Mets Trade for Pitcher, DFA Yennsy Diaz

The Mets have acquired righty Adonis Medina from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations. To make room the Mets DFA’d reliever Yennsy Diaz. Medina is assigned to AAA Syracuse.

The 25 year old Dominican, has pitched for the Phillies in 2020-2021. Over just 11.2 big league innings, he has a 3.86 ERA with a 4.03FIP. Medina was a highly touted prospect as he was as high as the 77th prospect according to MLB Pipeline before the 2019 season.

Medina owns a 3.78 Career minor league ERA, pitching in 117 games with 104 starts. The Mets have added some starting pitching depth with this move.

Medina features a 5 pitch arsenal with a 4 seamer, sinker, change, slider and curve. His fastball sits just under 93.

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Mets Sign John Curtiss

The Mets have made a move that wouldn’t help them in 2022, as they signed John Curtiss to a major league deal. Curtiss is currently rehabbing from his TJS and will miss the entire 2022 season. The Mets made this move for his cheap team option in 2023. He is signed for 770.000 this year with a 775.000 team option.

In 2022 Curtiss pitched to a 3.45 ERA after a 2.48 ERA with the Marlins, before he got hurt. In 44.1 innings, he pitched to a 3.82FIP and 1.23 WHIP. The 29 year old righty has a 2.89 ERA in 71.2 innings since 2019.

This is a very smart move by the Mets. Worst case scenario is losing close to 1.5 mil, but if the rehab goes well they added a solid reliever without spending a lot. With some prime Mets relievers in their last season before hitting free agency, this could be a very important move.

The Mets also made some other moves as they put Chasen Shreve and Travis Jankowski on the 40 man roster. Both will make the team out of spring training. To make room, the Mets DFA’d Travis Blankenhorn and Jordan Yamamoto

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Mets Trade Miguel Castro For Joely Rodriguez

The Mets have announced they have traded right handed reliever Miguel Castro to the Yankees for Left handed reliever Joely Rodriguez. The 30 year old Dominican pitched to a 4.66 ERA between the Yankees and the Rangers.

However, the lefty does have team controll until 2026, while Castro would have been a free agent next offseason. There is also lot to like about Rodriguez, as he has a low FIP 3.43, which could indicate him improving on his ERA. My main concern is his high WHIP as it stood at 1.53 last year.

In the shortened 2020, Rodriguez pitched well with a 2.13 ERA with a 1.69 FIP. Over the last two years he owns a 4.12 ERA with a 3.06 FIP in 59 major league innings. After he went to the Yankees last year, he did well with a 2.84 ERA over 19 innings in the Bronx.

Rodriguez throws a sinker that averaged 94mph most of the time (41%), with his change-up as his best secondary pitch (-6 Run Value). He also a 4 seamer and an occasional slider.

Looking at his Baseball Savant page, you get why the Mets made this move. He limits hard hit contact and his XERA was solid. He also had one of the highest chase rates in the game. The main reason to me is still him being a lefty and having control years.

Rodriguez will join righties Diaz, May, Ottavino, Smith and Lugo in the Mets bullpen.

Update: according to Joel Sherman Joely Rodriguez can become a Free agent after this year.

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Details About the Possible Padres-Mets Trade

The more time that has passed, the more we know about the Padres-Mets possible trade. It’s rumored that the Mets will get Hosmer, Paddack and Emilio Pagan for Dominic Smith. The Padres will pay more than 30 mil dollar of the Hosmer 4/59 million dollar deal.

This will mean that Hosmer is owned 6-7 Mil over the next 4 years with the Mets. Emilio Pagan will be a relief arm that the Mets can use and the Mets will add starting pitching depth.

Emilio Pagan has struggled in his time with the Padres after a very successful 2019 with the Rays. He owns a career 3.73 ERA but has a 4.75 ERA over the last two years. In 2019, he pitched to a great 2.31 ERA.

Pagan is a 30 year old righty that is under control until the 2024 season. In the tweet below you can see that there might be something to work with.

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deGrom Shut Down for 4 Weeks

The Mets announced yesterday that deGrom will be shut down for 4 weeks after the MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right scapula. An early-mid June return is most likely if his recovery goes like plan.

The Mets will send out a rotation with Bassitt and Scherzer at the top. Scherzer will likely make the opening day start. Walker and Carrasco need to step up and improve from last season. The last spot will be given to either Tylor Megill, Trevor Williams or lefty David Peterson.

This is obviously a big blow for the Mets and their fans. Losing your ace is hard on every team. Still, this team is a solid ball club and with the extra postseason spots, this team should stay in the race until deGrom gets back.

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Mets Claim Yoan López

The Mets have claimed right handed reliever Yoan López from the Marlins. The Mets moved Joey Lucchesi to the 60 day IL to make room for López on the 40 man roster.

