Mets decline the options for three players

The New York Mets have officially declined the options for Robinson Charinos, Wilson Ramos, as well as corner infielder Todd Frazier.

Ramos had a $10M option, Chirinos had a $6.5M option, while Frazier’s was worth $5.75M. Instead, the Mets combined a total of $4M to buyout their contracts and release them into free agency.

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Source: Anthony DiComo

Photo via @Mets

Pro’s for keeping Todd

By Corné Hogeveen

Big Frazier fan here. Love the guys attitude and he has been what you asked for in a Mets uni. Solid defense, some pop and a great clubhouse presence. That being said, trading for Todd last season, didn’t make a ton of sense to me. Still, all depends on what the Mets gave up to trully judge the trade.

With the Mets trading for Frazier, they have the option of keeping him in 2021. The Mets have a team option of 5.75 mil, with a 1.5 buyout. So bassicly you can keep Frazier for 4.25 mil in 2021. Still, the Mets have options without Todd at third. Davis and McNeil played third (but they didn’t play well at the position) and we have Guillorme who could handle to position. The Mets already have a packed bench, without adding additions we need to make. But we could see some assets on the trading block.

So why, with all those options, keep Todd Frazier? Two big reasons: Defense and hitting lefties.

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Defensively, we have seen Frazier being as solid as it gets over there. He won’t wow you, but he can pick it, he is league average defensive third baseman, which current starting third baseman Davis, isn’t.

More importantly, the Mets need Frazier to be a bench bat, that plays only against lefties. He had a .843 OPS against lefties in 2020 and .815 for his career. The Mets as a team had just a .761 OPS against lefties. If you manage Frazier in his strength, play him against lefties and nothing more.

To me 4.5 mil to improve a major flaw in the Mets offensive game, is something I woud do. I do understand the fans, that they don’t want Frazier taking time away from Guillorme, Gimenez etc. Gimenez will get his playing time as a short stop against RHders (Rosario against LH). Injuries happen were you can plug in Guillorme. Also see some current major league players on the trading block, so we will see what happens in that regard.

If the Mets eventually decide to move on from Frazier, it wouldn’t be a move a dislike a lot. BIG OA

But don’t forget, Todd can pitch as well

Photo: (AP Photo/Sarah Stier)

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Mets season was a complete disappointment

By Angelina Heather Rizzo

The 60 game season didn’t go as planned; the Mets saw their best hitter end his season yesterday and a 26-31 fourth place finish for this team is a desperate cry for help once again.

Michael Conforto ended his season yesterday after having a complete monster of a year; a hamstring injury was the cause.

The bright spots on this team remained Jacob DeGrom, Dominic Smith, Conforto, Jeff McNeil Andreś Giménez, and even the sophomore Pete Alonso despite some regression.

Closer Edwin Diaz had somewhat of a better year as well.

Rookie David Peterson did well too.

The strugglers remained Steven Matz, Rick Porcello, and Michael Wacha.

The new ownership will be in effect next year, so it’s safe to say GM Brodie VanWagenen’s job is in jeopardy as Steve Cohen is expected to “Clean House” and fire and hire.

Things were disappointing to say the least.

Grade: F

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The Mets make a couple of trades

The New York Mets have traded for Todd Frazier, catcher Robinson in a trade with the Texas Rangers, and reliever Miguel Castro in a deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Pete Alonso on the Mets re-acquiring Todd Frazier: “This is news to me. But if he does come back, I love Todd. Todd is the man. He’s always welcome here in the clubhouse. Never a dull moment… He just brings good vibes no matter where he goes.”

General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen has said that he likes that Miguel Castro is controllable, in terms of his contract, and that he has late inning experience.

Mathew Brownstein reports that Castro is a reliever whose fastball velocity is in the 97th percentile this season. The right-hander won’t hit free agency until 2023.

Texas will receive a player to be named later while the Orioles will get Kevin Smith back.

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Todd Frazier to sign with Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers and corner infielder Todd Frazier reach an agreement, the deal is reportedly for 1 year and is worth $5M (Physical pending).

Frazier spent the past two seasons with the Mets and bat .233/.316/.418/.734 while hitting 37 doubles, two triples, and 39 home runs while driving in 126 RBI’s in 855 at-bats over the stretch of 248 games.

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Thursday Afternoon Matchup: D’backs vs Mets

After a super exciting win against the ‘backs on Wednesday night, the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks will square off in an afternoon contest to wrap up the series. The Diamondbacks will be looking to avoid the four-game sweep after going on a nice little tear before arriving to Citi Field.

Marcus Stroman needs to pick it up before the fanbase takes a turn on the right hander. There was a lot of optimism after the trade and many fans gave Stroman the time to adjust to the big move, even after rumors of him being upset that the trade was to the Mets. Well, patience is running thin however if the Long Island native can secure the sweep for the Mets tomorrow, it’ll be a great start to the turn around in his Mets career.

Stroman is 7-13 with an ERA of 3.42, a 1.34 WHIP and has struck out 136 batters in 160.1 innings pitched. Since joining the Mets, the 5’7″ righty is 1-2 with a 5.05 ERA in seven games pitched.

