Poll: Who will be in the Mets rotation?

With Jacob deGrom gone, the Mets have a big pair of cleats to fill. So, who should the Mets acquire for their 2023 rotation? Vote below or on Twitter.

Mets non-tender Smith, Reid-Foley.

Dom Smith’s time as a New York Met has finally come to an end, as the first baseman was not tendered a contract.

Smith spent six seasons with the Mets after being drafted by the organization in the first round of the 2013 June Amateur Draft.

Smith has had plenty of opportunity to shine, and actually did so a bit in 2019 as well as during the shortened 2020 season. However, between Pete Alonso winning the hearts of the fans and Smith’s poor play, he’s never been able to hold the job long enough to be consistently productive.

In 1373 plate appearances, Smith slashed .246/.308/.424/.733 in 447 games. He’s hit 46 home runs and drove in 174 RBI’s, averaging 17 home runs and 65 RBI’s every 162 games played.

And while his offense has usually been questionable, he was always spot on at first base defensively.

The Mets have also non-tendered pitcher Sean Reid-Foley.

Mets Acquire Pitchers from Marlins

The Mets have traded for a pair of pitchers from the Marlins. Elieser Hernandez and Jeff Brigham, a pair of right-handers that have both been DFA’d earlier this week, will both join the Mets.

In return, the Marlins will receive Franklyn Sanchez. A minor league prospect that can hit up 101MPH with his fastball.

Brigham and Sanchez will offer the Mets depth throughout a long season. Depth has always been important however, with so many players status currently up in the air, it’s hard to tell where both players will start.

I’m sure it’ll be in Syracuse, but I’m also sure we’ll be seeing these two in Queens a whole bunch. It may turn out to be a steal, especially if Hernandez can replicate his 2020-2021 form when he pitched to a 3.84 ERA in 17 combined starts.

Two Trades the Mets can pull off with the Blue Jays

Boy, oh boy, do I just absolutely love the off-season. Sure, it sucks that there isn’t baseball on the television but this is the time of year where my imagination is running wild. With the amount of free agents hitting the board and number of trade possibilities about to become available, expect the 2023 Mets to look significantly different.

And speaking of trade possibilities, Jon Morosi of MLB Network is reporting that the Blue Jays are expected trade one of their three catchers.

And while the Mets and Jays are potentially competing for the services of Brandon Nimmo, they can probably come together and work out a trade.

A player that stands out to me is Danny Jensen, simply because he has the most experience of the three Toronto based backstops, with a little bit of pop. Also, no one’s exactly going to cry when his contract runs out and it’s time to leave town.

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By no means is Jensen a slugger and the Mets shouldn’t treat him as such with phenom Francisco Alvarez recovering from ankle surgery. However, he’s a decent sized step up from Tomas Nido that could nicely transition to back-up once Alvarez is ready.

In return, the Blue Jays would get prospect Alex Ramirez, an outfielder that continues to climb the ranks amongst the Mets’ system. With good enough speed to play center and a strong enough arm to warrant him for right, Ramirez’ power and athletic ability, could make him quite the steal as the team’s top prospects are jam packed with talent.

Calvin Ziegler made his professional debut just this year, the 20 year old prospect has a fastball that sits at about 93MPH, however, the 6’0” right-hander can kick it up to 97MPH. He also owns a plus curveball, but does at times struggle to find the zone which in turn may have him destined for the bullpen.

The next trade I would try to pull off would be for some bullpen help, particularly a left-hander the Mets could use late.

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If I had to choose from the bunch in Toronto, Tim Mayza would be that pitcher. He’s a lefty that’s going to get other lefties out, alongside the occasional right-hander.

And of course we all know about Dominic Smith by this point. It just didn’t pan out for first baseman, at least not in Orange & Blue. However, I do believe Smith has plenty of opportunity left to turn his career around into a more productive direction.

Leave a comment and let us know who you want on the Mets!!

Brandon Nimmo to the Jays?

Someone please let Brandon Nimmo know that Canadian bacon is just a flavored smoked ham and that weed is practically legal everywhere now. I believe this is important for Brandon to know, especially with teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies emerging as just a couple of teams showing interest in the on-base machine.

All jokes aside, with the Blue Jays making a shocking trade today, of Teoscar Hernandez to the Seattle Mariners for late inning reliever Erik Swanson as well as pitching prospect Adam Macko. The Jays could be shifting their interest to Nimmo now, according to Jon Morosi.

During his earlier years in New York, fans debated on whether or not if Nimmo was no more than a fourth outfielder. Now headed into free agency for the first time in his career, Nimmo is clearly the best center fielder available on the open market. It’s impressive.

While the Mets are still interested in the Wyoming born player, the rest of the league will not make it easy for Eppler and Anderson. And of course, while owner Steve Cohen has more than enough money to make it happen 10x’s over, there’s still a financial limit the Mets do not want to cross.

