Mets Claim Pitcher from the Braves

The Mets have claimed Right Handed Pitcher William Woods from the Atlanta Braves. After the Braves DFA’d the 23 year old the Mets picked up the young arm.

The Braves drafted Woods in 2018. After making his organizational debut, he pitched to a 3.35 ERA over 51 innings. In that span, he struck out 10.2 per nine but also walked 5.1 per nine.

After missing the 2020 because their wasn’t a minor league season, he had 2 injury riddled seasons in 2021 and 2022. When healthy he struggled in the minors in this seasons, especially in 20222 with a 6.04 ERA between AAA, AA and RK. He did pitch 2 scoreless in the majors.

Even with his struggles, Woods is still just 23 years old. After back to back seasons in the Baseball America Braves top 25 prospects, scouts do see promise in the young arm. He is reportedly able to reach 100mph in short stint outings with potentially above average slider and change up. Let’s hope the Mets coaches can make his potential click. If so the Mets could end up with a solid arm with lots of control and lots of options.

Woods came into the Mets Pipeline at spot 30 in their prospect rankings.

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Kodai Senga Meeting went well

According to Will Sammon the Mets had their meeting with free agent starter Kodai Senga. And according to the same source, it went well.

The 29 year old Japanese righty has been terrific over his last 4 season in the Japanese League (NPB) with a 2.39 ERA. Last season was his best year with a 1.89 ERA in 148 innings. He had a 9.7 K per nine rate which is really solid in the contact heavy NPB. Over his career he owns a 3.4 walk rate with a 10.0 strikeout rate.

His main pitch is his ghost forkball which is a big downward splitter. He mixes it up with a fastball that can reach up to 102mph on the gun.

Worth mentioning that Senga his agent has mentioned that Senga wants to play in a big market team for a Contender. The Mets obviously fits that and with the meeting going well, it’s possible Senga could become a Met. If that happens, the Mets add a big arm with lots of potential as scouts and executives are in agreement that the righty could be a dominant MLB starter.

Very curious with the Mets being interested how the Senga sweepstakes will end! As an international Free Agent, teams don’t need to do business with his former team as the Softbank Hawk never post their players and let them play out their players contracts.

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Two Rays Lefties that have my Attention

With the Mets and Rays rumored in talks about pitching, the names are popping up everywhere. While a lot of fans have the hope its Tyler Glasnow, I think the Mets won’t go in that direction. Mainly, because Glasnow would cost. So I took a look at two lefties the Rays are shopping, who definitely fit the Mets needs.

We already covered Yarbrough in our latest article, but he is definitely on my list. The two I go into are Jalen Beeks and Jeffrey Springs. Never heard of them? That happens a lot with the Rays. But like they always seem to do, happened with these two lefties as well: they performed as Tampa Bay Rays.

Let’s start with Jalen Beeks. The 29 year old is coming off a very solid season with the Rays, pitching to a 2.80 ERA in 61 innings. He has two more years of control, so it’s not just a trade for one year. Beeks is a valuable arm to have in your pen, as he is used to pitching more then an inning. In 42 games, he pitched multiple innings in 24 of them. Another pro is his ability to get righties out as he held righties to a .640 OPS. Main reason is his heavy change usage.

Beeks had very strong K numbers in 2022 with a good average exit velo against, showing his main reason for success. Beeks average exit velo (85th percentile), K% (81th percentile) and Whiff rate (85th percentile) are all in the 80th percentile or higher, with his chase rate just under 80 at 72. His walk rate is a little below average, but we see that more often with relievers.

Like I mentioned before, Beeks relies heavily on his change-up. You could call him a fastball-change pitcher as he throws both close to 50% (change 49.25%/Fastball 48.2%). As expected, both pitches are very good but his change is his best with a -8 run value. He gets that with above average horizontal movement, besides his average velo (90.3) just 5mph lower then his FB (95).

Beeks is a very intriguing arm who fits the Mets need with a lefty. He will cost a bit with his MLB Trade Value at 6.7, which would be a package like Eric Orze, Khalil Lee and Junior Santos.

