Gio Gonzalez Signs With Brewers

24 Apr

Gio Gonzalez

On a day the Mets trot out Jason Vargas to the mound, a potential replacement fades away.

Gio Gonzalez is signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Brewers, The Athletic first reported Wednesday. It’s a major league deal that also includes performance bonuses. It’ll be a reunion for the free-agent starter, who came to Milwaukee in a deadline deal from Washington last offseason.

Milwaukee reportedly was more attractive than other suitors because he can slot right into the rotation, whereas the Mets may have wanted him out of the bullpen, too.

The Mets, according to The Post’s Mike Puma, viewed Gonzalez as a marginal upgrade at best over Vargas. They did not want to eat his money if he flopped.

My guess is that with the Mets in first 1st place and deGrom’s MRI coming back ok, there just isn’t a pressing need to sign a starting pitcher.

Should the Mets Sign Dallas Keuchel?

7 Apr

Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel remains a free agent over a week into the regular season, and now his contract demands are emerging.

One executive spoke to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, and he’s under the impression the left-hander is seeking a one-year contract for more than the $17.9-million qualifying offer Keuchel rejected from the Houston Astros, or he’ll take a long-term deal at a lower salary.

It’s not clear if any team is offering him either of those options, according to Rosenthal.

Keuchel’s already difficult free-agent journey has become even harder now that the season is in progress. Any deal he signs for the 2019 campaign would now be prorated based on when the veteran makes his regular-season debut.

Keuchel’s won a Cy Young and Jason Vargas can’t seem to be trusted to go longer than 5 innings. If it’s really just for a year, why not pay the man the money?

Jerry Blevins Agrees To Minor League Deal with A’s

4 Feb

Jerry Blevins

Left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins has agreed to a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training.

The news was first reported by the New York Post.

It’s a homecoming for the 35-year-old Blevins, who pitched for the A’s from 2007-13 and was 13-6 with a 3.30 ERA and two saves during that span.

I’ll miss those epic Blevins vs. Harper matchups.

Mets Unwilling To Go An Extra Year On Gio Gonzalez

3 Feb

Gio Gonzalez

One reason Gonzalez may still be unsigned could be because he’s looking for a multi-year MLB deal. The Mets may not be willing to offer him a major league deal due to the fact they already have a set rotation, and Jason Vargas pitched much better over the second half of the 2018 season, posting a 3.81 ERA. over that stretch.

While Gonzalez would be a great fit for the Mets on a minor league deal, he’s currently the second-best pitcher available on the free agent market, behind only Dallas Keuchel. Unless general manager Brodie Van Wagenen surprises the fan base again by signing Keuchel, Gonzalez should be their man at this point.

Gonzalez has an ERA under 2 lifetime (in 17 starts) at Citi Field. If that’s not enough to sign him, I don’t know what is.

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado Will Not Be Part of 2019 Mets

25 Jan

Bryce Harper Manny Machado

We’ve got less than a month to go until spring training starts, and the two best free agents — Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — on the market this winter still don’t know where they’ll be playing in 2019. We do have some hints as to who some of the final teams might be in both players’ sweepstakes, but you can now definitely count the New York Mets out for both.

On Thursday, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff WIlpon and first-year General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed to the media that they will not be pursuing either of the two superstars.

“I don’t know how many teams have two $30 million players,” Wilpon said when asked why the team won’t pursue Harper or Machado. Wilpon is referring to Robinson Cano, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in a blockbuster trade this past December and Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, whose 2018 season was cut short by surgery on both of his heels.

Did anyone really think Bryce Harper or Manny Machado was going to be in the 2019 Mets Opening Day lineup? Certainly not me.