Jerry Blevins and his teammates hoped to win a World Series in 2018 even before the team replaced manager Terry Collins with Mickey Callaway and a new coaching staff. “We still have great talent,” Blevins told SiriusXM’s The Leadoff Spot on MLB Network Radio. “We still feel strongly as an organization that we can put forth a championship caliber team.” That said, Blevins is looking forward to working with a manager that was once a pitcher, which is something he’s never experienced before in his career. “I’m excited to get to work and see what these guys bring to the table,” he added. Blevins could have been a free agent this winter. However, in early October, the Mets picked up his one-year,
Posted: November 22, 2017, 8:10 pm
Negotiations lingered well beyond Monday night’s deadline, but by the time the dust settled on Tuesday, an agreement had finally been reached that paves the way for Japanese sensation Shohei Otani to make his way stateside this offseason. MLB and its Players Association settled on using the existing NPB posting system this year, so $20 million is all it will take for the rights to bring Otani aboard on a minor-league deal. In Japan, Otani starred on the mound and at the plate.
Posted: November 22, 2017, 3:28 pm
The Mets had preliminary trade talks with the Detroit Tigers regarding second baseman Ian Kinsler, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported late Monday. According to the NY Post’s Mike Puma, while the Mets have discussed acquiring Kinsler, they are also considering other options in their effort to acquire a second baseman. The Tigers have reportedly also been in talks to send Kinsler to the Angels. Morosi’s report could mean the Mets have a fair and open shot at Kinsler. But, it could also mean talks between the Angels and Tigers have stalled and, by leaking Alderson’s interest to Morosi, Detroit is hoping the Angels add one final piece to their offer to get a deal done. In regards to Kinsler as a player,
Posted: November 22, 2017, 12:50 pm
To be successful again, Matt Harvey must shed his past, move on from the Dark Knight persona, and adjust to being the best pitcher he’s currently capable of being, Mets manager Mickey Callaway told SNY during an interview on Mets Hot Stove earlier this month. “I think that’s the key, to make sure you’re not trying to get him back to anything,” Callaway explained. “You want to get the most potential out of who he is today. … We don’t need the Dark Knight, we need Harvey to be Harvey on a daily basis and be comfortable with who he is.” Mets GM Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said he expects to tender Harvey a contract for 2018. However, former Mets GM and current SiriusXM host Steve Phillips said
Posted: November 22, 2017, 10:27 am