Sep 30

Rundown Of Potential Ex-Mets

GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets need to win another 10-12 games in 2015 if they are to reach the next level. They won’t get there with the same cast of characters.

There are several Mets who might have played their last game for the franchise. Here’s who could be gone:

JON NIESE: They’ll have to deal a pitcher to obtain a power bat. Niese might be hard to deal because of his health issues and mediocre record, but of their quality youth he’ll likely be the first offered.

WHEELER: Not being shopped, but would bring back a lot. (AP)

WHEELER: Not being shopped, but would bring back a lot. (AP)

ZACK WHEELER: He’s not being shopped, but any team calling the Mets is sure to make the obligatory inquiry. If the Mets really want to make an offensive upgrade, they have to be bold, and that means possibly parting with Wheeler as it certainly won’t be Matt Harvey.

RAFAEL MONTERO: Another good, young arm, but with the way the rotation is lined up there’s no room for him. As part of a package, with say Niese and Daniel Murphy, they might be able to get something good in return.

BARTOLO COLON: He threw 200 innings and won 15 games, so there’s value in those 41-year-old bones. Colon’s value figures to increase by the trade deadline when his $11 million salary would have been sliced and become more palatable.

GONZALEZ GERMAN: He’s young with a live arm. By himself he won’t bring much and would be better off as being part of a package.

DANIEL MURPHY: Everybody wants to trade Murphy, and he’s a good player to have. But, one-for-one, he won’t bring back power. If he goes, it would be as part of a package. Also, he could bring back more as the trade deadline when his salary would have dropped and teams are dealing with a sense of urgency.

ERIC YOUNG: As a throw-in. Might as well try to include him in a package because he won’t be coming back.

CURTIS GRANDERSON: If they haven’t already, the Mets will regret this signing, which could be Jason Bay Revisited by the end of 2015. Granderson will never post 40 homers at Citi Field the way he did at Yankee Stadium. However, to trade him, the Mets would have to eat some of his contract.

KEVIN PLAWECKI or TRAVIS d’ARNAUD: Plawecki might have the higher ceiling, which could make d’Arnaud expendable. The flip side is if the Mets are happy with the d’Arnaud-Anthony Recker combination, Plawecki might bring back more.

Sep 20

Niese Wins, But Can’t Slam The Door

At 27, left-handed and with a reasonable contract, there’s a lot to like about Jon Niese, both from the Mets and the opponents that tried to pry him away from them.

However, a combination of poor run support, a porous bullpen, injuries, and above all else, the inability to put away an inning once he gets in trouble, explains his 51-51 record and only one winning season – 13-9 in 2012 – during his seven year career.

NIESE: Good, but not dominating. (Getty)

NIESE: Good, but not dominating. (Getty)

There was always the belief by the Mets the light would click on and by interested teams that he could use a change of scenery.

Niese’ biggest problem is he lets innings get away, evidenced by giving up three straight singles to load the bases, before giving way to Josh Edgin, who immediately gave up a two-run single.

Niese cruised through seven innings, but things unraveled in the eighth. What happened Saturday has defined Niese’s career with the Mets.

Now at 9-11 with Saturday’s 4-2 victory, one must wonder if Niese will ever reach the next level and that this might be as good as it gets.

GRANDERSON HOMERS: Although the Mets never thought Curtis Granderson would be the 40-homer stud he was with the Yankees.

Granderson hit his 20th homer Saturday for 63 RBI and raised his average to .223.

Of course, much will be made of Citi Field’s dimensions, but coming off injuries and not having a productive David Wright ahead of him all contribute to a down season.

However, like Niese, Granderson has been a disappointment.

MONTERO TO GET START: Rafael Montero is scheduled to get a start against Houston in the final series at Citi Field next weekend.

Montero threw 5.1 scoreless innings in his last start, Sept. 10, against Colorado.

At one time it was believed Montero would compete for a job in the rotation, but Jacob deGrom’s emergence has pushed him out.

Assuming no departures, and everybody is healthy, next year’s rotation figures to be Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Niese, deGrom and Bartolo Colon.

That leaves Montero in the bullpen or as trade bait.

Dec 04

Mets Make Three-Year Offer To Granderson

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METS HAVE MADE A THREE-YEAR OFFER TO GRANDERSON

According to WFAN/CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Mets are believed to have offered free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson a three-year deal.

Heyman also reports that Granderson is looking for a five-year deal and that the 32-year-old outfielder is seeking $17 million per year.

It’s interesting watching how this is evolving.

About an hour ago I actually posted on Twitter than if I were Granderson’s agent, I’d probably advise him to wait until Carlos Beltran signs his deal and then demand a 4-5 year deal.

As was reported earlier, the Mets were only planning to offer three years.

That an offer was actually extended, indicates that talks may be settling down for now, while Granderson’s agents get back to some of the other teams that have reached out to him. This is what all agents do. They shop offers and try to get a better one.

No word yet if the Mets have asked for a right of first refusal, or even if three years was their final offer, but these things have a way of leaking out sooner rather than later.