The Mets Never Made An Offer To Andrew Miller

24 Dec

Andrew Miller

The Yankees and Mets are both in the market to beef up their respective bullpens, but neither felt strongly enough to make an offer to left-hander Andrew Miller, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Miller, 33, signed with the Cardinals on Friday to a two-year, $25 million deal with a vesting option for 2021.

The Yankees and Mets both had initial interest in Miller but his durability concerns steered them away from the two-time All-Star.

The left-hander, who pitched for the Yankees in 2015 and half of 2016 before he was traded to the Indians, threw just 34 innings last season and held a 4.24 ERA (3.51 FIP) as he battled through knee, hamstring and shoulder injuries that resulted in three stints on the disabled list.

He had two stints on the DL in 2017, too, with patella tendinitis.

Good for the Mets. Miller’s recent stretch of injuries would concern me too, esp. at his age. And maybe the Mets don’t pursue a more reliable Jeurys Familia if they had signed Miller. For $25M over two years, IMO Miller just wasn’t worth the risk.

Mets Have Discussed Signing Infielder Mike Moustakas

19 Dec

Mike Moustakas

According to an industry source, the Mets last week discussed the idea of Mike Moustakas, a proven lefty bat who would bolster the lineup, but it’s unclear if the veteran infielder remains a possibility after the Ramos addition. Moustakas was discussed as a third-base option who would move Todd Frazier to first, allowing the Mets to ease rookie Peter Alonso into the lineup.

I’d rather have Moustakas at 3rd than Todd Frazier, who I feel is pretty near the end of his career. But the ides here is signing Moustakas to play 3rd and moving Frazier to 1st, which of course would surely upset the steady-waiting-for-his-shot Peter Alonso.

Mets Reach 2-Year Deal with Catcher Wilson Ramos

17 Dec

Wilson Ramos

The Mets addressed another one of the areas they targeted for improvement this off-season, reaching an agreement on Sunday with the two-time All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos.

The deal is for two years with $19 million guaranteed, according to two people familiar with the negotiations who requested anonymity because the contract was pending Ramos’s medical review. After that is complete, the Mets may introduce Ramos, 31, at a news conference later this week.

You gotta love this deal. Ramos is a veteran player who can hit and play adequate defense and the JT Realmuto saga was getting long-winded anyway. With the injury-prone Travis d’Arnaud as Ramos’ backup, playing only 40 or so games a year, the catcher position looks set.

Brodie Van Wagenen: Noah Syndergaard Trade Would Take ‘Very Special Circumstances’

6 Dec

Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen suggested Tuesday that he isn’t looking to trade starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

According to’s Anthony DiComo, Van Wagenen said it would take “very special circumstances for us to even consider” trading Syndergaard.

The 26-year-old Syndergaard is sent to enter his fifth MLB season with the Mets in 2019.

Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported last month that the Mets were “seriously considering” offers for Syndergaard, and he noted at least six teams were believed to be “real players” for his services.

After injuries limited Syndergaard to seven starts in 2017, a finger setback and a viral illness kept him to 25 starts in 2018. Even so, he put up impressive numbers, going 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, while striking out 155 batters over 154.1 innings.

Unless it’s for Clayton Kershaw and a couple of draft picks, there’s nothing out there worth getting rid of Syndergaard.

Wilmer Flores Is Now a Free Agent, But Mets Offer Travis d’Arnaud

1 Dec

Travis d'Arnaud Wilmer Flores

The Mets failed to offer a 2019 contract to Wilmer Flores, allowing the infielder to become a free agent.

Flores hit .267 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 126 games this year, when he made $3.4 million. He endeared himself to Mets fans when he got emotional during a game against San Diego on July 29, 2015, believing media reports he had been traded to Milwaukee. The proposed swap for Carlos Gomez fell through, and two days later Flores hit a game-ending 12th-inning homer to beat Washington.

New York did offer a contract to catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who was limited to four early season games this year by a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery. D’Arnaud, on the disabled list for the fifth straight season, had a $3,475,000 salary.

Does making an offer to d’Arnaud mean that the Mets aren’t going to be pursuing a new starting catcher? d’Arnaud can’t throw and he’s injury-prone. But the guess here is that keeping him around as a back-up would be more beneficial than letting him go because he can hit with a little power and knows the Mets pitching staff so well. As for Wilmer, of course he’s fan favorite, being home grown and coming up with big hits for the Amazin’s time and time again. But if he can’t come back here because of playing time or whatever, hopefully he gets a starting job somewhere else with an opportunity to make much more money, which he deserves.