Since 2021, López has been part of 4 of the 5 NL East teams. The Braves traded for López during the 2021 season and DFA’d him after the season ended. The Phillies, Marlins and now Mets all claimed him of waivers from one another. The Mets have reassigned him to Syracuse right after the claim.

The 29 year old has been in the majors with the Diamondbacks every year from 2018 till 2021. He still have options left for the Mets to stack him as depth in the minors. He owns a 4.25 Career Major League ERA and had his best season in 2019, with a 3.41 ERA over 60.1 innings.

The main reason the Mets claimed him is probably his increase of strikeouts in AAA. In 2019 (6.2 K/9) and 2020 (7.3 K/9), his K/9 wasn’t way below average. He increased his strikeout rate to 10.1 in 35.1 innings in AAA last year.

López is a fastball/Slider pitcher with an average fastball velo of 95.7mph. He tends to get above average ground ball rates.

López will add some depth and if needed he is likely a guy that could lose his 40 man roster spot. With Lucchesi to the 60 day IL, no player is lost to make this move.

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Mets Add Two Players on Minor League Deals

The Mets announced on their transaction page that they have added five players on Minor League deals. Three (Chasen Shreve/Johneswhy Fargas/Travis Jankowski) were already known, the other two weren’t known until now.

Taiwan Native Tzu-Wei Lin was added to add some middle infield depth. The 28 year old has been on a major league roster at some point in every year since 2017. He has played for Boston (101 games) and Minnesota (1 game in 2021). He doesn’t provide much at the plate, hitting just .223/.298/.316 over those 102 games in the bigs.

What Lin does provide is versatility. In his 4 years in Boston he played SS, 2B, 3B, CF, LF and RF. He even pitched one inning and played behind the plate for 0.2 inning. He only needs to play first to get playing time at every spot. That’s quite an accomplishment on its own.

The Mets also Tim Adleman to a minor league contract. The 34 year old right-hander last pitched in the majors in 2017 for the Reds. In those two years he pitched in 43 games, making 33 starts with a 4.97 ERA. He pitched 192 total innings for the Reds between 2016 and 2017.

After a year in the KBO, Aldeman returned to America and pitched in the Tigers and Reds organizations. Last year he pitched to a 3.80 ERA in 45 innings for the AAA Reds.

In 2019, he was solid in the Tigers organization, pitching to a 3.23 ERA between AA and AAA. He pitched to a 1.10 WHIP with 123 strikeouts over 117 innings.

Both won’t likely make it to the majors this year and if all goes well, they will be fill in Players for the minor league roster.

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Mets Sign Travis Jankowski to Minor League Deal

The Mets added outfield depth with the signing of Travis Jankowski to a minor league deal with a spring training invite.

The 30 year old former Philly played in 76 games with the Phillies, hitting .252/.364/.351 with 1 homerun and 10 RBI’s. The left handed hitter plays Center most of the time but also saw some time in the corner spots. He had a positive 2 OAA in center field last year, showing he can still play that spot.

If needed Jankowski can fill in, be a tough out and play solid defense with speed (88th percentile in sprint speed 2021). He will provide depth behind the starting three and Nick Plummer/Khalil Lee.

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Shreve Returns on Minor League Deal

The Mets have resigned lefty Chasen Shreve on a minor league deal. He will be the main candidate to make the Mets pen from the left side, after back to back solid seasons.

The 30 year old pitched to a very solid 3.20 ERA over 56.1 innings pitched. This comes after a season where Shreve pitched to a 3.96 ERA over 25 innings for the Mets. Over the last two years combined, Shreve pitched to a 1.23 WHIP and 124 ERA+.

While Shreve doesn’t strikeout a ton of hitters, he doesn’t allow hard contact. His hard hit percentage was in the 94th percentile while a lot of other statecast numbers are solid.

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Main attraction to Shreve his game is his ability to get lefties out. Last year Shreve held lefties to a .200/.289/.344 slash line.

Shreve will battle Alex Claudio for the lefty relief job in the Mets bullpen.

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Mets Bring Back Mike Montgomery on a Minor League Deal

According to Robert Murray, the Mets have signed left hander Mike Montgomery to a minor league deal. It’s not the first time the Mets got Montgomery on a minor league contract as he pitched during the Mets 2021 Spring training.

He was released on the last day of spring after a poor outing as he didn’t make the squad. He ended up signing with the Yankees, who released him in May. After the Yankees released him Montgomery pitched for the Samsung Lions in the KBO. He pitched to a 5.37 ERA in 52 innings. He didn’t make himself popular after tossing the rosin bag to the ump in frustration.

The now 32 year old former first round pick, does have a solid track record in the majors. Overall in 541 innings, Montgomery pitched to a respectable 3.84 ERA. He had his most successful time between 2016 and 2018, pitching to a 3.35 ERA.

Montgomery is most known for one moment as he was the pitcher who got the final out of the 2016 World Series for the Cubs. For the Mets he will provide minor league depth as the depth from the left side is extremely thin.

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