The other arm is Jeffrey Springs, a 30 year old lefty starter, who like Beeks has two years of control left. Springs, as Beeks, is coming off a strong 2022, pitching to a 2.46 ERA over 135.1 innings. Springs has a strikeout rate of 9.6 per nine with a low whip of 1.07. An overall very solid year for Springs. He started the year in the pen, before he found his spot in the rotation. Springs pitched in the Rays way, so his longest outing was 6 innings. Still, the lefty collected 3.6 Wins Above replacement, showing his value.

His percentiles are very solid across the board. His chase rate (95) is one of the best in the league, with above 70th percentiles in avg exit velo (73), expected ERA (75), barrel % (75), K% (71) and Whiff % (76) with a BB% in the 83th percentile. He gets his most success with his change-up, as he had a -12 Run Value on that pitch with a great 38.1 Whiff % on that pitch. It’s his go to pitch to put hitters away.

His most used pitch is his 4 seamer, which isn’t to shabby as well with a -4 run value. He doesn’t throw hard, but provides one of the best horizontal movement on that pitch in the majors. He also mixes in his slider which doesn’t have the Whiff rate, but is still very useful with a -5 run value.

Springs will logically be more expensive in a trade. MLB Trade Values has Springs with a 17.5 value, which is a package Ronny Mauricio and Calvin Ziegler (just an indication). Still Springs would be a great arm to get for the Mets too, to slot into the rotation. It would save the Mets some financial flexibility to add other pieces.

To me both are intriguing arms to add to this depleted pitching staff. With the Rays having a surplus of arms and the Mets a clear need, I am very curious if they find a trade. And I hope for one of these two.

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Mets Make Some Bullpen Moves

The Mets made a couple of bullpen moves yesterday, declining Mychal Givens Mutual option and claiming lefty Tayler Saucedo from the Blue Jays.

The Givens move was a surprise to me as the Mets didn’t pick up a low cost mutual option. With the Mets current bullpen, keeping Givens was a move I would make. Besides his bad first outing, Givens pitched to a 2.70 as a Met AND has been extremely consistent in his full season numbers in recent years. However, the Mets declining his option, means they have a plan. And I can’t wait to see what!

The Mets also made a minor move to add depth as they claimed Tayler Saucedo. A 29 year old lefty that hasn’t found success in his brief time in the Majors, pitching to a 5.40 Career MLB ERA in 28.1 innings.

In AAA however, Saucedo was pretty good. In 2021 he pitched to a 1.96 ERA in 18.1 innings with 12.3 strikeouts per nine. He followed that up with a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings with a 13.5 strikeout per nine rate between AAA and RK this year.

In the majors Saucedo is more of a ground ball machine then a strikeout guy. Over his brief mlb time, he got a very good 58.7 ground ball %. He also held lefties to a .182/.280/.295 slash line.

Saucedo throws mostly sinker/slider but he throws an occasional change, curve and 4 seamer. His Sinker averages at 92.6 with his slider at 83.9.

It’s a depth move with some promise. Saucedo has options so the Mets can put him in AAA and they have control until 2027. If this move works out and the Mets pitching coaches can find a way to make him improve, this could be a very solid addition.

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Bring Back the Trumpets

The Mets retained one of their big fish right on the start of free agency, inking Closer Edwin Diaz to a 5 year/102 million dollar contract. The contract will reportedly have an opt out after the 3rd year and a full no trade clause.

The Best Closer in Baseball gets the most money ever by a reliever. Yes, it’s a lot of money but to me the Mets needed to retain him to have their lockdown closer at the end of games.

The 28 year old was absolutely dominant in 2022, pitching to a 1.31 ERA with 118 strikeouts in 62 innings. He even had a 0.90 FIP which shows his season wasn’t a fluke. He didn’t allow a lot of hits, and his walk rate was lower then in his earlier Mets tenure.

Let’s forget about the 2019 year. With the juiced balls, Diaz allowed 15 homers in just 53 innings. That isn’t going to happen again. To me it’s save to say that Diaz will likely be one of the best closer in the game for years to come. And he is a Met!

Let’s enjoy this start of a very exciting offseason for Mets fans!

In other news the Mets have exercised Daniel Vogelbach 1.5m option and Chris Bassitt has Declined his 19m option, becoming a free agent.

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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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