This now makes this the second time in three years in which both the Mets and Blue Jays are showing interest in the same outfielder. The first being when the Toronto Blue Jays ended up winning the George Springer contest of 2021.

This will make for another interesting off season, so stay updated with all Mets content on Mets Junkies. Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Mets acquire Pitcher from Yankees

The Mets have claimed right-handed pitcher Stephen Ridings off of waivers from the Yankees.

Ridings appeared in 5 games in 2021 and in five innings pitched, the Huntington, New York native owned 1.80 ERA.

deGrom to the Braves… Unlikey?

Ok, so who’s ready to party? No, no, we didn’t win shit but as of right now, MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal is reporting that it’s highly unlikely that deGrom would leave the Mets for the Atlanta Braves.

Let’s not forget to wish Francisco Lindor a Happy Birthday!

Yes, I’m absolutely celebrating this bit of news if it turns up to be true.

Being that deGrom is from the south in DeLand, Florida, many executives around the league believed that the Braves would be a landing spot that would be highly desired for the 34 year old veteran.

So now, if Atlanta is out of the deGrom race (which I highly doubt), look for the Texas Rangers to make a huge push for the 2-time Cy Young Award Winner.

Courtesy of GENY Mets Report

Mets Make Changes to Staff

Former St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Jeff Albert has been named the Mets new hitting director. The team has also signed on Eric Jagers as a coach, interestingly enough, Jagers has never played professionally.

John Mozeliak, the president of Baseball Operations has praised the work of Albert, in the past. “Jeff accomplished exactly what we were hoping he would do.

Mozeliak continued to state, “He modernized our hitting program, our strategy. He made a huge contribution to our minor-league side. From that standpoint, it was a success.

Jagers, 41, formerly a coach in the Cincinnati Reds system, will join the Mets system as the team’s new Pitching Director.

The team has also added Eddie Rodriguez to be their Minor League Field Coordinator. Rodriguez spent the last three seasons with the Miami Marlins as the team’s catching coach on the Fish’ Major League staff.

Also… Will the Mets and Rays work something out before the deadline for the 40-man roster is set?

Also Read: Mets Make Some Bullpen Moves

Mets have called Rays in search of Pitching

News has broke over the weekend that the Mets, amongst a few other teams, have called the Rays to inquire about pitching. While no names were mentioned, the Rays have more than a handful of players that could be on the move.

Lefty Ryan Yarborough is most likely the one to fit the criteria with his salary reaching $4.2M next season. The Rays could also shop righties Yonny Chirinos and Shawn Armstrong, however both players salaries combine to just $3M and that could help the penny pinching Ray’s go a long way.

Mark Polishuk of MLBTR has pointed out that the Rays were in a similar roster crunch last year with the deadline for the 40-man roster to be set is this upcoming Tuesday. The Rays would end up trading away away four players, all in separate deals. And while none of these trades helped any of the teams put money in the bank, it shows that’s the Rays aren’t scared to pull the trigger.

If it is Yarborough that the Mets are interested in, the lefty has a lifetime 40-31 record with a 4.33 ERA in parts of five seasons for the Rays.

With the Mets rotation potentially looking like it’ll be a completely different rotation next year, there’s no telling where Yarborough fits in just yet.

Pete Alonso is Rewriting his Book

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official, the book is out on Pete Alonso. No, you can’t get it on kindle or Amazon, and no you won’t be able to listen to the audio version while driving to work on Monday morning.

The book we’re talking about here is how the opposing pitchers approach an AB with the Polar Bear, which is common with every player.

“The book’s out. I’ve been around now and for me teams don’t want to give up the home run ball so I want to be able to to adjust and have a good disciplined approach… If I’m staying disciplined, going the other way, taking walks or just putting a good quality swing on the ball in the zone then I’m doing well.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

During the shortened 2020 campaign, Alonso hit just .232/.326/.490/.817 in just 208 at-bats. Some may say that that 2020 year was a wash, but some may also argue that a productivity dip was to be expected as apart of a sophomore slump.

Throughout Alonso’s career, the first baseman is batting .258/.346/.539/.835 in 1482 AB’s.

This season, Alonso is hitting a slash line of .276/.333/.500/.833 in his 116 AB’s. A batting average 18 points higher than his career average, and while his OBP is slightly lower, it’s bound to make a jump up as the slugger continues to adapt.

“I feel like I have pretty decent bat-to-ball… I put a lot of stuff in play hard consistently and I’ve committed to the zone really well and I just want to continue to be able to do that.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

And this is what separates the elite from the rest of the pack, the ability to change and adapt, not just throughout a season, but also the entirety of your career.

“I haven’t seen as many driveable pitches where you want to get big on and hit a double in the gap or go up top but I just want to stay within myself and just put good quality swings on good pitches. Going to right field is a product of having a plan and not getting too big.”

Pete Alonso to SNY

Alonso clubbed two home runs with five RBI’s on Mother’s Day in his 3-5 effort of game two of the doubleheader. Alonso now has 7 bombs on the season, and 113 in his short four-year career.