline needs. Of course, nobody knows exactly what it is the club will need most. Anything can happen between now and the end of July. Assuming the club is living up to expectations and contending, we can make some assumptions. The Mets are imperfect. This […] Three Mets trade deadline needs we should expect to see this summer - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

From Complex To Queens: This is deep

This week, the team discusses infield and pitching depth. Welcome to From Complex to Queens, the Amazin’ Avenue podcast focusing on the Mets’ minor league system. In celebration of some good old fashion American imperialism, the team discusses pitchers from Texas in Promote, Extend, Trade. After, they discuss the Mets’ pitching depth situation in the starting rotation and in the bullpen. Following that, they discuss the Mets infield depth situation, highlighting every position. Finally, they wrap things up with the Wilponery of the Week. As always, you can listen or...

Rising Apple

Mets Trade Rumors: Three key players almost traded to the Yankees

A trade between the New York Mets and New York Yankees involving anything of significance is wonderful 3am fodder on sports radio. Beyond that, it’s never really all too realistic. Mets trade rumors involving their Bronx counterparts do sometimes enter the realm of realism. Usually, it’s armchair general managers doing the wheeling and dealing. With […] Mets Trade Rumors: Three key players almost traded to the Yankees - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

New York Post

Mets’ Kevin Pillar isn’t buying his defense may be regressing

Kevin Pillar’s reputation as a defensive whiz in center field contributed strongly to the Mets’ decision to sign the free-agent this offseason, but the metrics tell another story. A plus defender in center as recently as 2018, according to Statcast — which measures outs above average — the 32-year-old Pillar regressed the past two seasons...

Amazin Avenue

Brandon Drury is fighting an uphill battle in search for spot on Mets’ roster

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Drury’s numbers have been steadily declining since he left Arizona. It’s only been a few years since Yankees fans on social media were convinced they could parade Brandon Drury as the centerpiece of every big trade they concocted, including some who laughably believed their team could package him for Jacob deGrom. The hope among fans was that he could help the team land the missing piece to help make their World Series dreams a reality. The Yankees eventually packaged him to get J.A. Happ, and they were bounced by Boston in the ALDS. Before...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Ali Sanchez for back-up catcher?

Most expect Andrew Knizner to be the St. Louis Cardinals back-up catcher in 2021. Don’t overlook Ali Sanchez as a candidate for that role, however. When the St. Louis Cardinals made a minor trade with the New York Mets for catcher Ali Sanchez on February 12, it was easy to overlook it. After all, with […] St. Louis Cardinals: Ali Sanchez for back-up catcher? - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Kris Bryant received ‘welcome to Mets’ text this offseason

Kris Bryant has to be aware of the rampant trade rumors surrounding him this offseason, but even he would have to be surprised by this. At one point during the offseason, Bryant received a text from a random Connecticut number that said “Welcome to the Mets,” according to ESPN. Bryant called his agent and then...

Cubbies Crib

Cubs: Kris Bryant got a text saying he’d been traded to the Mets

Trade rumors aren’t anything new to Kris Bryant. For essentially half of his Cubs career, he’s been the subject of such speculation – and it’s only gotten worse with time. This offseason, though, took things to another level – with Bryant tied to the Dodgers, Braves, Nationals and Mets are various points. Whether or not […] Cubs: Kris Bryant got a text saying he’d been traded to the Mets - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Kris Bryant tells you why you shouldn’t believe everything you read about him

Photo by Dylan Buell/ He’s getting transparency from Jed Hoyer, too. As you know, I have long been skeptical of most trade rumors that fly around social media. That’s why I was gratified to read this article by Meghan Montemurro in the Tribune about Kris Bryant, his reactions to said rumors, and how he’s being treated by Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer. It starts by saying that Bryant had received a text from a number he didn’t recognize that read, “Welcome to the Mets.” But the article goes on to say that Bryant spoke with his agent, Scott...

Amazin Avenue

Jerad Eickhoff is one of the Mets’ many starting pitching depth options for 2021

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ The former Phillie has a small chance to crack the starting rotation. The Texas Rangers drafted Jerad Eickhoff in the 15th round of the 2011 draft and then sent him to Philadelphia in the Cole Hamels trade in 2015. Eickhoff showed out for his new team with an impressive rookie season, going 3-3 with a 146 ERA+ in eight starts, and then he followed up with a 114 ERA+ in 33 starts the following season. Initially considered an afterthought without much major league promise, Eickhoff had blossomed into a reliable starter, albeit on a team with very...

Rising Apple

NY Mets: Three Trevor May predictions for the 2021 season

The first notable addition under Steve Cohen’s reign of terror (terror against the rest of the league) occurred when the New York Mets signed relief pitcher Trevor May. Before they even hired a general manager, the club went out and got one of the better relief pitchers available in free agency. Anyone who has watched […] NY Mets: Three Trevor May predictions for the 2021 season - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

New York Post

Mets’ Michael Conforto contract conundrum will come down to this: Sherman

There are two ways Michael Conforto would sign an extension before his walk year begins: Steve Cohen treats him as an elite free agent today and guarantees him $200 million — perhaps a lot more than $200 million. Or Conforto feels powerful ties to the team that drafted him and the potential for legacy in...

NESN.com

Are We Overlooking J.D. Martinez’s Potential Impact On Franchy Cordero?

When Franchy Cordero makes contact, he can hit a baseball a long way. The first part of that sentence, however, has been a problem for the Boston Red Sox’s newest outfielder. The Red Sox acquired the 26-year-old in a three-team trade with the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets that most notably sent Andrew […] The post Are We Overlooking J.D. Martinez’s Potential Impact On Franchy Cordero? appeared first on NESN.com.

