Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon defended the team’s offseason spending, saying more moves are likely before opening day and during the season. ”Being top five in payroll, I don’t think that won us a World Series,” he said Tuesday during a media gathering. New York started last season at $157 million for its 40-man roster and cut it to $149 million as the team faded from contention following a series of injuries.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 10:44 pm
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, speaking with the team’s beat writers during a luncheon, said the Opening Day payroll is an “ongoing dialogue” that could result in it matching last season’s or being roughly $10 million less, noting that the team is open to increasing payroll if it’s for a player who significantly improves them. “There’s no concrete line to go up,” Wilpon said, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. “It’s somewhat in flux to have conversations with Sandy (Alderson) and the rest of the baseball department to determine what the best course of action might be.” Alderson, speaking at the same luncheon, said the team has been active and that they’re not finished exploring potential free agent
Posted: January 23, 2018, 5:32 pm
Despite Josh Harrison suggesting he wants to be traded in the wake of the Pirates trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, the team may be leaning toward keeping him — at least for the first few months of the season — reports Peter Gammons. The belief from most in baseball was that the Pirates did not receive equal value in exchange for Cole and McCutchen, but Gammons says the “gist of opinion from the GMs” he talked to is that the Pirates did well in those trades, and may try to compete sooner than later instead of continuing to tear down. The Mets and Yankees have been among the teams interested in trading for Harrison, but it was reported last week that the Mets are “not particularly
Posted: January 23, 2018, 5:00 pm
One Mets fan wants to take her prom photos at Citi Field. When a young New York Mets fan decided to ask the Mets how many retweets she would need in order to take prom pictures at Citi Field, they did what they usually do and disappointed. The Mets agreed to her request, but gave her a nearly impossible goal.
Posted: January 23, 2018, 12:01 am
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 6:40 pm
A lifelong New York Mets fan says she didn’t expect a reply when she messaged the team about taking her senior prom photos at Citi Field. Now, she`s trying to get 500k retweets.
Posted: January 22, 2018, 4:12 pm
Mets LHP prospect David Peterson, who the team selected with their first round pick (20th overall) in last June’s MLB Draft, is No. 58 on Keith Law of ESPN’s Top 100 Prospects list. Calling Peterson “more of a command lefty than the power guy you might expect from his frame,” Law wrote the following: “Peterson’s fastball comes in at 90-92 on average and touches 94 when he needs a little more, but the grade 55 slider is his out pitch, and he can throw both for strikes. He takes advantage of his height with huge extension toward the plate and has a little funk in the back of his delivery to give him some more deception.” Law, who added that Peterson will need to throw his changeup more in pro
Posted: January 22, 2018, 4:00 pm