Todd Frazier has been crushing it as of late and with the ‘backs opting to go with another left handed pitcher, Frazier should get another start on Thursday afternoon. The third baseman has been hitting .284/.361./.541/.902 against left handed pitching during the course of the 2019 campaign.

Arizona will send 25 year old rookie left hander Alex Young to the hill to help the D’backs try and avoid being swept. Young is 7-3 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.05 WHIP while striking out 58 batters in 66.2 innings pitched.

Wednesday Night Lineup: Mets vs Braves

  1. Rosario SS
  2. J.D. Davis LF
  3. Alonso 1B
  4. Ramos C
  5. Conforto RF
  6. Frazier 3B
  7. Tejada 2B
  8. Lagares CF
  9. Matz LHP

After a tough loss to the Braves in Atlanta for the series opener, the New York Mets look to even the score on Wednesday night against the Braves’ newly signed left hander Dallas Keuchel. The Mets will be without hitting machine Jeff McNeil due to a hamstring injury, unfortunately as of Tuesday evening, there doesn’t seem to be a timetable as far as his return. Team Officials and fans alike are keeping their fingers crossed until the super utility man’s MRI results come back.

Steven Matz, also a lefty, will take the mound for the Orange & Blue and looks to continue his good play as he’s pitched three quality starts in his last four trips to the hill. Matz also has a career 5-1 record with a 3.61 ERA against the Braves in 10 starts. Overall, the New York native is 7-7 with a 4.49 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP as well as striking out 104 batters in 110.1 innings pitched.

Dallas Keuchel signed with the Braves shortly after the MLB June Amateur Draft, allowing Atlanta to keep their pick if they would’ve signed him before the draft. Keuchel is 3-5 while pitching to a 4.83 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, alongside 46 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.

If Jeff McNeil ends up seeing time on the Injured List, it’ll be interesting to see who the Mets will call upon to temporarily replace the utility man. Do they go with Dilson Herrera? Or Ruben Tejada? Hopefully we won’t have to find out.

Friday Night Matchup: Nationals vs Mets

The Washington Nationals and the New York Mets square off in a series of dire importance. The Mets are currently a half a game back from the second Wild Card spot while the Washington Nationals own the first Wild Card spot with a two and a half game lead on the Orange & Blue.

The Nationals have no intentions on going easy, especially with sending Stephen Strasburg to the hill in game one of a three-game series. Strasburg is currently 14-5 with a 3.72 ERA, a 1.08 WHIP as well as 175 strikeouts over 145.1 innings.

Ultimate utility man Jeff McNeil has broken out of his “slump”, the Santa Barbara, California native has been hitting .476/.607/1.143 with four home runs out of his 10 hits in his last seven games. Take note of that .607 OBP paired with his 1.143 slugging percentage, those are indeed lethal numbers from your clean-up spot, let alone the lead-off batter.

I had Michael Conforto pegged as a potential M.V.P. candidate and it looks like my prediction will not come into fruition however, the Mets outfielder could very well be the most underrated player in the game. I admit, there has to be bias feelings as I just literally admitted that I saw him as an elite player but let’s take a look at his numbers.

The Oregon State product is hitting .261/.370/.512/.882 in 379 official at-bats during the 2019 campaign. He’s hit 20 doubles, 25 home runs, while scoring 65 times and driving in 64 runs. The first round draft pick is just 3 home runs short of his career high, yet many fans unfortunately view the outfielder as a bust. I couldn’t tell you why, I love the kid.

Marcus Stroman will take the bump for the second time in his Mets career, this being the first one in front of the home audience, quite literally. The Long Island native have a tough start in his first go around however he picked it up and battled tremendously past that first inning.

Overall, Stroman is 6-11 with a 3.07 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP to go with 102 strikeouts in 129.0 innings pitched. However, the righty is 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA in his last seven starts and the Mets need “HDMH” to show the Nationals where the heart lies. Expect and enjoy a cool interview from family during the SNY telecast, as well.

Friday Night Lineup: Mets vs Pirates

  1. Jeff McNeil – RF
  2. Michael Conforto – CF
  3. Pete Alonso – 1B
  4. Robinson Canó – 2B
  5. Wilson Ramos – C
  6. J.D. Davis – LF
  7. Todd Frazier- 3B
  8. Amed Rosario – SS
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

The New York Mets will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates for a three-game set after sweeping them back at Citi Field just recently. The Mets have won seven straight games going into the contest against the Bucs on Friday night and Steven Matz will look to keep the momentum and streak alive.

Matz is currently 6-6 with an ERA of 4.32, a 1.38 WHIP and has struck out 93 batters in exactly 100.0 innings pitched. Since the All-Star break however, Matz owns a 1-0 record with a 1.89 ERA in three starts, one of which in where he picked up his first ever complete game shutout.

Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams definitely has a task at hand. While the right hander seems to be righting his wrongs of the season, he’s going to have to go against a New York Mets squad that’s bursting with confidence.

Williams is 3-4 and owns a 4.77 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and has struck out 75 batters in 88.2 innings pitched. While he actually pitched a pretty decent game at Citi Field, earlier, he’s still 1-3 with a 6.57 ERA in his last seven starts.

So while the Mets look to make it eight wins a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to get things together as the team is only 1-9 out of their last ten contests.