Call to the Pen

MLB Rankings: These Five Teams had the Worst 2021 Offseasons

While the Padres and Mets cracked the four-minute mile this MLB offseason, most other teams took their sweet time perusing the free agent and trade markets. The Blue Jays didn’t leave the start line until January, and the Cardinals’ race began on January 31st then ended a week and a half later. Some teams started […] MLB Rankings: These Five Teams had the Worst 2021 Offseasons - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising Apple

Mets trade rumors we could see the team revisit this summer

If the New York Mets weren’t interested in seeing you play baseball for their team this season, you’re a member of a very small club. Links to free agents and Mets trade rumors ran rampant all winter long. As Opening Day approaches, they will slow down temporarily. However, there is this little thing called the […] Mets trade rumors we could see the team revisit this summer - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Rising Apple

Mets Monday Morning GM: A whole lot of upside with Taijuan Walker

As I struggled to drink my coffee in a 48-degree living room on a February Friday morning in a home with a busted heating system, the New York Mets gave me a pleasant piece of good news. They agreed to a deal with free agent starting pitcher Taijuan Walker, answering some important questions we were […] Mets Monday Morning GM: A whole lot of upside with Taijuan Walker - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

Mets season preview: Tommy Hunter

Photo by Hunter Martin/ The 34-year-old has carved out a solid major league career as a reliever. Last week, the Mets signed Tommy Hunter to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. Now 34 years old, Hunter has been mentioned on this site several times in the past as an option for the Mets in free agency, and the team was reportedly interested in him following the 2017 season. Drafted by the Rangers in the first round back in 2007 out of the University of Alabama, Hunter made his first professional appearances in relief that year at the...

Amazin Avenue

From Complex To Queens: Tebow was a genetic freak

Tebow had a 141 2⁄3 chance of hitting a home run in his first at-bat if he made the majors. The numbers don’t lie. Welcome to From Complex to Queens, the Amazin’ Avenue podcast focusing on the Mets’ minor league system. On the anniversary of the U.S. National Hockey Team beating the Soviet Union National Hockey Team at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, the team discusses the best Mets radio/television broadcast moments in Promote, Extend, Trade. After, they discuss spring training and the non-roster invitees who either already are or will be in camp this March. Following...

Amazin Avenue

Arodys Vizcaíno is attempting to return to the mound with the Mets

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports It’s been nearly two years since he last pitched in a game, but he had major league success before his shoulder surgery. Way back at the start of the offseason in November, the Mets signed eleven players to minor league deals, one of whom was right-handed relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaíno. Best known for his time with the Braves, Vizcaino is attempting to come back from shoulder surgery very early in 2019 season and has yet to pitch in a game since then. Signed by the Yankees as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic,...

Rising Apple

Mets Rumors: Trade talks for Kris Bryant have come to a halt

The latest round of New York Mets rumors offers more insight into why the team did not trade for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. As it turned out, trade talks between the two clubs did not get very far. According to Bleacher Report, SNY’s Andy Martino reported that trade discussions between the two clubs never […] Mets Rumors: Trade talks for Kris Bryant have come to a halt - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

New York Post

Trevor Bauer, Noah Syndergaard get into heated Twitter spat: ‘See you at the bottom’

A friendly jab thrown by Noah Syndergaard at Trevor Bauer for how he picked the Dodgers over the Mets in free agency turned into a full on social media spat between the two pitchers. Syndergaard, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, retweeted a post from the Mets’ official Twitter account Friday to take a...

New York Post

Jacob deGrom thinks it would be ‘cool’ to be Met for life

Jacob deGrom switched agents this offseason, suggesting he is getting an early jump on another possible contract negotiation. The star right-hander was drafted and developed by the Mets and has won two Cy Young awards with them, so it’s hard to envision him finishing his career anywhere but in Queens. And there also is a...

Pinstripe Alley

This Day in Yankees History: Raúl Ibañez joins the Bombers

A playoff hero began his Yankee career on this day in history. Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. Now that spring training is officially open, it’s time to get amped for the upcoming season. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (February 20th): 25 Years Ago The Yankees come to terms with free agent pitcher Dwight “Doc” Gooden. Gooden was a phenom for the Mets in the 80s,...

Rising Apple

New York Mets: Three Carlos Carrasco predictions for 2021

On January 7, 2021, the New York Mets pulled off one of the biggest blockbuster trades in franchise history when they acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Amed Rosario, Andrés Giménez, Josh Wolf, and Isaiah Greene. Lindor was the clear centerpiece in this deal, and rightfully so, given […] New York Mets: Three Carlos Carrasco predictions for 2021 - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

Biggest 2019 MLB Trade Deadline moves

Zack Greinke to the Astros. Marcus Stroman to the Mets. Trevor Bauer to the Reds. Yasiel Puig on the Indians. It was a quality MLB Trade Deadline!

MLB Whip Crew discusses the three-team trade, plus the latest with Noah Syndergaard | MLB WHIPAROUND

MLB Whip Crew discusses the three-team trade involving Trevor Bauer and Yasiel Puig. Plus, the latest with on Mets ace Noah Syndergaard. #FOXSports #MLB #TrevorBauer #YasielPuig #NoahSyndergaard

The Marcus Stroman trade makes NO SENSE for the Mets | Time to Schein

Adam Schein gives his take on Marcus Stroman being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets and how this unexpected deal does not make any sense. Adam Schein also discusses potential trade targets for the New York Yankees now that Marcus Str